Moments of Light

Creative engagement with children in health contexts  

Join artsandhealth.ie on 28 June for an online conversation exploring arts for children in healthcare contexts. Sarah Fuller and Yvonne Cullivan, Associate Artists with Helium Arts, will discuss their experiences of working with children and young people through the arts in healthcare settings in Galway. In particular, the artists will reflect on engaging in three specific spaces: by the bedside in Inpatients, in the waiting room in Outpatients and in the community through Helium’s Creative Health Hub Programme.

All of the engagements reflected upon will be within the context of the pandemic – spanning pre, mid, and post-pandemic. Through a combination of imagery, conversation and an inclusive activity with the audience, the artists will cover aspects of working creatively within health contexts. These will include materials and methods of engagement, challenges and supports within the three specific contexts, and particular moments of light, when the artists witnessed connection and agency ignite in participants during their presence.

Helene Hugel, CEO of Helium Arts, will preface the conversation with an outline of Helium’s mission, aims and programming. Ashleigh Ellis, Associate Artist with Helium Arts, will provide musical accompaniment at various points during the talk. A guest speaker will give an alternative perspective on Helium’s work. There will be time for questions and answers.

This is a free, lunchtime conversation taking place online via Zoom. Advance booking is essential via Eventbrite. Live captioning will be provided.

About Helium Arts 

Helium Arts is an award-winning children’s arts and health charity that aims to improve the personal, health and social outcomes of children and young people with underlying or complex medical conditions by providing opportunities for creativity that they may not otherwise have access to. Through a series of arts-based workshops, Helium creates safe and inclusive spaces that inspire creativity, spark friendships, and improve mental health and wellbeing.  In Ireland, there are 120,000 children and teenagers living every day with long-term effects from medical conditions. Helium Arts brings positivity to these children’s lives through participatory arts programmes, which take place in hospital, health and community settings. Helium Arts empowers these children through creativity and the arts, giving them the opportunity for connection, belonging, imagination and joy. Since its establishment in 2010, Helium Arts has worked with over 5,000 young people across Ireland. Further information is available at www.helium.ie or by following Helium Arts on social media: @HeliumArts.  Helium Arts’ national Creative Health Hub Programme is supported by the Creative Ireland Programme, the Department of Health, the HSE, and the Arts Council.

The Arts and Health Conversation Series 2022 is produced by artsandhealth.ie which is managed by Waterford Healing Arts Trust and funded by the Arts Council and the HSE.