Image shown: Launch of 'That’s How the Light Gets In' at University Hospital Waterford. Photo credit: Keith Currams.

That’s How the Light Gets In, an uplifting group art exhibition by artists Ann Brennan, Blawnin Clancy, Aidan Dunne, Ciara Gormley and Mary Tritschler, considers how light and landscapes can influence our health and wellbeing. The exhibition has been curated by staff from various departments at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) in collaboration with the Waterford Healing Arts Trust.

The exhibition was launched on Thursday 10 October by poet Mark Roper, as part of the Well Festival of Arts & Wellbeing in Waterford, and continues at UHW until December.

In January 2018, Waterford Healing Arts Trust invited people working in the hospital with an interest in art to curate an exhibition for display in the hospital. Through regular meetings and discussions, staff chose the theme of the exhibition, visited art exhibitions and artist studios and selected the artists, while at the same time considering the sensitivities of the hospital art viewing experience.

Inspired by Leonard Cohen’s song Anthem and the line “There is a crack in everything, That’s how the light gets in”, the curatorial group chose artworks that explored light and landscapes to be enjoyed and experienced by staff, patients and their families. All of the artists are based in the south east.

About the artists

Ann Brennan’s work is instantly recognisable by the atmospheric skies and light that illuminates each canvas. Blawnin Clancy’s recent works aim to bring the viewer into the ethereal realm of the misty bijou islands and outcroppings off the coast of Ireland. The paintings evoke a dream-like depiction of the sea; stormy, mysterious or shrouded in the half light. Aidan Dunne’s paintings are inspired by memories and he likes to create mood and ambience through his work. Ciara Gormley aims to capture the unique light, space and visual cycles of the natural landscape which she is surrounded by in the West Waterford countryside. Mary Tritschler is a spontaneous expressionist painter who uses the changing cycles of nature as her reference point. Her paintings generally have calming horizon lines and there’s always a place where the light shines through.

That’s how the light gets in is supported by the Arts Council.


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