Heart of Glass is an agency for collaborative and social arts practice based in St Helens, Merseyside.
We support artists and communities to go on creative journeys together.
The results of this work ranges from theatre to visual art, and everything in between. Sometimes the results are dazzling public shows, sometimes they’re quietly disruptive performances and often they’re both!
Our ‘home’ is an office in the iconic Old Beecham’s Building in St Helens, Merseyside. We believe that art belongs everywhere and see the ‘town as an arts centre’’ – from a chippy to a care home, empty shop units to grand town halls. Our projects happen in unexpected locations across St Helens, Merseyside and beyond.
We believe everyone has the right to make art. We work with artists who share our values and support artists and practitioners through collaboration, professional development opportunities and our annual With For About conference.
We value difference, diversity and dialogue. Our projects are built on the utmost understanding, care and trust – between local people, artists, our staff team and partners – from across the education, health, housing and social care sectors.
This kind of collaborative process takes time and many cups of tea – we do it together!
Heart of Glass was possible by an initial investment of £1.5 million from Arts Council England through the Creative People and Places programme, it is supported by a consortium which brings together St Helens Rugby Football Club, Helena Partnerships housing group, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), St Helens Council, St Helens Arts Partnership (Platform Arts, The Citadel arts centre and The World of Glass museum).
In April 2018 we joined Arts Council England’s National Portfolio to grow our socially engaged art programme regionally, to support artists and practitioners working in the field and to develop our work with young people and schools.