ART HERITAGE COMMISSION: Opportunity for a St Helens Borough Artist

To help celebrate 150 years of St Helens, Heart of Glass is seeking applications from artist/s, living or working in the St Helens borough. You should work in a socially responsive and collaborative way and be interested in developing a new commission that explores local heritage with St Helens communities.

We would like the commission to be part of the national Heritage Open Days programme that will take place between 6-9 September 2018. Heritage is an important part of St Helens culture. We are looking for proposals from any art form that explore history through contemporary art practice.

As part of the project, we are working closely with the Deafness Resource Centre (a charity for St Helens and Halton with the aim to provide specialist services for D/deaf people) and its community. We’re keen to capture the unique heritage of St Helens and its people and to mark the 90th year of St Helens & District Society for Deaf People that was founded in 1928.

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How to apply
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Deadline for applications
Friday 25 May 2018 (new extended date)

 
[Image courtesy of Deafness Resource Centre, ‘D/deaf members enjoying their Annual Tea Party’, 1930s, from their archives and featured in their publication ‘Deaf History 1928-2008’, 2016]

New project announcement: FIERCE AND URGENT CONVERSATIONS

HEART OF GLASS, AN AGENCY FOR SOCIAL AND COLLABORATIVE ARTS PRACTICE, ANNOUNCES NEW INTERNATIONAL TRIENNIAL FOR ST HELENS

Today (2 March 2018), Heart of Glass has announced the launch of FIERCE AND URGENT CONVERSATIONS: The First International Triennial of Social and Collaborative Arts Practice, taking place in Autumn 2021 In St Helens, Merseyside.

FIERCE AND URGENT CONVERSATIONS will be a convening of work, debate, resources and publications for those who make, watch, research, study, teach, produce, present, write about and archive collaborative and social arts practice. This Triennial will consider how to present dialogical and relational work, create opportunities for the debate of the fierce and urgent questions of the day and move beyond rhetoric to create opportunities for action.

Heart of Glass, founded through the Creative People and Places programme in 2014 and an Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisation from 1 April 2018, has established itself as an agency for collaborative and social arts practice. It is the first organisation in England dedicated to the development and support of this practice across all art forms and leads on this with St Helens Council to support the Borough in its wider cultural ambitions to be a centre of excellence in this area.

This April 2018, Heart of Glass hosts its annual WITH FOR ABOUT conference to discuss and reflect on the questions facing collaborative and social art today, and more broadly reflect on the role of art and artists in society, and the nature and potential of collaborative art with and within community and social contexts. The conference will be the first in a series of action research tasks over the coming years with the aim of shaping and developing the Triennial.

For more information about WITH FOR ABOUT 2018, click HERE

Heart of Glass’ programme of events and commissions has brought International artists such as Mark Storor, Studio Morison, ANU Productions, Scottee and idle women to work with communities across the Borough, creating ambitious, radical and exciting art, whilst also nurturing and supporting local talent. With an internationally significant artistic programme, and a soon be launched criticality programme, Heart of Glass is acknowledged as a leader in this field – a potent catalyst for positive collaboration, a pro-active innovator and a pioneer in brokering the reciprocal relationship between contemporary arts and modern society, a champion for interdisciplinary, cross art-form and cross-sector collaborative practice, and a powerful and provocative conduit for new ideas.

Over the past four years, Heart of Glass, its partners and the people of St Helens have collectively accomplished a transformative step-change in the depth and quality of art and opportunities for artistic and cultural involvement across the borough of St Helens. This has led to a dramatic re-engagement of arts and culture in the civic life of St Helens, in its self-definition and its identity, as well as in its public realm and physical fabric, such that the civic leadership has publicly acknowledged – and is currently working with Heart of Glass to realise – the re-positioning of arts and culture as front and centre to its vision for the borough, to its regeneration and investment strategy, and to its plans for future growth.

For FIERCE AND URGENT CONVERSATIONS Heart of Glass are partnering with Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts in Ireland. Both organisations recognise that while collaborative ways of working are not new, it is the depth of relationship and connection which frames the new practice. The recent proliferation in this type of work has been influenced by the impact of globalisation, digitalisation, the economic crisis, austerity, increased pressure on local budgets and services, and the groundswell of grassroots movements and local activism.

