Visual Arts Events

Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 09:00 to Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 19:00

MEDIEVAL BUNTING  Community project installation on view Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th May. Check out below how you can contribute to this fun & colourful collaboration!

Following on from the success of previous year's, we're back with another community craft installation, as well as exhibiting & displaying wonderful contributions from festival's past. For 2015 we are looking for your creative flair in creating a flag for WAF's Medieval Bunting.

Drop off or post  your pieces to 4 Convent Road, Wicklow Town, Co. Wicklow before 10th April '15

FREE workshop on Easter Monday April 6th, drop in anytime between 10am and 1pm, assembly Hall, Bachelors Walk, Wicklow Town. Help will be on hand to create your flag, get inspiration or just have fun creating with others! Some materials provided but do bring along anything you want to add to your flag.

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


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

WHERE :  Festival Tent @ Abbey Grounds, Abbey Street

FREE family event

Now in it's 6th year, this is an exhibition where the creativity and imagination of the students knows no bounds. With thanks to the art teachers from the local secondary schools, students get the chance to produce and exhibit fantastic sculpture and artwork. Check out our flickr to see photos from year's past.






Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 12:00


Come & see the display from 2013's creative project by Wicklow's elder community

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

WHERE  :  Festival site @ Abbey Grounds, Abbey Street

'Bags that carry thoughts'  was a creative project run in 2013 specially for the elder members of Wicklow's community from Wicklow's Day Care Centre and St. Colman's Hospital Rathdrum, and facilitated by artist Natascha Fischell. The idea was for bags to be designed by the community's older people to 'carry' their thoughts and share their wisdom. Before the festival, workshops were run where participants were encouraged- through conversation and by exploring items commonly used in the past- to share their memories of local shops, lifestyle, their way of life and how things have changed over the years. The aim was for the workshops to progress organically as conversation develops and for participants to write down or draw some of their memories. Their combined contributions were made into one 'group' design that was printed onto shopping bags which were freely available during the Wicklow Arts Festival 2013.

Natascha Fischell studied at the National College of Art and Design and has worked for several years both as a community artist and as a tutor.


Photos: Natascha with some of the workshoppers from Wicklow Day Care Centre (left) and workshops in action at Wicklow Day Care Centre and St. Colman's Hospital Rathdrum (below)



This project was supported by The Community Foundation for Ireland


Friday, May 22, 2015 - 18:00 to Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 17:00


Exhibition of entries from The Stage Youth Café photo competition

WHEN  :  Open day & Exhibition on view Friday 22nd May from 6-10pm & Saturday 23rd May from 3-5pm, free refreshments

WHERE :  The Stage Youth Café, Community Resource Centre (old Parochial Hall), St. Patrick's Road

The competition is open to young people age 13-19 years on the theme 'Being Young' , for info on how to enter your photo visit the youth café's facebook page (see below)

The Stage Youth Café is a free drop in facility for young people aged 13 - 19 years, run by a voluntary adult & youth committee. With computers, games, books, pool, fooseball, snack bar as well as regular movie nights & other fun activities- this great space is designed by young people for young people! Find out more on facebook


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


WHEN  :  Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th, 12 - 5pm, workshops at 1pm & 3pm daily

WHERE : Festival site @ Abbey Grounds, Abbey Street

FREE drop in workshops & creative art installation

Join artist Genevieve under the trees to create your own piece of temporary sculpture or land art from natural materials, and add your own personal touch to Genevieve's large collaborative installation which will take shape over the festival weekend. Suitable for all the family !


Genevieve Harden is a socially engaged artist, practicing in Dublin since 1998. Her public practice is in both Educational and Community settings. Which includes exhibitions, installation, video, painting and performance as well as public commissions.
Education is a core motivation for her practice concerns flux, connections and tensions between past and present. She designs accessible processes, which center on securing a sense of identity. The work captures moments triggered from thoughts or conversation.

Genevieve also works as part of the artist team in a range of settings :
Creativity in the Classroom -  An artists in school project.
Draiocht, Center for the Arts, Blanchardstown -  Delivering visual arts projects to people of all ages with the Education and Outreach Department.
ReCreate artist team - An organisation which promotes up-cycling and creative reuse.


Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 11:00 to Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 17:00


Lovewicklow is a community initiative and multi-media project

WHEN  :  All entries will be on display Saturday 23rd  & Sunday 24th May, 11am -  5pm daily, to include a live performance of entrants on Sunday 24th from 2 - 4pm

WHERE :  Wicklow Community Resource Centre, St. Patrick's Road, Wicklow Town

Lovewicklow are hosting an arts for all, multimedia exhibition, showcasing entries on the theme 'What I love about Wicklow'  in photographs, visual art, writing & music. Entry forms & futher info available by emailing . Free entry.

Visit Lovewicklow on Facebook

In association with the Lovewicklow organising committee

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

A bright & colourful display of wonderful hangings created from 2013's yarnbomb contributions to 'A Stitch in Time... Wicklow's 400 year yarn'.

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

WHERE :   Festival site @ Abbey Grounds, Abbey Street

FREE event.  Come and browse these marvellous handmade hangings- large and small- created from the many contributions to WAF 2013's community project. From the local community to diaspora far afield, as well as those with ancestral links to Wicklow, hundreds of varied yarn pieces made up the yarnbomb. As a legacy to this huge project, the pieces are being gradually re-assembled into large display pieces of artwork. Having already repurposed a great amount into hangings, this is an ongoing project which has so far been exhibited at Culture Night 2013, WAF 2014 and will continue to be displayed when possible.



Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 12:30 to Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 17:00


Exhibition of all entries to WAF's Environmental photo competition for children

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

WHERE :   Festival site @ Abbey Grounds, Abbey Street

See details below on how to enter, closing date Friday 8th May





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


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.