A Better Place 2020 – Update

Due to the increased restrictions resulting from the Covid 19 / Corona Virus, Waterford Healing Arts Trust will remain closed until 20 April.

The schedule for our ‘A Better Place’ exhibition has been reviewed and the following are the revised dates:
– Mid-June: All submissions will be displayed at UHW and remain on view for four weeks.  During this time, patients, staff and visitors to the hospital will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite artwork.
– Mid-July: Voting concludes
– Late July: The successful artist will be notified
– Early October: Installation of A Better Place 2020 exhibition
– Wednesday 7 October: Official opening of A Better Place 2020
– Early December: Exhibition concludes

See below for previous information about A Better Place.


A Better Place is an annual exhibition, curated by Waterford Healing Arts Trust, which aims to make University Hospital Waterford (UHW) a better place for all – patients, visitors and staff – by displaying original, uplifting artworks.

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 (update: Open Call closed on 10 March), Claire Meaney, 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 October to December 2020.  Click here for full details: A Better Place call for submissions 2020  Please Note: The Open Call closed on 10 March.

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 www.artsandhealth.ie

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