Artists in Residence
WHAT has been running an artist in residence programme every year since artist Aifric Gray came to Waterford Regional Hospital in 1994.
The acute hospital provides a fertile setting for art production and many of our artists in residence have responded to specific aspects of the hospital environment in making new work, such as Patricia Crossey’s Walking Wounded and Maria Casey’s Pyjama Series. These pieces are now part of the permanent art collection of the hospital.
Artists are given a studio space in the WHAT Centre for a six–month period and are supported by WHAT staff to engage patients in University Hospital Waterford in collaborative art-making.
In the early years of WHAT, the primary role of the artist in residence was to create a new body of work for exhibition in UHW. WHAT retained some of this work for its permanent collection. More recently, the focus has shifted towards direct engagement of hospital patients in collaborative art-making. Artists are selected every year through open competition and the programme is now open to artists of all disciplines.
Former artists in residence include Caroline Schofield, Lucy Hill, Patricia Crossey, Cormac Leane, Bernie Laherty, Gemma Hodge, Valerie Stone, Grace O’Meara, Mary Beth Meehan, Mark Roper, Brigid Teehan, Libby Seward, Caroline O’Sullivan, Maria Casey, Kevin O’Shanahan, Laura Fitzgerald, Emily Robyn Archer, Maria McKinney, Martin Fahy, Jeffrey Gormly, John Conway and Marie–Jeanne Jacob.
Laura Fitzgerald graduated in 2007 with a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design. Laura’s practice combines elements of drawing, installation, works on paper and video. Ideas which inform her work relate to memory, nostalgia, real and imagined histories, perspective, the minuet and the unseen.
Sligo born artist Maria Casey worked as a horticulturalist prior to studying Fine Art Sculpture at the Limerick School of Art and Design from where she graduated in 2000. Maria’s art practice is based on a response to different contexts and materials and she is drawn to working through artists’ residencies.
Libby Seward is a dance maker and collaborator who engages in creative exchanges with artists of all disciplines that challenge and enrich the expressive potential of movement. As the Artistic Director of Animated State Dance Theatre Company she choreographed and directed many performances and experimental works that have enriched the contemporary dance scene in Ireland.
Caroline O’Sullivan, artist in residence for 2004, is from County Kerry. She completed a Bachelor of Design in Ceramic Design with Crawford College of Arts and Design followed by a Higher Diploma in Art and Design Teaching with the Limerick Institute of Technology.
Mark Roper, originally from England and resident in Ireland since 1980, is one of the most experienced Creative Writing teachers in Ireland and is well known to the people of Waterford. He has conducted classes and workshops in many different settings, including schools, prisons, and senior citizen centres.
Kilkenny born Brigid Teehan is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design, 1991, and of the Glasgow School of Art, where she obtained a Masters of Fine Art Degree in 1995. She has exhibited her work widely in group and solo shows including US Live, Guinness Hop Store, Dublin, (2003), Sculpture in Context, Botanic Gardens, Dublin (2003), Munch, Market House, Monaghan (2002), and Play Dead, South Tipperary Arts Centre, Clonmel (2002).