Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing 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 for Arts + Health at UHW;
– The Self-Care R(E)volution, a thoughtful wellbeing workshop, featuring meditation drawing, a gentle way to slow down and restore calm, with Lucy Hyland;
– Augmented Body, Altered Mind, by environmental
artist AlanJames Burns, an exciting interactive artwork which weaves a brain-computer interface with a projected audiovisual environment – at Garter Lane Arts Centre;
– Right of Place – Beginnings, a compelling exhibition at Central Library featuring creative work by participants of the Right of Place Second Chance group, where survivors of institutional abuse come together to learn and share new creative skills in a supportive space;
– Why Arts?, the Well Festival Keynote conversation, featuring Professor Breda Smyth, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health (and musician), with Waterford’s Dermot Keyes, author, communications specialist and baritone – at Garter Lane Arts Centre;
– Celebrating Love, Life and Magic, a St Valentine’s Eve joyful, inclusive dance workshop led by Traces Dance Ensemble members Grace Howley and Brian McSweeney, at Garter Lane Arts Centre;
– Fancy a lift?, a daily poetry postcard, curated by poet Anne Tannam, delivered on meal trays to patients at UHW, through Waterford Libraries, Garter Lane Arts Centre and online via www.wellwaterford.com
– Creative Communities, a showcase of local creative organisations, individuals and community service providers, presented by Creative Ireland Waterford and the Well Festival, and relevant for anyone working or interested in getting involved in the arts in Waterford;
– Beauty and Struggle, a continuous professional development (CPD) workshop for artists of all disciplines working in arts + health, led by artist Sarah Ruttle, at Réalta/Waterford Healing Arts;
– The return of Cuppa & Ceol, a sociable, music-infused tea party with well-known musician Liam Merriman, this year at Carrickphierish Library;
– A range of talks and workshops, including a Public Talk on Climate Change and Disability with environmental artist AlanJames Burns, An Introduction to Ancient Weaving, a practical workshop with Christina Drennan, and a workshop for artists with Marie Brett about her exciting project Dragon’s Tail.
– Healing Sounds with Waterford Healing Arts’ musicians at the bedside of patients and residents in various healthcare settings;
– Embrace the arts at your library, a special Well Festival selection of books celebrating the benefits of reading, curated by Waterford Libraries staff;
– and the much loved festival flagship event Sunshine: sharing writings to brighten our souls, supported and hosted by The Book Centre Waterford, led once again by Guest MC Catherine Drea.
– For younger audiences, the Wellies programme invites children and young people to spark their creativity, imaginations and art making skills with a Sensory Play Hour, art workshops with Shona Shirley MacDonald and Eilis O’Toole, Creature Crafts with Waterford Libraries staff, The Vase of Everlasting Flowers, an upcycling craft workshop with Aoife Murphy, and magical hours of storytelling with Joe Brennan’s Wonder Tales.