Helium Arts, the national children’s arts and health organisation, is keeping creativity and connection alive for children and young people with long-term health conditions during times of social distancing. Helium’s Distance Creates remote art programme began in spring 2020 with a series of home-based creative activities.
This autumn, Helium’s team of artists will deliver another six-week programme though short video demonstrations with step-by-step instruction booklets, post-pal relay collaborations and virtual sharing. The programme is free of charge.
Autumn programme for 6-8 year olds
A six week programme begins in September led by artist Chelsea Canavan exploring new dimensions and shared spaces. Children will receive weekly activities in the post that encourage creativity and connect participants with other children across the country who have similar life experiences. Videos will help participants explore creative techniques and step-by-step guide booklets will offer creative tips and tricks for parents/guardians and children. For further information and to register visit the Distance Creates page for 6-8 year olds.
Autumn programme for 9-12 year olds
A six week programme begins in September led by artist Ciara Harrison exploring the weird and the wonderful that surrounds us everyday. We’ll use our homes to envision new worlds, re-create masterpieces by the world’s greatest artists, invent hilarious ‘house rules’ for our families and pen our own surreal poems. Expect to laugh, learn and connect with others through surprise postal drops and post-pal exchanges. For further information and to register visit the Distance Creates page for 9-12 year olds.
Helium Arts’ Distance Creates Remote Creative Health Programme, Autumn 2020, is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, Rethink Ireland, Creative Ireland, Limerick City & County Council and Limerick Culture & Arts Department.