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Engaging the Senses symposium – documentation from the day

Posted on: July 18, 2018

Helium Arts in partnership with Kildare County Council Arts Service hosted the Engaging the Senses symposium and practical workshop on 30 May 2018, exploring multi-sensory, interactive arts for young children…

Multi-Sensory Picnic Adventure at Dublin Cruinniú: Helium Arts in partnership with Central Remedial Clinic Pre-School

Posted on: June 10, 2018

Helium Arts in partnership with the Central Remedial Clinic Pre-School is welcoming families to experience a multi-sensory picnic adventure for young children with additional needs on Saturday 23 June in…

Helium Arts in partnership with Children in Hospital Ireland present creative, multi-sensory play at Dublin Cruinniú

Posted on: June 1, 2018

Helium Arts in partnership with Children in Hospital Ireland will bring multi-sensory, interactive, creative play experiences to young children with additional needs at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin on Friday…

Pop Up Picnic is coming to IMMA for Dublin City Council’s Cruinniú na nÓg

Posted on: June 1, 2018

Friendly buzzy bees … dancing oranges … fluttering songbirds … a picnic full of magical delights! Helium Arts is bringing Pop Up Picnic to the Irish Museum of Modern Art…

Temple of Treasures: Teenagers in Temple Street transform the hospital into a game environment

Posted on: June 16, 2017

An urgent communication has been received from an intergalactic voyager. You must join a team of players to decipher the clues and travel between parallel dimensions in Temple Street Children’s…

Teenagers in hospital explore their creativity on Year 2 of the Fireflies Project

Posted on: August 25, 2017

Teenagers in hospital transitioning to adult care have been exploring their creativity and building magical worlds on Year Two of Helium Arts’ Fireflies Project which concluded this July. The project…

Performer Roseanne Lynch joins Helium’s Pop Up Picnic team

Posted on: May 1, 2018

Helium Arts is delighted to announce that actor and playwright Roseanne Lynch is joining the Pop Up Picnic creative team. Pop Up Picnic is a Helium Arts production for young children…

Engaging the Senses: Symposium and workshop exploring multi-sensory, interactive arts for young children with complex needs

Posted on: April 13, 2018

Helium Arts in partnership with Kildare County Council Arts Service is hosting ‘Engaging the Senses’, a symposium and practical workshop for arts, healthcare and early years professionals interested in exploring…

Events & Marketing Internship with Helium Arts

Posted on: April 4, 2018

EVENTS & MARKETING INTERNSHIP Helium Arts is Ireland’s children’s arts and health charity. We support children facing a life of illness to let their creativity shine! Through the kindness of…

Helium Arts seeks Performer for Inclusive Early Years Theatre Project

Posted on: March 27, 2018

Helium Arts is seeking a multidisciplinary performer to join our Pop Up Picnic team to deliver an immersive and multi-sensory performance project for young children with complex needs. Rehearsals commence…

Tech Rehab, Ghost Visitors and Thieving: Stories from our film workshop with Diabetes Ireland

Posted on: March 13, 2018

A group of young people plan their escape from tech rehab, a bully steals an insulin pen, a piano player sees something he shouldn’t at a party … Fourteen teenagers…

Save the Date! Symposium exploring multi-sensory, interactive arts for young children with complex needs

Posted on: February 28, 2018

Helium Arts in partnership with Kildare County Council Arts Service is hosting a symposium and practical workshop for arts, healthcare and early years professionals interested in exploring multi-sensory, creative play…

Recruitment of new board member in area of health

Posted on: January 17, 2018

Helium Arts is looking for a new Board Member with significant Medical experience to provide direction and guidance on developing the organisation’s strategy in response to best practice models of…

Art Workshops for teenagers with epilepsy in partnership with Epilepsy Ireland

Posted on: February 8, 2018

Helium Arts, in partnership with Epilepsy Ireland, are hosting free art workshops for young people with epilepsy (aged 12-16) on Saturday 24 February and Saturday 10 March in Dublin. Over…

Lauren’s Story

Posted on: November 21, 2017

Did you know that 16% of children in Ireland have been diagnosed with a life-long illness? These children, as well as dealing with serious medical conditions, experience more bullying, have fewer close…

A little piece of magic in the home: Helium Arts’ Pop Up Picnic tours to families in Kildare and Tipperary

