Wednesday 27th May 2015

This Will Never Happen

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This Will Never Happen

Devising impossible ideas with Joshua Sofaer and Karen Christopher.


Heart of Glass is delighted to be working with Live Art Development Agency on a programme of work to take place later in the year.  One such project is an opportunity for 6 locally based artists to work with artists / facilitators Joshua Sofaer and Karen Christopher to develop ‘impossible ideas’.

As artists making work, perhaps especially in the public realm, we are constricted by practicalities: health and safety, planning consent, the laws of physics, budgets. What if there were no restrictions at all? What if you really could do absolutely anything? Would you be freed to let your imagination soar, or would you by paralysed by the metaphorical blank sheet of paper?

Over five weeks, a group of 6 artists working with strategies of live art, visual art, community art, and work in the public realm, are invited to think the impossible in the town of St Helens. If you could entirely transform the town and its people, what would you do? We will explore seemingly impossible works that have already been made: works in outer space, or with casts of thousands, or that last for 1,000 years. We will consider the idea of proposal making as a form of art making in itself. Participants will also spend time considering how to communicate their proposals in a public presentation.

Participants must commit to all 5 sessions.

Wednesday 21st October, Wednesday 28th October, Wednesday 4th November, Wednesday 11th November and Saturday 21st November.

Participants will present their first ideas for impossible artworks in St Helens. We will then discuss how ideas could be further developed and begin to think about presentation style.

How to apply?

To express your interest, please send a short paragraph on what impossibility means to you and either web links to your art practice or a brief portfolio.

Send your expressions of interest to: by Tuesday 1st September.


Joshua Sofaer is an artist concerned with modes of public participation and collaboration. His recent work Your Name Here in St Helens, invited people to nominate someone to become the name of a new park, and in the process build a portrait of the citizens of the town.

Karen Christopher is a collaborative performance deviser, performer, and teacher. Her company, Haranczak/Navarre Performance Projects, is currently engaged in creating a series of duet performances. She was a member of Chicago-based Goat Island performance group for 20 years until the group disbanded in 2009