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TUESDAY 25 - SUNDAY 30 OCT 2022

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The Imagine Arts Festival celebrates 21 years of infusing creative flair into Waterford City. Our programme of events runs from Tuesday 25th – Sunday 30th October.  Our multi-disciplinary arts festival incorporates The Waterford Writers Weekend.

Featuring an exciting, eclectic and diverse range of artistic events in literature, music, visual arts, performance, theatre, children’s arts events, Waterford History, culture and architecture.

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Imagine Arts Festival Launch - Friday September 16

We celebrated the launch of the 21st year of the Imagine Arts Festival in Christchurch Cathedral on Friday September 16th.  We were joined by international award-winning visual artist Gottfried Helnwein and acclaimed Irish author, singer and songwriter Declan O’Rourke.

The event was attended by in excess of 250 people supporting the arts in Waterford. Thanks to everyone who attended such a special night. 

All photos by Trevor McGrath © 2022. See more HERE.

JOAN & ROGER JOHNSON

Quaker and Newtown School contribution to Art in Waterford

Firstly, congratulations and happy 21st birthday to IMAGINE ARTS!  Seeds were sown 21 years ago which took root and have multiplied, yielding a great harvest…

90 years ago a little-known Artistic seed was also sown; in 1932 Hilda Roberts came to Waterford having married Newtown School’s Headmaster, Arnold Marsh.  Her arrival had a profound effect on the Arts scene in Waterford.  Hilda was an up and coming Artist, having studied in Dublin, London and Paris.  She was a member of an emerging group of painters in Dublin, along with the likes of Paul Henry, Mainie Jellett, Evie Hone and Desmond O’Brien.  After moving, she continued her painting in a specially converted studio at the entrance to Newtown School.  She also taught Art classes to the pupils.

In 1934, she and her husband arranged to hold an Art exhibition in the School.  This was held annually for many years, greatly appreciated by pupils and others. Exhibitors and visitors included the above named quartet, but also Sir William Orpen, Sean Keating and Jack B. Yeats.

From these early beginnings the Waterford Municipal Art Collection was created. Other Quakers,including Dorothea Jacob and William Glynn, were involved and donated Art works.  It is wonderful, nowadays, to see the increasing development and exposure of this Municipal Collection in the recently opened Waterford Municipal Gallery in O’Connell Street.

Art teachers at Newtown during this time were Robert Burke and Robert Doupe, both well-known in the City.  They inspired school pupils in all forms of Art.  Then came Roger Garbett and currently Claire Dillon and Blaithan Hughes  These teachers have inspired countless artists since then.  In 1998 (Newtown’s Bicentenary year) an exhibition was held with over 30 Old Scholars exhibiting.  These included Paul Mosse, Andrea Jameson, Carol Hodder, Jill Canning, Lucy Hill, Lynn Foster-Fitzgerald, Stephen and Simon Pearce, Nicholas Mosse, Tania Mosse, Annabel Konig, Olivia Musgrave, Mandy Parslow and many others.

Photo of Paul Henry who opened the Waterford Art Exhibition at Newtown in 1937. He is with Arnold Marsh Hilda Roberts, Joan Chambers, and Robert Burke.
Joan and Roger Johnson

A retrospective exhibition of Hilda Roberts’s work was held in 1998, curated by Jenny Haughton.  This toured from Waterford to the RHA in Dublin, the Crawford Gallery in Cork and the Hunt Museum in Limerick.  A fine publication, detailing the many paintings and drawings involved, as well as giving background to Hilda’s life, was produced by Peter Murray and Joan Johnson.

May the IMAGINE ARTS FESTIVAL continue to flourish as it comes of age.

Congratulations from Joan and Roger Johnson.

OPEN CALL

Open Call: Sound & Portraits

Call for Artists

The Waterford Gallery of Art (WGOA) and Waterford Arts Office are seeking proposals from musicians and sound artists to create new audio artworks to be performed as part of the 2022 Imagine Arts Festival. ‘Sound & Portraits’ presents a series of five small artist commissions inspired by the gallery’s current exhibition, ‘Portraits: People & Place’.

LUCA RECORDS & DECKS

Inner Space

Luca Records & Decks is a record and skate shop in Waterford City, Ireland. Specialising in a wide range of eclectic vinyl records and a full range of skateboard decks, accessories and apparel. Their Inner Space sessions at Luca Records & Decks Stage is the place for you to perform, converse and enjoy the music. Get in touch to book a slot.

