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Consultations and Observations

Artist Name(s) Michael Durand
Artwork title Consultations and Observations
Context/Background Consultations and Observations is an exhibition of archived photographs of Waterford city and County by Michael Durand on view in the Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) Centre for Arts and Health. The work was commissioned by WHAT under the Per Cent for Arts Scheme. The WHAT Centre makes the artistic and educational resources of the Waterford Healing Arts Trust more easily accessible to the public, and supports the professional development of emerging and professional artists who choose to develop their practice in an Arts and Health context. It provides a space for use by outpatients and inpatients, staff, visitors, artists and the wider community that is not institutional in its ambiance or appearance, but is a centre that is conducive to artistic excellence.

The centre accommodates WHAT's participatory arts programme, research, training and information provision in the field of Arts and Health and art production and performance by professional artists. It contains a multi-use studio space which enables individuals and groups from Waterford Regional Hospital and the wider community to participate in the arts of all disciplines.

Waterford has a strong photographic record from the last century thanks to Poole, whose work is now housed in the National Photographic Archive in Dublin, and Annie Brophy. The affection for both these collections in Waterford illustrates the importance of photography as a means of recording our present and of speaking to future generations. This exhibition builds on the tradition of photo-documentation of a specific region as a means of celebrating the culture of a place, exploring the social and cultural changes in the area and providing a reference point for the Waterford diaspora.   


Artist Photographer Michael Durand produced photographs of his City and County of birth, Waterford, its people and places. This work is on permanent display in the new Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) Centre for Arts and Health.
The exhibition expanded the artist's usual focus on portraiture to include landscapes and architecture. From Cappoquin to Passage East, from the Lord Mayor to the laundry staff of Waterford Regional Hospital, the final body of work is a collection of over five hundred images and a comprehensive record of contemporary Waterford. It takes the form of a series of high-quality photographic prints and a collection of up to five hundred photographs which will be displayed on digital frames allowing for the ongoing evolution and rotation of imagery.  


Michael Durand is a graduate of the Photography and Fine Art Programmes of Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in national and international spaces. Recent exhibitions and commissions include the EU Council of Ministers’ Brussels, the European Central Bank, Frankfurt, the Central Bank, Dublin and the Mater Hospital, Dublin. Michael’s work has been published as editioned books and catalogues; 21 Postcards, Europeans 04, and The Bank. Michael’s most recent piece The Nurses’ Home was produced as a limited edition hardback publication by MCO projects.

Commission Type Other
Commissioner Name HSE South in partnership with the Waterford Healing Arts Trust
Commissioning process Open competition
Project commission dates June 30, 2008 - February 1, 2009
Artform Visual Arts
Art Practice Arts and health
Funded By Dept. Health and Children
Percent for art Yes
Budget Range 10000 - 30000 euro
Project commission start date 30/06/2008
Project commission end date 01/02/2009
Location Waterford Healing Arts Trust Centre for Arts Health, Waterford Regional Hospital

County Waterford
Street Address Dunmore Road 
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Content contributor(s) Waterford Healing Arts Trust
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Public engagement

Staff of WHAT were given the opportunity to engage with the work prior to installation and to select final images and locations.

Associated professionals / Specialists involved

Electrician required to install digital frames.