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Artists Mentoring Programme

Artists Mentoring Programme

Kildare County Council Arts Service in partnership with Barretstown and Helium

Kildare County Council Arts Service invites applications from artists across artforms with an interest in working with children to participate in a new Artist Mentoring Programme. Facilitated in partnership with Barretstown and Helium, this programme offers artists a unique opportunity to receive training, experience the recreational activity model, develop their facilitation skills and reflect on scope for potential project development.

During this Mentoring Programme training will be provided by Helium, the arts and health organisation for children and Barretstown. Participating artists will also gain practical experience working alongside activity leaders to facilitate a programme on two weekends during Spring and Autumn 2012.  On conclusion of the programme, artists will have opportunity to explore potential scope to develop further projects. 

About Barretstown

Founded by Paul Newman, Barretstown is a specially-designed camp in Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, and that provides Therapeutic Recreation programmes for children with serious illnesses, and their families. Activities include visual arts, drama, music and photography. For further information visit: www.barretstown.org

About Helium

Helium is an Arts and Health company for children, operating nationwide. Helium is committed to nurturing and honouring creativity as a natural resource for a child’s well-being. Helium Children’s Arts and Health works across the healthcare system offering a range of child centred projects led by professional artists. Projects range from once-off events to longer term residencies. For more information visit: www.helium.ie

Programme Schedule:

To participate in this programme successful applicants commit to attending:

  • Training Day with facilitator from Helium on Saturday 24 March 2012
  • Two weekend camps in 2012, one to be in spring. Please note weekend camps run from 9am Friday to lunchtime on Sunday but artists are not required to stay overnight.
  • Review and Reflection Day with facilitator from Helium on conclusion of programme

Weekend Camps Spring 2012

Camp 4: 27-29 April
Camp 5: 4-7 May (European Camp will include Ireland, UK and Spain)
Camp 6: 11-13 May
Camp 7: 17-20 May (Bereavement Camp)


Weekend Camps Autumn 2012

Camp 1: 21st – 23rd Sept (Family)
Camp 2: 27th - 30th Sept (Bereavement)
Camp 3: 5th – 7th Oct (Family)
Camp 4: 12th– 14th Oct (Family)
Camp 5: 19th– 21st Oct (Family)
Camp 6: 25th – 28th Oct (Bereavement Reunion)
Camp 7: 1st – 4th Nov (Brothers & Sisters Camp)

Mentoring Programme Costs:

This mentoring programme is provided free of charge. In return participating artists will be asked to assist voluntarily during two weekend camps.

Application Procedure: To apply please send all of the following:

- Kildare County Council Arts Service Application form -  Download Application Form
- CV
- Barretstown Application Form (please write ‘Artist Placement with Kildare Arts Service’ as position you are applying for) - Download Barretstown Application Form
- 2 Written References - Download Reference Request form
- One passport photo

To: Nicola Dunne c/o Kildare County Council Arts Service, Riverbank, Newbridge, Co. Kildare.

Deadline: Wednesday 8 February 2012

*Please note:

Applicants are not required to provide police check on application but successful applicants will be required to undergo Garda Vetting procedure with Barretstown recruitment team.

For further information:  Email: nicoladunne@kwaras.ie or Tel: 086 3536928

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