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The Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) is inviting people with an interest in the fields of arts and / or health to have a say in its future development by becoming a member of the organisation.

Based in the WHAT Centre for Arts and Health at Waterford Regional Hospital, the first of its kind in the country, WHAT is one of Ireland’s leading arts and health programmes and a support organisation for the field of arts and health nationally. It promotes health and wellbeing through the arts, reduces anxiety and stress for patients, visitors and staff through integrating art into Waterford Regional Hospital and other healthcare environments and supports the development of arts and health in the Republic of Ireland through training, information, advice and through management of the national website

In the words of the Chairman, Mr. Gordon Watson, ‘It is envisaged that members will bring new ideas and energy to WHAT. They will champion our aims and ethos and will be invited to help out in practical ways.’

Members will be invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of WHAT and elect another member / be elected onto the WHAT Management Committee. Members will also be given:

• An introduction to the work of WHAT including a tour of the art collection
• An invitation to an annual lecture on arts and health exclusively for members
• Invitations to WHAT public events
• Borrowing rights for the WHAT arts and health library
• Invitations to Culture Vulture events (monthly arts outings in Waterford city. Participants must pay their own admission fees.)
• Information on arts and health nationally via and e-bulletins
• 20% reduction on renting space in the WHAT Centre for Arts and Health
• 20% reduction on professional development and paid events

Membership costs €10 per annum. Click here for a membership form.

Members must be aged 18 years or over, agree to abide by the constitution of the Waterford Healing Arts Trust and have an interest in the field of arts and / or health. All applications for membership will be presented to the committee of the Waterford Healing Arts Trust for approval.

For further information on the work of WHAT, see


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