News & Opportunities

SEVN Bursary Announcement 2022

Dance Theatre Artist Rachel Brennan Awarded Bursary

We are delighted to announce that Waterford-based dance theatre artists Rachel Brennan has been awarded the SEVN bursary 2022.

South East Venue Network Artist Bursary

SEVN Artist Bursary 2022/23 - *Closed*

The South East Venue Network (SEVN) was formed in 2019 and includes venues based in the South East. The network continues to provide an informal support network for strengthening arts centre/venue operations and programme development that aims to further support artists and programme delivery in South East Ireland.

Welcome to Mermaid's Board -

Ursula Quill and Colm Keegan

We’re delighted to welcome Ursula Quill and Colm Keegan who have recently joined Mermaid's board. Their appointment follows an open call process that attracted a large number of impressive applications.

Writer’s Response to Shouty Snow Echo by Laura Kelly


A text by Wicklow native James Merrigan has been commissioned which reflects on the installed work of Shouty Snow Echo, Laura Kelly's exhibition running from March 21st - April 30th 2022. This is available to read here and also a printed copy of this is available as a free gallery handout.

Storyteller in Residence 2022

Super Paua

​Mermaid Arts Centre is delighted to welcome Super Paua as Storyteller in Residence for 2022. Super Paua is an artist-led collective that makes work primarily for young people in a variety of languages, places, and forms.

Theatre Artist in Residence 2021/22

Janet Moran

Mermaid Arts Centre welcomes theatremaker Janet Moran as Theatre Artist in Residence for 2021/22 in partnership with Wicklow County Council, and supported by The Arts Council.

Arts Centres Visual Arts Orbit

Newly Formed Group of Regional Arts Centres Seek Freelance Strategic Consultant for Research in Visual Arts

Arts Centres Visual Arts Orbit (working title) is a new informal group of regional arts centres who aim to explore ways of collaborating to present visual arts and share ideas and opportunities to develop and promote visual arts for their audiences collectively.

Story Commission

Mermaid Arts Centre is delighted to be working with storytellers Masako Carey, Máirín Mhic Lochlainn, Seosamh Ó Maolalaí, Colin Urwin & Órla McGovern on a collaborative story commission project.

Paul Timoney

YARN Storyteller in Residence

​As part of this year's YARN Storytelling Festival, artist Paul Timoney is in residence in St. Kieran's School for Children from the Traveller Community in Bray.

Gap Day Artists 2021

​We are delighted to introduce you to this year's Gap Day artists! All 52 of these freelance theatre-makers have been selected to take part in Gap Day, an initiative by Lian Bell in collaboration with Mermaid Arts Centre.

We need your help!

Mermaid Audience Survey

Please help us by completing our survey. Your answers will help us improve our programmes, activities and services, and plan our future work.

Shane Conaty, Brian Matthews Murphy & Robert Harrington

Youth Film Project

Mermaid Arts centre, with the kind support of Wicklow Arts Office, are very much looking forward to running a fun, creative, introductory filmmaking workshop in St. Mary’s College, Arklow in October.