FIERCE AND URGENT CONVERSATIONS sets out to present and critically examine how arts and cultural practice operating across multiple fields of knowledge and experience can influence and help shape our collective futures.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England: “Heart of Glass has done amazing work in attracting artists, communities and audiences to St Helens as one of our Creative People and Places projects and I’m delighted that it is joining our national portfolio in April. And it is great to see the Triennial being launched in St Helens – I’m sure it will attract artists and collaborations which will continue the excellent artistic and cultural offer in the region.”

Patrick Fox, Heart of Glass Director: “We’re delighted to be announcing this initiative, and as with all our projects, this will be artist, producer and community led, and will resonate across art form. Partners such as Create Ireland, Axisweb, idle women, Liverpool Biennial, Super Slow Way, Arnolfini, Open Eye Gallery and In Situ and colleagues across the Creative People and Places Network nationally and the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme internationally (an EU funded initiative of which Heart of Glass is a member) will be critical to shaping this project. This is a collaborative undertaking, the door is open and we are keen to hear from other interested parties. As well as the partners listed, we will be widening this network and building momentum over the coming months and years to ensure we are diverse, representative and well placed to have fierce and urgent conversations. We believe some of the most exciting work in contemporary art exists within this field of practice, creating people and place driven work that is uniquely positioned to respond to the politics of our times.  We look forward to the collaborative process in crafting an essential and vital platform within the International collaborative and social arts practice landscape, and cementing St Helens as a destination at the forefront of critical practice and thinking.”

Ailbhe Murphy, Director of Create: “As Ireland’s development agency for collaborative arts, we are delighted to partner with Heart of Glass to realise this exciting and timely initiative. FIERCE AND URGENT CONVERSATIONS will generate necessary debate about the contemporary field of collaborative arts practice and will begin by asking, “what could a Triennial for collaborative and socially engaged arts practice look like?” As artists and arts and civil society organisations working in this field, how can we create the conditions to engage with multiple forms of cross-sectoral, interdisciplinary and embodied local and regional knowledge? How can we best consider, animate and legitimise those knowledge’s through meaningful exchange and practice? We look forward to working with Heart of Glass and additional partners including the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme network on FIERCE AND URGENT CONVERSATIONS, which will act as a barometer for the compelling questions that animate our contemporary socio-political and cultural antagonisms.”

Heather Peak from Studio Morison (Artist): “I am delighted to be part of the Heart of Glass team and their future-plans. Something extraordinary is happening in St Helens, art and creativity is central, urgent and important to the health and well-being of this place and its people. It is becoming not only about what we make, but how we behave and ultimately how we can survive, process our increasingly difficult lives and ultimately prosper. Art is the most powerful action we can make, it speaks directly to us of our lives, our anxieties, our joy and our potential power. Artist’s know that the best way to solve a problem is just to begin, and here in St Helens we have begun a journey that will touch our personal, civic, work and home life, and ultimately allow us be in control of our futures.”

Councillor Gill Neal, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health & Wellbeing: “Artistic and social collaboration on this scale is certainly something we have been interested in supporting especially with Heart of Glass’ continuing ambition to create exciting and unique art with, of and for our local communities in St Helens. This announcement cements St Helens’ position as a national centre for collaborative and social arts practice.”

Claire McColgan, Director of Culture Liverpool: “We are delighted to support Heart of Glass and St Helens in this exciting new development. Our work together across the City-Region over the coming years will further re-inforce the vital role that art and culture can play across our communities, and the work by Heart of Glass in St Helens over the past number of years has shown real leadership and vision, offering something unique to the region. This is a welcome and ambitious development and we look forward to working together to make it a huge success for the region.”

Rachel Anderson and Cis O’Boyle, Caretakers, idle women: “For years now socially engaged practitioners have spoken of the need to consolidate our knowledge and expertise, to articulate our practice from the ground where we work and to challenge the mis-understanding and mis-representation that leads to instrumentalisation by the Institution. Heart of Glass has been established to listen and activate these discussions here in the UK. What better place to create a new centre of practice than the North West and what better town than St Helens. FIERCE & URGENT CONVERSATIONS is the critical emergence of body of practitioners who create with passion, skill and rigour, we have been talking for many years, now is the time for our action. These are exciting times.”

