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WHAT and Permanent TSB invites submissions from artists based in Ireland for a series of wall-based, visual art exhibitions to take place in University Hospital Waterford in 2017 that aim to make the hospital A Better Place for patients.

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

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.

WHAT will pay an artist’s fee to the selected artist(s) based on the Visual Artists Ireland payment guidelines.

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 24 February 2017 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.

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


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