Open Call: A Better Place 2020

We are delighted to announce an open call to artists based in Ireland to submit proposals for our A Better Place exhibition, which will take place at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) later this year.  This annual exhibition, curated by Waterford Healing Arts Trust, aims to make UHW a better place for all – patients, visitors and staff – by displaying original, uplifting artworks.  The closing date for proposals is Tuesday 10 March at 5pm.

Now in its fifth year, A Better Place is a unique opportunity for artists to have their work shown at the hospital.  Artists are invited to submit two samples of their work to be considered and voted on for a full solo exhibition.  These samples will be displayed at the hospital for a period of four weeks and all who view them – patients, visitors, staff – will have an opportunity to submit their vote via a voting card.  Artists are not identified during the selection process.

Pictured at the launch of A Better Place 2019 at University Hospital Waterford were Grace O’Sullivan, MEP who opened the exhibition, Claire Meaney, WHAT and Deirdre Dunne, artist.
Photo: John Power

Announcing details of the Open Call, Claire Meaney, Acting Arts Director of Waterford Healing Arts Trust, said “A Better Place offers patients, staff and visitors to the hospital the opportunity to experience new, diverse contemporary art and maybe discover a new artist.  In addition, as with all of our exhibitions, A Better Place seeks to lift people’s spirits during what can be a difficult time, and remind us that, even in the midst of adversity, there is still beauty in the world”.  Claire added “It’s completely democratic, as everyone who views the submissions has the opportunity to vote.  People are encouraged to consider a piece not just for its aesthetic quality, but also for its positive impact within the hospital setting”.

A Better Place is generously supported by the Arts Council.  The exhibition will be on view from June to September 2020.  Click here for full details: A Better Place call for submissions 2020 

Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) 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.  WHAT supports the development of arts and health in Ireland and manages the national website