Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) is Ireland’s leading arts and health programme.
Established in 1993, WHAT brings art experiences to the bedsides of patients at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) and other healthcare settings. WHAT has been running an arts programme in the renal dialysis unit of UHW since 2007, supported by the Punchestown Kidney Research Fund. WHAT believes that the arts contribute to the wellbeing and vitality of society and that engaging with the arts stimulates the participant’s sense of identity and creativity.
WHAT also supports the development of arts and health in Ireland and manages the national website www.artsandhealth.ie .