Colin Harries Sounds Good at UHW

Colin Harries Sounds Good at UHW

We were delighted to welcome classical/trad solo guitarist Colin Harries to perform at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) last week, as part of our Sounds Good programme of live music.  Colin studied with Michael O’Toole at WIT (now SETU) for seven years, graduating with a Master’s Degree in Classical Music Performance in 2015.  Colin has played traditional Irish music for more years than he can remember, and he is also a composer, and guitar and ukulele tutor. Sounds Good is a monthly half hour of ambient music, performed in the busy main foyer of UHW.  Taking place at morning coffee time, Sounds Good aims to soothe the body and soul, and give welcome respite to patients, visitors and hospital staff.  Sounds Good is kindly supported by AIB Ardkeen. ENDS...
Beauty & Struggle CPD Workshop for Artists, with Sarah Ruttle – Well Festival 2024

Beauty & Struggle CPD Workshop for Artists, with Sarah Ruttle – Well Festival 2024

Beauty & Struggle with Sarah Ruttle: A CPD workshop for artists of all disciplines working in arts + health As part of the Well Festival of Arts & Wellbeing 2024, artist Sarah Ruttle will lead a continuous professional development (CPD) workshop, focusing on reflective practice as a methodology to sustain arts and health practice.  In a relaxed and safe space, participating artists of all disciplines will be invited to share from their own experience, while gaining insights from peers working in arts and health. Based in West Cork, visual artist Sarah Ruttle has a solo and participatory arts practice.  Individually, she specialises in illustration, paper-cut art and textiles, making art to capture unique moments of humanity, emotion, courage and hope.  Collaboration is central to Sarah’s work with groups, developing playful, considered and inclusive projects with participants and other artists within health and social care settings. Sarah has been working on the Arts for Health Partnership Programme artist team in West Cork since 2008 and is an Arts Educator for ‘In the Picture,’ a Dementia friendly gallery programme in Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre.  She has also developed projects within the community and in an acute mental health setting.  In 2021, she received an Arts Participation Bursary Award from the Arts Council. Workshop Venue: Réalta/Waterford Healing Arts Centre for Arts + Health, University Hospital Waterford, Dunmore Road, Waterford, X91 ER8E Date: Tues 13 Feb, 11.30am-1.30pm Workshop fee: €10.00 To book: wha@hse.ie / 051 842664 Places limited – advance booking essential See also www.wellwaterford.com for the full festival...
Creative Communities at the Well Festival, 15 Feb

Creative Communities at the Well Festival, 15 Feb

Creative Communities at the Well Festival Following the tremendous success of the online iteration of this event in 2022, the Creative Ireland Waterford Programme, together with the Well Festival partners, are delighted to present an in-person getting-to-know-you session on the theme of arts and wellbeing in Waterford.  Showcasing the work of local creative organisations, individuals and community service providers, this event aims to foster collaboration and spark new initiatives.  Presentations will be followed by the opportunity to ask questions and make connections. Open to all, but particularly relevant to anyone working or interested in getting involved in the arts in Waterford City and County. Venue: WCQ Place, 17-18 O’Connell Street, Waterford Date/Time: Thurs 15 Feb, 4pm Admission free, but registration essential. Click here to...
Well Festival of Arts & Wellbeing 2024 programme launched

Well Festival of Arts & Wellbeing 2024 programme launched

Sounds Good – the Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing 2024 announces diverse programme of music, art, dance, poetry, film and stories to lift our spirits Festival dates: Monday 12 – Saturday 17 February Sounds Good, Dragon’s Tail, Self-Care R(E)volution and Augmented Body, Altered Mind are some of the highlights of this year’s Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing.  Taking place in Waterford Monday 12 to Saturday 17 February, the Well Festival features an inspirational line-up of fun, free, inventive, inspirational and sociable arts events for all ages.  In this, its eleventh year, the festival presents musicians, visual and environmental artists, poets, storytellers and dancers, as well as a programme of Wellies, the festival’s events for younger audiences.  The full festival programme is available from www.wellwaterford.com The Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing champions and celebrates all the ways that the arts help us to feel good.  Each day, festival-goers will have the opportunity to witness colourful, beautiful, thought-provoking music, art, dance, film, literature and talks, and to experience the joy of creativity through a range of workshops and interactive opportunities for all ages. Festival 2024 Highlights Highlights of the Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing 2024 programme include: – Sounds Good, a daily half-hour of ambient live music to soothe the body and soul, featuring Bill Stuart, Ruairí O’Shea, Killian Browne, Liam Merriman, Eoin Ó Meachair and Liam Kavanagh, in the foyer of University Hospital Waterford; – Dragon’s Tail, a series of ambitious folk-myth artworks by artist Marie Brett, exploring how electromagnetic energy fields affect human health, exhibiting at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) and the Réalta/Waterford Healing Arts Centre...
Open Call – Sunshine: sharing writings to brighten our souls…

Open Call – Sunshine: sharing writings to brighten our souls…

Open Call: Sunshine: sharing writings to brighten our souls….. Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing 2024 invites readers to share their favourite feel-good poetry and prose Does a good book lift your spirits? Do you reach for a poem to be inspired?  If yes, then the Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing 2024 would love to hear from you!  The festival is calling on literature lovers to submit their favourite piece of writing (not self-written) for consideration for Sunshine: sharing writings to brighten our souls*…., the much loved flagship event of the festival which celebrates the joy of reading, taking place at The Book Centre, Waterford on Friday 16 February.  Submissions should be emailed to wha@hse.ie  by Wednesday 31 January with “Sunshine” in the subject line.  Successful applicants will be invited to share their selections with the public at this uplifting evening of readings and music.   Further details about the festival are available from www.wellwaterford.com   The Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing champions and celebrates all the ways that the arts help us to feel good.  Taking place from 12-17 February 2024, the festival features an exciting line-up of fun, free, inventive and sociable arts events for all ages, with musicians, artists, poets, storytellers and dancers, in addition to a programme of Wellies, the festival’s events for younger audiences.  Each day, festival-goers will have the opportunity to witness colourful, beautiful, thought-provoking music, art and poetry, and to experience the joy of creativity through a myriad of workshops and interactive opportunities for all ages.  The full Festival programme will be available from www.wellwaterford.com at the end of January. Announcing details of...