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Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing 2018: Call for artwork(s) to light up the night at University Hospital Waterford

May 30, 2018 in Featured News, Job Opportunities in the Arts Sector, News from the Arts Sector

The Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing, presented by Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Garter Lane Arts Centre and Waterford City and County Libraries, champions the health benefits of participation in the arts by everyone.  The festival is funded by the Arts Council and Waterford City and County Council. Now in its sixth year, this year’s festival will take place from Monday 8th – Sunday 14th October 2018.

Light up the Night

For the past two years, temporary artworks have been displayed at the rear exterior of University Hospital Waterford for the enjoyment of patients and their families during the festival. In 2016, an inflatable light installation was installed by Spraoi and in 2017, artist Tom Meskell worked with the local community to create a series of flower lanterns which were lit each night.

Photo by Keith Currams

Photo by Keith Currams


Call for proposals

WHAT invites proposals from artists to display a visible and engaging temporary artwork(s) at the back of University Hospital Waterford during Well Festival 2018 (Mon 8th October to Friday 12th October 2018). The purpose is to create an art spectacle that patients, staff and visitors can enjoy and experience from the wards. The artwork(s) can pre-exist or can be produced by an individual artist, a group of artists or in collaboration with a community in the lead up to the festival. Space in the WHAT Centre can be made available for the latter. WHAT has 200 waterproof battery powered LED lights available. The total budget for this project is €700.


Submission requirements

Please send a one page proposal containing:

  • A short description of the proposed project detailing the core concept and requirements
  • Images of the proposed work (photographs if available and/ or drawings)
  • Budget breakdown
  • One page CV
  • Up to 5 images of previous work

and send to by Friday 29 June 2018 at 2pm. 

The successful proposal will be selected by representatives of the Well Festival and UHW. The criteria for selection will be:

  • Aesthetic quality
  • Positive impact on the hospital community
  • Fit with the theme of the festival
  • Feasibility

WHAT reserves the right not to select any proposal. This project is pending permission from UHW. Selected artwork(s) must comply with health and safety requirements.

For further information contact Claire Meaney at 051 842664 or see and

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Artlinks recipient and Co. Waterford Winner of the “Irish Poem of the Year” in The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards

November 29, 2017 in Featured News, News from the Arts Sector, Uncategorized, Waterford City & County Arts Office


Dungarvan’s Clodagh Beresford Dunne, has won the Irish Poem of the  “Seven Sugar Cubes” which appeared in the The Irish Times last April.

Clodagh has been the recipient of a number of literature awards and bursaries from the Arts Office,Waterford City and County Council and ArtLinks.

The Arts Office would like to thank everyone who responded to their call to vote for Clodagh’s poem.  

Comhghairdeas Clodagh, a worthy winner!Clodagh with her award

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Waterford ArtLinks recipient nominated for Poem of the Year Award

November 7, 2017 in ArtLInks News, Featured News, News from the Arts Sector, Waterford City & County Arts Office

It was announced at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, last Thursday, Nov 2nd, at the unveiling of the 2017 shortlists,  that Dungarvan poet, Clodagh Beresford Dunne, features on a list of four poets nominated for the Listowel Writers’ Week “Irish Poem of the Year” category in The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards.

Now in its twelfth year, the Irish Book Awards were founded to celebrate and promote Irish writing, to the widest range of readers possible.

Each year it brings together a huge community passionate about books and writing – readers, authors, bookseller, publishers and librarians – to recognise and celebrate the very best of Irish writing talent.

The public are invited to vote for their favourite poem, before midnight on the 21st November, and the winner will be announced at a televised awards ceremony, in Dublin, on November 28th.

Clodagh Beresford Dunne, whose nominated poem “Seven Sugar Cubes” appeared in the The Irish Times last April, has been the recipient of a number of literature awards and bursaries from the Waterford City and County Arts Office and Art Links, and in 2016 she received the Arts Council of Ireland Emerging-Writer Award. Her poems have appeared in Irish and international print and online journals and she has given readings and interviews about her poetry in several universities in the USA.

She lives in Dungarvan with her husband and four children, and is currently assembling her first full collection for publication.


