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Case Studies of Helium Projects

These case studies offer an insight into the aims, artistic methods, evaluation methodologies and outcomes of three Helium projects.


Pop Up Picnic

An immersive, multi-sensory performance project for young children with complex needs created in partnership with the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation. Devised by musician Thomas Johnston, puppeteer Niamh Lawlor and director Joanna Williams, and now also featuring performer Roseanne Lynch, the project development phase was mentored by Tim Webb of Oily Cart.

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An artist in residence programme for teenagers in hospital (2012-2015). Artists Rachel Tynan, Emma Fisher and Eszter Némethi worked in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, University Hospital Galway and Cork University Hospital respectively.

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Puppet Portal Project

Our first hospital residency programme, children created puppets and shared their stories, performances and short films with peers in other hospitals via an online live video-link facility. This case study documents the first phase of the project which took place in 2009 in four acute hospitals in Dublin, Limerick and Sligo.

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