Image shown: A Better Place 2017 with artist Barry Edwards

Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) has announced an Open Call to artists based in Ireland to submit proposals for their annual exhibition A Better Place, which will take place at University Hospital Waterford from June to August 2018. 

The exhibition, curated by WHAT, aims to use original artworks to make UHW a better place for all: patients, visitors and staff.

The closing date to submit proposals is Monday 5 March 2018 at 2pm.

Now in its third year, A Better Place has grown each year, with 43 entries received in 2017. Artists are invited to submit two samples of their work to be considered and voted on for a full solo exhibition. These samples will be displayed at the hospital for a period of four weeks and all who view them will have an opportunity to submit their vote via a voting card. Artists are not identified during the selection process.

We curate a lively programme of temporary exhibitions which offer patients, staff and visitors opportunities to access diverse contemporary art. The exhibitions are important also as they help to lift people’s spirits during what can be a difficult time and they change conversations: they prompt new exchanges between patients, staff members and visitors that are beyond the medical context of a person’s illness. People are encouraged to vote for a work not just for its aesthetic quality, but also for its positive impact, primarily on patients, within the hospital setting.’ – Claire Meaney, Acting Arts Director of Waterford Healing Arts Trust

Full details of the Open Call and how to submit: A Better Place Open Call

For further information contact WHAT: 051-842664 /

A Better Place is generously supported by the Arts Council.


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