RTE presenter Nuala Carey will officially launch local artist Barry Edwards’ exhibition “A Better Place” at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) on Friday 2 June at 5pm. All are welcome to attend. 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.
“A Better Place” is an annual exhibition which invites artists to submit a sample of their artwork to be considered and voted on for a full solo exhibition. This year, submissions were received from 43 artists and were on public view at UHW from January to March, with Mr Edwards’ artwork receiving the highest number of votes.
Announcing details of the launch, Claire Meaney, Acting Arts Director of Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT), said “We’re delighted that Nuala Carey will be joining us to officially launch this year’s ‘A Better Place’ exhibition, featuring the work of artist Barry Edwards. WHAT believes that original artworks at University Hospital Waterford make it a better place for everyone and help to lift people’s spirits during what can sometimes be a difficult time. Nuala Carey is a wonderful, cheerful, outgoing person, so we feel she is the ideal person to open A Better Place for us and we’re looking forward to giving her a warm Waterford welcome”. RTE Weather and National Lottery presenter Nuala Carey is looking forward to visiting the sunny southeast: “The last time I was at University Hospital Waterford, my Dad was a patient of the medical teams. I’m delighted to return to thank all of those involved in his recovery, while at the same time launching the ‘A Better Place’ exhibition. As one of the judges of the RTE Weather Photo Competition, I realise how important art is and the calming influence it can have. I’m extremely impressed with Barry Edwards’ work”.
Originally from Kent, England, Barry Edwards relocated to Waterford in 1990 and enjoys painting ‘en plein air’, creating artworks recognisable as landscape but with an abstract quality and a rich tangle of colour. His love of art was ignited when an accident in 2012 kept him on crutches for six months. He enjoys spending time along the ancient shoreline of the River Suir, looking to capture fleeting moments of nature in his artworks, returning to the same areas over and over, sitting and drawing the information gathered.
Mr Edwards’ art education was completed in England and Ireland and he is both a painter and a printmaker. He has attended various courses and most recently completed an Expressive Landscape painting course at the Newlyn School of Art in Cornwall. His artworks first exhibited in 2012 in ‘Hive Emerging Artists’ and ‘Scratching the Surface’, as part of the Imagine Festival. Two solo exhibitions followed, at the Signal Arts Centre, Bray (2013) and the Old Market Arts Centre, Dungarvan (2014).
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.