After West of Sumer on show at UHW

Beautiful exhibition of botanical art

After West of Sumer, an exhibition of 15 giclée prints of botanical art, has opened at University Hospital Waterford (UHW). The title of the exhibition was inspired by the history of the Sumerians, an ancient people who around 5000 years ago recorded some of the first medicinal herbal and botanical preparations onto clay tablets. The prints will be on display in the hospital until 23 September 2022 and an online catalogue of the collection is available here: After West of Sumer Catalogue.

The Outpatients Entrance Corridor, Ground Floor at UHW.

Originally commissioned by Saolta Arts and Saolta University Health Care Group as part of The Deepest Shade of Green Programme for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, while installed at UHW After West of Sumer will be managed by Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT).  For any queries regarding the exhibition contact or 051 842664.

Announcing the exhibition, Claire Meaney, Director of WHAT, said “This is an extraordinary series of prints that explores the intertwining connection between art, plants and ancient medicine.  We are very excited to have After West of Sumer here at UHW, and from the first moment of its installation the stunning prints have received enthusiastic feedback from the hospital community.  We are very grateful to Saolta Arts and partners, the Chelsea Physic Garden and the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, for allowing us to host the exhibition here.”

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