Our World in a Window by Helium Arts: Artist Chelsea Canavan's son is pictured in front of their Limerick home © Chelsea Canavan.

Our World in a Window is a window gallery exhibition featuring the animations and mechanised artwork produced by 49 children across 18 counties on Helium Arts’ Distance Creates remote programme. The exhibition is touring this summer to six locations: Cork City, Dublin City, Galway City, Kilkenny City, Limerick City and Longford Town.

Since February 2021, children aged 9-12 living with long-term health conditions have been exploring the world of animation guided by artist Chelsea Canavan. From tinfoil and claymation characters to foam sculptures and hand-drawn illustrations, the children are bringing their stories to life in unique and imaginative ways. Many of these children have faced multiple challenges during the pandemic, including cocooning. This exhibition celebrates their talent, persistence and creativity in the face of adversity. 

A custom-made platform to showcase the children’s artwork has been created by artist Chelsea Canavan and creative engineer Gerry Byrnes.

Dates & Locations

  • Limerick, 2-10 July: Silkes Art & Crafts
  • Longford, 2-10 July: Longford County Library
  • Dublin, 2-11 July: Powerscourt Townhouse Centre
  • Galway, 23 July – 4 August: Galway City Library
  • Cork, 22-30 July: Civic Offices at Cork City Council
  • Kilkenny, 24 July – 3 August: MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre

Our World in a Window is taking place in partnership with Cork City Council; Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, Dublin; Galway City Library and Galway City Council; MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, Kilkenny; Silkes Art & Crafts, Limerick; and Longford County Library.

Distance Creates is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, Creative Ireland, Limerick City and County Council and Limerick Culture & Arts Department. The programme is also supported by Rethink Ireland through the Innovate Together Fund, a collaboration between Rethink Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development (via the Dormant Accounts Fund). 

For further information visit www.helium.ie


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