Visual Arts


Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 12:00 to Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 17:00


WHEN  : Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th May, 12pm - 5pm daily

WHERE : Festival Site @ Abbey Grounds, Abbey Street

Andrew will be exhibiting a selection of oil on canvas pieces chosen from his upcoming submission to The Graduate Exhibition, the centerpiece of the National College of Art and Design’s calendar.
In keeping with Andrews’s inspiration, his work will be on display within the natural setting of the historic yew trees of the Abbey Grounds.

My work lies within the periphery of everyday landscapes, some local, some foreign, some found. I am interested in natures relentless pursuit to reclaim and re-wild locations abandoned by people or temporarily unused. Like a forager would source wasted spaces to harvest the wild goods that are first to root, I frequent these places to hopefully gather clues on how the slow regeneration takes place, finding compositions in arrangements of objects and angular lines, layers of overlapping buildings and the organic matter that takes advantage of the neglected places in between.




Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 12:00 to Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 17:00


                 A handful of Tinahely Sheep Flock return to graze again at Wicklow Arts Festival!

                                                                  Art installation by TAG


The sheep are on their way!

Tinahely Arts Group - TAG - is a collective of  artists and craftspeople, all living and working in the Tinahely area. Members and their work represent a wide and diverse range of disciplines and media, including painting and drawing, photography, sculpture, textiles and ceramics, glassware and metalwork. Formed in June 2010, the group seeks to share knowledge and techniques, pool resources, and work together on projects to promote awareness of the wealth of creativity in the region. In addition, members combine to ensure that the arts and crafts heritage of South Wicklow is visible in as many local events and tourism initiatives as possible, and to contribute their talents to community enhancement projects. See more on the TAG website




Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 12:00 to Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 17:00


Exhibition of artwork by Kilmantin Gallery Artists

WHEN  :  Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th May, 12 - 5pm daily

WHERE :  Festival Site @ Abbey Grounds, Abbey Street

Kilmantin Art Gallery is run by a group of local artists and crafts people on a co-op basis. The gallery's aim is to provide local artists with an outlet for their work and where there talent can be shared.
Kilmantin Arts has a beautiful selection of art and crafts designed and created by local artists from all over County Wicklow.



Monday, May 18, 2015 - 12:00

WHEN  : Exhibition runs from Monday 18th until Monday 25th May, during café opening hours

WHERE : Mezzanine Café @ Earl's Newsagents, Main Street

Free exhbtion of works by members of Wicklow Photography Club including both colour and black & white prints in various subjects- wildlife, portrait, landscape, sport, urban

WPC meets fortnightly on Tuesdays in East Glendalough School, Wicklow Town. New members, with or without prior experience, always welcome! Find the club on facebook




Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 12:00 to Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 18:30


WHEN :  Running daily Saturday 23rd 12 - 5pm and Sunday 24th May, 12-6.30pm 

WHERE :   Festival site @ Abbey Grounds, Abbey Street, Wicklow Town

Arts, crafts & street food plus drop in workshops. So much to do and see! Soak up the atmosphere at this colourful 2 day outdoor market in the gorgeous historic grounds of a ruined Abbey. Whether you're here for a taste or to treat yourself, there's something on offer for all the family with fine foods, unusual crafts and demonstrations.

Stalls this year include ChocAmore - chocolate fountain ; The Crepe Box ; Ali's Falafel ; Nuts & turkish delight, ; One World Creation - clothes & funky accessories ; Patricia's Candles ;  DOTS Diamonds & LouLouJ - jewellery stalls; Clayotic ; Inspirations, wooden crafts, decorations & soaps ; plus more to be added soon!

Vendors wishing to take part can email for an application form.


TEXTILE PRINTING: children's workshop

Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 12:00 to Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 13:00


WHEN  :  Workshops for children age 8 - 12 years, duration 90 minutes

Workshop 1: Saturday 23rd May @ 12pm  /  Workshop 2:  Sunday 24th May @ 1pm

WHERE :  Festival marquee @ Abbey Grounds, Abbey Street

Admission : €5   Registration NOW OPEN, email to book your place. Maximum 12 participants per workshop

A fun and hands on workshop with Wicklow based textile artist, Maeve Hunter. Use your creativity & learn the skill of stencil printing to make your very own Medieval themed bag (like the one here but with a medieval theme instead of the chickens!)

