Previously hosted by Outpost Studios, the salon is being relaunched with the support of Wicklow County Arts Office, and will take place in person four times a year. This year's programme will be curated and facilitated by artists Philip St John, Joanna Kidney and Olivia Fitzsimons. The first evening starts in the theatre in Mermaid Arts Centre on Tuesday 18th October at 7.30pm.
An opportunity for artists to meet their peers for an evening of discussion, the Salon will invite guest artists to explore important themes affecting cultural practitioners in Wicklow and beyond.
In October 2022, the Wicklow Artist Salon looked at the theme of Collaborations, and the guests were experts at that. Internationally acclaimed theatre-makers Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan AKA Brokentalkers have collaborated with practitioners across many art-forms including music, dance, visual art and film. Writer Philip St John chaired a talk with Feidlim and Gary which explored such questions as, why collaborate, how do we choose potential collaborators, how can artists prepare themselves for the experience, and what are the benefits and drawbacks of collaboration?
As always, time was set aside for all to contribute questions and opinions, along with an opportunity to mingle with fellow artists afterwards.
Brokentalkers are an internationally renowned theatre company, based in Dublin, Ireland led by Co-Artistic Directors Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan with Creative Producer Rachel Bergin.
Described as ‘one of Ireland’s most fearless and path-breaking theatre companies’ we make formally ambitious work that defies categorization. We devise original, accessible live performance and explore new forms that challenge traditional ideologies of text-based theatre.
Our working method is founded on a collaborative process that draws on the skills and experiences of a large and diverse group of contributors from different disciplines and backgrounds, including professional artists, performers, designers and writers alongside others who do not usually work in the theatre but who bring an authenticity to the work that is compelling.
We make work that responds to the contemporary world, using elements such as original writing, dance, film, interviews, found materials and music to represent that world in performance.