WHAT curates an art collection of over 560 works that is on display in every nook and cranny of University Hospital Waterford, from the public corridors to the ceilings of clinical spaces, transforming the hospital building from a bare, sterile, institutional space to a more human place which invites patients, staff and visitors to engage with contemporary art.
The art collection has been central to the work of WHAT since its inception. Works on loan from the Arts Council, Greyfriars Municipal Collection, the Office of Public Works and private collections are displayed alongside artworks received through generous donations from artists and benefactors including the Irish Contemporary Arts Society.
The collection includes works by established Irish artists, such as Tom Molloy, Pauline Bewick, Paul Mosse, Amelia Stein, Carmel Mooney and Janet Mullarney, alongside those of emerging artists.
In 2007, pieces from the collection went on tour for the first time in an exhibition entitled Doing the Rounds . The exhibition, which was funded by the Arts Council’s Touring Experiment, toured to Galway University Hospitals, Naas General Hospital, the Mater Hospital and St James’s Hospital, Dublin. In 2015, WHAT curated Gems, an exhibition of highlights of the collection selected by staff, patients and visitors to University Hospital Waterford which featured in the Well festival of arts and wellbeing.