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Monday 13 November 2017
We Are Still Here
Internationally renowned multi-media artist Simon McKeown has worked with BuzzHub St Helens Coalition of Disabled People over the past year to create a large-scale projection work which will transform St Helens Town Hall on 8th December 2018.Back to Projects
Simon Mckeown is an award winning internationally exhibiting artist renowned for his work which touches on and considers disability as well as our digital futures. Over the past year, he has led a new art project celebrating St Helens as a location for invention and innovation. This energy is still present today, taking form through artistic and cultural experiments, making St Helens a fertile ground for community and collaborative based arts practices.
Titled We Are Still Here, this new art project has been commissioned by Heart of Glass as part of St Helens 150 and in partnership with DaDaFest, a leading disability and D/deaf arts organisation based in Liverpool. Simon Mckeown has worked with BuzzHub St Helens Coalition of Disabled People to create a series of works which will not only reflect on 150 years of the town’s history but also project into the future, exploring St Helens and its people as a creative force.
As part of this co-production programme, Mckeown has led a number of workshops over 2018 in the lead up to the mass outdoor video projection, which will take place on Saturday 8th December 2018. This bombastic artistic endeavour, which includes massive video projection, will temporarily manipulate the townscape, blurring reality and space and presenting new and alternative realities for our consideration.
“Working with Buzz Hub on this outdoor light show has been a privilege. They are a fantastically strong creative team and they worked hard with me to achieve the work we will see. Outdoor events on this scale are rare and exciting and the support of St Helens Council has been vital. Heart of Glass as the organisers are forward thinking, situating collaborative art and disability together into one massive event. This is going to be state of the art in so many ways!”
As part of We Are Still Here, Heart of Glass has commissioned the Liverpool-based multi-media charity Twin Vision to work with 12 local schools and community groups to create a stop frame animation that explores the creative force of the people of St Helens and the future. Titled Invaders of the Lost Park, the collaboratively created animation tells the story of a child called Lansbury who reimagines their home town with amazing results! The animation will be premiered at the We Are Still Here: St Helens 150 Finale event on 8th December 2018.
Invaders of the Lost Park has been created by the following groups during workshops with Twin Vision, you can see photos in the gallery on this page:
Knit and Knatter, Newton Le Willows; Lansbury Bridge School; Your Voice, Your Choice, Knowsley; Autism and Friendship Group, St Helens; Knowsley Disability Concern, KDC; Citadel AHSC; Change Grow Live, CGL St Helens; Mill Green School; Activate Knowsley; BuzzHub St Helens Coalition of Disabled People and The Autism and Asperger Society, St Helens.
Find out more about the free We Are Still Here: St Helens 150 Finale event, including full access information, here.
Photos from the artist Simon Mckeown's workshops with BuzzHub St Helens Coalition of Disabled People and from Twin Vision's animation workshops with local community groups.
Photo credits: Stephen King