Image shown: Tom Meskell’s Night Flowers installation from the Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing 2017. Photo credit: Keith Currams.

Waterford Healing Arts Trust is looking for people based in Waterford to take part in lantern-making workshops this September to help light up the night at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) as part of the Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing 2018.

“Stars at Night” will see dozens of large-scale star-shaped lanterns – sculptures shaped around a wire frame and lit from within – created by the Waterford community in workshops at the WHAT Centre for Arts and Health in UHW. The workshops will take place on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 September from 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm. Anyone over 15 is welcome to take part; no experience is necessary.

The workshop fee is €10.00 for a half-day or full day (20% discount for WHAT members). Places are limited so advance booking is recommended.

To take part email or call (051) 842664.

The star lanterns will be lit up at UHW every night from Monday 8 to Friday 12 October during this year’s Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing.

The celestial theme of Stars at Night follows the joy and excitement created during Tom Meskell’s Night Flowers project in 2017. Tom has been developing this style of lantern making for 16 years and is looking forward to working once again with people from the Waterford community to create this special installation: ‘This is a great opportunity for people to make large sculptural forms with expert guidance. Participants will get to learn lantern-making technique and will be encouraged to take ownership of the project in a meaningful way. They don’t need any experience, but enthusiasm is essential! The stars will be various sizes and we’ll work as a team to create as many as we can. The star lanterns symbolise positivity and hope and, when we get to light them up at night, we hope they’ll spirit the viewer away to a dreamland.’

Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing is presented by Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Garter Lane Arts Centre and Waterford City and County Libraries. Now in its sixth year, and coinciding with World Mental Health Day, World Hospice Day and International Day of the Girl, this multidisciplinary, fun and accessible festival champions the links between arts and wellbeing with a wide-ranging programme of innovative events for all ages across all art forms, including music, art, theatre, dance, film and literature. The 2018 festival takes place from 8 to 14 October. The festival programme will be launched on 17 September.

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