Who we are

WHAT’s programme of work for health service users, healthcare staff, the community and for the arts and health sector in Ireland is now delivered by a dynamic team of staff under the direction of Claire Meaney and Maeve Butler
artsandhealth.ie is managed by Claire Meaney and Emma Eager with the support of its editorial panel.

The strategic direction of the organisation and related policy-making is steered by a committed Board of Directors who report to the WHAT membership and the fundraising committee raise muchneeded funds to support the costs of our Artist in Residence programme, Healing Sounds, Iontas and so much more.

As Ireland’s longest running arts and health organisation, WHAT history reflects the vision of a handful of committed individuals in the early 1990s.

In 2018 we celebrated our 25th Anniversary with a special exhibition – A Celebration of Waterford Healing Arts Trust in 25 Objects – and the premiere performance of Hospital Voices, a specially commissioned choral work by our 2018 Artists in Residence, poet Edward Denniston and the late Eric Sweeney, composer.  This was performed by Madrigallery Chamber Choir, under the direction of Kevin O’Carroll, in the chapel at University Hospital Waterford.