WHAT curates a lively programme of temporary exhibitions offering patients, staff and visitors diverse opportunities to access contemporary art. Exhibitions are chosen for their aesthetic quality and for their positive impact within a hospital setting. The audiences for such exhibitions far exceed what any gallery or arts centre could hope to attract and the exhibitions offer talking points beyond the medical context. Some of the exhibitions, such as dreamMirror by Jeffrey Gormly, feature an interactive element. Some are produced through a collaborative process, such as The Post Room Project, while others, such as Passengers, are curated by HSE staff.
The Staff Art Wall is a series of bi-monthly exhibitions by HSE staff members based in Waterford. The Staff Art Wall is on view in the post room corridor of UHW and features a range of creative pursuits from painting to poetry and beyond.
Waking Up in Waterford explored Paul Bokslag’s unexpected experience of waking up in University Hospital Waterford after surgery following a traumatic accident in 1996. Through a series of figurative papercuts Paul revisited his stay as a patient in the hospital. The story followed his journey towards recovery.
October – November 2014
Featuring artworks created by participants of WHAT’s Open Studio Workshop, The Feel Good Factory was an exhibition of diverse subject matter and media celebrating each participant’s work, their individuality and one of the things that make them happy: making art!
Sparks is an illustrative book and exhibition that aims to provide empathy and hope to those experiencing a difficult time in their lives. It was created by Aoife Price and illustrated by Oonagh Young and Úna Gildea as a response to the lack of accessible resources that are available to young people experiencing mental health difficulties.