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Online Creative Project

Teenagers with cystic fibrosis face barriers when it comes to connecting and conversing with each other: due to cross-infection issues, they cannot be in the same physical space. Helium Arts and Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) will pilot an online art programme for young teenagers with CF in spring 2019 to support these connections and create a space for the development of creative skills. The programme will take place in partnership with Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA).


The learning methods will support a group art journaling experience for 10 teenagers aged 13-16. Using digital tools and online mediated meet-ups along with access to professional artist mentors in person and online, participants will benefit from the development of collaborative arts practice with a community of peers and the exploration of personal stories. Artist Rachel Tynan, who has worked on Helium’s artist in residence and community art programmes since 2012, is the lead artist. The programme is free for participants.

Aims and Objectives


  • Increase access to the arts for young people with Cystic Fibrosis
  • Develop an ability and awareness to communicate creatively
  • Reduce  social isolation and increase wellbeing


  • Connect young people with CF in an online creative environment
  • Engage with the Freud Gaze exhibition at IMMA as a starting point for inspiration
  • Develop a process of brainstorming and idea generation through journaling
  • Create an opportunity for young people to share their work at the end of the project


Rachel Tynan will deliver the online creative sessions supported by Emma Eager, project manager with Helium Arts. Collaborative filmmaker Linda Curtin and artist Dennis Roche will be guest mentors.

Content will be led by the participants but will include a ‘virtual’ gallery experience, exploring six artworks from IMMA’s Freud Gaze exhibition, alongside writing, illustration/painting, storyboarding and graphic/visual harvesting. Participants will learn art journaling methods, self-reflection, improvisation and resourcefulness.

The programme will include a ‘What next’ activity to define future steps and we will explore project sustainability to determine future roll-out to further members. Over the course of the project, online resources will be created including, Online Journaling Guides and How to Videos.   


The online art programme is produced by Helium Arts in partnership with Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and Waterford Healing Arts Trust. The programme is supported by The Arts Council, The Ireland Funds, Dublin City Council and The Health Services Credit Union.

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