Reconnections exhibition

at GOMA Gallery of Modern Art
30 September – 13 October 2020

Featuring an eclectic mix of artworks by participants of the Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) Open Studio workshop, Reconnections is an art exhibition showcasing a diverse range of individual styles and techniques, and celebrates the participants reconnecting after time apart. Also featured are artworks by service users of the Activation Therapy Unit, St Otteran’s Hospital, Waterford. Both workshops are facilitated by artist Jill Bouchier. The exhibition is on view at GOMA Gallery of Modern Art from Wednesday 30 September to Tuesday 13 October from 12.30pm to 17.30pm each day.

The Open Studio has been operating at the WHAT Centre for Arts & Health at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) since 2009. It was established to provide a creative and social outlet for people living in the community who may feel socially isolated due to ill health or disability.

The Open Studio group has a history of successful exhibitions. The group held their first exhibition in 2011 at UHW, entitled Separate Storms. In 2013 they exhibited their work in Cupán Tae during the inaugural Well festival. Following that they exhibited The Feel Good Factory I at Garter Lane Arts Centre and The Feel Good Factory II at the Index Gallery, WCCC Library, as part of the Well Festival 2014 and 2016 respectively. They exhibited at GOMA Gallery of Modern Art for the first time in 2018 with their exhibition This is WHAT we’re all about.

Participants of the Activation Therapy Unit at St. Otteran’s Hospital access art making with Jill Bouchier through the Iontas arts and mental health programme, a partnership between WHAT and the Waterford Wexford Mental Health Services.

This exhibition has been programmed as part of Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing 2020, a collaboration between Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT), Waterford City & County Library Services and Garter Lane Arts Centre. This colourful festival celebrates the benefits of participation in the arts and has something to suit everyone’s tastes. See the full festival programme at