WHAT curates a lively programme of temporary exhibitions offering patients, staff and visitors diverse opportunities to access contemporary art. Exhibitions are chosen for their aesthetic quality and for their positive impact within a hospital setting. The audiences for such exhibitions far exceed what any gallery or arts centre could hope to attract and the exhibitions offer talking points beyond the medical context. Some of the exhibitions, such as dreamMirror by Jeffrey Gormly, feature an interactive element. Some are produced through a collaborative process, such as The Post Room Project, while others, such as Passengers, are curated by HSE staff.

The Staff Art Wall is a series of bi-monthly exhibitions by HSE staff members based in Waterford. The Staff Art Wall is on view in the post room corridor of UHW and features a range of creative pursuits from painting to poetry and beyond.



The Feel Good Factory II

October 2016

Featuring artwork created by participants of WHAT’s weekly Open Studio Workshop, The Feel Good Factory  is an exhibition of diverse subject matter and media celebrating each participant’s work, their individuality and one of the things that makes them feel good: making art! Read more


October 2016

Portraits is a solo exhibition by renowned Waterford artist Pat Murphy featuring people he met in Cuba in 2004 alongside more recent self-portraits on view in University Hospital Waterford as part of the 2016 Well festival of arts and wellbeingRead more

Nature’s Reflection

May – June 2016

Nature’s Reflection was a series of photographs by Kate Quinn that are a metaphor of her dialysis journey. They were created through art sessions in the Dialysis Unit of University Hospital Waterford and were on view in the hospital from 12 May – 24 June 2016. Read more

Staff Art Wall

The Staff Art Wall

The Staff Art Wall was set up in 2013 and replaces ten years of Inside Out exhibitions. In contrast to the Inside Out exhibitions which were for a group of HSE staff, the Staff Art Wall is open to all HSE staff within Waterford city and county.  Read more

No, wait…

March 2015

No, wait…, the first solo exhibition by WHAT’s Artist in Residence, John Conway, was launched in University Hospital Waterford on 5th March 2015 by performance artist Dominic Thorpe.

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Here I am

April 2015

Down Syndrome Ireland was delighted to present, with the support of WHAT, the exhibition Here I am, a selection of photographs of children who have Down Syndrome alongside some words from their parents. Read more

Paul Kelly 'Blue Boy'

Gems of the WHAT art collection

October – November 2015

Gems was an exhibition of personal favourites from the WHAT Art Collection selected by staff, patients and visitors to University Hospital Waterford (UHW) as part of the Well festival of arts and wellbeing.

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James Scannell ATU

Building Memories – Reflecting on St. Otteran’s Hospital

September – October 2015

Building Memories – Reflecting on St Otteran’s Hospital was an exhibition of the work of fifteen people who have used mental health services provided by St Otteran’s and was based on their own personal experiences and memories of the hospital.

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Winter Exhibition

November 2014

The Winter Exhibition by the Watercolour Society of Ireland, featuring 55 original water colours, was launched in University Hospital Waterford by Lord Burlington of Lismore Castle on Friday 14th November 2014. This marked the Watercolour Society’s second exhibition at the hospital.
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Waterford in Stitches

October 2014

Waterford in Stitches was a unique exhibition of tapestries, depicting scenes of historical and modern day Waterford, produced by the University Hospital Waterford Tapestry Group. Since 1998 this group meets on a weekly basis in the WHAT Centre for Arts & Health under the auspices of WHAT.

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