Featuring artwork created by participants of WHAT’s weekly Open Studio Workshop, The Feel Good Factory is an exhibition of diverse subject matter and media celebrating each participant’s work, their individuality and one of the things that makes them feel good: making art! The exhibition will be on view in the Index Gallery, Central Library, Lady Lane, Waterford from 3 to 15 October.
The Open Studio has been operating in the WHAT Centre for Arts & Health at University Hospital Waterford since 2009. It was established to provide a creative outlet for people living in the community. It has a regular weekly attendance of 12 people comprising users of the Mental Health Services, the Disability Services and others not affiliated to any service.
The exhibiting artists are Robin Cahill, Martin Carroll, John Cullen, Dessie Dunne, Ray Grace, Fiona Hayden, Pat Hennebry, Maeve Herraghty, Fionnuala Leahy, Catherine McDonald, Kieran O’Sullivan and Declan Purcell. Each artist has focused on a topic which they are passionate about, which makes them feel positive and have that ‘feel good factor’. There is a huge range of factors which makes one person feel good compared to another. As a result this exhibition promises a great range and variety of pieces.
The Feel Good Factory II is the result of the collaborative work between the participants and artist Claire Meaney.
WHAT also acknowledges the support of the Arts Council, The Ireland Funds and Europe Direct.
For further information about the Open Studio group contact Claire on 051-842664. The exhibition is on view in the library until 15th October.