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Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust

Mission / Aims

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust aims to explore the role of the arts in the promotion of healing and wellbeing through a multi-disciplinary arts programme in order to promote greater links between the hospital and the community.  We will promote high quality, creative programming with artists and the arts community as a means of empowering the hospital community to express themselves creatively, improve their quality of life and bring about positive changes in the hospital environment and the wellbeing of the hospital community.

Key aims:

  • Increase levels of access and participation in high quality participative arts programmes that are suited to individual or group needs, paying attention to the inclusion of the most vulnerable, i.e. patients;
  • To establish effective structures, supports and services that will promote the value of arts and health, enhance best practice, inform planning and policy within the hospital structure.

Areas of activities

A generous loan of Modern Irish Art, initiated the arts programme in Galway University Hospitals in 2003.  Artworks from the loan include the lithograph and brush prints of An Táin by Louis le Brocquy, works by Alice Maher, Samuel Walsh, Michael Cullen, Michael Mulcahy, Geraldine O’Reilly and many other prominent Irish artists. The programme has expanded to include twelve temporary exhibitions each year.

Other programmes include Poems for Patience – displayed throughout the waiting areas, Art Angel – a programme of participatory art workshops in the Paediatric and Geriatric Departments. Artists residencies including Lorraine Tuck’s The Regional, Paul Maye’s Beyond Appearance as well as commissions, the latest being a series of murals and artworks for the Paediatric Unit (2010).

Other activities include music recitals, drama workshops and publication of the memories of patients in the Geriatric units. The programme is linked to the cultural life of Galway city through exhibitions and partnerships during Galway Arts Festival, the Tulca Festival of Visual Art and the Cúirt International Festival of Literature.

Over 300 individual arts and health events have been programmed since 2003.


Literature, Multidisciplinary, Music, Theatre, Visual Art


Margaret Flannery
Arts Officer


Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust
Galway University Hospitals
University Hospital
Newcastle Road


091 544979



Dublin North East

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