Public Art in Healthcare: Claire Meaney, George O’Neill and Conall Cary

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Exploring public art in healthcare with Claire Meaney, Waterford Healing Arts Trust, George O'Neill, HSE Estates, and artist Conall Cary.

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*This event has been rescheduled for 30 June in light of ongoing disruption to HSE networks across Ireland caused by a cyber attack.*

Claire Meaney, Director of Waterford Healing Arts Trust, will be joined in conversation by George O’Neill, Project Manager for HSE Estates in the South East, and artist Conall Cary to explore the joys and challenges of Per Cent for Art Scheme commissioning in healthcare settings.

This discussion will demystify the commissioning process for arts and health managers, healthcare managers and artists by exploring the model used by Waterford Healing Arts Trust and the Capital Projects Team HSE South East. Project examples will be shared alongside each speaker’s individual motivation for getting involved in arts commissions in healthcare contexts.

This conversation forms part of the Arts and Health Conversation Series 2021, produced by and funded by the Arts Council and the HSE.

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This event is taking place via Zoom. Registration will close at 10am on the morning of the event. Once registration ends you will be emailed Zoom login details.

Claire Meaney is the Director of Waterford Healing Arts Trust and has worked in the area of arts and health for the past 14 years. She has a BA in Fine Art from DIT (2002) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Youth Arts from NUI Maynooth (2006). In 2010, she completed an MA in Arts and Heritage Management at WIT and wrote her thesis on The Artist’s Perspective of Making Collaborative Art in a Hospital Context in Ireland. Claire has managed numerous Per Cent for Art Commissions in Waterford.

George O’Neill, BA Health Management (Hons), RGN (Hons) is the Project Manager for HSE Estates in the South East, delivering capital build projects across four acute hospitals and south east community healthcare settings. Having trained at University Hospital Waterford, George worked in Australia for three years and held various roles up to Director of Nursing prior to his appointment to his current role in 2001. He has undertaken over 20 Per Cent for Art commissions to date for acute hospitals, mental health and older person services.

Conall Cary is a visual artist and printmaker based out of Ireland. After studies at the University of Oregon, he went on to study at the Centre for Creative Arts & Media in Galway, and recently completed an MA in Digital Cultures from University College Cork. He has exhibited widely throughout Ireland and internationally, and has completed residencies in Scotland, Finland, Ireland and America. He has been supported by The Arts Council, Galway City Arts Office, Wicklow County Arts Office, and Cork City Arts Office. He has been awarded Per Cent for Art Commissions in Cork (2014/2018), Sligo (2015), Mayo (2017), and Waterford (2019/2020), with a focus on an Arts & Health environment. Since 2014, Conall has worked as the Print Media Technician at the C.I.T. Crawford College of Art & Design.

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To learn more about the Per Cent for Art Scheme visit

The featured image is a Per Cent for Art commission for Waterford Residential Care Centre, 2020, etched and laser cut brass, designed and created by Conall Cary with Peter McMorris.

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