WHAT (Waterford Healing Arts Trust) curates and manages the art collection of University Hospital Waterford, which consists of over 560 artworks. Along with this they produce art programmes and opportunities for the benefit and entertainment of staff, patients and visitors. Here’s a quick look at what they’re up to this March.

Open Gallery – Dementia Friendly Art Project

Open-Gallery-1-300x169This art project invites people living with dementia, and their families/carers, to join us 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.

All welcome. No experience needed – just an interest in art or in trying something new.

Thurs 7 Mar, 2.30pm, Medical Ward 5
Thurs 21 Mar, 2.30pm, WHAT Centre

Click here for more info.

Open Call – A Better Place Exhibition

Sinead Hehir
Photo: Sinead Hehir, A Better Place artist 2018. Photo by John Power

Closing date fast approaching!
For the 4th successive year, artists are invited to submit proposals (images of sample artworks) for a solo exhibition to help make UHW “A Better Place”.  Proposals will be voted on by the hospital community and the successful artist will announced in April.  The exhibition will be launched at UHW in late June and continue for two months.

Deadline: 19 March


Click here for more info and how to submit.


Staff Art Wall – Spirit of The Wild

Koala by Geraldine Malthouse

Spirit of the Wild is a collection of beautiful photographs from around the world captured by Staff Nurse Geraldine Malthouse.

Continues until 8th March on the Staff Art Wall at UHW.

Click here for more info.


Coming soon on Staff Art Wall

By: Stefanie Fleischer

Stefanie Fleischer – Seasons

8th March – 3rd May
A colourful exhibition of artworks interpreting the seasons using various media.

Click here for more info.


Open Call – staff Art Wall

0532234a-4ee6-4949-8fe8-b64e57502827Have 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

“Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) is Ireland’s leading arts and health programme. Established in 1993, we bring arts experiences to the bedsides of patients at University Hospital Waterford and other healthcare settings. We believe that the arts contribute to the wellbeing and vitality of society and that engaging with the arts stimulates our sense of identity and creativity.” www.waterfordhealingarts.com

WHAT supports the development of arts and health in Ireland and manages www.artsandhealth.ie, a national website.

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