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Helium Arts awarded 2014 documentation bursary

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the 2014 Documentation Bursary to produce a short film about the Cloudlands Dublin project. Cloudlands is a national arts and technology project for teenagers in Irish hospitals which is taking place in Dublin at Children’s University Hospital Temple Street. Rachel Tynan is artist in residence in Temple Street where she collaborates with participants on developing new artworks based on their ideas, interests and experiences. Cloudlands Dublin 2014 is supported by the BNP Paribas Foundation through the Smart Start programme, The Arts Council, and Dublin City Council.

Filmmaker Siobhan Perry will work with Rachel Tynan and Helium to produce a short documentary about Cloudlands. The documentary will offer a voice to teenagers with long-term illness, representing them as multifaceted individuals with an artistic practice that reaches far beyond their illness. The documentary will draw from both the poetic and observational modes of representation to allow the creative stories of each teenager find a space in the overall narrative of the Cloudlands project.

The Documentation Bursary is funded by the Arts Council and the Cork Arts and Health Programme, HSE South. 

The Ocean Fairy - Cloudlands Dublin Year 2

‘Only the little girl knew that the legend of the Ocean fairy was true’… the Ocean Fairy was created by a 12 year old in Temple Street as part of Cloudlands Year 2. She hadn’t been to the sea so the artist took her on a day trip.

Siobhan Perry studied Media Arts in Dublin’s Institute of Technology, where she majored in Documentary Film. During her final year Siobhan made two short poetic documentaries, Buried in Light and Off The Board. Both films have screened in a number of leading international and national festivals. In 2013, Siobhan completed a Masters in Film Production at Staffordshire University. During this year, Siobhan crowd funded a short documentary called The Last Fare which screened at the Belfast Film Festival 2014. After graduating, Siobhan began working in a leading Irish production company. Alongside this, Siobhan has been working on her own projects and is looking forward to working with Helium on the Cloudlands Dublin project. Siobhan’s work can be viewed here:

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