Surviving or Thriving?

In partnership with the Arts Council, Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) announce details of an innovative new online series that aims to support the wellbeing of arts professionals in Ireland, with particular relevance to the present Covid-19 pandemic.

Entitled Surviving or Thriving?, the series of panel discussions, workshops and podcasts, which is open to all those working in the arts in Ireland and is free of charge, aims to strengthen resilience, restore confidence and promote connectedness across the arts sector.  The programme features panel exchanges chaired by psychologist Dr Maureen Gaffney, with guest speakers from a range of art forms, including writer Anne Enright, musician Eleanor McEvoy and artist Austin Ivers, in addition to follow-up workshops and online resources exploring self-care and wellbeing.  

Surviving or Thriving? takes place over three weeks from 15 March to 01 April 2021. You can read more information here.

About the Arts Council
The Arts Council /An Comhairle Ealaíon is the Irish government agency for developing the arts.  The Arts Council works in partnership with artists, arts organisations, public policy makers and others to build a central place for the arts in Irish life.  It provides financial assistance to artists, arts organisations, local authorities and others for artistic purposes.  It offers assistance and information on the arts to government and to a wide range of individuals and organisations.  As an advocate for the arts and artists, the Arts Council undertakes projects and research, often in new and emerging areas of practice, and increasingly in cooperation with partner organisations.  

About Waterford Healing Arts Trust
Established in 1993, Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) is based at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) and brings arts experiences – music, creative writing, painting – to the bedsides of patients at the hospital and other healthcare settings in the community.  WHAT believes that exposure to the arts softens the clinical environment and reduces anxiety and stress for patients, families and staff. WHAT believes the arts contribute to the wellbeing and vitality of society as a whole, including within healthcare settings, and that engaging with the arts stimulates the participant’s sense of identity and creativity. WHAT is a leader in the national development of arts and health in Ireland and manages the highly regarded resource website

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