Helium Arts, the national children’s arts and health organisation, is hosting a series of exhibitions across Ireland this summer featuring artworks created by children who participated in Helium’s recent spring programme. Each exhibition will showcase collaborations between Helium’s professional artists and young participants.
Helium’s Creative Health Hubs bring creativity to children living with long-term health conditions in hospital and community settings. The main Hub locations are in Cork (in partnership with Cork University Hospital), Limerick (in partnership with University Hospital Limerick), and Galway (in partnership with University Hospital Galway).
Three exhibitions will take place over June and July, in Cork, Limerick and Galway, bringing together work created on the community programme.
In addition to the exhibitions, a family sharing day will take place in each location, an opportunity for anyone with an interest in Helium Arts to take part in family-friendly activities including creative clay work, stencil making, exploring cabinets of curiosity, animations and more.
Creative Journeys features work by children aged six to 12 created on Helium’s Cork community programme, led by artist Ashleigh Ellis. The exhibition explores the natural world, found objects and tactile processes of making.
Venue: Tory Top Library, Togher, Cork City
Exhibition Dates: 7-18 June (library hours)
Family Gathering: Saturday 11 June (14:00 – 16:00)
Objects of Wonder features work by children aged nine to 12 created on Helium’s Limerick community programme, led by artist Chelsea Canavan. You will find cubby holes with sculptures, images of creative making, and animations of chaos; explorations into wonder and the excitement of playing with materials.
Venue: Limerick City Gallery of Art, Pery Square, Limerick City
Exhibition Dates: 9-16 June
Family Gathering: Saturday 18 June (14:00 – 16:00)
Adventures in Dreamland features work by children aged six to 12 created on Helium’s Galway community programme, led by artist Sarah Fuller. An exploration of how puppet making can transform the everyday into something extraordinary, the exhibition features animated films, drawings and photographs that share the experiences of the workshop series.
Venue: Westside Library, Seamus Quirke Road, Galway
Exhibition Dates: 29 June – 9 July (library hours)
Family Gathering: Saturday 2 July (14:00 – 16:00)
All exhibitions and associated events are open to the public, free of charge.
To book a place at the family gatherings, email email@example.com