Image shown: Per Cent for Art commission for Waterford Residential Care Centre

*This event has been rescheduled for Wednesday 30 June in light of ongoing disruption to HSE networks across Ireland caused by a cyber attack.*

The joys and challenges of Per Cent for Art Scheme commissioning in healthcare settings will be discussed during a lunchtime conversation on Wednesday 30 June. Claire Meaney, Director of Waterford Healing Arts Trust, will be joined by George O’Neill, Project Manager for HSE Estates in the South East, and artist Conall Cary. 

This discussion will demystify the commissioning process for arts and health managers, healthcare managers and artists by exploring the model used by Waterford Healing Arts Trust and the Capital Projects Team HSE South East. Project examples will be shared alongside each speaker’s individual motivation for getting involved in arts commissions in healthcare contexts.

This is a lunchtime conversation (1-2pm), taking place online via Zoom. The conversation is free to attend but advance registration is essential.

Register here:

Claire Meaney
Claire Meaney is the Director of Waterford Healing Arts Trust and has worked in the area of arts and health for the past 14 years. She has a BA in Fine Art from DIT (2002) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Youth Arts from NUI Maynooth (2006). In 2010, she completed an MA in Arts and Heritage Management at WIT and wrote her thesis on The Artist’s Perspective of Making Collaborative Art in a Hospital Context in Ireland. Claire has managed numerous Per Cent for Art Commissions in Waterford.

George O’Neill
George O’Neill, BA Health Management (Hons), RGN (Hons) is the Project Manager for HSE Estates in the South East, delivering capital build projects across four acute hospitals and south east community healthcare settings. Having trained at University Hospital Waterford, George worked in Australia for three years and held various roles up to Director of Nursing prior to his appointment to his current role in 2001. He has undertaken over 20 Per Cent for Art commissions to date for acute hospitals, mental health and older person services.

Conall Cary
Conall Cary is a visual artist and printmaker based out of Ireland. After studies at the University of Oregon, he went on to study at the Centre for Creative Arts & Media in Galway, and recently completed an MA in Digital Cultures from University College Cork. He has exhibited widely throughout Ireland and internationally, and has completed residencies in Scotland, Finland, Ireland and America. He has been supported by The Arts Council, Galway City Arts Office, Wicklow County Arts Office, and Cork City Arts Office. He has been awarded Per Cent for Art Commissions in Cork (2014/2018), Sligo (2015), Mayo (2017), and Waterford (2019/2020), with a focus on an Arts & Health environment. Since 2014, Conall has worked as the Print Media Technician at the C.I.T. Crawford College of Art & Design.

Further information
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To learn more about the Per Cent for Art Scheme visit

The Arts and Health Conversation Series 2021 is produced by and funded by the Arts Council and the HSE.


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