Image shown: The Puppet Portal Project

Helium, in collaboration with Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership, is hosting Where are we now? a symposium examining arts for children in hospital in the context of the Puppet Portal Project on Friday, 28 October 2011 in The Ark, Dublin. The symposium is part of the 2011 International Puppet Festival Ireland for artists and healthcare professionals who are interested in participatory arts with children in hospital.

The day will include presentations from artists and healthcare workers who participated in the Puppet Portal Project, hands-on workshops, and plenary discussion on the future of participatory arts with children in hospital with contributions from a panel of healthcare professionals and arts professionals.

The Puppet Portal Project was a national arts and technology programme with children in hospital which was produced by Helium in partnership with The Centre for Health Informatics, Trinity College, Dublin, and in collaboration with Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership. In 2009 and 2010, the artist-in-residence project saw seven artists working collaboratively with approximately 800 children for 30 weeks across seven hospitals using Ait Eile, the hospital web portal, to share their puppet making, stories, and films.  

An exhibition showcasing artwork from the Puppet Portal Project will run at Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin, during and after the festival.

The symposium is kindly supported by the Arts Council. Helium would like to gratefully acknowledge the in-kind support of The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children, for providing the venue for this event.

Location: The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children, Dublin
Puppet Festival box office: 01 272 4030
Date: Friday, 28 October 2011
Time: 10.45 am – 4.30 pm
Cost: €10


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