Welcome to the new Heart of Glass website!
We’ve been working hard over the past couple of months with our partners Bolland and Lowe to develop an accessible and dynamic website that showcases the ambition of the Heart of Glass programme – we hope you like it and use it, please share, share, share!
Heart of Glass is now fully up and running and we’ve been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and dedication of everyone we’ve met so far, who like us are committed to making this project a success for St.Helens. The team and I are extremely excited to be working with you over the coming weeks, months and years.
There is lots of work underway and plans in development and each project as part of the Heart of Glass programme is being developed with, for or about St.Helens; we are working with local, national and international artists, creatives, producers, partners and communities of place and/or interest to deliver unique programmes of quality, ambitious and meaningful work.
Our Arts and Heritage Commission Group is up and running and developing a new work for the borough using our past as a springboard to the future, we have a new collaborative commission underway with Young People working with our partners FACT; our developing Disability Arts network is starting to take shape and promises big things for late 2015 and 2016, a special commission with a local brass band is taking shape (more soon!) and we have exciting new Arts and Health and Arts and Older People projects in development, while the current cohort of 19 Prototype Projects by local artists and communities are at various states of completion…
Family Art Club continues to attract families from across the borough for free workshops in St.Mary’s Market on Saturdays, the Small Cinema project kick-started in late 2014 and will return in 2015, we are developing new projects for the town centre this Summer and Winter, and over at the Citadel and World of Glass this Autumn we will be showcasing a range of diverse work by leading artists, while homes across the borough will get the chance to host special performances and residencies in their own living rooms!
From the outset Heart of Glass has been interested in using St.Helens history of sporting and industrial excellence as a jumping off point to develop new work, with this in mind we have a new project that will aim to create a genealogy of the women of St.Helens that will turn into a major work in 2016, a new project that asks you to literally re-name a part of the borough, local artist Michelle Wren is investigating working class histories and traditions in the development of a new work, while other projects will look at amateur rugby clubs, unique sites around the borough and quirky St.Helens histories…
Have a look through the website and stay tuned for further updates.
Director / Heart of Glass