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.
WATERFORD WRITER’S WEEKEND
Lemons, Liars and Banshees: Three literary journals in conversation. Join editors from The Waxed Lemon, The Four Faced Liar and Banshee as they
LIVE MUSIC & ART
Sound & Portraits: Live Music & Art
To coincide with the ‘Portraits: People & Place’ exhibition (8th Sept 2022 – Spring 2023), the Waterford Gallery of Art will be presenting a series of sound portraits by musicians, artists and those working with sound to spotlight how identity, representation and lived experiences are captured creatively beyond the canvas.
🗓 Wed 26 October
📍Waterford Gallery of Art
This commission is part of WGOA’s ambition to produce artworks that encourage audiences to think about ‘What exactly is a portrait? What stories are being told? How best can artists represent people, character, essence, narrative and emotions? What are the differing ways that sound can fulfil this brief?’
This free evening of live music and art features: Cathy Purcell, Gammy Origami, Evan Miles & Cailean Finn, Elle Wadding, Band Of Clouds, Matt Winston, and Morgan Ton
LUCA RECORDS & DECKS
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.
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
Stay tuned as more events are being announced daily.
Join us in Christ Church Cathedral for the indoor premiere of ‘Draíocht Phort Láirge’ a collection of newly composed music
Imagine are proud to be hosting a workshop day of ‘Demystifying Spraypaint’ with Caoilfhionn Hanton, a Waterford art student and
TICKETS Waterford Distillery – Music – Whisky – History. A full Bodied Tasting Event presents a fine blend of music,
REGISTER Join us and our very special guests in Waterford and Newfoundland as we as we peel back the layers
Andrew Doherty of Tides & Tales fame tells of generations of Waterford people travelled and worked aboard the SS Great
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.
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.
2022 IMAGINE ARTS FESTIVAL – TESTIMONIALS
Imagine Arts Festival TESTIMONIALS
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.
WATERFORD VISUAL ARTS
Waterford Visual Artists
A DIRECTORY OF LOCAL VISUAL ARTISTS
FESTIVAL FRIENDS AND SPONSORS
2022 IMAGINE ARTS FESTIVAL – SOCIAL MEDIA AND VOLUNTEERING