‘The Open Studio provides us with the opportunity to express ourselves artistically in a warm, relaxing and welcoming environment. … Our weekly session is fun with plenty of chat and laughs.’ – Participant
WHAT’s Open Studio offers creative opportunities for adults who are socially isolated due to chronic health, social reasons and/or disability, who may not have other creative outlets and who would benefit from creative activity. The creative progress of participants is supported through informal entrance and exit interviews.
The Open Studio is led by artist Jill Bouchier, with the assistance of volunteer Julie Dowling, and offers participants the chance to work by themselves or with others on customised art projects in a relaxed and accepting environment.
The Open Studio workshop is delivered in blocks of 6–12 weeks and booking is required. Materials are provided and no experience is necessary. For further information, please contact WHAT on 051 842664.
Participants of the Open Studio first exhibited their work in the Separate Storms exhibition at University Hospital Waterford in 2011. They have since exhibited their work in Cupán Tea (2013), the Feel Good Factory (2014), The Feel Good Factory II (2016) and This is WHAT we’re all about (2018) during the Well festival of arts and wellbeing.