Tuesday 26th April 2016

Projects celebrated as Arts Council visit St Helens

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Heart of Glass welcomed members of Arts Council England to St Helens last week.

Darren Henley (Chief Executive) Alison Clark (Director in North West/National Director Combined Arts) and Anna Hassan (Relationship Manager) visited art venues in the town centre on Wednesday, April 20th.

At The Beecham’s Building on Water Street the delegates saw first hand some of Heart of Glass projects and heard some of the success stories of the previous 18 months.

In St Helens Town Hall the group met with St Helens Council Leader Barrie Grunewald and Chief Executive Mike Palin.

Darren, Alison and Anna then called in at Langtree Park Stadium to see more initiatives in action and hear about newly formed art partnerships.

The final destination for the trip was St Helens Library to meet staff and learn more about the impact of Arts Council funded projects such as Cultural Hubs.

Darren Henley: “It was great to meet the cultural leaders in St Helens and I really got a sense of how they are creating opportunities for local people to get involved in the arts.

“As part of my job as chief executive of the Arts Council I have been meeting people around the country who make arts and culture great – I have met some inspirational teams and have seen first hand the fantastic work they are doing, and St Helens is no exception.

“Heart of Glass project is doing some remarkable work changing the lives of people through arts and culture and I was really interested to hear of the partnership behind this and its connection to tradition such as Rugby League.”

“I also visited St Helens Library and heard about the Cultural Hubs programme which is transforming library spaces into hubs for arts activities.

“At the Arts Council we want to continue to invest in developing St Helens as a place where people can enjoy great arts and culture.”

Patrick Fox, Director of Heart of Glass said ‘we were delighted to host Arts Council England staff last week and showcase the wonderful projects undertaken so far with their funding support. We’ve come a long way in a very short time as a project, and we look forward to continuing to support artistic practice to develop and thrive and create further opportunities for our communities to engage in the arts. Arts and culture has a big role to play in the development of our borough and we look forward to continued conversations and collaborations with Arts Council England”

Patrick Fox, Director of Heart of Glass, said: “We were delighted to host Arts Council England staff last week and showcase the wonderful projects undertaken so far with their funding support. We’ve come a long way in a very short time as a project, and we look forward to continuing to support artistic practice to develop and thrive and create further opportunities for our communities to engage in the arts.

“Arts and culture has a big role to play in the development of our borough and we look forward to continued conversations and collaborations with Arts Council England.”