Image shown: Oak by Tom Molloy at University Hospital Waterford. Photo credit - Hugh O’Brien Moran.

Oak by Tom Molloy at University Hospital Waterford. Photo credit: Hugh O’Brien Moran.

The Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) invites submissions from artists based in Ireland for a series of wall-based, visual art exhibitions to take place in University Hospital Waterford in 2016, 2017 and 2018 that aim to make the hospital A Better Place for patients.

‘While struggling with illness and medication, I found the art in the corridors was a healing influence and these dashes of creativity supported me.’  – Patient of University Hospital Waterford

The Waterford Healing Arts Trust, one of Ireland’s leading arts and health programmes based in University Hospital Waterford, curates a lively programme of temporary exhibitions which offer patients, staff and visitors opportunities to access diverse contemporary art. The exhibitions also prompt conversations between patients, staff members and visitors that are beyond the medical context. They are chosen for their aesthetic quality and for their positive impact, primarily on patients, within a hospital setting. For more information visit

Submissions criteria  

Artworks must comply with the following health and safety requirements:

  • Artworks must tolerate cleaning with detergents/water and occasional disinfectants.
  • Artworks with canvas, feathers, textiles or non smooth surfaces must be encased in a solid frame to facilitate cleaning/dusting. 
  • Artworks should not contain beads or parts that can be easily removed and accidentally swallowed.

The exhibitions will be selected by a representative group of staff, patients, visitors and other stakeholders. The artists will not be identified during the selection process.

How to submit

Please send six captioned (with title, medium and dimensions) jpegs of artworks you propose to exhibit as part of A Better Place to WHAT at or to the address below by Friday 8 January 2016 at 2pm. Make sure your name and contact details accompany the jpegs but are not on the images of artworks. Please put ‘A Better Place’ in the subject line of the email. Submissions will not be returned.

Waterford Healing Arts Trust
WHAT Centre for Arts and Health
Waterford Regional Hospital
Dunmore Road

For further information, contact WHAT at or phone 051 842664.


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