5K: New Staff Art Wall Exhib

5K: Captivating new exhibition by Adrian Crellin, CNM

5K, a captivating new exhibition of photographs by Adrian Crellin, has opened on the Staff Art Wall at University Hospital Waterford (UHW).  This absorbing collection of photographs captures the beauty, wonder, and adventure that can be found close to home, within our ‘5k’, the five kilometre limits experienced during the pandemic lockdowns.  The Staff Art Wall is managed by Waterford Healing Arts Trust and aims to celebrate the creativity of staff working at UHW by providing an opportunity to display their work at the hospital.  Further details are available from 051 842664.

A photographer for many years, Adrian Crellin is the Clinical Nurse Manager on the Cherry Ward at UHW.  This is his third time to exhibit on the Staff Art Wall, following his exhibitions Home Thoughts from Abroad in 2016 and more recently, Rock Face in 2019.  Speaking about 5K, Adrian explains, ‘We all became very familiar with our five kilometre limit set during COVID-19 lockdowns.  Our worlds became smaller, with many of us turning to our local home places for solace and peace.  This collection is emblematic of these moments in time.  All of the photographs in this exhibition were captured whilst out on walks during lockdown periods.  I am truly grateful that Crotty’s Lake in the Comeragh Mountains in County Waterford fell within my ‘5k’. Also known as Lough Gorra, the lake is named after the highwayman William Crotty who had a hideout there during the 18th Century.  To this day it is said his treasure is buried somewhere in the vicinity of his hideout cave.’

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