Tuesday 2nd December 2014

Prototype Projects – St Helens Artists Receive Support

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Following a call out for proposals, a new set of projects have been supported through the Heart of Glass Prototype Projects strand. Through the programme we aim to develop new collaborative projects involving artists and communities of place/interest making new work together, to develop artistic practice and skills and get more people involved in the arts.

A commissioning panel reviewed all submissions and applicants have now been notified. That panel included Fay Lamb (Citadel and Heart of Glass Steering Group member), Owen Hutchings (Cultural Hubs) and Ann Shacklady Smith (Community Rep). An independent represenative from UCLAN University acted as an observer, the panel will change round on round to ensure a fair and transparent process.

A new call out for Prototype Projects will be announced in Spring, and Heart of Glass will be announcing further commissions through the Community Commissioners network in the coming months.

Successful applicants have been invited to attend a series of masterclasses to assist with making their projects a success. The masterclasses will be in Evaluation, Documentation and Communications. The Heart of Glass team will be on hand to assist projects in any way we can and we look forward to seeing this diverse set of work come to fruition.

Of the scheme, Heart of Glass Director Patrick Fox said:

“The Prototype Projects are a chance to talk to the artistic community of St. Helens and support things to happen that might not otherwise. In advance of this last round we held 3 development sessions for those interested in putting together a submission and we also offered 1-1 development sessions, and we will continue to do this in future rounds and we would advise artists and groups to take advantage of these sessions to aid the development of ideas.”

The Heart of Glass Prototype Projects Round 2 are:

Michelle Wren

Artist Michelle Wren will collaborate with Bradford based filmmaker Jack King on a new film production working with young people from St.Helens. The short film will consider pivotal moments in adolescence, the need for acceptance and the pressure to ‘fit-in’. Upon completion the film will be screened in St.Helens.

Jane Barwood

Artist Jane Barwood will create an innovative immersive public art installation linked to St Helens industrial heritage. Over the course of the work Jane will be examining industrial buildings, past and present, and what they mean in social terms, as well as collaborating with local people to share memories and photos of their personal connections to the town’s industries, bringing a unique artwork to life.

Yellow Door Artists

‘The Beauty Of A Creative Space’, by Yellow Door Artists aims to utilise one of the empty shops in the town centre and open it up as a ‘creative space’ for a period of time, inviting local artists to use the space as a studio as part of an artist residency programme, run drop in artist workshops and finish with a big exhibition of all artwork created within the space.

Mark Peel

Musician Mark Peel will stage an improvised music sessions in a St.Helens Library, running over a 12-hour duration. Mark will be connecting with other musicians and experimenting with a new recording to create something truly unique and collaborative.

Alan Smith

2016 marks 25 years since the closure of Sutton Manor Colliery. Alan Smith has produced a series of black & white, analogue photographic portraits each with a 500-word story charting the life of ten ex miners. The body of work – entitled When the Pit Closed – will include a musical score commissioned to reflect the stories and portraits. This exciting exhibition will strike a chord with many across the borough and further afield and will go on show in January 2016 at the World of Glass.

Lisa Barry

Artist Lisa Barry will create a walk-in Camera obscura, which is an optical device that led to photography and the development of the camera. Lisa will create a ‘live’ camera, and make it available to the general St.Helens public.

Hannah Bold

Artist Hannah Bold will create a new work based on the ideas of home working with local St.Helens communities. Through her work Hannah will blend art with philosophical questions and sociological ideas and concepts, with the results displayed in a manner appropriate to the conclusions and ideas discovered throughout the process.


Marina Berg

Marina Berg will conduct research with the St.Helens Market Community, exploring how they might collaborate to create new work together. Marina is interested in unique local stories, and ways to capture the unique voice of St.Helens citizens.

Nicola Bibby

Artist Nicola Bibby will conduct research related to photography and working within the context of Arts and Older People, with a view to developing a future project.

Paula & Piotr Pietrzak

Developing a furniture design workshop programme with members of the Disability Community.

Prototype Projects: Round 1 and 2

A list of projects supported and developed under the Prototype Projects strand in 2014

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