‘Vikings in Focus’ photographic exhibition in Mermaid Arts Centre

The County Wicklow Film Commission in partnership with Executive Producer Morgan O’Sullivan of World 2000 Entertainment and The Mermaid Arts Centre are delighted to announce the upcoming ‘Vikings in Focus’, photo exhibition. This is an exhibition of spectacular ‘behind the scenes’ photo stills taken on the set of internationally acclaimed television series ‘Vikings’ by official photographers Jonathan Hession and Bernard Walsh. Do not miss this stunning exhibition if you have ever wondered what it’s like being on a film of a large scale television series. Five series of ‘Vikings’ have been shot at Ashford Studios in Ashford County Wicklow, and at a number of stunning locations throughout County Wicklow such as Luggala Estate in the Wicklow Mountains, Powerscourt Waterfall, The Devil’s Glen in Ashford, Newcastle, Silver Strand and Brittas Bay Beach, the Avoca Mines and the Blessington and Roundwood Lakes. The sixth series of ‘Vikings’ is currently being shot in County Wicklow. Previous series can be seen on RTE and Amazon Prime. This exhibition offers a rare glimpse into the world of photographers Jonathan Hession and Bernard Walsh, who were the official still photographers on the first two series. Jonathan Hession has been a professional photographer all of his working life. Jonathan originally started as a commercial photographer, but started taking film stills about 25 years ago to help a friend out, who was double booked, on a feature film. Bernard Walsh stumbled through various occupations early on in life, but eventually settled on pressing the shutter release button on film and tv sets about twenty years ago. And… he’s still doing it. During the making of each series of ‘Vikings’ on average 700 cast and crew are employed which impacts hugely on the local economy. In addition to the employment there is a considerable economic spin off for service providers such as special effects, horse handlers, food suppliers, transport and local accommodation suppliers. Wicklow County Council has been supportive of the film makers in County Wicklow through a number of measures such as the Wicklow Film Commission, the South Eastern Creative Corridor Programme and is also keen to promote the successful television series such as ‘Vikings’ and ‘Into the Badlands’. The continuation of ‘Vikings’ into a sixth series shows how hugely successful the series is in the USA, Canada, UK as well as Scandinavia and Russia. Last year Executive Producer Morgan O’Sullivan picked up an IFTA for Vikings which won Best Drama series. The series was also nominated across several other categories including Best Supporting Actor for Moe Dunford, Best Director Drama for Ciaran Donnelly, Best Production Design for Mark Geraghty and it also won an IFTA for Best Makeup & Hair, a well deserved feat for the outstanding art department and hair & makeup element of the show that at times sees an extensive array of actors and over 600 extras made up for scenes and battle ensembles, cue gallons of fake blood and an extraordinary prosthetics and SFX department. This exhibition is supported by Wicklow County Council in partnership with World 2000 and Mermaid Arts Centre. Running from Friday 23rd February till Saturday 17th March, admission is free. For all media queries, please contact Vibeke Delahunt, Film Commissioner, Wicklow County Council, Wicklow on 087 2321292 or by email vdelahunt@leo.wicklowcoco.ie