Opportunity for an LGBTQ+ artist living in the North West

Are you an LGBTQ+ artist living in the North West? Have you got experience of working with young people on socially engaged art projects?

We’re seeking expressions of interest from artists (working in any artform) to develop a new creative project for a group of LGBTQ+ young people living in St Helens.

The programme will invite 14 to 18 year olds who identify as LGBTQ+ and live in St Helens to take part in cultural experiences, such as:

Day trips to art events
Creative workshops
Other cultural activities

The artist will collaborate with the young people to develop a frame of reference and a common language to create new artworks together.

The resulting artwork will be shown as part of St Helens Pride and the Young People’s Take Over (Heart of Glass’ arts festival for young people in St Helens) in August and September 2020. 

Additionally the artist will also work with the young people to programme events as part of St Helens Council’s Arts In Libraries project – Cultural Hubs.

Submission Process

Please submit an up-to-date CV along with an expression of interest (EOI) to: kate@heartofglass.org.uk
(or by post FAO Kate Houlton, Heart of Glass, 9 Haydock Street, St Helens, WA11 1DD)

Deadline: Sunday 1 December 2019

The EOI should:

  • be no longer than one side of A4
  • outline why you are interested in this opportunity
  • give details of your experience working with young people and community groups using a process driven approach to developing socially-engaged art
  • include links to examples of your work and practice

Selection process

Submissions will be reviewed and all applicants will be contacted via email to confirm if they have been selected to move through to the next stage. Three artists will be chosen and invited to develop and deliver a
paid introductory workshop with the young people in January 2020. The young people will then work with Heart of Glass to select the artist they would like to commission. The artists will be informed by the end of January 2020 if they have been successful. The commission will begin in February 2020 and culminate in September 2020.


The three artists selected to deliver a workshop with young people in January will receive a fee of £250 (per artist). The workshop will be between 2-4 hours in length. The fee is inclusive of any travel and expenses for the workshop as well as prep time.

The commission fee will be negotiated with the artists and Heart of Glass once the size and scope of the final project becomes clearer.

Any questions?

If you have any questions or would like to arrange an informal chat about this opportunity please contact Kate Houlton, Children and Young People’s Producer – kate@heartofglass.org.uk