The Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) is one of Ireland’s leading Arts and Health programmes. Based in Waterford Regional Hospital, Ireland, WHAT supports healthcare environments and the wider community by providing multi-disciplinary arts experiences and services and bringing the arts beyond conventional boundaries into healthcare environments whereby art and artists can thrive and excel in environments outside of mainstream arts venues and whereby people who might not ordinarily chose to access the arts can do so.
WHAT aims: -
• To facilitate access to and participation in the arts
• To create professional development opportunities for artists to produce new work and engage new audiences within healthcare and community contexts
• To reduce anxiety and stress for patients, visitors, and staff through integrating art into healthcare environments
• To forge closer relationships between hospital professionals and between the hospital and the wider community through the arts.
• To take the lead in the field of Arts and Health in the Republic of Ireland through education, research and professional development
WHAT is housed in a dedicated Centre for Arts and Health in the grounds of Waterford Regional Hospital. This is the first of its kind in Ireland and enables WHAT to bridge its work between the acute hospital setting and the wider community.
WHAT also supports the development of Arts and Health in Ireland. It manages artsandhealth.ie, a national website developed with Create and funded by the Arts Council. The website provides a resource and focal point for the arts and health sector, providing information, news, and generating discussion in the dynamic area of arts and health in Ireland.
In partnership with the Health Service Executive South (Cork) Arts + Health Programme and with financial support from Arts Council Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, WHAT commissioned the development of Participatory Arts Practice in Healthcare Contexts - Guidelines for Good Practice for artists and health professionals engaged in Arts and Health work from the Centre for Medical Humanities at Durham University.
WHAT invites people with an interest in the fields of arts and/ or health to have a say in its future development by becoming a member of the organisation. Members will be invited to attend the AGM and elect another member / be elected onto the WHAT Committee. Membership costs €10 per annum. Click here for a membership form.
Click here to read the constitution of WHAT.
WHAT is a registered charity and our charity number is CHY13173.