Fundraising Concert: Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, USA & Irish Invitational Brass Band

fundraising Concert

Sun 23 June, 4.30pm
Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford

A stirring afternoon of music and song is in store when the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir from Indiana, USA join the Irish Invitational Brass Band for a fundraising concert, with all proceeds going to  arts programmes at UHW.

Tickets: €10 available in advance from WHAT: 051 842664 / what@hse.ie or on the door at Christ Church Cathedral.






Healing Sounds in the Foyer at UHW

jill devlin.pngJill Devlin, Harpist
Healing Sounds in the Foyer
Tues 25 June, 1.15pm

Admission is free and all are welcome.  Healing Sounds in the Foyer is a programme of monthly live music performances which aims to promote the positive relationship between music, health and wellbeing and to reduce stress and anxiety for patients, visitors and staff.  This programme is kindly sponsored by AIB Ardkeen.  Harp scholar Jill Devlin is sure to enchant patients staff and visitors with the soothing sound of the traditional Irish harp at her UHW debut. A native of Tramore, Jill  has just completed her final year in music (BA hons) at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT),  and has collected many accolades for her skilful approach to the harp, including receiving the 2019 Bridget Doolan Memorial Music Award.



Healing Sounds on the Wards

music on wardsBringing live music to the wards at UHW
Tues 4 June, 7pm-8.30pm
Medical wards 3 & 5
Musicians: Eoin O Meachair & Alan Browne

Mon 10 June, 3pm-4.30pm
Renal Dialysis & Medical Ward 4
Musicians: Liam Merriman & Michelle Haberlin

18 June, 7pm-8.30pm
Medical wards 3 & 5
Musicians: Eoin O Meachair & Liam Kavanagh

Healing Sounds on the Wards is funded by the Arts Council and the National Lottery Good Causes Fund.



New Artist in Residence Announced

catherine sweeneyCatherine Sweeney Brown – Artist in Residence 2019

Catherine will be based at WHAT for six months and will work primarily with the Neonatal and Special Care Baby Unit at UHW. Catherine grew up in Waterford as part of a musical family.  Having completed a music degree at Bangor University, she undertook her Masters in Music Therapy in Cambridge and subsequently spent over 20 years working in the UK as a clinical music therapist, based in children’s hospices, schools, secure care facilities, head injury units and nursing homes. Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) is Ireland’s leading arts and health organisation.  Established in 1993, WHAT brings arts experiences to the bedsides of patients at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) and other healthcare settings.


Exhibitions at UHW

exhibitionA Better Place 2019 – Deirdre Dunne
Exhibition launch at UHW
Friday 28 June, 6pm

Artist Deirdre Dunne will present a solo exhibition at UHW this summer, with the aim of making the hospital a better place for all.  The A Better Place exhibition is an annual exhibition, open to all artists, and managed by Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT).  Deirdre’s exhibition will be launched on 28 June and will continue over the summer.

WHAT began the A Better Place exhibition strand in 2016 to offer an opportunity to any artist to submit a sample of their work for consideration. Deirdre lives and works as an art teacher in Mitchelstown, County Cork, surrounded by the Galtee Mountains.  Having graduated from CIT Crawford College of Art and Design Cork with an Honours Degree in Fine Art Painting in 1993, she spent time cycling through Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Central America and Ireland, as well as working as a tour guide in Australia and East Africa.  Her aim in art is to bring images from around the world to viewers who may have never gotten the chance to experience these places, or to rekindle memories for people who have.


staff art wellStaff Art Wall
Lilian O’Neill, Exhibition ” Beloved”
3 May – 28 June

Beloved, an exhibition of beautiful watercolours.

Lilian O’Neill worked as a radiographer for many years at University Hospital Waterford.  She was born in the Czech Republic in 1939 and at the age of about ten she moved to the UK with her family.  A few years later the family relocated to Ireland when Lilian was a teenager.

She always had a passion for art and even though she spent her career working in the medical field which she loved, in her free time and especially in her retirement years, she returned to her first passion.

The Staff Art Wall project is an initiative of Waterford Healing Arts Trust which aims to celebrate the creativity of HSE staff by providing an opportunity to display their work at the hospital.



Children’s Summer Art Camp

childrens summer campPulling Faces & Telling Tales
29 July-2 Aug, 10am-1pm daily

Artist Ciara Harrison returns to WHAT to lead this ever popular summer camp for children of HSE staff.
For 5-8yr olds, participants will draw, print, weave, sew and tie-dye, inspired by characters they invent throughout the week.  The camp will finish with a gentle celebration of their colourful creations!
Cost €55 (20% discount for WHAT members).
Booking & payment essential by 12 July at WHAT@hse.ie | 051 842664.



Open Gallery: Dementia Friendly Art Project

demntiaArt project on the ward & in the community

Thurs 6 June, 2.30pm Medical Ward 3 (for patients & their family members/carers)
Thurs 13 June, 2.30pm Havenwood Nursing Home (private event for residents)

Open Gallery invites people living with dementia, and their families/carers,  to look at and chat about paintings from the UHW art collection in a welcoming space.  Sessions take place on the wards for patients at UHW and in the WHAT Centre for people living in the community. In each session, three paintings from the hospital art collection are discussed by the participants.  These paintings usually have a theme, for example, landscapes, portraits, colour etc.  No experience is necessary.  Participants do not have to know anything about art.  These sessions are about all the participants making observations, describing, building connections and enjoying art together.Open Gallery is facilitated by artist Caroline Schofield, who has trained in delivering such dementia-friendly workshops, and supported by artist Jill Bouchier, and Maeve Butler, Acting Assistant Arts Director, WHAT, Amy Power, Assistant Art Curator, WHAT, and Keith Irish, Art Installer, WHAT.


Open Call  |  Staff Art Wall

open call.pngOpen Call  |  Staff Art Wall
Have you an artistic talent hidden away?!
The Staff Art Wall is an initiative which aims to celebrate the creativity of HSE staff by providing an opportunity to display your work at the hospital.
If you’re a staff member keen to exhibit your paintings, photographs or other artwork, please contact Amy or Stefanie at WHAT, ext. 2664 / WHAT@hse.ie


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