Hello from Heart of Glass,
Between now and the end of the year we are working with an array of partners, artists and communities to present a diverse programme of projects and cultural experiences with something for everyone! Below is a flavour of what you can expect…. with more additions to come….
Here’s the upshot,
Yellow Door Artists are busy relocating their The Beauty of a Creative Space project to the Heart of Glass workspace on Water Street, and they will launch the next phase of their project on the 23rd of September – come say hello.
Kevin Crooks’ exhibition On Reserve launches on Saturday the 26th of September, 12.00pm at the World of Glass. On Reserve is a project that has been supported through our Prototype Projects strand of work and is the culmination of a year of engagement by Kevin with part time soldiers from the North West Army Reserve units, creating a unique portrait of their lives and work through photography and film.
For the remainder of the year on the first and third Saturday of each month, the wonderful Family Art Club will continue to welcome families to St.Mary’s Market for artist led sessions – keep an eye on our calendar for details of what’s coming up.
Kicking off #TakeOverFest 2015 in October, we welcome Fraff to Central Library (October 16th) in partnership with Cultural Hubs. Fraff is a stand up poetry night for people who don’t like poetry. Compered by Scottee (TakeOverFest Curator) and featuring Fraff All-Stars’ Sophie Wilan, Ginger Johnson, Barbara Brownskirt, Rhiannon Faith, Bourgeois & Maurice and YOU, this is a not to be missed night out – book tickets HERE #TakeOverFest
Also in October we are delighted to be partnering with DaDaFest to present If These Spasms Could Speak at The Citadel, St. Helens. An outstanding solo performance based on a collection of funny, sad, touching and surprising stories about disabled people and their bodies, the show has been created and performed by actor Robert Softley and was a sell out hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013. Book HERE
At the end of October, in partnership with Helena Housing and the World of Glass, the internationally renowned Marisa Carnesky will present her unique collaboration with Young Women from St.Helens, Haunted Furnace. A scary walk about performance featuring live performers in the Haunted Hotties Furnace at World of Glass, this show will surprise you at each turn and reveal a series of mysterious stories of St Helens. Not for the faint hearted and for 13 years plus, book immediately HERE…#TakeOverFest
On the 13th of November we return to the World of Glass, this time in the Cone entrance, for a special one night only performance from the world’s leading operatic diva – Le Gateaux Chocolat! This will be a special evening for a small audience, blankets, hot drinks and amazing sounds – book HERE! #TakeOverFest
In November we will also be opening the doors to Hunt and Darton Café at a yet to be revealed secret town centre location. Hunt and Darton Café is where food meets art, a fully functioning Café that blends art with the everyday, Hunt & Darton Cafe is a social and artistic hub where spontaneity and performance meet great food and drink, including an edible poetry guest residency by Talia Randall and a Christmas Light Switch On special, an experience for the stomach and the soul for all ages – stay tuned for location announcements. #TakeOverFest
TAXI!!! Hop into a cab with Jack Rooke on November 19th for a unique performance for 3 people at a time – Come Ride With Me Comedian Jack will talk death, loss and how we treat the bereaved. This is good grieving – celebrating lost loved ones and finding happiness after tragedy. Book HERE #TakeOverFest
The 20th and 21st of November is a special weekend in the calendar – we suggest you book it out completely!! As part of a collaboration with Live Art Development Agency, we will be inviting you to step Through the Looking Glass for a weekender with a difference. Stay tuned for a big announcement this week – northern soul at The Citadel, impossible projects at the Town Hall, walking tours and manifestos – you don’t want to miss this!
If that wasn’t enough, on December 4th, in partnership with The Citadel we invite you to the borough’s end of year party, Scottee’s CAMP – magic, dancing, singing, hot dog eating, this is like Britain’s Got Talent, but GOOD! You do not want to miss this night, tell your friends, tell your family, tell your colleagues, tell the person sitting next to you on the bus…this is the party! Book HERE. #TakeOverFest
Rounding off the year we have Kids Rave at The Citadel, superstar DJ Jodie Harsh and Mrs.H and the Singalong band, cereal, face painting, balloon animals, dance routines and silliness, for the Under 8’s – big kids, little kids, cardboard box – Book HERE. #TakeOverFest
More announcements will be coming soon about Prototype Projects, professional development opportunities, collaborations with students from Edge Hill and St.Helens College, an Arts and Culture symposium for the borough and various on-going collaborations with communities of place / interest and artists.
St.Helens is where it’s at.
Heart of Glass is a new arts commissioning project making work with, for and about St.Helens people and place.