Dragon’s Tail Workshop with Marie Brett – Well Festival 2024

Dragon’s Tail Workshop with Marie Brett – Well Festival 2024

Dragon’s Tail Workshop with Marie Brett: A workshop for everyone, no artistic experience required As part of the Well Festival of Arts & Wellbeing 2024, artist Marie Brett with host an art-making workshop inspired by her exhibition, Dragon’s Tail which is currently showing in two locations at University Hospital Waterford. Dragon’s Tail is an enchanted fairytale meets frenzied carnival in this series of ambitious folk-myth artworks exploring how electromagnetic energy fields affect human health.  Fusing fact and fiction, the exhibition consists of a film, a series of intaglio prints and photographs, poetic texts and large, wearable animal effigies made from willow and steel, each depicting key characters from the Dragon’s Tail folk-myth: the hare, the wolf, the deer and the raven.  This compelling artwork offers beautiful evocative visuals and atmospheric sound, and contributes critical new thinking on humanity’s significant global wellness issues. Visual artist Marie Brett works across film, immersive multi-media installation, print, book and live event, with artworks presented in gallery and temporary off-site contexts.  Conceptually her work is about profound human experiences, often involving trauma, ill-health or varied forms of loss and/or injustice.  Marie’s socially engaged practice is rooted in health and community care contexts. Workshop Venue: Réalta/Waterford Healing Arts Centre for Arts + Health, University Hospital Waterford, Dunmore Road, Waterford, X91 ER8E Date: Fri 16 Feb, 1pm – 2:30pm Workshop fee: Free To book: wha@hse.ie / 051 842664 / eventbrite  Places limited – advance booking essential See also www.wellwaterford.com for the full festival...
‘Gatherings’ exhibition launches at The Index Gallery

‘Gatherings’ exhibition launches at The Index Gallery

Featuring an eclectic mix of artworks by participants of the Waterford Healing Arts Open Studio group, Gatherings is an art exhibition showcasing a diverse range of individual styles and techniques. The exhibition celebrates the group’s weekly gatherings at the Réalta/Waterford Healing Arts Centre for Arts + Health, where they create and make art together. Their workshops are facilitated by artist Jill Bouchier. The exhibition is on view at The Index Gallery, Central Library from Thursday 16 November to Thursday 30 November. The Open Studio has been operating at the Réalta/Waterford Healing Arts Centre for Arts + Health since 2009. It was established to provide a creative and social outlet for people living in the community who may feel socially isolated due to ill health or disability. The Open Studio group has a history of successful exhibitions. The group held their first exhibition in 2011 at UHW, entitled Separate Storms. In 2013 they exhibited their work in Cupán Tae during the inaugural Well festival. Following that they exhibited The Feel Good Factory I at Garter Lane Arts Centre and The Feel Good Factory II at the Index Gallery, WCCC Library, as part of the Well Festival 2014 and 2016 respectively. They exhibited at GOMA Gallery of Modern Art for the first time in 2018 with their exhibition This is WHAT we’re all about. Their last group exhibition, Reconnections, was also in GOMA in 2020 but unfortunately due to pandemic restrictions the group did not get a chance to view their work altogether, in-person. Waterford Healing Arts brings arts experiences – music, visual art, creative writing and storytelling – to the...
A New Exhibition Opens on the Staff Art Wall at University Hospital Waterford!

A New Exhibition Opens on the Staff Art Wall at University Hospital Waterford!

Henriique works in Medical 4 Ward as a cleaner. He has also been working as a professional photographer for the past seven years. His work mainly consists of portraits, however he is primarily interested in documentary photography. Decrescimento, Henriique’s most recent exhibition, was held in Sãn Paulo,  Brazil, in 2017. The photographs for Henriique’s current exhibition, Untitled, were taken over a period of a year and a half.  Describing the inspiration for his work Henriique says he is  ‘intrigued by human beings, even though it is hard to understand them.  No one knows what is going on behind a person’s face; there could be so many emotions. The only thing we can do is be respectful and patient with them, just as we are with ourselves’. Some of the portrait photography in this collection were published by Vogue Italy. This series of photographs by Henriique runs until 28 November 2023. The Staff Art Wall is an initiative of Waterford Healing Arts which aims to celebrate the creativity of staff working at UHW by providing an opportunity to display their work at the hospital. http://www.henriique.com https://www.instagram.com/Henriique/ https://www.vogue.com/photovogue/photographers/56879...
In Celebration of National Breastfeeding Week

In Celebration of National Breastfeeding Week

Two exhibitions by Prof Afif EL-Khuffash launch in Waterford 1 October – 31 October 2023 ‘We’re Breastfeeding Friendly Waterford’ in partnership with Réalta/Waterford Healing Arts present two exhibitions by Neonatologist and Artist, Prof Afif EL-Khuffash. The exhibitions launch in two locations across Waterford in celebration of National Breastfeeding Week 2023. For the month of October, both University Hospital Waterford and the Central Library in Waterford City will host exhibitions of Prof EL-Khuffash’s artwork. His digital art is typically vibrant and colourful in nature. Prof EL-Khuffash is a Consultant Neonatologist & Paediatrician at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin, Ireland, and a Full Professor of Paediatrics at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is also a board-certified lactation consultant and a digital artist. He has over 20 years of experience in newborn care and has considerable knowledge of breast-feeding medicine and experience in providing antenatal and postnatal feeding advice and support to new mothers. Waterford Healing Arts brings arts experiences – music, visual art, creative writing and storytelling – to the bedside of patients at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) and other healthcare settings. This extensive arts and health programme is part of Réalta, the National Body for Arts + Health in Ireland.  Réalta is core funded by the Arts Council and the HSE. www.realta.ie www.afifsart.net ENDS...
Coast by Tom Quilty on the Staff Art Wall

Coast by Tom Quilty on the Staff Art Wall

Coast is a collection of landscape images by photographer Tom Quilty.  The photographs depict the natural beauty of the Waterford coastline from Brownstown Head to Tankardstown on the Copper Coast. The exhibition runs until 27 March 2023. Tom joined the Waterford Healing Arts team in May 2022 as Art Installer, having worked in the print industry for many years. A keen amateur photographer, with an L.I.P.F. distinction from the Irish Photographic Federation, Tom says, “I like nothing better than to head off with my camera gear and capture the beautiful landscapes throughout the island of Ireland and sometimes further afield”. Tom is also a respected fine art printer and framer, which he feels completes the circle of his photography journey. Coast is Tom’s first exhibition on the Staff Art Wall at University Hospital Waterford. The Staff Art Wall is an initiative of Waterford Healing Arts, which aims to celebrate the creativity of staff working at UHW by providing an opportunity to display their work at the hospital For further samples of Tom’s work see: TQPictureFraming.com or email info@tqpictureframing.com      ...