The National Website for Arts and Health is hosting an online conversation on Tuesday 28 June 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.
The Arts and Health Conversation Series 2022 is produced by artsandhealth.ie and funded by the Arts Council and the HSE.