STEP Through the Looking Glass at UHW

STEP launches at UHW

Image credit: Emer O’Boyle

STEP Through the Looking Glass: Stories Told of Experimental Processes launches at University Hospital Waterford on Thursday, 13 October 2022. STEP Through the Looking Glass, an intriguing exhibition that tells stories through objects and the people who own them, has opened at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) and continues until 25 November. The exhibition was conceived by tapestry weaver and Cell and Molecular Biology graduate Lorna Donlon, in collaboration with researchers in the UCD Conway Institute. Portrait photographs are by Anthony Hobbs.  Queries regarding the exhibition can be directed to or 051 842664.


The objects we use in our daily lives say something about the people we are and the lives we lead. Similarly, the things we no longer use every day, but keep and don’t throw away, say something about what matters to us. The items in STEP Through the Looking Glass belong to a particular group of people who all have something in common. Can you guess what it is? To find out, and for those who will not get the chance to view this exhibition in person, the collection in its entirety can be viewed online at:


Announcing the exhibition, Claire Meaney, Director of Waterford Healing Arts Trust, said “I have been looking forward to this exhibition all year and it is thrilling to see it installed at the hospital for staff and patients alike to explore.  The portraits are so striking and dramatic, you cannot help but stop to look and examine each one to see what they are all about.  The context of the hospital for this exhibition, I feel, adds a whole other layer of interest and connection for the viewer.”


Waterford Healing Arts Trust 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. Core funded by the Arts Council, WHAT supports the development of arts and health in Ireland and manages the national resource website