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beyond the box: a new exhibition from Helium Arts launches this November

beyond the box is an exhibition of work by Emma Fisher, Eszter Némethi and Rachel Tynan created in response to their experience of the Cloudlands artist in residence, arts and health project produced by Helium Arts for teens in hospital. The exhibition, curated by Katy Fitzpatrick, will be launched on Wednesday 6 November 2013 by Patrick Fox, the Director of Create, at 6.30 p.m. in Pallas Projects/Studios, Dublin, and will continue until 17 November 2013. An artist and curator discussion chaired by Patrick Fox will take place at NCAD on 6 November at 5 p.m. All are welcome.

beyond the box is the materialisation of the journey taken on year one of Helium Arts’ Cloudlands Project, a tri-location arts and health residency for teens in hospitals in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, Cork University Hospital and University Hospital Galway by artists Rachel Tynan, Eszter Némethi and Emma Fisher respectively. The exhibition represents the experience of what it is to be an artist working in this context, and is inspired by the many creative collaborations with teens over a nine- month period.

The title for the exhibition comes from the boxes that the artists used as a tool to begin their creative process with each teen. Each time the artist met a new young person, she would present a series of boxes from which the young person could choose. Within each box was an object, a seed to begin a conversation that took the artist and young person on a collaborative journey that placed at its core the voice of the teenager. beyond the box seeks to make the invisible visible, by bringing these stories, processes and experiences to a wider audience.

Through a number of participatory installations, beyond the box seeks to evoke in the viewer the feeling of what it is to be a teen in hospital, and to provoke and challenge our preconceptions. Visitors will be invited to discover hidden elements, have your world turned upside down, be a spectator / performer, and explore the imaginary worlds created by young people in hospital.

Alongside the artists’ own installations there will be a display area showcasing some of the work made by the teens in collaboration with the artists and providing the opportunity to view the shared online space and images from year 1.
Venue: Pallas Projects/Studios, 115 – 117 The Coombe, Dublin 8
Dates: 7-17 November
Time: Thurs,Fri, Sat 12-6 p.m.
Sundays 1-3pm

Check out this wonderful Irish Times article about Cloudlands, beyond the box and the experience of teens in hospital.

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

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