A three metre neon sign has been placed over St Helens Town Hall to launch an ambitious new public art project in the borough organised by Heart of Glass.
The eye-catching illumination is installed above the doorway of the civic building for six weeks from Thursday 14 May to launch Your Name Here, a competition that will see Lyons Yard, Ravenhead Greenway Park re-named after someone with a connection to St Helens.
Your Name Here is a project conceived by artist Joshua Sofaer who is encouraging the people of St Helens to get involved in an interactive public art competition.
People should tell us the name of the person they want to nominate to become the new name of the park and up to 150 words as to why. They can also accompany their explanation with a story, drawing, painting, video, photo, sound recording, or even an object. The named person needs to have a strong connection with St Helens, whether historically or now and can be a friend, family member or local hero.
Applicants from anywhere in the world can enter online at www.winyournamehere.co.uk, by post, or in person by 26 June 2015 and there are workshops planned in St Helens to spread the word.
The panel, including well known St Heleners James Roby, Andy Reid and Johnny Vegas, will select the winner in late summer.
The grand prize will see Ravenhead Greenway Park permanently renamed after the competition winner in late summer, with their name becoming part of the town’s fabric, maps and park signage. An exhibition of leading entries will also be displayed in the town centre in September.
Artist Joshua Sofaer, said: “The aim of Your Name Here is to get people talking about who is important to the people of St Helens. I want to help celebrate the residents of St Helens in an extraordinary way exploring the themes of citizenship, history, family and civic pride. I hope it gets conversation going about who our role models are within the community and thinking creatively about the people in their lives.”
Director of Heart of Glass, Patrick Fox, added: “We’re really delighted to be working with artist Joshua Sofaer and St Helens Council on Your Name Here which we hope will capture the imagination of the people of St Helens over the coming weeks and months.
“The Heart of Glass commissioning philosophy is very much about creating ambitious collaborative and participatory art projects that question the world we inhabit and create new spaces for debate and exploration. Joshua shares this commitment and so we are delighted to be working with him to realise this ambitious project that will literally change the landscape of St.Helens! We’re looking forward to seeing the many and varied responses that come through.”
St Helens Council Leader, Councillor Barrie Grunewald, said: “St Helens is
already home to many gifted artists in various forms and this competition
is a great opportunity to further increase arts participation in the
“I would encourage people to take part and share their talents with the
residents of St. Helens.”
For more information, please contact Greg Pennington, Heart of Glass Communications Officer, 01744 455087 / 07961 133196, firstname.lastname@example.org