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Photo: Andrew Downes, Xposure

I AM A(N):

From the 13th November to 1st December, 2023, Helium Arts is pleased to present a special celebration of youth art from the Helium Arts series of workshops in Galway

View the Helium Arts Galway Youth Showcase online here

Helium Arts offers FREE, specially designed art workshops for children and young people (ages 6-18) living with lifelong physical health conditions.

Whether in the community, hospitals, or online, our workshops, supported by professional artists, volunteers, and on-site medical care, cater to various conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, chronic asthma, juvenile arthritis, heart conditions, spina bifida, cystic fibrosis, allergies, rare and complex conditions, and more.

Our goal is to bring positivity to these children’s lives. Through art, we provide opportunities to explore creativity, make lasting friendships, learn valuable life skills, boost confidence and self-esteem, and, above all, have FUN! Join us in making a difference.

States Parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989)

To actually see the teenagers' work gives you a real insight into people who may not show that side of themselves to you to maintain the control that they have, but they’ll show it to the artist. It’s really touching and a really important part of the overall care in hospital.

Dr. Aoibhinn Walsh, Paediatric SpR, on Helium's artist in residence programme for teenagers in hospital

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