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About

Hello. We’re Heart of Glass, a St Helens, Merseyside-based collaborative and social arts agency.

What do we do?

Bring together artists and communities to make collaborative art.

Provide support, resources and training to artists, teachers and practitioners and anyone interested in socially engaged practice.

Why?

We believe that art has the power to bring us together and create real change, for the people of our community, and the place we call home.

We unlock stories, reimagine public spaces, ask awkward questions and forge new connections.

Art can transform lives and deeply affect our relationship with the world around us - it's the starting point for each and every journey.

How?

By working with artists and community groups, young people, asylum seekers and refugees, LGBTQ+ people, disabled people, older people and communities of all kinds we support each other – and learn from each other – on creative journeys of enquiry and exploration.

We do this because we believe that and every one of us has the right to have our voices heard; our stories celebrated and our curiosity piqued.

Art belongs everywhere. Our parks, our buildings and our streets. The closer it is to all of us the more it has the ability to illuminate and inspire.

Over the past 8 years, through collaboration and conversation, we’ve helped thousands of people to share their stories and learn from the stories of others.

We believe that by working together, collaborating, experimenting and listening, the end result can be truly transformative, whether that’s a workshop, an exhibition, a live art show or a festival.

We love working in St Helens (hence the name!) and beyond, and we’re fortunate to team up with amazing people from near – and far. Everyone has the right (and the potential) to make art. And everywhere has the potential to be a gallery, or performance space. For us, the town and the city itself is our arts centre. That’s why you’ll see us popping up in the most unexpected places.

We’d love you to join us.

A young boy and a women are screen printing together. Both wear white aprons splattered with paint.
Four young people are walking down a pedestrianised high street towards the camera. They are dressed all in white with white aprons on and black bowler hats with flowers around the brim. They are holding bunches of brightly coloured flowers and two of them also have postcards in their hands. They are smiling and chatting as they walk.