For healthcare staff

Artist in Residence

Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) is delighted to announce that storyteller Joe Brennan has been selected as the Artist in Residence for 2021 at WHAT/University Hospital Waterford (UHW).  Under the project title Telling Tales, Joe will work with staff of UHW for a period of six months (April-Oct 2021), offering opportunities to the staff to experience oral storytelling in different ways, including Thursday Tales, a Storytelling Lounge and storytelling workshops.  The Artist in Residence scheme is funded by the Arts Council.



Staff Art Wall

rsz_caroline_oreaganThe Staff Art Wall is a series of bi-monthly exhibitions by HSE staff members based in Waterford on view in the post room corridor of UHW.  The exhibitions feature a range of creative pursuits from painting to poetry and beyond and celebrate the creativity of those who get involved. Many of those who exhibit are sharing their creative work with others for the first time.

If you’re a member of HSE staff and would like to exhibit your work as part of the Staff Art Wall please contact WHAT on 051-842664 or email



Culture Vulture

rsz_culture_vultures_lismore_castle_2010Are you culturally curious? Open to new experiences? The Culture Vulture Club could be the thing for you.

Culture Vulture is a programme of cultural outings for HSE staff and members of WHAT. We go to the theatre, music gigs, exhibitions, comedy nights and we also go behind the scenes to visit artists’ studios. Highlights of the Culture Vulture events to date included Wilhelm Sasnal’s exhibition at Lismore Castle; Eleanor McEvoy’s concert and the play Beowulf at Garter Lane Arts Centre; and Handel’s Messiah in the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Waterford. The club is free but participants pay admission fees for individual events.





Summer Programme

bugIn July every year, WHAT hosts a week-long summer arts camp in the WHAT Centre for children of HSE staff. The lead artist, themes and materials change from year to year, but the core experience is based on fun, creativity and trying something new.  Artworks produced are showcased for parents at the end of the week and are available for the children to take home.







Staff workshops

Autumn is the time for signing up to new experiences and putting those long, dark nights to use. Every autumn, WHAT hosts an evening programme of visual art and/or creative writing workshops for HSE staff in the WHAT Centre. No experience is necessary. Just bring along an open heart and mind.