Réalta/Waterford Healing Arts issues Open Call for independent evaluation of Art at the Kitchen Table

Réalta/Waterford Healing Arts issues Open Call for independent evaluation of Art at the Kitchen Table

Réalta, the national resource organisation dedicated to developing arts + health in Ireland, is seeking tenders from suitably qualified individuals or organisations to undertake an independent evaluation of the Waterford Healing Arts Art at the Kitchen Table programme.  The deadline for receipt of completed applications is Tuesday 6 August 2024.  Further details are available here. Art at the Kitchen Table supports older people living in Waterford City and County, who might not otherwise have access to the arts, to make art in their own homes.  The artist visits a person in their own home and they create art together – painting, drawing and collage/mixed media.  The programme offers the older person the opportunity to develop a new, or reignite a previous interest in art.  It also brings joy, creativity and connection and impacts positively on the person’s wellbeing and quality of life.  No experience is required by the participant, simply an interest in making art. Having completed three sessions with the artist at home, the participant is then invited to join one of the Art at the Kitchen Table Studios, in Dungarvan or Waterford.  These supportive group settings provide an opportunity for each person to continue their art making and to enjoy the additional benefits of participation with others, thereby making an important step into society. Developed by Réalta/Waterford Healing Arts, Art at the Kitchen Table is delivered in partnership with Waterford City and County Council. Speaking at the announcement of the Open Call, Claire Meaney, Director of Réalta, said “To date, the Art at the Kitchen Table programme has been evaluated on an ongoing basis internally within Réalta. ...
We’re hiring! Réalta/Waterford Healing Arts seeks Assistant Art Curator to join team

We’re hiring! Réalta/Waterford Healing Arts seeks Assistant Art Curator to join team

Réalta/Waterford Healing Arts is currently recruiting an Assistant Art Curator to join its team under the Community Employment Scheme. The Assistant Art Curator will assist with the management of the University Hospital Waterford (UHW) Art Collection, and the planning, organising and installing of new exhibitions at the hospital. This role offers a great opportunity to anyone interested in visual art to gain valuable experience in presenting artworks in a hospital setting. Applicants must be eligible for Community Employment and applications should be submitted by email only to info@realta.ie  The deadline for receipt of applications is 6 August 2024 at 5pm. A full job description is available here. The Art Collection has been central to the work of Waterford Healing Arts since its inception and, over the last 31 years, has grown to over 600 works on display at the hospital. Managed by Waterford Healing Arts, the permanent Art Collection transforms the hospital building from a sterile, institutional space to a more colourful, human place, full of paintings and other artworks, which lifts the spirits of patients, family members and staff.  In addition, Waterford Healing Arts curates an engaging and exciting programme of temporary exhibitions at the hospital, offering patients, families and staff the opportunity to experience inspiring and thought-provoking contemporary art. Announcing details of the recruitment drive, Claire Meaney, Director of Réalta/ Waterford Healing Arts, said “The Assistant Art Curator at University Hospital Waterford is an important member of our team.  The role involves liaising with various departments within the hospital, and working with our Project Co-ordinator/Curator and Art Installer to ensure the Art Collection is maintained and presented...
Irish Doctors Orchestra Fundraising Concert for Réalta/Waterford Healing Arts

Irish Doctors Orchestra Fundraising Concert for Réalta/Waterford Healing Arts

Medicine will meet music at the Irish Doctors Orchestra’s special Fundraising Concert to take place at the SETU Arena on Sunday 29 September at 4.30pm.  All proceeds from the concert will go to the Réalta/Waterford Healing Arts programmes at University Hospital Waterford.  Under the baton of well-known Waterford musician and conductor Liam Daly, the concert will feature music from the opera Maritana by Waterford composer William Wallace, Concerto in F major for Two Bassoons by Johann Baptist Vanhal and Symphony No. 7 by Antonin Dvorak, in addition to a traditional Irish element, courtesy of the Waterford Harp Ensemble of Music Generation Waterford. Tickets (€20/€10/€5) are now on sale.  To book, click here Announcing details of the concert, Dr Julia O’Leary from the Irish Doctors Orchestra said “We are very excited to be performing at the SETU Arena in September and we’re especially thrilled to be performing Maritana by William Wallace in his home place of Waterford. We’re also delighted to be joined by young musicians from the Waterford Harp Ensemble of Music Generation Waterford for this concert. The Irish Doctors Orchestra is a unique gathering of medics who love to play classical music and what better purpose could there be than to raise funds for the fantastic organisation that is Réalta/Waterford Healing Arts.  Many of our medical colleagues have told us about the wonderful work of the Waterford Healing Arts programme at UHW, easing patients’ worries through the arts, and softening the clinical space with the hospital’s stunning art collection.  This is a perfect fit for us and we can’t wait to perform in Waterford.” Claire Meaney, Director of...
Experience 2023: Reflection by Noelle Brown

Experience 2023: Reflection by Noelle Brown

As part of Experience 2023: An Introduction to Arts, Health and the Older Person, an in-person learning programme which took place at Réalta/Waterford Healing Arts Centre for Arts + Health in December, writer, actor and activist Noelle Brown was commissioned to participate, observe and write a reflection on the day.  This reflection is available here: Experience 2023 Reflection by Noelle Brown Experience 2023 was presented by Réalta and Age & Opportunity, and was kindly funded by the Arts Council and the HSE.  Further info is available here IMAGE: Dr Lucy Pollock, Consultant Geriatrician and author of ‘The Book About Getting Older’, speaking at Experience 2023.  Photo by Keith...
Quiz Night at The Cove Bar in aid of Waterford Healing Arts, 23 November

Quiz Night at The Cove Bar in aid of Waterford Healing Arts, 23 November

Calling quiz buffs!  It’s time to dust off the dictionaries and brush up on general knowledge in time for the annual Quiz Night in aid of Waterford Healing Arts.  Taking place at The Cove Bar, Dunmore Road on Thursday 23 November, 8pm.  All are welcome and the entry fee is €40 per table of 4, with all proceeds going to the Waterford Healing Arts Art at the Kitchen Table programme.  Tables must be booked in advance. Click here to book now. Announcing details of the Quiz Night, Shirley O’Shea, Chairperson of the Fundraising Committee of Waterford Healing Arts, said “We’re delighted to return to The Cove Bar for our annual Quiz Night and our sincere thanks to Tom and all the team for their invaluable support.  This year, the focus of our fundraising is the fantastic Art at the Kitchen Table programme.  Art at the Kitchen Table supports older people living in Waterford City and County, who might not otherwise have access to the arts, to make art in their own homes.  Two of the Waterford Healing Arts artists – Caroline Schofield and Eilis O’Toole – visit people and they create art together: painting, drawing and collage/mixed media.  The person at home doesn’t need to have any experience or art materials, just an interest in making art.  The artist brings everything to them in their home.” Shirley goes on to say “In addition to art making, we hear back from the participants that Art at the Kitchen Table brings them great joy, surprise and new friendships.  They discover a talent they didn’t know they had, or sometimes it re-kindles...