Claire Doherty, Director, Arnolfini and former Director, Situations: “This new initiative represents a significant moment for contemporary culture in the UK which demonstrates that it’s time for a new generation of socially progressive and civically-dedicated arts organisations and initiatives to take the lead. Grown out of a complex and rich history of social practice, community arts, gallery education and place-based producing, such initiatives are offering an alternative to the cathedrals of culture. To say that we are working with Heart of Glass and Situations on the development of “Fierce and Urgent Questions” feels like exactly what an arts organisation should be committing its time to. That St. Helens presents such an exemplary mode of posing those questions – through locally impactful and internationally resonant new work is all the more thrilling. We can’t wait to get started.”

Sarah Fisher, Director of Open Eye Gallery: “Partnering Heart Of Glass in this significant and timely programme is a natural fit for Open Eye Gallery. Photography has become the most pervasive medium through which individuals and communities share their lives on a daily basis through social media. Open Eye Gallery is developing a national network on Socially Engaged Photography practice, building upon it’s recent 2 year Culture Shifts programme – which Heart of Glass partnered – which saw 10 photographers working with communities to co-author new cultural programmes across the city region. We will shortly announce a new MA Socially Engaged Photography Practice with University of Salford starting September 2018 and look forward to exploring our shared agenda through the ambitions of the Triennial programme.”

Dr. Alastair Roy and Professor Lynn Froggett, Psychosocial Research Unit, University of Central Lancashire: “Globally, collaborative social arts is a practice whose time has come – but one with an emergent knowledge base. In St Helens, the 10 year vision set out by Heart of Glass makes it ideally placed to lead research in this area and as a key academic partner, the University of Central Lancashire is working with them to build an open research platform that aims to build on the experience of the programme itself and an international network of practitioners and researchers. It addresses the pressing questions raised by art that engages with an expansive canvas of questions that have both local and international significance: on cultural citizenship, social justice, civic space and sustainability as well as the finer grained issues of well-being, relationship and intimacy. Heart of Glass is a thinking organisation ‘without walls’, strongly located in place. This paradox shapes its curiosity and its promise.”

Chrissie Tiller – Thinker, writer and teacher on social arts practice and Heart of Glass Associate: “In the four years I have worked with Heart of Glass I have been immeasurably impressed by their commitment to a more collaborative and social arts practice and its potential to ‘shift our sense of what is possible, unleash imaginations and model and experiment with new ways of being in the world.’  They have done this, not only by commissioning leading artists in the field to make exciting, challenging and brave work with the people of St Helens but also by creating important spaces for critical reflection.  Spaces that embrace difficult conversations, share new and different knowledges and welcome dissent in the struggle for greater social justice and cultural democracy.  I am delighted to be working with them on FIERCE AND URGENT CONVERSATIONS and can think of no better arts organisation than Heart of Glass or town than St Helens to be leading this exciting and timely initiative.”

Heart of Glass is an agency for collaborative and social arts practice based in St Helens, Merseyside. Made 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 of partners and collaborators.

Heart of Glass is made with, of and for St Helens. Its programme is rooted in collaborative practice and embodies the principle of partnership. Its core values, philosophy and approach as a project are founded on co- production with the community and the active participation of the collaborator, non-artist, audience and viewer in the creation of great art. People, both individually and within communities of place or interest, are central to both their thinking and practice.

FIERCE AND URGENT CONVERSATIONS: The First International Triennial of Social and Collaborative Arts Practice will take place in St Helens in Autumn 2021. While collaborative ways of working are not new, it is the depth of relationship and connection which frames a new practice.   In collaborative arts, non-arts participants can become both co-creator and new audience in an exciting area of practice that cuts across art-form and cuts across context, a practice with infinite potential. The recent proliferation in this type of work has been influenced by the impact of globalisation, digitalisation, the economic crisis, austerity, increased pressure on local budgets and services, and the groundswell of grassroots movements and local activism. Increasingly, artists are routinely working in a variety of settings, including health, education, regeneration, prison, science and tech contexts, with people of all age ranges, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation, and presented in increasingly innovative public realm and ‘non-arts’ civic spaces, such as hospitals, prisons, schools and older people’s homes.

For further press information please contact Catharine Braithwaite on +44 (0)7947 644 110 or cat@we-r-lethal.com

 

WITH FOR ABOUT: MAKING A MEAL OF IT (OPEN CALL)

Heart of Glass hosts the fifth Staging Post of the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP), an ambitious transnational cultural programme focusing on the dynamic area of collaborative arts across Europe.  

