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Every cloud has a silver lining

Pictured are Happy Clouds, a creation of British contemporary artist Stuart Semple which opened First Fortnight -- Ireland's Mental Health Arts Festival on January 2.

Stuart will release his smiley-faced helium clouds in seven select locations across Dublin and Cavan -- counties that are particularly affected by growing suicide rates.

The Bournemouth artist is renowned for his fresh take on the pop-art style and has collaborated with artists such as Lady Gaga and The Prodigy. The goal of Happy Clouds is to make, "a positive contribution to desperate times" as well as "to cheer people up a little bit".

First Fortnight Festival runs until Jan 11. For more information see Page 16

Irish Independent