What’s On

To find out what’s planned now and in the near future at Waterford Gallery of Art, see below.

For all arts and culture activities taking place in and around Waterford, visit: What’s On Waterford! W.O.W!


This new building-wide exhibition presents over fifty key artworks from the Waterford Art Collection, with a particular focus on the different ways that artists have attempted to depict the essence and personality of people and places within their work.

The newly designed in-house display includes paintings, drawings, films, photography and audio by artists Una Sealy (RHA), James Hanley (RHA), Thomas Ryan (PPRHA), John Behan (RHA), Hilda Roberts (HRHA), Mildred Anne Butler (RA, RWS), Tony Ryan and more. Accompany the exhibition is a series of talks, events, workshops and artist commissions.   

One of the highlights on show is the painting, ‘Portrait of Mary Palliser’ by Fredric William Burton (1871), currently on loan from the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan, Canada. It is thought that the painting was initially gifted to Palliser as an engagement gift from Burton. The couple were engaged for 10 years though never married. Mary died of pneumonia in 1879 and is buried at Comeragh Cemetery, Waterford, close to her family home.

Sound & Portraits presents a series of open-call commissions for musicians, artists and those working with sound. The project aims to spotlight how identity, representation and lived experiences are also captured creatively beyond the canvas. A gallery tour and live performances of the work will take place during Imagine Arts Festival, October 2022.

Dates: 8th September 2022 – 18th March 2023

Launch and Private View, Oíche Chultúir / Culture Night, 23rd September 2022


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’.

Category: Commission (sound)

Application Deadline: 11:59am 7th October 2022

Link to further details: CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE AND APPLY (PDF)

Artist Payment: €500

Submission fee to apply: None

Denis Power: O’Connell Street 1900 Wall Mural

Waterford Gallery of Art unveils new courtyard wall mural depicting O’Connell Street in 1900

’31 O’Connell Street Wall Mural’ by Denis Power, 2022

A new artwork by Waterford artist Denis Power was unveiled this week as part of the galleries ‘Recent Works: Donations, Acquisitions, Commissions’ exhibition. The artwork was inspired by a series of photographs depicting the street in 1900 and includes a portrayal of the Waterford Gallery of Art with its now removed clock tower. The gallery was built in 1845 as a savings bank and also hosted the first ever art school in Waterford in 1950.  

Power is mixed media artist who studied art at Waterford Institute of Technology (now SETU) under Tony Ryan.  He takes his influence from his childhood memories, pop culture, and the environment.  Power is a resident artist at GOMA, co-founder of the Rogue Gallery, and has been involved in various art institutes in the city including Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Greyfriars, and Waterford Gallery of Art.

Power notes: “After over a year of trial and error, lessons learned, stops and starts, sections redone and an ungodly battle with the very concept of perspective, it’s finally done! My Mum joked that it wouldn’t be finished in her lifetime, something she was heartbreakingly right about. I’d like to dedicate this piece to her.”

The mural and exhibition is free to visit during gallery opening hours, Wed-Sat, 10am-5pm

Other artworks on show in the ‘Recent Works’ exhibition include paintings by:  Letitia Marion Hamilton (RHA), Geraldine O’Brien, Harry Kernoff, Lillian Davidson (ARHA), Rebecca Shackleton, Frances Kelly (ARHA), Josephine Webb, Damaris Lysaght, Fr. Jack Hanlon, Tony Ryan, Anna Moore, Samuel McCloy­­ and Patric Stevenson (PPRUA).        

Times: The gallery is open to the public Wednesday -Saturday, 10am-5pm – Free for all.


RECENT WORKS: Donations, Acquisitions, Commissions presents key artworks newly gifted, purchased or commissioned by the Waterford Gallery of Art and the Waterford Arts Office. Much of the work on show has rarely been seen on public display before. Exhibiting these significant additions to the Waterford Collection of Art acknowledges the generosity and foresight of those that have helped to further enrich the cultural heritage of Waterford and the South East.

On view will be artworks by Letitia Marion Hamilton (RHA), Geraldine O’Brien, Harry Kernoff, Lillian Davidson (ARHA), Rebecca Shackleton, Frances Kelly (ARHA), Josephine Webb, Damaris Lysaght, Fr. Jack Hanlon, Tony Ryan, Anna Moore, and Patric Stevenson (PPRUA).

The exhibition also features: recently commissioned poetry in partnership with the Waterford literary journal The Waxed Lemon; Waterford Cultural Quarter films celebrating the rich heritage of O’Connell Street; work in progress by SETU graduate and Waterford Collection of Art Graduate Award winner, Rhys Wallace; courtyard wall mural by Denis Power; documentary short film on Una Sealy (RHA) whose painting ‘Portrait of Caoilfhionn Hanton, Waterford’ was commissioned by Waterford City and County Council and featured in the Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts (RHA) Annual Exhibition 2022 (this work will be shown in the upcoming WGOA exhibition, ‘Portraits: People & Place’ opening 8th September 2022).         

Waterford City and County Council, Waterford Gallery of Art, and Waterford Arts Office wish to thank and acknowledge:
John Sexton and the family of Oswald Reeves
The Sweeney family in memory of Eric Sweeny
David Sheehan in memory of Thomas and Ei­­­lish Sheehan
Family and friends of Anna Moore

The artworks on display in this temporary exhibition have all been selected by the Waterford Young Arts Critics and launches in association with SprÓg – an annual arts festival for children and families run by Garter Lane Arts Centre.

18th May – 25th June
Waterford Designers and Makers Exhibition 2022

Creative Waterford and Waterford Local Enterprise Office  showcase a group exhibition of exquisite works by some of the best designers and makers from across the city and county of Waterford. FIND OUT MORE HERE


26th May at 2pm

Free Walking Tour of The Index Gallery & Waterford Gallery of Art 26th of May 2022 at 2pm as part of the Bealtaine Festival. Register Now by emailing: jloughran@waterfordcouncil.ie

FILM SCREENING at Garter Lane: Pissarro Father of Modern Impressionism

Book Now!

Date: 19th May (Thursday)

Time: 7.30 pm

Duration: 94 minutes

Price: €7.50/ €9

Booking: https://garterlane.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173624952

The Ashmolean Museum has a long tradition of excellence. As the UK’s first ever public museum (it opened its doors in May 1683) it houses a wonderfully rich collection, including the remarkable Pissarro archive. With exclusive access to most extensive archive of any Impressionist painter, and to the first major Pissarro retrospective in four decades, this film explores and highlights the enthralling and hugely important biography and output of an incredible artist.