Heart of Glass is a new arts commissioning project supporting work made with, for and about St.Helens people and place. We support artists and communities to make ambitious new work.
Heart of Glass is St Helens’ response to the Creative People and Places programme, made possible by investment from Arts Council England (ACE). We are one of 21 Creative People and Places programmes supported by ACE across the country.
This pioneering initiative is designed to get more people involved in the arts. Our successful application to ACE is based upon the development of a collaborative programme of action research designed to increase arts participation in St Helens and its surrounding communities.
We are interested in achieving this through a philosophy of collaboration and partnership, and an examination of the role of art and the artist in civil society. Our plan places the town’s unique cultural heritage at its core, using our passion for rugby and our industrial excellence in glass technology as our departure points for exploring how the arts can make a contribution to creating a new cultural identity for St Helens.
Heart of Glass is an ambitious new programme of arts and cultural activity for the borough, making work with, by and for St.Helens people and place – artists and communities of place / interest in collaboration creating contemporary work.
Heart of Glass is supported by a unique consortium of organisations including Saints Community Development Foundation, Helena Partnerships, St Helens Arts Partnership (comprising The Citadel, The World of Glass and Platform Artists), St Helens Council Arts and Music Services, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) and Community Representatives.
Below is a short video about Heart of Glass produced as part of the application process: