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WHAT seeks Assistant Art Curator and Art Installer to join our team

Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) is recruiting for two positions – Assistant Art Curator and Art Installer – under the Community Employment Scheme.  The Assistant Art Curator will assist with planning, organising and installing new exhibitions at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) and with the management of the UHW Art Collection.  The Art Installer will maintain the Art Collection at UHW and install art exhibitions.  These two roles provide a great opportunity for anyone interested in visual art to gain valuable experience in presenting artworks in a hospital setting.  Applicants must be eligible for Community Employment and applications should be submitted by email only to claireA.meaney@hse.ie  The deadline for receipt of applications is Thursday 15 July 2021Please see below for full job descriptions.

The Art Collection has been central to the work of WHAT since its inception and, over the last 28 years, has grown to over 600 works on display at the hospital. Through the collection, WHAT aims to soften the clinical environment and relieve stress and anxiety at what can be a difficult time.  The collection also provides an opportunity for patients and their families to engage with contemporary art, which is further enhanced through an engaging and exciting programme of temporary exhibitions at the hospital, curated by WHAT, in addition to the permanent collection.

Claire Meaney, Director of WHAT, says “The Art Installer and Assistant Art Curator at University Hospital Waterford are important members of the team at WHAT.  The roles involve liaising with various departments within the hospital to ensure the Art Collection is maintained and presented to a high standard. These are very rewarding roles where the right people have the opportunity to witness firsthand the benefits of displaying visual art in various healthcare settings. If anyone would like to have a chat about the roles before applying, or would like more information, please contact us on 051 842664 / claireA.meaney@hse.ie

Established in 1993, WHAT provides opportunities for patients at University Hospital Waterford and other healthcare settings to experience the arts through music, visual art and creative writing initiatives. 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 www.artsandhealth.ie

Job description for the Art Installer role here: Job Description_Art Installer 2021
Job description for the Assistant Art Curator role here: Job Description_Asst Art Curator 2021


Further info: Maeve Butler, Waterford Healing Arts Trust (051) 842664 / maeveM.butler@hse.ie