Monday 14 September 2015

Prototype Projects

A programme of small & ambitious art projects by artists and communities

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Heart of Glass continues to commission an exciting programme of small and ambitious art projects produced by artists and communities in St Helens. By funding these projects, we strive to engage new audiences and embed the arts within our everyday lives.

Prototype Projects (previously known as the Micro Commissions) provides artists and/or communities with an opportunity to test, explore and develop new, innovative ideas. Prototype Projects can involve any art form and can take place in a diverse range of social and community contexts.

In 2014, nineteen diverse projects from artists and communities from across the borough were awarded Prototype Projects for Round 1 and 2. In 2015, nine artists for Round 3 were awarded commissions with ideas that involved bringing the iconic Beecham’s building back to life through a performance & tour, exploring the use of moss graffiti and creating a new glass artwork.

During 2016 a total of 15 projects were awarded commissions. 11 artists were given the opportunity to initiate new projects as part of Round 4 including a new collaboration between a composer and the St Helens Gospel Choir and a new exhibition called St Helens Goes Pop! infusing pop, graffiti, street and digital art. Round 5 recently enabled 7 new commissions including artwork for a young people’s space in St Helens Central Library alongside professional development support for artists working across a range of disciplines including performance and live art.

There will be no further commissioning rounds in 2017.

Heart of Glass continues to provide a range of professional development support and advice for artists based in St Helens. For more information, e-mail


Prototype Projects Resources