Open Call for Composer & Poet-in-Residence 2018

In a new development for 2018, we are inviting poets and composers to apply to be Artists-in-Residence at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) in 2018.  This is the first time for WHAT to bring together two art forms under its Artist-in-Residence programme.

AIR eflierThis exciting new venture is being undertaken as part of our 25th anniversary celebrations.  The deadline for submission of applications is Thursday 12 April 2018.

The WHAT Artist-in-Residence programme is a means of engaging patients in contemporary arts practice and an opportunity for artists to develop their professional practice within an acute hospital context.  The scheme is funded by the Arts Council.

The purpose of the 2018 Artist Residency is two-fold: to collaborate with patients at UHW, and to create new works – poetry and music – to include a new choral work, inspired and informed by these collaborations and experiences, which will be part of the permanent legacy of the 25th anniversary celebrations.

Applications can be made in one of two ways: A joint application by a poet and composer who will work together for the period of the residency, or individual applications by poets/composers who are agreeable to being introduced to their counterpart by WHAT and to work together for the period of the residency.

Announcing details of the residency, Claire Meaney, Acting Arts Director of Waterford Healing Arts Trust, said “We are very excited to announce this new approach to our Artist-in-Residence scheme for 2018 as part of our 25th anniversary year.  Every year, artists engage patients in creative participatory and/or collaborative arts experiences.  This year, we are extending this a little further by inviting a poet and a composer to work together to create a new choral work inspired by their experiences at the hospital.  This piece will be performed by a Waterford-based choir in December 2018.  Research shows us that choral music is uplifting and enhances wellbeing, so what better legacy to mark our 25 years of arts programmes at UHW.”

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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 (UHW) 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 also supports the development of arts and health in Ireland and manages the national website