We are doing this by hosting a special edition of our With For About conference series.  

With For About aims to create a space to discuss and reflect on the fierce and urgent questions facing collaborative and social art today, and more broadly reflect on the role of art and artists in civil society, and the nature and potential of collaborative art with and within community and social contexts.

This April we invite you to join us for Making A Meal Of It, the third iteration of our conference series and this year, in association with CAPP, we are seeking to create a different type of ‘conference’ experience.

When and where is this happening?

Tuesday 17th April 2018, Town Hall, St Helens, UK 9.30am-9:30pm

Wednesday 18th April 2018, Tate Liverpool, UK 9.30am-1pm (Afternoon activities will continue at Tate Liverpool until 5pm and full details can be found below)

What do we want to have happen?

We want participants (who would normally be understood as conference delegates) to collectively create, serve, and eat a meal. We want to use this collective task as the basis of a shared discussion that addresses the issues we are concerned with: of documentation, knowledge sharing, building a lexicon, building an archive, supporting artists and workers. We want to collectively publish a document within the timeframe of the gathering.

Our collective task is:

To produce a dinner course, present it in a meaningful way; document the process and the event; contribute to discussion; submit a page for publication.

A support structure will be in place to help you realise the contribution you want to make. No pre-conference preparation is necessary. All your experience is useful.

Why are we doing this?

We want participants at this gathering to have a collective experience in space and time. We want to embody the values we expound. We want to reflect on a common task.

We wish to symbolically and actively ‘enact’ the principles we seek to discuss, to work together bringing different experiences and perspectives together through artistic endeavour.

Participants will explore the principles of collaboration through doing, and over the course of a day forge relationships, making a meal and creating meaning in the process. We will reflect on the experience we have embarked on together as a way to explore some of the urgent questions we encounter in our work. We will share the knowledge we uncover with the wider sector.

PARTICIPANT OPEN CALL

While a large number of conference places have been allocated to our Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme partners, Heart of Glass is delighted to be able to offer a limited number of places through OPEN CALL. Anyone interested in collaborative and social arts practice, or with experience of participating in the development or realisation of a collaborative project, is invited to apply. The conference is free to attend. 

Those wishing to apply should send the following information to info@heartofglass.org.uk, no later than 5pm on Wednesday 28th March 2018:

  • Name & contact details
  • Short biography (up to 250 words)
  • A short statement describing in what ways the opportunity to attend the conference will benefit your artistic and professional development (up to 350 words)

Please note a number of conference bursaries (up to £100 per individual) are available for artists and independent producers & curators to contribute towards travel, accommodation, subsistence, childcare and/or access costs. Priority will be given to those who would otherwise be unable to attend. Those wishing to apply should include (alongside the information outlined above), the following information:

  • Amount applied for (up to £100)
  • Brief explanation (2 – 3 sentences) of how the bursary will support attendance

All applicants will be notified week commencing 2nd April 2018.

TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION

For travel and accommodation information, please see our information document

USEFUL LINKS

http://www.cappnetwork.com

http://www.heartofglass.org.uk

http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-liverpool

HEART OF GLASS in ST HELENS

Heart of Glass is a collaborative arts commissioning agency based in St Helens, Merseyside. Founded in 2014 by an initial investment of £1.5 million from Arts Council England through the Creative People and Places programme, we established as an independent entity in 2016.

Our programme is rooted in collaborative and social arts practice and embodies the principle of partnership. Our core value, philosophy and approach are founded on co-production with the community and the active participation of the collaborator, non-artist, audience and viewer, in the creation of ‘Great Art’. People both individually and within communities of place and interest, are central to both our thinking and our practice.

We support artists and communities to collaborate and realise ambitious contemporary artwork that reflects and responds to the politics of our times. We work across context and across art form.  Through our projects and initiatives, we create a space for dialogue, research and experimentation, placing art in direct interaction with all areas of life that form society.

All aspects of our work are informed by issues of difference and diversity, and our work is made with, of and for every community in which we work.

We have chosen to build our organisation and commissioning ethos around these philosophies. The politics of our times have presented us with an unprecedented moment of re-evaluation. Our communities, our values, our social structures are in flux due to a number of converging agendas. Collaborative art presents the opportunity to engage meaningfully with these agendas and draw audiences into work in new and exciting ways, allowing many to add their voices to commentary on these times.

