To support Artist Connect, panellists from both the current and past Artist Connect Panel have been commissioned to write a blog entry that reflects on coping with change and discovering new things in challenging times.
Olivia Fitzsimons is from Northern Ireland and now lives in Co Wicklow but never lost her accent.
Robert Barrett lives in west Wicklow, where he writes flash fiction, short stories, and plays.
Shane Finan assembles art from interactive contemporary technologies, found objects and traditional artistic media.
Philip St John’s plays include the international award winning Maxine; Temptress, the rights of which have been sold for a movie, and The Sylvia.
Aisling Ennis is a renowned and highly regarded as a harpist both at home in Ireland and internationally.
Emily Gillmor Murphy is a writer and theatre maker. Emily uses dark humour and fantasy to create flawed but beautiful characters and stories.
Conor Dowling is a writer, filmmaker and podcaster from Dublin who moved to Wicklow in 2018.
Brian is an actor and film maker from Wicklow. He has acted in features and TV shows and has also written, produced and directed short films.
Niamh started her writing life as a crime journalist and worked as the true crime editor of the Sunday World for 12 years. She has been nominated three times for an Irish Book Award.
In the lead up to the next Wicklow Artist Salon which takes place on 24th June 2023 from 2pm in the Tinahely Courthouse Arts Centre, Philip St. John and Joanna Kidney reflect on the last year of salons.
Finn is photographer and filmmaker based in Wicklow and splits his time between personal projects that focus on themes of human agency and citizenship, and commercial work that concentrates on people.
Anna has been making theatre adventures for people of all ages to watch and participate in since 1989. Her work for Early Years audiences has been shared worldwide
Eoin O’Malley is a Wicklow-based artist who uses his mouth to hold his brushes and paints mainly in acrylic on canvas.