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Welcome to the Arts Department

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 John Noel Smith Selected Works: 1993-2016 - Exhibition Launch


Mission Statement

Our aim is to improve the quality of life for the citizens of County Wexford by enabling people to engage in high quality arts experiences and by stimulating and supporting standards of excellence among artists in their practice.

The Arts Department may issue opportunities by email to individuals and groups on our Arts Database.  If you wish to avail of this service, please submit your contact details and your area of arts interest to

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News and Opportunities


Artist in the Community Scheme 2017 Funding - Now Open

The Artist in the Community Scheme funding stream is now open to community groups.  For further details please see Arts and the Community 2017  


Drama League of Ireland 2017 Scholarship - Now Open

The Drama League of Ireland 2017 Summer School Scholarship is now open to local amateur participants and members of drama societies.  For further details please see Drama League of Ireland 2017


Tyrone Guthrie Centre 2017 Bursary - Now Open

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre bursary enables artists who are resident in County Wexford to spend two weeks at the centre in County Monaghan.  For further details please see Tyrone Guthrie Centre 2017 Bursary 


Living Arts Project 2016/2017

The Living Arts Project is a long-term visual arts educational scheme which consolidates the existing partnership between the Arts Department of Wexford County Council (WCC) and Wexford Arts Centre (WAC), and intends to make engagement with, and understanding of, the fundamentals of contemporary visual art even more attainable for local audiences.

Living Arts Video 



Free guided tour of the Wexford County Art Collection

We are currently reviewing how best to deliver public access to the collection.  We will revert as soon as possible.  For enquiries about the collection please contact the Arts Department by email at


Wexford County Council Art Collection Website

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View the County Art Collection, developed by Wexford County Council, over the last 20 years.  

Works of major Irish and international artists, such as Neil Shawcross, Louis le Brocquy, Colin Davidson, Judith Pfaff and Mary Swanzy are on show, with artists’ biographies and commentary on the various pieces.  Local artists such as  Francis Danby, Paul Funge and Paddy Lennon, are included also.

The website promotes the total collection to arts enthusiasts and is a valuable educational tool for schools and colleges.  Images have been extensively tagged to make the website a fully interactive learning environment and there are external links to artists’ own websites and galleries where further works may be viewed. 

“Wexford people can be very proud of their County Art Collection” said John Carley, Director of Services. “It is an impressive body of paintings, prints, photographs, tapestry and sculpture. This website allow people examine the total Collection & engage with it in new, creative ways.”


Cherish the Children 1916 Concert CD Available

The first of Wexford's 1916 Commemorations and funded by the Arts Department and the Enniscorthy Municipal District Office, Cherish the Children has been released on CD.  The tracks include Child of Creation commission by composer Liam Bates for the event and featuring Sentinal Star and Our Own Voice by Wexford composer Sue Furlong.  To close is one of the most moving renditions of Amhán na Bhfiann arranged by Liam Bates.

The CD is available from:

  • Wexford: Wexford Library and Municipal District Office
  • Enniscorthy: Municipal District Office, Market Square
  • New Ross: Municipal District Office, the Tholsel
  • Gorey: Gorey Civic Offices and Library




Arts Department Contact Details

County Arts Officer: Liz Burns

Staff:  Susan Murphy

T: 053 9196369 053 9196441 E: F:

The Arts Department, Wexford County Council, Carricklawn, Wexford

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