We want St Helens to be a home for thought and practice and at the same time, to be part of an international conversation, leading, experimenting and convening discussion around the role of art and artists in our changing world. In many ways St Helens is every place, it is home to multiple and diverse communities of place and interest, with a strong sense of heritage and ambitions for the future. There are also marginalised, silenced, misunderstood, dominant, and niche communities, and we are committed to working with this diverse range of voices, supporting collaborations with artists from across all art forms to make ambitious new work that shakes, challenges and unearths.

We are interested in building communities of enquiry, in sharing skills and experience, and in placing art in direct interaction with all areas of life that form society. As we move forward, we will continue to work in partnership, we will build links, we will have reach and impact. We will question who gets to make art and where it gets made.

AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES AT TATE LIVERPOOL 

WITH FOR ABOUT formally closes at 1pm on April 18th and then you are invited to stay with us for an afternoon of activities at Tate Liverpool, as outlined below:

2.00pm – 4.00pm

You are invited to A Conversation on Place-making, as part of Engaging Places: Collaborative Praxis in Art and Architecture at Tate Exchange, presenting six leading Irish practitioners in the area of collaborative art and architecture. The practitioners are; artist Michelle Browne, curators Rosie Lynch and Eilís Lavelle from Callan Workhouse Union, artist / architect Blaithin Quinn, and architects Emmett Scanlon and Laurence Lord from Out.Post.Office. Their practices examine how socially engaged art and architectural practices critically engage in questions of spatial justice and influence how we create a sense of place and community in the built environment.

On Wednesday 18th Tate Exchange will host an informal conversation on the theme of ‘place-making’. This is part of a programme of activities across that week including open studio sessions, discussions and workshops, as a way of initiating further creative works. The practitioners will also be part of With For About: Making a Meal of It. Engaging Places: Collaborative Praxis in Art and Architecture is supported by Culture Ireland’s GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain programme.

4.00pm- 5.00pm

An opportunity meet Brazilian Collective Opavivara! and discuss their practice as they begin to install their show Utupya  (April 27 – June 24)  in the fourth floor gallery at Tate Liverpool.

UTUPYA

OPAVIVARÁ!

Tate Liverpool

27 April – 24 June 2018

Tate Liverpool is preparing a major new project with the Brazilian collective Opavivará for spring 2018, the collective’s first solo exhibition in a UK institution. Founded in 2005 in Rio de Janiero, Opavivará is an art collective who work together to develop actions and projects that provide collective experiences and change the way we understand public space. In their interventions, Opavivará are interested in bringing domestic environments and behaviours into the public domain. Echoing the ambition for active participation of pioneering Brazilian artists such as Hélio Oiticica (1937–1980), their projects aim not just for participants to interact with the work, but to be fundamental agents of the execution of the work itself.

For Tate Liverpool, Opavivará extend and develop their ongoing project ‘Utupya’, which conceives environments and situations to reflect on the hybrid, mixed nature of contemporary culture. A key touchstone is the 1928 Cannibalist Manifesto of the Brazilian poet and polemicist Oswald de Andrade 1890–1954), a text that asserts that a key aspect of Brazil’s history is its ‘cannibalising’ other cultures. Opavivará are interested in the evolution of hybrid cultures and in celebrating the potential that arrives when people from different cultural backgrounds come together. For them, the Brazilian Tupi or Tupy tribe are an emblem of cultural admixture and interweaving.

In the gallery, Opavivará will create a series of immersive environments, drawing on hybrid elements of Brazilian indigenous tradition and contemporary culture. Repurposing or converting pre-existing everyday objects, they adapt them to new social functions in an ad-hoc manner. In Rede Social, they create a multi-part hammock, a ‘social network’ that invites negotiation and cooperation between participants, accompanied by the sounds of traditional chocalho rattles. In Pajémirim, they invite visitors to concoct and share tea using medicinal herbs grown in Liverpool. In the central gallery space, Opavivará fuse ancient Brazilian dance rituals with contemporary music, creating an interactive sound system and inviting visitors to wear different sensorial props amongst a forest of traditionally inspired parasols.

Arts project for women: Latest dates for your diary

We are pleased to share with you the latest dates for Helen, a programme that will create immersive and explosive art experiences focused on women.