Click HERE to vote!

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Bursary Recepient becomes IAC member

September 27, 2017 in ArtLInks News, Featured News, News from the Arts Sector, Waterford City & County Arts Office

Waterford ArtLinks member Jane Jermyn from Lismore received an ArtLinks bursary in 2016 enabling her to attend the International Academy of Ceramics Congress and General Assembly in Barcelona. Jane found it a stimulating and exciting experience. Earlier this year Jane applied to become a member and is delighted to learn that she has been elected as a member of this prestigious organisation.

The International Academy of Ceramics was founded in 1952 and is the only organization devoted to the medium of clay at an International level – there are over 550 members from 55 countries. IAC combines ceramists, potters, artists, designers, authors, collectors, gallerists, conservators, restorers’, curators as well as a panel of prestigious institutions. Every two years the Academy holds a major congress and Jane hopes to attend the next one in Taipei in 2018 where she will be welcomed into the organisation. The Arts Office of Waterford City & County Council congratulate Jane on this news and says that it is a direct positive outcome from the bursary support she received from ArtLinks.



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Artlinks Supported Actor acting with the RSC

September 20, 2016 in ArtLInks News, Featured News, News from the Arts Sector, Waterford City & County Arts Office


Headshot Jenny Fennessy

Jenny Fennessy

There is Waterford interest in the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) at present as Jenny Fennessy from Ballysaggart, Lismore is acting in two of their plays, CYMBELINE and KING LEAR. Both shows will be screened live to cinemas internationally, including the SGC, Dungarvan.

In CYMBELINE, Jenny plays the gentlewoman. In KING LEAR she plays the messenger and servant and is understudying Lear’s daughter Goneril and the Fool. Greg Doran is Artistic Director of the RSC and is directing KING LEAR. Sir Antony Sher is playing KING LEAR and the show has had rave reviews. Both shows will be performed in Stratford upon Avon until October 15th when they move to the Barbican in London until December 23rd 2016.

Waterford City & County Council Arts Officer, Margaret Organ remarked ‘ We are pleased to have supported Jenny over the years with her education in the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She was successful in getting Arts Office and Artlinks support to assist with her studies and she is a former winner of the O’ Regan Arts Bursary also. This investment in one of our hardest working actors is something which we are delighted to be associated with.’

Cymbeline is broadcast live by SGC Dungarvan on Wednesday 28th September at 7pm and King Lear is broadcast live from Stratford upon Avon on Wednesday 12th October at 7pm.

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1916 Commemorative Stained Glass Mural by artist Peadar Lamb unveiled in Carlow County Museum

July 28, 2016 in ArtLInks News, Carlow Arts Office, Events from the Arts Sector, Featured News, News from the Arts Sector



The 1916 Commemorative Stained Glass Mural by artist Peadar Lamb

The 1916 Commemorative Stained Glass Mural by artist Peadar Lamb which was unveiled in Carlow County Museum on Thursday July 21st 2016 measuring 2.5 meters wide by 1.5 meters high. Photo: Roland Paschhoff.

On Thursday 21st July a large ‘1916 Commemorative Stained Glass Mural’ by artist Peadar Lamb was unveiled in Carlow County Museum. This lasting legacy of the Carlow Ireland 2016 commemorations was commissioned by Carlow County Council through its Public Art Working Group and coordinated through the Carlow Ireland 2016 Committee. This innovative and unique contemporary stained glass mural illustrates a Carlow narrative showing key Carlow figures and the role they played in 1916.  

Cllr John Murphy, Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council congratulated Peadar Lamb “on completing such a fantastic mural which not only gives us an overview of the Carlow perspective for 1916 but also looks to then future of this county and country.”

Cork City based artist Peadar Lamb has magnificently crafted a large mural of 2.5 meters wide by 1.5 meters high and is an addition to the six 1930s stained glass windows already in the Museum thanks to the buildings original residents, the Presentation Sisters. Following a recommendation from the Carlow Public Art Working Group a process of engagement with the Carlow Ireland 2016 Committee has been on-going, the Committee met with the artist Peadar Lamb at the inception of the commission to share ideas and opinions. Following this the artist researched the period with the assistance of Elaine Callinan of the History Department in Carlow College.

