Paul Kelly 'Blue Boy'

Gems of the WHAT art collection

October – November 2015

Gems was an exhibition of personal favourites from the WHAT Art Collection selected by staff, patients and visitors to University Hospital Waterford (UHW) as part of the Well festival of arts and wellbeing.

Over 560 original artworks hang in every nook and cranny of UHW. They can be found in the ceilings of clinical places, in wards and outpatients clinics, on public corridors and even in the tearooms of the laundry! This unique collection is curated by WHAT.  The development of a collection of original contemporary artwork is central to WHAT’s aim to enhance the hospital environment, make it a more compassionate and caring space for patients, and alleviate the sense of isolation and boredom that hospitalisation can bring.

The Gems exhibition featured works by a diverse range of artists including Tom Molloy, Janet Pierce, Laura Fitzgerald, Paul Kelly, Gemma Hodge, Emily Robyn Archer and Alfonso Santoni.

The works were selected by the following healthcare staff, patients and visitors: Anna Moore, Dymphna O’Herlihy, Brigita Moore, George Higgs, Rita Canney, Susan Carey, Marie Doyle, Fiona Couch, Jack Foskin, Jane Molloy, John Donovan, Mary Grehan, Martine O’Donovan, Melanie Fox, Michael Whelan, Philomena Hayes, Rebecca Lee, Laura Grimes, Rebecca O’Shea, Catherine Cooke and Fr. John Philip.