Wed 26 Oct @ 8 – 9:30pm: Inner Space – Spoken Word >>

Fri 28 Oct @ 3-6pm: Youth Arts Live DJ’S >>

Fri 28 Oct @ 6pm – 7pm: Arrivalists >>

Sat 29 Oct @ 6pm: Conor Doyle & Dave >>

Sat 29 Oct @ 7pm: Youth Arts Live Bands >> 

Sat 29 Oct @ 8pm: Modwords Finale >>

OPEN CALL

Imagine Arts
Open Call

Imagine Arts Festival is offering an exciting opportunity for artists or groups of artists, to present a work in progress at Imagine Arts Festival 2022.   Artists of all performance disciplines (Dance, Theatre, Circus, Music, Multidisciplinary) are welcome. The chosen artists or company will receive €500 towards developing their idea.

Waterford Poetry Prize 2022

Waterford Poetry Prize 2022

The Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council is pleased to announce that entries are now being accepted for the Waterford Poetry Prize 2022. The Waterford Poetry Prize is open to all writers currently living on the island of Ireland.

The winners will be announced at a special event at the Waterford Writers Weekend on Friday 28th October 2022 during the Imagine Arts Festival.

The first prize is €400 plus attendance at a designated writing course at the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore in 2023. The second prize is €300 plus a writing course in Ardmore and third prize is €200.

The closing date for receipt of entries is 12 noon on Friday 12th August 2022.  There is no age limit and no entry fee for the Waterford Poetry Prize 2022.

The Arts Office is pleased to have the writer and poet Colm Keegan as judge.

Online entries only will be accepted with the form and guidelines available HERE at the Waterford Submit platform or by scanning the QR code below.

2022 IMAGINE ARTS FESTIVAL – ALL EVENTS

2022 Events

Stay tuned as more events are being announced daily.

EXHIBITIONS

Catalan Butterflies

TICKETS An evening of music and spoken-word poetry to celebrate the launch of the award winning book, Catalan Butterflies (Templar,

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EXHIBITIONS

The Bonnet Project

The Bonnet Project combines community education programmes and local history to enable participants to be part of an international art

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PERFORMANCE

Emigration Road

“They are going! The Irish are going with a vengeance!” Emigration Road: A Play For Voices Performed by Curlew Theatre

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MUSIC

Susan O’Neill

Hosting Susan O’Neill, the spectacular Christ Church Cathedral has been a place of living history and worship for over 1000

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WATERFORD WRITER’S WEEKEND

Waterford Writer’s Weekend 28th – 30th October 2022
LITERATURE

David Toms – Memoir

David Toms (born 1988) is a writer from Waterford, now living and working in Norway. His poetry collections include Northly (Turas Press, 2019),

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LITERATURE

Aingeala Flannery

Aingeala Flannery is an award-winning broadcaster and journalist. Her short story ‘Visiting Hours’ was the winner of the 2019 Harper’s Bazaar Short Story

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2022 IMAGINE ARTS FESTIVAL – TESTIMONIALS

Imagine Arts Festival MUSIC EVENTS

WATERFORD VISUAL ARTS 

Waterford Visual Artists

A DIRECTORY OF LOCAL VISUAL ARTISTS

The Imagine Arts Festival has a directory of local Visual Artists. Check them out in their studios, read their interviews, profiles and see samples of their work. Why not get in touch with your favourite artist about their upcoming exhibitions or events? If you are a local artist and you are interested in submitting your own profile, click HERE.
WATERFORD VISUAL ARTISTS

Artform

Artform hosts short art courses and painting holidays with a wide range of leading Irish

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WATERFORD VISUAL ARTISTS

Janie Kavanagh

Janie Kavanagh is a painter who also founded the Rogue Gallery in Waterford She also

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WATERFORD VISUAL ARTISTS

James Horan

James Horan is a sculpture who mostly works in stone usually limestone or marble and

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WATERFORD VISUAL ARTISTS

Sile Walsh

Sile Walsh is a Tramore self-taught artist who paints and draws and specialises in outdoor

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WATERFORD VISUAL ARTISTS

Sean Corcoran

Sean Corcoran began his career as a stain glass artist and along the way veered

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WATERFORD VISUAL ARTISTS

Ruth Flynn

Ruth Flynn is a performance artist, a musician and also a visual artist. She has

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WATERFORD VISUAL ARTISTS

Paul Phelan

Paul Phelan is a self-taught street artist who has become a specialist in designing artwork

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WATERFORD VISUAL ARTISTS

Paul Bolger

Paul Bolger is a writer, film-maker, and musician and mostly makes his living as an

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WATERFORD VISUAL ARTISTS

Miranda Corcoran

Miranda Corcoran works from her art studio and workshop space on the Copper Coast near

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