With international partners, Anu Productions and idle women, we will explore women’s persistence and resistance. We will contextualise present day violence against women in unspeakable and unimaginable histories, and look to the future.

You can find out more about the project here:

Women of St Helens, you are invited to re-imagine 11 Haydock Street in St Helens town centre. It’s been given to you to design & build a new centre for women.

Activities will begin in February 2018. Early dates for your diaries:

mechanics

Weekly women’s car deconstruction and basic maintenance group, no experience necessary.

Thursdays – 5-8pm

First session Thursday 8 February

women’s group

Weekly activities to create the new women’s centre – arts, design, and practical construction skills, all women welcome, no experience necessary.

Thursdays – 1-4pm

First group Thursday 1 March

women’s place keepers

Practical, creative and discussion based activities, including some trips for women who want to become involved in the long-term running of the new women’s centre.

First meeting – Wednesday 14 March 5.30-8pm

Meeting every month – further time and dates to be arranged

 

Your guide to the big launch in St Helens

 

This Thursday (January 25th) sees the launch of Where Things Are Different at The World of Glass.

We are delighted to see more than 200 tickets have already been snapped up, here is a quick guide to the evening:

The event starts at 5.30pm, food and drink is provided, although will be limited. Don’t panic if you are running late or can’t make the start time, we will of course still see you at the welcome desk when you arrive.

The World of Glass has limited free on-site parking for visitors but in the event that this is full, there is a multi-storey car park (Chalon Way) immediately next to the Centre with very reasonable charges (please note this closes promptly at 7pm).

There will be entertainment and brief speeches throughout before the unveiling of the lightboxes. Please consider wearing footwear suitable to be both indoors and outdoors.

Eggs Collective will interact ad-hoc with guests, theremin player Lydia Kavina will perform, as well as Haydock Brass Band. There will also be speeches about the project and #StHelens150.

For this event, the speeches at 6pm will be British Sign Language interpreted. Please ask a member of staff for more information. If you need any assistance accessing the artworks outside, or with the lift, please inform a member of staff at the front desk.

The World of Glass has been designed to include everyone and has wheelchair access to all galleries, lifts to all floors, low-mounted video displays and adapted toilet facilities.

Trains run regularly from Liverpool Lime Street and Wigan North Western into St Helens Central Railway Station – just 5 minute’s walk from The World of Glass.

For detailed public transport information call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or log on to www.merseytravel.gov.uk

Postcode for SatNav: WA10 1BX

Political Artists back to start the party


Artists, entertainers and all round good eggs are returning to St Helens!

Following on from workshops and performances in the borough in 2015, Eggs Collective are back in town as our Party Political Artists in Residence.

Their mission is to help celebrate St Helens 150th birthday in style and they will be working with Heart of Glass on some of the key events in 2018.

Eggs Collective are a trio making sharp, fun, culturally-observational performance that falls somewhere in the cracks between theatre and cabaret. St Heleners may well have crossed their paths in The Hunt & Darton Café, at workshops or at The Citadel Theatre where they led the sold out ‘Right St Helens Knees Up’ show.

They have been working across Britain, including showcasing an adapted stage show ‘Get A Round’ live on BBC2.

Sara Cocker and Léonie Higgins will be performing live at a series of events to mark #StHelens150, they kick off with ad-hoc performances to guests at Thursday’s (January 25th) launch.

They explained: “We love St Helens. It’s a place with a whip-smart sense of humour and glint in its eye – and we’ve always felt welcomed in. That’s why we’re so delighted to have been invited to be Party Political Artists in Residence and plan some celebratory events this year as St Helens marks its 150th year.”
“We take the business of partying very seriously. So, shine up your dancing shoes, St Helens, and, in the immortal words of Kool and the Gang, let’s celebrate!”

Keep updated on twitter by following @eggscollective and @theheartofglass

Artist in residence opportunity

We are recruiting check out the latest amazing opportunity for an artist in residence:

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES

FULL-TIME (35 hours per week)

ONE YEAR FIXED TERM CONTRACT

£27,000 – £30,000 Dependant upon qualification and experience.

This role will be a residency truly embedded within Heart of Glass. You will be part of the Programme Team, leading on the Schools and Colleges Programme, creating a series of projects to deliver with key partners.

