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BNP Paribas renews 3-year funding for artist in residence programme

We are delighted to announce that the BNP Paribas Foundation, under the Dream Up programme, will continue to support Helium’s artist residency programme for teenagers in hospital for another 3 years.

The BNP Paribas Foundation funded the Cloudlands project at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital from 2012-2015 through their Smart Start programme. The Foundation has now expanded the programme to 26 countries on 5 continents under the title ‘Dream Up’. In Ireland, Helium’s artist residency programme has once again been selected for support and the first year of this new phase will take place at Temple Street.

Cloudlands Dublin - artist Rachel Tynan and participantCloudlands Documentary 3








The Dream Up programme is designed to enable teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds or living with a disability or illness to engage in creative activities. Dream Up will become the flagship of the Foundation’s international philanthropy work. Over three years, 30,000 young people across the world will be given the opportunity to train and practice regularly in one or more artistic fields.

Teenagers in Temple Street will work with professional artist Rachel Tynan over an eight-month period from February 2016 to develop new artworks based on their ideas, interests and experiences. The project will involve elements of performance, filmmaking, animation, puppetry, interactive storytelling and the visual arts.


Mary Bracken







BNP Paribas and Helium would like to thank Business to Arts for their assistance in renewing this partnership.


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