Posted on: December 5, 2017

This year, families in Kildare and Tipperary enjoyed what one mum called ‘a little piece of magic’ when Helium Arts’ Pop Up Picnic visited their homes. The Pop Up Picnic…

Helium Arts’ Creation Station at the Dublin Flea Christmas Market

Posted on: November 28, 2017

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping with Helium Arts at the Dublin Flea Christmas Market from 7-10 December. Get hands on and create your own Forest…

Your gift of creativity…

Posted on: November 15, 2017

Thank you very much! Through your kindness we will be able to connect more children and young people like Lauren with artists like Rachel to inspire them for life.  Lauren, participant…

Helium Arts Christmas

Posted on: November 15, 2017

WE BELIEVE CREATIVITY CHANGES LIVES… DO YOU? Support seriously ill children to let their creativity shine! Your contribution to our Christmas campaign 2017 will connect sick kids with artists to…

Seizure the Day: Inspiring short film by young people with epilepsy launches at the Irish Film Institute

Posted on: November 14, 2017

On Saturday 14 October, Seizure the Day, a short fictional film created by young people with epilepsy and inspired by their experiences, had its premiere at the Irish Film Institute…

On Saturday 14 October, Seizure the Day, a short fictional film created by young people with epilepsy and inspired by their experiences, had its premiere at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin. Seizure the Day was written, filmed and acted by the young people during a national filmmaking project in 2017, led by Helium Arts in partnership with Epilepsy Ireland.

Absolutely fabulous! So many familiar names and faces. Really awe-inspiring!
– Dr Colin Doherty, Consultant Neurologist, St James’s Hospital, Dublin

Seizure the Day screening: L-R Fiachra Byrne, Participant Leader; Wendy Crampton, Deputy CEO Epilepsy Ireland; Emma Eager, Project Manager, Helium Arts; Participants Sean McGarry, Shannon Keane, Art Oakes; Maria Carty-Mole, Participant Leader; Participants Ciarán Gubbins and Bobby Dolan; Siobhán Clancy, lead artist; Participant Leah Crowley. Photo credit: Thom McDermott.

Over 60 people attended the screening, including participants and their families, Community Resource Officers and participant leaders from Epilepsy Ireland who supported the wellbeing of the young people during the project, artists and filmmakers from Helium Arts who mentored the young people, funders, healthcare professionals and supporters. There was a terrific atmosphere and it was wonderful to hear from participants at the reception afterwards about what it meant to them to see their work on the big screen. Get inspired and check out the film below!

I hope that you enjoyed the film as much as we did making it! It was the most wonderful and educational experience.

– Participant Lucy Prevo, Screening Q&A 

The screening included a behind the scenes documentary, following the young people’s journey from regional workshops in Galway, Sligo, Dublin and Cork where themes and ideas were developed through to the film camp at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. During the Q&A, we heard from participants Lucy Prevo and Shannon Keane about what it was like to make the film. Audience members remarked on how the film brought to the surface the emotions and feelings of teenagers with epilepsy when trying to communicate their experiences to others. Following the screening, further insights were shared during participant and parent workshops.

Here is a little of what participant Lucy Prevo had to say about making the film during the Q&A:

Epilepsy is usually viewed as an obstacle when it comes to creative outlets such as filmmaking and all that it entails. However, we, as a team, proved that wrong. So much effort was put into this film and the experience that this workshop gave us was incredible. Being able to work behind and in front of the camera was amazing.

Another great thing about this workshop were the people. The people who came up with the idea, who made it happen, who ran it, Epilepsy Ireland and Helium Arts. And, everyone I met there, all of the new friends I made. I definitely learned some new skills throughout the journey of this workshop and I know they will help me later on in life. I would just like to thank Epilepsy Ireland and Helium Arts for this once in a lifetime chance.

Participants Lucy Prevo (left) and Shannon Keane take part in the Q&A at the IFI. Photo credit: Thom McDermott.

Our Lives with Epilepsy film project was principally funded by Qualcomm and we were delighted to welcome John and Faye Finnerty on the day. Many thanks to the Arts Council, the Hospital Saturday Fund and the Cork Foundation who provided additional funding; the Irish Museum of Modern Art for the use of their beautiful venue and facilities during film camp; and to all the venues and cafes across the country who supported the regional workshops.

For information on Epilepsy Ireland’s services visit www.epilepsy.ie 

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