Aimed at an artist who has significant experience working with schools and colleges, this is an opportunity to develop your own practice and creatively lead on projects from seed to fruition. As well as creating your own projects with key schools, you will create a series of online resources that will complement the Heart of Glass programme. All this while working with your own budget, allowing you to shape projects and collaborate with other artists.

In this role you will also support schools to progress their Artsmark status and support pupils involved with projects to achieve Arts Award and will represent Heart of Glass within local education networks, offering a creative voice and finding opportunities to develop project ideas and new partnerships.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an artist to develop their practice in this area, at an appropriate pace with continued support from Heart of Glass over a substantial period. We are also open to this opportunity being fulfilled by a small collective or a job share.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 9am on Monday 19th February 2018, and interviews will be held in St Helens on Monday 26th February 2018.

POSITIVE ACTION STATEMENT:

It is important to us that Heart of Glass staff are representative of our community and we take diversity very seriously. Whoever you are, whatever your background, we encourage you to apply. We guarantee that if you have a disability and meet the minimum essential criteria for this role you will be guaranteed an interview.

Click here for the information pack

Professional Development Opportunity for Women in the Arts

We are recruiting a group of 7 women artists or producers in performing or visual arts who will support each other’s professional development for a period of 18 months. Are you a woman at a critical point in your working life? Is collaboration and co-production central to your practice? We want to hear from you.

Over the next two years Heart of Glass, idle women and Anu Productions are working together on a programme entitled ‘Helen’. Helen will create immersive and explosive art experiences focused on women. You can find more information about the programme here: http://www.heartofglass.org.uk/project/helen/.

‘Helen’ is influenced by the work of historian feminist Silvia Federici whose extensive research into the mechanisms of the historical European witch-hunts provides analysis on today’s systematic violence against women. Prior to the end of 17th century, the word ‘gossip’ meant ‘women-friends’, and did not carry the derogatory meaning it has today. At this time women shared much of their lives and work with other women. Women co-operated with each other.

‘Helen’s Gossips’, our talent development programme, will seek to recapture this way of working. We want women from different stages of their careers to come together and collaborate as the basis for progression. There will be no hierarchies, and expertise will be shared by an array of voices, with the aim of creating new, collective solutions which can move us all forward. We are committed to improving diversity in the sector and bringing together different women’s experiences.

 

As a result, we want to ensure that this opportunity works for women of colour and/or those who are D/deaf or disabled. 4 out of 7 of places will be allocated to women who are not currently represented properly in the arts sector.

We want to recruit 7 women to join our council, ‘The Gossips’. Women will commit to approximately 6 development days between March 2018 and June 2019, these development days will be in St Helens. We will agree dates collectively. At the beginning of the programme, we will design the content of our approach collaboratively. The sessions will be supported by Mojisola Adebayo and Sarah Bailey, both women with extensive experience of learning in the arts. We will make bursaries available to those who cannot undertake this as part of of their existing employment. This will be between £600 and £1000 and will be agreed following selection.

To express your interest, please send us a copy of your CV and a brief proposal (1-side of A4) telling us about your career to date, how you approach collaboration within your work, and why this opportunity would be helpful to you now. Any women who are unsuccessful will be informed at a later date about opportunities for involvement in other parts of the programme.

Applications and any questions should be sent to Sarah Bailey on sarah@heartofglass.org.uk.

The deadline for applications is Monday 5th February 2018. We are grateful for support from Arts Council England, St Helens Council and Liverpool City Council.

 

International Theremin performer heads to St Helens

 

 

People in St Helens will get the chance to see a world class performer showcase her skills on a truly unique musical instrument – as Lydia Kavina plucks notes from thin air.

The launch event of Where Things Are Different at The World of Glass on Thursday, January 25th, includes a unique performance on the Theremin.

Kavina plays the instrument and also composes work. The Theremin is an electronic musical instrument invented in the 1920s by Russian musician and engineer Leon Theremin. It is controlled without physical contact the performer.

The instruments controlling section usually consists of two metal antennas that sense the relative position of the player’s hands and control oscillators for frequency with one hand and amplitude with the other. The electric signals from the Theremin are amplified and sent to a loudspeaker.

Kavina, who was born in Moscow and currently lives in Oxfordshire, plays the instrument and also composes work.

Tickets for the launch are available online now