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Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Nov 4th 2022 to Jan 31st 2023

for the 2023–2025 Programme

Waterford Healing Arts Trust are accepting proposals for their 2023–2025 Exhibition Programme at University Hospital Waterford! 

Artists of all art forms and disciplines are invited to submit proposals for their exhibition programme 2023–2025 at University Hospital Waterford (UHW). Successful artists will be paid a fee of €450.00 to exhibit, in addition to expenses such as travel, transport and workshop fees etc., where relevant.  Group exhibition proposals are also welcome.  To apply, artists should complete and send the relevant application form: Exhibition proposal form – final, along with three images and their artist CV to by Tuesday, 31 January 2023.  Further information is available from WHAT Project Coordinator, Aisling Kennedy: or 051 842664.

The WHAT exhibition programme at UHW is a means of engaging the hospital community of staff, patients and visitors in contemporary art and arts practices, while also being an opportunity for artists to showcase their work within an atypical exhibition space. Exhibitions typically run for eight weeks, with scope to engage the hospital community in collaborative/ participatory arts experiences in tandem with the exhibition.

“Through art, we aim to bring some wonder and magic to the hospital, to soften the clinical environment and humanise the space, so if you have an idea that you think could be realised in this context, we would love to hear from you.”

Due to the nature of the hospital context there may be some practical constraints in terms of space and infection control.  Additionally, subject matter needs to be carefully considered. Exhibitions need not be hospital, healthcare or medically related, but proposals should be sensitive to the hospital environment and to the hospital audience which would include patients, staff and visitors.

Waterford Healing Arts Trust is Ireland’s leading arts and health organisation.  Established in 1993, WHAT brings arts experiences to the bedsides of patients at University Hospital Waterford and other healthcare settings.  WHAT believes that the arts contribute to the wellbeing and vitality of society and that engaging with the arts stimulates the participant’s sense of identity and creativity. Core funded by the Arts Council, WHAT also supports the development of arts and health in Ireland and manages the national website

Key information

Application process

Send your completed form, 3 images of previous work and artist CV to:

Have a query?

Email our Project Co-ordinator/Curator : Aisling Kennedy: or call 051 842664.

Deadline for applications

Tuesday, 31 January 2023 at midnight!

Art form/ disciplines

All art forms will be considered, from visual art to performance art.

Exhibition Form document

Exhibition proposal form – final

University Hospital Waterford
Dunmore Road
Waterford City

Tel. 051 842 664

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