The Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) presents the second in a series of exhibitions entitled Body Conscious on the theme of the body featuring artworks by Susan O’Brien Duffy and Lucia Barnes. The exhibition will open on 14 March with an artists’ talk in the WHAT Centre for Arts and Health and will run until 16 May at the Waterford Regional Hospital.

In this exhibition, Susan O’Brien Duffy and Lucia Barnes bring a knowledge of the body gained through their nursing background to their artistic practice.

The artworks of Dublin born Susan O’Brien Duffy are integral to her ongoing practice as a nurse, a position she describes as ‘a ringside seat to life, the living, the dying and the process in between.’ Susan completed a Masters in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design in 2008. She works predominantly in the medium of drawing and printmaking but photography is also an important part of her practice.

Humour is a significant element in Susan’s work. The images on view in Body Conscious quickly ‘delve beneath the surface into imagined spaces, playfully exploring the interior body and possible actions, reactions and interactions that occur through life choices, as we bump off each other in the cluster of environment and situations that consume us.’

Lucia Barnes’ artwork looks at the body in terms of the ‘orchestration of our organs and cells that work in harmony to make our existence in the world possible.’ Lucia approaches her subject matter with a slightly wry perspective in order to creatively explore the concept of disease.

Lucia is a mixed media visual artist living and working in Dublin. Her art practice has been informed by her experiences of working both as an artist and a nurse in diverse environments within the medical world. She completed her Masters in Fine Art in the National College of Art and Design at Dublin and she has exhibited widely in Ireland. She is currently artist in residence in the Dialysis Unit at the Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Dublin.

Both artists will talk about their work at a public event in the WHAT Centre for Arts and Health, Waterford Regional Hospital on Thursday 14 March at 1pm. 

Admission is free and all are welcome.

Phone 051 842664 for more information or e-mail

Learn about the first Body Conscious exhibition in 2012 here and read the text from a talk given by visual artist and writer Mary Ruth Walsh at the opening of the exhibition.


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