New ways of working

Healing Sounds and Iontas move outdoors – and more 

Healing Sounds Outdoors

Due to the increased restrictions resulting from Covid 19, Waterford Healing Arts Trust continues to work off-site, adapting our work and finding new ways to support patients and staff.  While all music, art, literature and movement sessions on the wards have been postponed for the time being, we are delighted to have been able to run many Healing Sounds Outdoors live music sessions in the grounds of University Hospital Waterford, as well as several Iontas Arts and Mental Health Programme sessions in the grounds of our community settings.

We are also continuing our national work, leading the development of arts and health in Ireland and, in particular at this time, supporting artists and arts and health practitioners as we all devise new ways to work in our changed circumstances. See www.artsandhealth.ie for further details.

Other updates include:
– We are thrilled to have been awarded funding from Creative Ireland to support our arts initiatives for older people, including Renew, a new multi-arts strand for this year’s Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing.  More info here:
– Voting in this year’s A Better Place exhibition has concluded and the successful artist has been notified.  We look forward to announcing this publicly shortly.
– We have adapted our Arts Programme in Renal Dialysis and artist Philip Cullen and Assistant Director Maeve Butler continue to work with patients remotely – via video calls, telephone calls and email.
– We created a new art resource pack In Your Own Time with artist Caroline Schofield for patients in Renal Dialysis, with the generous support of ViforPharma, and we hope to roll this out to the wider hospital community later in the year.
– We have adapted our Open Gallery dementia-inclusive art viewing programme to the online space and have begun to host session via video call with a local nursing home.
– For hospital staff, we presented a 12-week Creative Writing Workshop, facilitated by writer Lani O’Hanlon, from April to the end of June.  This is currently on a summer break and will recommence in September.

We continue to find new ways of working and we are very grateful to all of our artists for their commitment and to our funders and our supporters.  We hope to be back in our WHAT Centre for Arts + Health very soon.

If you have a specific query about our work, please email what@hse.ie .

We wish everyone good health during these challenging times.  Further information about the Corona Virus is available from the HSE here

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