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Our World in a Window

We’re delighted to be launching ‘Our World in a Window’, our new window gallery exhibition featuring the animations and mechanised artwork produced by 49 children from 18 counties in Ireland as part of the Helium Arts ‘Distance Creates’ remote programme. 

After the long and difficult year we’ve all had, we wanted to do something special for participating families to showcase and celebrate the children’s creativity in a public but safe way. A window gallery exhibition in different venues across Ireland gives families the opportunity to travel to their nearest location to enjoy the animations as well as providing a unique viewing experience for the general public in the area. 

From tinfoil and claymation characters to foam sculptures and hand-drawn illustrations, the children brought their stories to life in unique and imaginative ways. Many of these children have faced multiple challenges during the pandemic, including cocooning and this exhibition celebrates their talent, persistence and creativity in the face of adversity.  

One parent said, ”It was brilliant way to stay connected. Penpals and Zoom made it all so real. Seeing other children and being part of a group, it gave my son something totally different. It took him away from it all.”

The exhibition is touring to 6 locations this summer. Check out which date is nearest you below: 

  • Limerick, 2-10 July: Silkes Art & Crafts
  • Longford, 2-10 July: Longford County Library 
  • Dublin, 2-11 July: Powerscourt Townhouse Centre 
  • Galway, 23 July – 4 August: Galway City Library 
  • Cork, 22-30 July: Civic Offices at Cork City Council
  • Kilkenny, 24 July – 3 August: MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre

Please check opening times for each venue.

Our World in a Window is a custom-made platform to publicly showcase the children’s artwork, created by artist Chelsea Canavan and creative engineer Gerry Byrnes, and produced by Helium Arts. Check out our trailer for the exhibition below.

Our World in a Window is taking place in partnership with Cork City Council; Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, Dublin; Galway City Library and Galway City Council; MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, Kilkenny; Silkes Art & Crafts, Limerick; and Longford County Library

We gratefully acknowledge the support of DPD Ireland, Ger Walsh at Fab Lab Limerick, Cork City Arts Office, Galway City Arts Office, Kilkenny Arts Office, Aideen Barry and Cathal Murphy.

Distance Creates is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, Creative Ireland, Limerick City and County Council and Limerick Culture & Arts Department. The programme is also supported by Rethink Ireland through the Innovate Together Fund, a collaboration between Rethink Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development (via the Dormant Accounts Fund).