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Wicklow Artists Salon

Tuesday 18th October, 7.30- 9.30pm

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The Wicklow Artists Salon is back!

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. Over the next 12 months, we will focus on ideas of Sustaining a Career: what do artists need, creatively, financially, emotionally and more?

For the first Salon, we look at the theme of Collaborations, and our guests are 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 will chair a talk with Feidlim and Gary exploring 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, there will be time for all to contribute questions and opinions, along with an opportunity to mingle with fellow artists afterwards. 

Tea and coffee will be provided – feel free to bring something for the table to accompany it!

Book now HERE


Artist Biographies

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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.


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Philip St John

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, which was the centrepiece of Dublin’s Collaborations Festival and toured Italy in translation. His short fiction has been published in New Irish Writing and journals abroad and shortlisted for major awards. He is currently writing two theatre scripts and a novel, all supported by Arts Council funding.     


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Joanna Kidney

Joanna Kidney is an Irish visual artist. Her practice is concerned with the sensory, temporal, interconnected and holistic aspects of being human. Her abstract work is an enquiry of the mark and the line through drawing, painting and physical space.

She has exhibited in Solo and Group Exhibitions in Ireland, France, Germany, UK and USA. She is the recipient of a William J. Cooper Foundation Grant (USA) and Arts Council of Ireland funding. International residencies include Swarthmore College, Philadelphia; Kiðjaberg, Iceland and Brigham Young University, Utah. Her practice includes collaborations with visual artists, dance artists and artists collectives. She is a co- founding member of Outpost Studios, Co. Wicklow. Her work is held in Irish and International Public and Private Collections.


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Olivia Fitzsimons

Olivia Fitzsimons is a writer. Her debut novel, The Quiet Whispers Never Stop, was published by John Murray Press in April 2022. She is a current Dean Arts Studio Resident in Dublin and is the recipient of the Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris/Literature Ireland Residency 2022/23. She has been awarded grants from the Arts Council of Ireland and Northern Ireland for her writing, and her work has appeared in publications such as The Irish Times, The Stinging Fly and The Cormorant. Her short story, Un Hôtel Tranquille, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4, Short Works in August 2022. She is currently working on her second novel and has several screenplays in development.