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Kildare County Council Arts Service is delighted to announce that sixteen artists across artforms including, visual arts, drama music and photography have been shortlisted for their new Artist Mentoring facilitated in partnership with Barretstown and Helium.  This pilot programme offers artists a unique opportunity to receive training, experience the recreational activity model, develop their facilitation skills and reflect on scope for potential project development.

Founded by Paul Newman, Barretstown is a specially designed camp that provides therapeutic recreation programmes for children with serious illnesses, and their families. During this Mentoring Programme training will be provided by Helium, the arts and health organisation for children and Barretstown. Participating artists will also gain practical experience working alongside activity leaders to facilitate a programme on two weekends during spring and autumn 2012.  On conclusion of the programme, artists will have the opportunity to explore potential scope to develop further projects.

For further information contact Nicola Dunne by e-mailing


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