Sinéad Hehir selected for this year’s A Better Place exhibition at UHW

Dungarvan artist Sinéad Hehir’s paintings have been selected via a public vote for exhibition at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) under the A Better Place exhibition strand.
The exhibition will be officially launched by poet Edward Denniston on Wednesday 13 June at 6pm.  All are welcome to attend.  This annual exhibition, presented by Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT), aims to use original artworks to make UHW a better place for all.  The exhibition will continue until 28 August.  Further details are available from sinead-hehir-pic

A Better Place is an annual exhibition which invites artists to submit a sample of their artwork to be considered and voted on by the public for a full solo exhibition.  This year, submissions were received from 63 artists – the highest number of entries to date – and were on public view at UHW from February to April, with Sinéad’s artwork receiving the highest number of votes.

A teacher of Art, Craft and Design at Newtown School, Sinéad graduated from CIT Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork with a BA in Fine Art.  She was the recipient of the CIT and OPW Purchase Prize Awards and completed her Higher Diploma with First Class Honours, adding the Marshall Hutson Award for Best Art Education Student, the highest result of the year and CIT Student of the Year to her roll of honour.  Renowned for her interpretations of local landscapes, Sinéad uses paint in an exciting and colourful way, often portraying a dramatic view of Waterford and the surrounding areas.

Announcing details of the launch, Claire Meaney, Acting Arts Director of Waterford Healing Arts Trust , said “Congratulations to Sinéad on being selected for this year’s A Better Place exhibition.  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.  We are particularly pleased that a local artist has been selected through this open competition and we’re really looking forward to seeing Sinéad’s work in a full, vibrant show”.

Speaking about her selection for exhibition, Sinéad Hehir said “I’m thrilled, really delighted!  I would like to express my thanks to everyone who engaged with the voting process of A Better Place and to Waterford Healing Arts Trust for providing this opportunity for artists.  It’s an honour to have been chosen as the winning artist and I’m very excited and privileged at the prospect of exhibiting my work at University Hospital Waterford”.

A Better Place is supported by the Arts Council.  Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) is Ireland’s leading arts and health programme.  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

Click here for background info on this exhibition