The Mermaid team have a blended approach of working off and on-site. The best way to contact us directly is by email.
Communications Manager & YARN Storytelling Festival Creative Producer
Marketing & Box Office Assistant
Box Office & Front of House Manager
Gallery Programme Curator
Dawn Levi Lawlor
Christopher Murray Colley
Elected Chairperson of the Mermaid Board in May 2023.
Anne has been actively involved in a variety of sectors within the community of Bray for many years.
Former Labour Party TD for Wicklow, 2011-2016.
Member of Wicklow County Council representing the Bray East Electoral Area.
Member of WCC’s Community, Cultural & Social Development Committee.
Member of the Kildare-Wicklow Education & Training Board.
Member of the Board of Management of Coláiste Ráithín.
Member of the Governing Body of the IADT, Dun Laoghaire.
Chair of the IADT’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
Trustee and former Chairperson of the Open Door Centre.
Member of the Bray Drugs & Alcohol Task Force.
Since December 2019
Melanie Corrigan is from Enniskerry, she is married to Liam and the mother of four children.
She is a newly elected councillor for Bray West.
Mermaid is actively involved in the community, working with the schools, sports clubs and local charities. She has a great interest in the arts and supporting the work of the Mermaid Arts Centre and the importance it holds as a cultural hub for the community.
Since January 2013
Martin Davidson is a retired Construction Economist and has lived in Bray for thirty years. He has a particular interest in theatre and classical music. He is currently a director of the Festival of Great Music in Irish Houses and has been a member of choral societies since 1969. In the last ten years he has performed in one act plays in Bray and in many parts of Ireland. He is keen to see the Mermaid Arts Centre attract a wide audience and consolidate its status as one of the foremost centres for the arts in Ireland.
Since January 2021
Erika Doyle lives in Bray and is a journalist and Green Party Councillor on Wicklow Co. Council. She is currently Leas Cathaoirleach of Bray Municipal District.
Since May 2023
Joanna Kidney is a visual artist living and working in Bray, Co. Wickow. Through drawing, painting and installation, her work explores the immensity and the mystery of being human.
She has held solo exhibitions at the RHA, Dublin; The LAB, Dublin; Fendersky Gallery, Belfast; Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre and Galway Arts Centre. She has exhibited widely in group shows in Ireland, France, Germany and the USA. Her practice includes collaborations with visual artists, dance artists and artists collectives.
She has been awarded a Cooper Foundation Grant (USA); Arts Council of Ireland and Wicklow County Council funding; a RHA Studio Award and a Dublin Institute of Technology Award of Excellence. International residencies include Kiðjaberg, Iceland and Brigham Young University, Utah. She is co- host of the Wicklow Artists Salon with writer Philip St. John and was a co- founder of Outpost Studios, Co. Wicklow. Her work is held in Irish and International Public and Private Collections.
Since March 2022
Colm Keegan is an award winning writer and poet from Dublin. His debut collection “Don't Go There” was released to critical acclaim. His latest collection “Randomer” is now available from Salmon poetry.
His first full-length play “For Saoirse” was staged in Axis Theatre and shortlisted for the Fishamble New Writing award and his short play “Something Worth Saying,” commissioned for the Abbey Theatre was called ‘exquisite and devastating’ by reviewer Emer O’ Kelly.
He was a co-founder of Lingo, Ireland’s first Spoken Word festival and has been awarded numerous residencies including the LexIcon, Ireland’s largest public library. He is a creative writing teacher and co-founder of the Inklinks Project, and has developed numerous creative writing projects for schools and colleges across the country.
Since June 2021
Michael is a Director of services with Wicklow County Council and he heads up the Community, Cultural and Social Development directorate. This directorate has responsibility for all culture-related activity, which includes the Council’s Arts department. Part of Michael’s brief is the library service and he has been instrumental in re-positioning the libraries in the County to be civic centres which can also facilitate art exhibitions.
Jenny Sherwin is the Wicklow County Arts Officer. Wicklow County Arts Office was established as a core service of Wicklow Local Authorities in 1997, to stimulate arts practice in the county and to support artist development. Much has been achieved in the county since the establishment of the Arts Office to reinforce locally the benefits and the merits of arts practice and participation.
Ursula Quill is from Bray and is currently a PhD student at the School of Law in Trinity College researching the role of the Citizens' Assembly in constitutional reform. A Trinity graduate of English and Irish, she also holds a Higher Diploma in Psychology from UCD and is doing the Barrister-at-Law Degree at the King’s Inns. Ursula worked with former Senator Ivana Bacik on progressive legislation and campaigned locally for Marriage Equality and in the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment. Since November 2020 she has been a Board Member of the Institute of International and European Affairs.
Since May 2022
Linda has worked with Wicklow County Council for over 30 years in a number of areas. Prior to taking up her current position as District Administrator with Bray Municipal District, Linda was the Film Commissioner for County Wicklow. In this role she successfully facilitated high end television productions along with national and international feature films while filming in County Wicklow and at all times ensuring that County Wicklow was showcased as a film-friendly county. The County Wicklow Film Commission was set up in 1992 and is the longest running film commission in Ireland.
Previous roles with Wicklow County Council include District Administrator for Arklow Municipal District, Senior Enterprise Development Officer with the Local Enterprise Office and Campus Manager for Wicklow County Campus.
The Arts Council
Municipal District Bray
Wicklow County Council
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