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DISTANCE CREATES… Home-Based Programme for 13-18 year olds with long-term health conditions

Bringing connection and creativity to you at home. Join artist Chelsea Canavan and other teenagers with similar life experiences as we explore our own spaces as portals to new worlds and ways of belonging. 

Using concepts of space, place and world building, we’ll journey to envision new micro worlds through virtual meet-ups and postal exchanges. Together we’ll collaborate digitally to create an interactive group website and podcast series.

This programme is led by Helium Artist Chelsea Canavan in collaboration with Ray Burke from WiredFM.

Date and Times:

Tuesday 5 May 10:30am – 12:30pm TASTER
Tuesday 19 May 10:30am – 12:30pm
Tuesday 26 May 10:30am – 12:30pm
Tuesday 2 June10:30am – 12:30pm
Tuesday 9 June 10:30am – 12:30pm
Tuesday 16 June 10:30am – 12:30pm
Tuesday 23 June 10:30am – 12:30pm

Delivery Mode: 

Real Time Virtual Workshops

PenPal Creative Collaborations

Important Information for Parents:

  • The programme is free of charge
  • It is facilitated by a trained and experienced artist.
  • Everyone taking part will have different health conditions.
  • The session on Tuesday 5 May is a taster session designed to introduce participants to the online platform. Participants must attend this taster session to take part in the six-week programme.
  • Real time virtual workshops take place on a private and secure online platform.
  • A moderator will monitor online virtual workshops.
  • Participants will receive materials and artwork-in-progress by the artist as well as other participants through the post.
  • Your home address will be passed to another family to facilitate the PenPal collaborations with your permission.

Booking/Contact Information:

Register for Distance Creates… six week programme with Helium Arts’ Family Liaison, Maria Jervey at or phone 086 8389240.

In the meantime, check out our Distance Creates… page for some fun creative activities that your child can do from home today!

Helium Arts’ Remote Creative Health Hub Programme is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and the Social Innovation Fund through the Arts to Impact Award. 

Chelsea Canavan is Helium’s Children’s Creative Health Programme artist in Limerick. Chelsea is a visual artist interested in understanding narratives and shared experiences. Exploring ever changing places and spaces and its effects on individuals and community identity. She often collaborates with other artists, communities and groups on issue-based themes that are affecting them. The outcomes are participation based and influenced directly from those she works with. They manifest as multi-media works, participatory events, workshops, dialogues and collaborative performances in the context of society, education and cultural heritage. Following graduation from Oakland University in Michigan, USA with a BA in Fine Art in 2009, Chelsea moved to Korea to work as an artist in schools. Currently Chelsea is completing a Masters in Social Practice in the Creative Environment in LSAD. To date, her work with community groups and collaborative projects has been supported by the Arts Council of Limerick, Creative Ireland, and Creative Europe through numerous awards and travel bursaries. She is a member of the Visual Artists Ireland.

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