Launch of Helium Arts Summer Showcase 2022. Photo credit: Andrew Downes, Xposure.

Helium Arts, the national children’s arts and health organisation, invites applications from professional, multi-disciplinary visual artists with a strong collaborative and inclusive arts practice working with children and young people, including children with disabilities, to join their Artist Panel as Associate Artists.

Artists will be contracted on a project to project, freelance basis over the next two years, to deliver Helium’s Creative Health Programme in community settings in counties Clare, Cork, Galway, Kerry, Limerick, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Tipperary.

About the Role
The role of Associate Artist is to deliver inspiring collaborative arts programmes which are responsive to the needs and vision of children and young people living with lifelong physical conditions and additional needs, including disabilities. Artists should have a genuine interest in building supportive relationships and a working understanding of inclusive arts practice relevant to the needs of participants, including a flexible approach to children and young people and how workshops are facilitated.

Training and continued professional development will be provided, with up to three required training days on Thursdays to take place in October 2022 and November 2022. Training includes artist shadowing opportunities. Successful applicants must complete the required training days to be eligible for freelance work in 2023.

About Helium Arts
Helium Arts is the national children’s arts and health charity, developing the creativity of children living with lifelong physical conditions through the arts to support their wellbeing including social connections, self-esteem, and sense of agency.

Helium Arts is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and encourages applications from all sections of the community under all ten grounds as set out in their Equality Commitment Policy.

How to Apply
Please request a full brief and application form including interview and interactive workshop dates (see below) by emailing Jemma Curran at with ASSOCIATE ARTIST in the subject line.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview and attend an interactive workshop.

Deadline for applications: Tuesday, 27 September 2022, at 5pm

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