Thursday 20th October 2016

New funding announcement: Heart of Glass 2017 – 2020

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Heart of Glass is delighted to announce it’s success in obtaining a further £1 million pound investment from Arts Council England through their Creative People and Places Programme.

Heart of Glass is part of the Creative People and Places programme, initiated and funded by Arts Council England. Creative People and Places is about more people taking the lead in choosing, creating and taking part in art experiences in the places where they live. There are 21 independent projects, each located in an area where people have traditionally had fewer opportunities to get involved with the arts. Creative People and Places projects have reached over 1.2 million people, 90% of whom do not regularly engage in the arts.

This support of £1million funding follows an initial investment of £1.5 million in 2014 and the recently announced Ambition for Excellence Award of £485,000 made to Heart of Glass and project partners idle women and ANU Productions to deliver a once in a generation project in 2018, the year of the town’s 150th birthday.

Heart of Glass is committed to collaborative and social arts practice, supporting artists and communities across St Helens to make ambitious work that reaches new audiences.  Since our inception in 2014 we have reached upwards of 50,000 people through more than 150 projects and initiatives, and we look forward to continuing this work with our partners.

Patrick Fox, Director of Heart of Glass said: “We’re thrilled to announce this support and wish to thank Arts Council England for their continued commitment to this programme and to Heart of Glass and St Helens.  Much has been achieved in the past two years and we’re ambitious for the future. We believe that St Helens is a centre for creative practice, and the work we’ve completed with our many and varied communities has demonstrated this.  The arts has a major role to play in the future of the town and this support can only strengthen this role”

There are 21 independent projects, each located in an area where people have traditionally had fewer opportunities to get involved with the arts. Creative People and Places projects have reached over 1.2 million people, 90% of whom do not regularly engage in the arts.

Cllr Jeanie Bell, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “I was extremely excited to hear that the Heart of Glass have been successful in obtaining the second round of funding from the Arts Council England.

“In the last few years the Heart of Glass Programme has become embedded within the arts community in St Helens and led the way in new and exciting arts practice and engagement throughout the borough.

“This announcement is great news for our borough and I look forward to seeing some of the innovative and aspirational pieces of work that I know are in the planning.”