Heart of Glass is delighted to publish A Modest Proposal – to 2020 and beyond, our development plan and forward strategy.
The plan details our vision, mission, values and ambition to realise St Helens as a centre for social and collaborative arts practice, building upon the success of work to date since our inception in 2014. It also serves as an invitation to partner with us, to build important dialogues and be part of a shared journey.
Heart of Glass is a national agency for collaborative and social arts practice. Made possible by an initial investment of £1.5 million from Arts Council England through the Creative People and Places programme, it is steered by a consortium which brings together St Helens Rugby Football Club, Helena Partnerships housing group, FACT (Foundation for Art + Creative Technology), St Helens Council, St Helens Arts Partnership (Platform Arts, The Citadel arts centre and The World of Glass museum) as well as new partners St Helens College, Northwest Museum of Road Transport, Carers UK and Health Watch. The Heart of Glass programme is rooted in collaborative practice and embodies the principle of partnership.
Our core values, philosophy and approach as a project are founded on co- production with the community and the active participation of the collaborator, non-artist, audience and viewer in the creation of great art. People, both individually and within communities of place or interest, are central to both our thinking and our practice.
Heart of Glass is made with, of and for St Helens and every community of interest and place we work with.