Who we are
That’s Life is an award-winning arts and personal development programme of the Brothers of Charity Services, Galway. People with intellectual disability have opportunities to discover and realise their creative potential through working with established artists and participating in a wide range of high quality arts programs.
That’s Life art makers create beautiful work that contributes to the cultural and artistic life of their community.
Events in 2024
It promises to be another busy year for the That's Life team, with a full programme of events and workshops
Dream collaboration between Helium Arts and That's Life
We are delighted to announce a collaboration with national arts and health charity, Helium Arts, to create an inclusive, interactive and multi-sensory installation. This enchanting dreamscape, featuring fluffy clouds, soft play areas, and musical elements, will transform the Studio@5 venue in Claregalway from March 8th to March 13th 2024
Led by artist Director Joanna Williams, this ambitious inter-generational project focuses on play, engagement, and connection. It aims to create a magical world providing an immersive experience that sparks creativity and exploration. What sets this project apart is the active participation of adults with intellectual disabilities from That’s Life’s creative writing, visual arts, and music programs, enriching the installation with their artistic contributions.
The interactive experience unfolds as audiences are invited to take off their shoes and embark on a bedtime adventure. Four beds magically transform into imaginative spaces, each beckoning guests into a world of sensory play. Experienced guides stationed throughout the installation are there to support and encourage the audience to explore at their own pace within these sensory realms.
'Bedtime Adventures’ transforms Studio@5 venue in Claregalway from March 8th to March 13th 2024. The installation will also visit Dance Limerick in Limerick for one day on 21st March and Mayfield Arts Centre in Cork for one day on 22nd March.
Tickets for ‘Bedtime Adventures’ are free, but pre-booking is essential to secure your spot
Announcing the dates and locations of ‘Bedtime Adventures’, founder and artistic director of Helium Arts, Helene Hugel said: “It’s wonderful for two arts organisations to be encouraged to collaborate. By sharing our creative skills and complementary knowledge, we are able to create an ambitious visual and sensory experience that we hope will create a place for playful social connection for very young children and their families in Co. Galway and the surrounding region. Through the adults’ artistic contribution, the aim is to inspire families engaging in this event, and present an artistic creative future into adulthood.”
Andrew Madec, programme coordinator at That’s Life, Brothers of Charity Services, Galway, emphasized the inclusive nature of the installation, saying, “We’ve tried to create scenarios that encourage and promote engagement in a variety of ways and we hope to capture our audience’s imagination and interest through offering a rich selection of sensory experiences and an invitation to play! It has been beautiful to see how the project has been shaped and informed by the work of our creative writers and art makers with intellectual disabilities, and to see that all coming to fruition.”
Helium Arts is an award-winning children’s arts and health charity that aims to improve the personal, health and social outcomes of children and young people with lifelong physical health conditions by providing opportunities for creativity that they may not otherwise have access to. Through a series of arts-based workshops, they create safe and inclusive spaces that inspire creativity, spark friendships, and improve mental health and well-being.
'Bedtime Adventures' has been commissioned as part of ART:2023, a Decade of Centenaries collaboration from the Arts Council and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
The That's Life team with our creative counterparts from Helium Arts
from L to R: Imelda Reynolds, Orla Kelly, Andrew Madec, Joanne William, and Peter Casby
We'd like to thank our funders and partners for their continued support