Well Festival 2022

The Well Festival of Arts & Wellbeing celebrates the benefits of participation in the arts for everybody. After eight successful years, the festival is changing dates and will take place 7-12 February 2022 throughout Waterford City and County and online.


“We haven’t had an earthquake lately…” – Call for Submissions

The Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing, organised by Waterford Libraries, Garter Lane Arts Centre and Waterford Healing Arts Trust, will take place from 7 – 12 February 2022.

The annual much-loved flagship event “We haven’t had an earthquake lately…” will be hosted online on Friday 11th February at 6:00pm.

This event celebrates the joy of reading and members of the public are invited to come along and enjoy an uplifting evening of readings and music. Earthquake is one of our most popular events every year, with a great number of keen Waterford readers seeking to share their favourite feel-good writings with the wider public in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere.

If you would like to submit your favourite piece of writing (not self-written) for consideration for inclusion to the “We haven’t had an earthquake lately….” event, we would love to hear from you.

Submissions should be emailed to what@hse.ie by Monday 24th January with “Earthquake” in the subject line. Successful applicants will be invited to read their selections in public on the night.

For more information about this event, bookings, or the Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing please visit: http://wellwaterford.com/

Doodling for Wellbeing Online Tutorial with Sarah Bowie Illustrator and Picture Book Author.

This YouTube Tutorial will be available from Monday 7th February from 9:00am for the beginning of the Well Festival of Health and Wellbeing and will be available to view for 3 months.

Feeling overwhelmed or just looking for a new hobby? Doodling is a creative way to calm the mind and focus thoughts, so why not join illustrator and picture book author Sarah Bowie for this short online tutorial. All you need is a pen, paper and a short break from your busy day.

Well worth a watch!

Doodle Wellness Workshop with Sarah Bowie Illustrator and Author of Picture Books

Mind racing? Feeling overwhelmed? Take a moment and doodle your way towards wellbeing in this Free workshop with illustrator and Picture Book Author Sarah Bowie. No art skills necessary – just a pen, some paper and some time out from your busy day.


This Workshop is open to secondary school classes, but also suitable for all age groups. It has been widely proven that Doodling is incredibly good for health and wellbeing!

Date: Tuesday 8th February 2022

Venue: Online via Zoom

Time:11:00am – 12:00pm


  Register for Your Place


Free Event – Booking is Essential

Teachers: Register a place for your class now and a Zoom Webinar link will be sent to you by Breda O’Shea from Waterford Libraries.  All Secondary Schools are welcome! So let’s get Doodling – This is going to be a very relaxing and fun workshop. Highly recommended for Secondary School Students.

Spring has Sprung Flower Pot Workshop with Aoife Murphy from Art Storm

Aoife Murphy from Art Storm invites you to put the zing in Spring, with a relaxed morning of fun, transforming the humble plant pot into your own individual, colourful piece of art, perfect for planting. Learn new techniques to try at home and share with others.


Date: Wednesday 9th February 2022

Venue: Central Library, Lady Lane, Waterford City

Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm


  Book Now


Places are limited for public safety during Covid19 and Booking is essential.

Art Supplies are included so come alone and enjoy your morning. Face masks are essential. Social distancing will be in place.

Please contact Breda O’Shea in Central Library on 051 849975 for more information.

Get Creative with Natural Materials –  with Sean Corcoran

Online art workshop for families, adults and kids of all ages.

In this new workshop designed for the Well Festival, environmental artist Sean Corcoran helps you to get creative with natural and recycled materials available in your area, and shares his Top Ten Tips for gathering materials, including temporary art and adapting a mindful process.

Suitable for families, adults and children of all ages.

Date: Thursday 10th February 2022

Venue: Online via Zoom

Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm


  Book Now


Free Event – Booking is Essential


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