Thursday 28th September
St Helens Town Centre
A series of thought provoking acts will take place in St Helens on Thursday, September 28th as part of a long-term artist residency project.
Artist Mark Storor has been leading workshops as part of Baa Baa Baric: Have You Any Pull? a twelve-year undertaking in collaboration with the people of St Helen’s and Heart of Glass.
Storor has partnered with Merseyside Police, St Helens Youth Council, Change Grow Live, St Helens Young Carers, St Helens YMCA, Rainford Technology College and St Peters Primary School.
The project poses the question: Is the most brutal act of barbarism civilisation?
Confronted by its own set of negative statistics, St Helens is a town symbolic of national inequality. In a radical act of rebellion Baa Baa Baric harnesses the powers of creativity, imagination and possibility, refuting labels and challenging the status quo.
An enactment, a visual manifesto and a fairy tale, Baa Baa Baric Have You Any Pull? is an artwork that recognises the mighty strength of our youngest children to take on the challenges of the world, gives older men in St Helens a voice from beyond the grave and communities a platform to share wisdom and dance to a different tune.
St Helens Local Policing Superintendent Louise Harrison said: “We are really proud to be part of this event alongside our partners, accompanying the children as they deliver this important message.
“It is a great chance for officers to meet and engage with children of all ages, and break down any perceived barriers they might have in speaking to police.
“We all have a part to play in making our communities safer and stronger and I was heartened to hear about my officers buying food for those in need, and hope that the event and the Children’s Charter raises further awareness and ensures that our young and vulnerable people are fully supported.”