Scales & Tales, a six-month residency of music and storytelling at Cork University Hospital, concluded in November. Once a month, musician Caoimhe Conlon and storyteller Fiona Dowling invited the children of the paediatric department together with parents, siblings and hospital staff to engage with musical instruments in making stories and characters come to life.
Scales & Tales is one branch of Helium’s Artist on Call programme which provides hospitals with performing arts experiences. Professional artists facilitate workshops or purpose-designed, site-specific performances that travel from bed to bed. Since the Artist on Call programme began in 2009, it has visited over 400 children and 500 parents, siblings and friends in 6 hospitals.
This project was produced by Helium in partnership with Cork University Hospital Arts Committee and in collaboration with MusicAlive. Scales & Tales was kindly supported by the Cork Arts and Health Programme, the Irish Youth Foundation, The Arts Council and Cork University Hospital Arts Committee. Learn more about Scales & Tales here