June – August 2009
Once Upon a Time, an exhibition of artworks by Laura Fitzgerald, WHAT’s Artist in Residence during 2009, was launched in the new WHAT Centre for Arts and Health on 25 June 2009 by local historian and broadcaster, Julian Walton.
Laura Fitzgerald was the first artist to use the studio space in the newly developed WHAT Centre for Arts and Health in the grounds of University Hospital Waterford (UHW). Over her six month residency, she created a body of work on the theme of memory. She expanded beyond her previous work of dealing with personal memories into a more collective and collaborative approach by inviting staff, patients and visitors to the hospital to share their memories with her. One hundred sixty six individual drawings of peoples’ memories were featured in this exhibition.
Speaking at the exhibition launch, historian Julian Walton said that WHAT played an important role in the cultural history of Waterford city and in the promotion of healing in the holistic sense. He commended Laura Fitzgerald for successfully tapping into the imagination of staff, patients and visitors through her memory drawings.
Once Upon a Time was sponsored by Pfizer Ireland and also toured to the Index Gallery, Central Library, Lady Lane, Waterford.