After West of Sumer: Camelia sinensis, ‘Tea plant’, by Barbara Clemence. Native to China, Camellia sinensis is an evergreen shrub with yellow-white flowers. 

After West of Sumer, an exhibition of 15 giclée prints of botanical art, is currently showing at University Hospital Waterford. The title of the exhibition was inspired by the history of the Sumerians, an ancient people who some 5000 years ago recorded some of the first medicinal herbal and botanical preparations onto clay tablets.

The prints will be on display in the hospital until 23 September 2022 and an online exhibition of the collection is available at

Originally commissioned by Saolta Arts and Saolta University Health Care Group as part of The Deepest Shade of Green Programme for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, the exhibition at UHW is being managed by Waterford Healing Arts Trust.

This is an extraordinary series of prints that explores the intertwining connection between art, plants and ancient medicine. We are very excited to have After West of Sumer here at UHW, and from the first moment of its installation the stunning prints have received enthusiastic feedback from the hospital community. – Claire Meaney, Director of Waterford Healing Arts Trust

For any queries regarding the exhibition contact or 051 842664.

After West of Sumer is on display courtesy of Saolta Arts and partners, the Chelsea Physic Garden and the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust.


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