Maeve has a degree in Textile Design, a Higher Diploma in Art and Design Education and a Masters in Visual Arts Education. She works as a freelance educator, textile artist and crafter.She has many years’ experience teaching all ages and levels art and crafts with particular emphasis on textiles. Techniques included are dyeing, batik, stencilling, screen printing, painting and stitching. She has worked on several films including Saving Private Ryan doing dyeing and breakdown of costume. She has also worked in Theatre. Her art work has sold in retail outlets and exhibitions and has also been commissioned. She is on the education panel of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland and is a member of Visual Arts Ireland and TAG Tinahely Arts Group. In 2013 she completed a three month Artist Residency in John Muafangejo Art Centre in Windhoek Namibia. Mae Dec-Art website & facebook




Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 12:00 to Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 17:00


Variety of drop in workshops suitable for all ages

WHEN  : Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th May, 12pm - 5pm daily

WHERE : Festival Site @ Abbey Grounds, Abbey Street

Admission :   €4 per child, with family rates available on the day

Come join the circus! This travelling craft making collective will be assembling in Wicklow to share their skills with drop-in workshops designed to appeal to children of all ages. Using mostly natural materials and drawing inspiration from wind and wood, the quirky creations will include dreamcatchers, woodwind chimes, windmills and for a bit of fun ... magic hats and fairy doors.




Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 12:00 to Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 17:00


Come & meet members of Wicklow's local Vartry Angling Club & try your hand at the heritage skill of fly tying

WHEN  :  Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th May, 12-5pm daily

WHERE :  Festival Site @ Abbey Grounds, Abbey Street

Fly tying is a common practice in fly fishing, considered by many anglers an important part of the fly fishing experience. Many fly fishers tie their own flies, either following patterns in books, natural insect examples, or using their own imagination. Fly tying is a bit of an art that requires you to tie an assortment of materials such as feathers, furs, fluffs, hairs, threads, or any of very many other materials, in a particular pattern and manner that makes them resemble a type of fly. The possibilities are endless through different combinations and it's all about the presentation of the fly and how you mimic its movement through the water upon your cast and retrieval, that will lead you to become a good fisherman.

Did you know ... The first literary reference to flies and fishing with flies was in Ælian’s Natural History probably written about 200 A.D.
The 1652 4th edition of John Dennys's The Secrets of Angling , first published in 1613, contains the first known illustration of an artificial fly.

Right : Illustration plate of artificial flies from Bowlker's 'Art of Angling' (1854)

Vartry Angling Club was set up in 1984, in the backdrop to Wicklow town at the Ashtown reservoir near the Wicklow rugby club, and has been promoting fly-fishing ever since. The woodlands surrounding the reservoir provides for an abundance of natural food, maintaining a stock of healthy fish. The club promotes an all-inclusive and friendly attitude with fly tying events, social events, barbeques, competitions and open events to members and the general public. With a plethora of experience, members are happy to advise any budding fishermen, share their passion and help you enjoy fly-fishing too. Facilities at the stocked private fishery include parking, picnic tables and maintained walkways around the reservoir through the adjoining woods. The facilities and fishery are maintained on a voluntary basis by the club.



Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 12:00 to Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 17:00


WHEN  :  Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th May, 12 - 5pm both days. Combat displays at 1.30pm & 4.30pm

WHERE :   Festival site @ Abbey Grounds, Abbey Street

FREE family event, heritage displays & interactive settlement with Fingal Living History Society.

Come visit one of Wicklow's ancient  monastic ruins and immerse yourself in the day to day life of a Medieval settlement with heritage displays, craft & cooking. Combat displays 1.30pm & 4.30pm daily


Fingal Living History Society

Supported by the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council in association with the Heritage Council as an action of the County Wicklow Heritage Plan