Two Day Tour
If you have succeeded in visiting all of the locations listed on the Discover Waterford City tourist map, then there is still plenty to see in the City before heading out into the surrounding areas.
The Edmund Rice Heritage Centre opened in 2008 and is an interactive visitor centre which gives you the opportunity to live the Edmund Rice Story and become immersed in 18th Century Waterford through audio visual and multimedia creations. The centre at Mount Sion is a prime heritage centre of the Christian Brothers and Presentation Brothers Congregations and is the final resting place of
Blessed Edmund Rice.
Sean Egan Art Glass was founded by a former master engraver with Waterford Crystal and is based in the Waterford Museum of Treasures. Sean is striving to keep the age old skill of copper wheel engraving on crystal alive in Waterford and Ireland. All pieces are designed and hand engraved by Sean meaning no two pieces are exactly the same. Sean can be seen at work creating his unique depictions of nature, particularly marine life and wild life, landscapes and historical monuments. Visit Sean's at Kite Design Studios on Henrietta Street in the Viking Triangle.
Greyfriars Municipal Art Gallery is housed in a former Methodist Church which was built in 1835 and is now the permanent home for the Municipal Art Collection with over 200 paintings by Irish and International artists, including pieces from renowned Irish artists such as Jack B Yeats, Paul Henry, Charles Lamb and Louis Le Brocquy. Greyfriars also hosts a number of national and international temporary exhibitions.
SOMA Contemporary Art Box is Waterford City’s newest space for new exciting art. Conceived and run by artists, the space is a place for people to congregate, show and see new and upcoming artists and their work.
The Theatre Royal houses a large selection of beautiful and extraordinary artworks from the Waterford Municipal Art Collection which is now on semi-permanent display in the public areas of the newly restored Theatre Royal. Artists represented include Sir Jacob Epstein, George Campbell, Evie Hone, Harry Kernoff, and Sean Keating.
Garter Lane hosts a number of temporary exhibits throughout the year created by artists which is reflective of contemporary art practices.
Since November 2006, Waterford Institute of Technology has been the permanent host to Pauline Bewick’s Waterford Collection of paintings, sculptures, tapestries, sketches and wall hangings from her renowned Seven Ages Collection. This eclectic exhibition consists of 240 pieces of art and is housed in the Walton ICT Building on WIT’s Cork Road Campus.
Index Gallery, Central Library Lady Lane aims to support the arts and artists in the City by offering a new exhibition space. The Index Gallery space is situated in the foyer of Central Library and already has hosted exhibitions from a wide range of artists including Pat McArdle, Ali Razza, Tom Mullane and Conrado Velasco.