Cloudlands is an arts and technology project designed for young people aged 12-18 who have to spend long periods of time in hospital, often in wards with much younger children and with little in the way of creative stimulation. Running between 2012 and 2015, artists in residence collaborate with teenagers to develop artworks and creative projects based on the ideas, interests and experiences of the individual project participants. Through a purpose designed, online creative space, artists and teenagers were able to share their work and collaborate. Cloudlands took place in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, Dublin and University Hospitals Galway and Cork with artists Rachel Tynan, Eszter Némethi and Emma Fisher.

Helium Arts and BNP Paribas were awarded “Best Use of Creativity in the Community” at the Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2014 for Cloudlands Dublin.

Cloudlands was funded by The Arts Council, BNP Paribas Foundation Smart Start Programme, Cork City Council Arts Office, HSE South, and the Health Services Credit Union.

In 2015, for the final year of the project, filmmaker Siobhan Perry created a short documentary about the project at Temple Street with funding through a documentation bursary from The film had its premiere at Light House Cinema, Dublin, in June. Eszter Némethi, Cork University Hospital, worked with a group of young collaborators to develop Radio/Silence, an interactive radio game. Rachel Tynan, Temple Street, developed the Titans, giant wooden Russian Dolls designed in collaboration with participants and containing their stories. Artwork from the project can be viewed at the purpose-built Cloudlands Online Gallery.

Mary Bracken and Rachel Tynan with 'Colours of Life', a book they collaborated on

‘It is a good way to express yourself, you need some outlet…’ – Cloudlands participant, Mary Bracken. Mary and artist Rachel Tynan collaborated on Mary’s poetry collection ‘Colours of Life’ during the Cloudlands project.

Magic Behind the Wall

‘It was fun, let me use my imagination and it was worth doing all the work. It made me feel a lot better for being sick when I was in the hospital.’ – 12-year-old boy at University Hospital Galway on the book he created in collaboration with artist Emma Fisher

beyond the box, an exhibition of work by Emma Fisher, Eszter Némethi and Rachel Tynan created in response to their experience as Cloudlands artists in residence, was held in November 2013 at Pallas Projects/Studios in Dublin. Alongside the artists’ own installations, there was a display area showcasing some of the work made by the teenagers in collaboration with the artists and attendees were given the opportunity to view the shared online space and images from Year One. beyond the box was curated by Katy Fitzpatrick.

beyond the box - Emma Fisherbeyond the box - part of phoenix installation by Rachel TynanNiamh Lawlor explores Eszter Nemethi's interactive installation







Artists: Rachel Tynan | Eszter Némethi | Emma Fisher

Year 3 Artist Mentors: Katy Fitzpatrick (Cloudlands Dublin) | Tom Swift (Cloudlands Cork)

Creative technologist: Mark Linnane

Online Gallery Curator: Katy Fitzpatrick

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