Waterford City & County Council's Arts resource site


Garter Lane Arts Centre, April 2nd 2019


A Celebration of Waterford Healing Arts Trust in 25 Objects is a special exhibition reflecting the evolution of WHAT over the last 25 years and features a carefully curated collection, including paintings, sound recordings and sculptures.

Claire Meaney explains “We’re presenting an exhibition of 25 objects to tell the story of Waterford Healing Arts Trust, what we do and why.  We wanted to represent the landmark moments in the organisation’s development and the artworks produced through our art programmes, artist residencies, public art commissions, exhibitions and music programmes, as well as our national arts and health development work. ”

Established in 1993, WHAT is a pioneer in the arts and health world, having set up when the concept of arts in healthcare settings was in its infancy in Ireland and internationally.  Originally the brainchild of a GP practicing in Waterford, Dr Abdul Bulbulia, who had a vision for how artworks in the clinical setting could enhance patient wellbeing, WHAT has built up a strong track record over the last 25 years to become the national lead on arts and health development in Ireland.  While the organisation’s work is not “therapy”, it is inherently therapeutic and uplifting.

For further information please click Here or contact on Tel: +353 (0)51 842664

WHAT also manages the national Arts and Health website: please click here



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