Peadar stated at the opening that “the content of this artwork is a microcosm of what was happening in the whole country during the period of 1916. As an artist, in the process of making this work I have to try to find, what I am going to say and how to represent this Carlow narrative. I don't see historical dates I see things in pictures. I created a legacy piece that compositionally is not just about the past but also for the present and the future”.

Cllr Fintan Phelan, Mayor of the Municipal District of Carlow and Chairperson of the Carlow Ireland 2016 Committee in welcoming the commission said that “this beautiful stained glass mural will create a lasting legacy for generations to come. It is a piece that we can admire and reflect upon. We are not simply admiring stained glass, but rather we are reflecting on the most significant period in our Nations path to independence. A path travelled by many great men and women. Amongst them were some Carlovians, this piece is in honour of them and the values they stood for.”

The commission depicts some of the key Carlow figures from the 1916 Rising: Micheál O’Hanrahan who grew up on Tullow Street was executed for his role in 1916, and is representative of his family who were immersed in the republican tradition. Nurse Margaret Kehoe from Leighlinbridge who lost her life on Easter Monday 1916 while tending the wounded in the South Dublin Union. She is depicted cradling the wounded rebel Dan McCarthy who survived the Rising and they are almost like a mother/Madonna and child or ‘Pieta’. Father Albert Bibby OFM Cap, from Bagenalstown ministered too many of the rebel prisoners in Kilmainham Gaol and was a link between then and their families. Thomas Traynor, from Tullow, who fought in the 1916 Rising was executed in April 1921 during the War of Independence. He is depicted surrounded by his ten children.

The piece is rich in symbolism including an image of a large bullet and a bicycle. The bullet represents the power of the well-armed British Empire while the bicycle represents the ill-equipped Irish Revolutionaries, a David v Goliath situation. The mural is framed with a strong border open on the far right representing that history is always moving forward and also depicted by a blue print of the Carlow Sugar Factory from 1926.

The mural marks respectfully and captures the narrative of Carlow figures of 1916 as well as providing a legacy for future generations who will visit the County Museum in Carlow. The mural will be visually impactful on all visitors to the Museum and is now part of the Museum’s permanent collection.

Guest speaker on the night was Catherine Marshall, a leading figure in Art History in Ireland who summarised the importance of stained glass as an artform. She said “it is always really great to see a brand new artwork as the public see it for the first time. Historically as an art form stained glass was the medium used for commemorations. It is most fitting and the visionary work of Carlow County Council to commission contemporary stained glass artist Peadar Lamb. What strikes me in this artwork is the careful traditional leaded techniques and methods Peadar has applied, all done by hand, like the great cathedral windows across Europe. Like the great stained glass artists like Harry Clark, Peadar Lamb is an exceptional artist and has produced a beautiful artwork for Carlow”.

Peadar Lamb is an artist working primarily in the medium of stained glass for over twenty years. Using hand-made glass, he employs a variety of techniques which have changed little over the centuries. He has shown extensively in his native Ireland and internationally, and his work is in public and private collections in Europe, the Middle East, the USA and Japan.

The project was managed through the Arts Office of Carlow County Council in partnership with County Carlow Museum under the direction of the Head of Finance, Information Systems and Culture, working with the Carlow Ireland 2016 Committee and members of Carlow County Council. The project is part of the Carlow Ireland 2016 Programme funded by Carlow County Council with assistance from the Ireland 2016 Office, The Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht, The Department of the Environment Community and Local Government.


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Still time to pre-book a place at the FREE Visual Cafe on Wednesday

November 20, 2015 in ArtLInks News, Carlow Arts Office, Events from the Arts Sector, Featured News, Kilkenny Arts Office, News from the Arts Sector, Professional development opportunities, Waterford County Arts Office, Wexford Arts Office

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ArtLinks Collaborative Award 2015 Recipient

September 25, 2015 in Featured News, News from the Arts Sector

Little Black Wren

Little Black Wren is a Kilkenny-based songwriter and singer with the new fantastic indie-folk single Heart on a String with a music video collaboration including actor/dancer Susie Lamb, Wexford-based choreographer Deirdre Grant and filmmaker Alan Slattery of Mycrofilms. This brilliant track Heart on a String,  was funded by an ArtLinks Collaborative Award 2015.

