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Welcome to the Arts Department

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 Cherish the Children Concert - 1st January 2016


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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Latest Arts Department News

Room to Record Recording Development Bursaries Announced

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Cherish the Children 1916 Concert CD Released

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





Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary and Drama League of Ireland Bursary Winners Announced

The Arts Depatment is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for this year's Tyrone Guthrie Centre and Drama League of Ireland Bursary awards. For more information please visit the respective pages Tyrone Guthrie Residency 2016 or Drama League of Ireland.



2016 ArtLinks Bursary Winners Announced

Over €50,000 has been awarded in bursaries to artists from the partner counties of Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford.  For more details please see Artlinks on this site or


Open Call to Artists to join Arts Department Database

The Arts Department of Wexford County Council is in the process of updating their artist database.  Members of this database receive regular updates on future projects, launches, opportunities etc.

If you would like to become a member of this database please email the Arts Department with the following information:

  • Name
  • Art-form
  • Contact Details

Please note this information will be treated with strictest confidence and used only by the Arts Department to send you regular updates.



3 Sisters 2020 - Bit for the Bid 

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The 3 Sisters Bid team are asking each and every person from the region and beyond to do their 'Bit for the Bid' Simply click on the web link below and tell us your vision for the European Capital of Culture 2020 in Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford... All ideas, creative thoughts and hair brained plans are welcome... This is Our Bid, Our Region, Our Voice.

You can share your vision for 2020 via by clicking on the 'Submit your idea' tab. 

Don't forget you can also Submit your ideas via twitter using the hashtag #bitforthebid

Latest news: Community Activation Officers have now been appointed in each of the regions to liaise with community groups to support the bid.  For Wexford please contact Ann Marie Laffan 053 919 6440 or Rosemary Grant 053 919 6285



Wexford County Council Art Collection Website

View the civic 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.”




Living Arts Project 2015/2016

The Living Arts Projectis 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 Philip Knight, Assistant Staff Officer on 053 9196369 or email




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Download Report

Creative Dividends: An assessment of the Economic Impact of Wexford County Council's Support of the Arts Sector                                             

Executive Summary
In order to ascertain the economic impact of Wexford County Council’s support of the Arts Sector, the Arts Department of Wexford County Council commissioned a report to investigate same. The investigation was undertaken by Dr Richard Moloney, Centre for Policy Studies, University College Cork.

• In 2012 Wexford County Council’s direct financial support for the Arts Sector was €0.86 million. This generated:
    o An overall economic impact of €9.35 million 
    o 100.5 Full Time equivalent (FTE) jobs
    o €1.01 million in taxes paid to the Exchequer 
    o A further €0.34 million in indirect activity

• In 2012, for every €1 invested by Wexford County Council in artists, arts activities, enterprises and organisations, there was an associated impact of €7.83 in overall economic activity. 
• Wexford County Council supported 73 Arts Sector projects and activities each year between 2010 and 2013.


Short film about sculptor Rowan Gillespie's 'Solstice'





Arts Department Contact Details

Staff: Philip Knight; Susan Murphy; 

T: 053 9196369 E:

The Arts Department, Wexford County Council, Carricklawn, Wexford

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