RTE presenter Nuala Carey described the work of local artist Barry Edwards as “the cream of the crop” at the launch of the “A Better Place” exhibition at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) on Friday 2 June. This annual exhibition, curated by Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) and this year sponsored by Permanent TSB, aims to use original artworks to make UHW a better place for all. The exhibition will continue until 18 August. Further details are available from www.waterfordhealingarts.com
“A Better Place” is an annual exhibition which invites artists to submit a sample of their artwork to be considered and voted on by patients, staff and visitors to the hospital for a full solo exhibition. This year, submissions were received from 43 artists and Mr Edwards’ artwork received the highest number of votes. Launching the exhibition on Friday night, Nuala Carey said “Out of the 43 works submitted, Barry Edwards’ proved to be the cream of the crop, so I invite you all to take in and enjoy these beautiful artworks”. She went on to describe the area within the hospital where the exhibition is on view as “a place of peace, tranquillity and serenity”. She also expressed her heartfelt thanks to the staff of University Hospital Waterford who “took the best care of my Dad when he was ill. He has made a full recovery and this is a wonderful opportunity to come back to say thank you”. David Leonard, Branch Manager of Permanent TSB Ardkeen, sponsors of “A Better Place” also spoke at the launch and praised the “incredible work” of Waterford Healing Arts Trust: “I have been bowled over by the dedication of the staff at Waterford Healing Arts Trust and their music and art programmes throughout University Hospital Waterford. I’m also delighted that a local artist was selected for the ‘A Better Place’exhibition this year” which he described as a “fantastic community event”.
A Better Place is generously supported by Permanent TSB and the Arts Council. The exhibition will be on view in the ground floor corridor leading to the outpatients department and will run from 2 June to 18 August. Further details are available from WHAT at 051-842664 / WHAT@hse.ie. Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) is Ireland’s leading arts and health programme. 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. WHAT supports the development of arts and health in Ireland and manages the national website www.artsandhealth.ie