Single download is now available on iTunes,

Keep up to date with Little Black Wren on the below links:




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New National Arts in Education Portal: Consultations

November 5, 2014 in News from the Arts Sector

Kids’ Own is leading the development of a brand new national initiative – the Arts in Education Portal, in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The portal is being developed as part of the implementation of the Arts in Education Charter, which was launched by both Departments in early 2013.

The Arts in Education Portal will be a new national digital resource of arts and education practice for teachers, artists, and anyone working in the field of arts in education. It will provide a dedicated space where good practice, research, resources and inspirational case studies can be shared and accessed online.

Kids’ Own is delivering a series of consultations nationwide, in partnership with the ATECI, through which we invite you to tell us about your vision for the Arts in Education Portal. This resource aims to support you in your future practice, and now is the chance to tell us what it could look like or what features and functions could support you in your work.

How to get involved…

Come to their evening consultation session – delivered in partnership with the ATECI – at the Kilkenny Education Centre, Wed 12th November, 7.00-9.00pm, / 056-7760200

Places can be booked through the Education Centre. Refreshments will be served.

If you are unable to attend but would like to contribute your thoughts and ideas please take part in this survey:

Contact Orla Kenny or Jo Holmwood at Kids’ Own for more information: or 07191-24945. To learn more about Kids’ Own visit

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August 1, 2014 in News from the Arts Sector, Professional development opportunities


Contest sections: painting, sculpture and installation, photographic art, video art and performance, virtual and digital art

Total Prize endowment: € 180,000

Eligibility: open to artists of all ages; free theme

Entry deadline: November 6th, 2014

Finalists collective exhibitions: March 2015 – Venice, Italy: in the prestigious venues of Venice Arsenale and Telecom Italia Future Centre

The contest features the awarding of cash prizes, the organization of a major collective exhibition in Venice, a number of personal exhibitions in Art Galleries worldwide, collaborations with Companies, Art Residencies and the publication of an official catalogue. Its aim is to promote the artists and their career by offering a range of opportunities for a total endowment of € 180,000.



€ 7,000 for the winner of each section

BUSINESS FOR ART (*in order to participate, submit at least two works by October 15th, 2014)

3 artists will be selected to collaborate with 3 leaders of Made in Italy in the fields of design, fashion and wine

- Pas de Rouge, 10,000 Euros, project for the world of footwear;

- La Tordera, 5,000 Euros, creation of an artistic label;

- Riva1920, creation of a design object in wood.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: (*in order to participate, submit at least two works by October 15th, 2014)

Artistic Serigraphy Fallani – Venice, Artistic Foundry Battaglia - Milan, Glass School Abate Zanetti - Venice, Art Stays - Slovenia


Every gallery will select an artist for a personal exhibition including seting-up, opening, transportation expenses, dedicated catalogue published by ODE: Charlot Gallery, France; Fernando Santos Gallery, Portugal; Isabelle Lesmeister Gallery, Germany


Selection of one work from the sculpture and installation section for the open-air international exhibition in Venice during the Venice Film Festival


The international jury chaired by Curator Igor Zanti comprises:

Simone Frangi (Italy/France, Artistic Director of Viafarini DOCVA and Professor at Ecole Supérieure d'Art et de Design de Grenoble-Valence)

Franck Gautherot (France, Co-Director at Le Consortium, Contemporary Art Center in Dijon)

Chus Martinez (Spain, Head of the Art Institute FHNW in Basel, Switzerland)

Bartolomeo Pietromarchi (Italy, Director at Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como)

Domenico Quaranta (Italy, Critic and Curator)

Veeranganakumari Solanki (India, Independent Curator and Art writer)

Philippe van Cauteren (Belgium, Artistic Director at S.M.A.K Museum in Ghent)

Jonathan Watkins (Great Britain, Director at Ikon Gallery)


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