Image shown: Cloudlands Cork. Photo by Jed Niezgoda.

Cloudlands, a touring exhibition by Helium Arts exploring the creative lives of teenagers in hospital, will open at ArtBox Gallery in Dublin on 19 May 2016. Artwork developed by artists Rachel Tynan and Eszter Némethi with teenagers in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and Cork University Hospital explores themes of alternate realities, escape and hidden stories.

The Dublin exhibition will open with a discussion event in The LAB Gallery, Foley Street at 6pm. Artists Eszter Némethi and Rachel Tynan will be joined by Dr Emma Curtis, Medical Director of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board, and artists Marie Brett and Aideen Barry in a panel discussion chaired by socially engaged arts curator Annette Moloney.

Cloudlands was a three-year artist residency project for teenagers in hospital which took place in Temple Street and CUH. This panel discussion explores the very rich process which the artists engaged in with patients and brings together the views of artists and medical practitioners on the value of the arts in healthcare contexts.

This talk is aimed at artists interested in arts and health and collaborative arts as well as medical and nursing students and staff.

The event is free but booking is recommended:

The talk will be followed by the opening of the Cloudlands exhibition and wine reception at ArtBox, James Joyce Street. The Cloudlands exhibition continues at ArtBox until 2 June 2016.

The Cloudlands National Tour by Helium Arts is funded by an Arts Council of Ireland Touring and Dissemination of Work Award. Cloudlands visited arts venues and hospitals across Ireland in 2016 and closes in Dublin. For further information visit


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