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Baa Baa Baric: a series of thought-provoking acts

28th Sep 2017

Baa Baa Baric: Have you Any Pull? is a twelve year undertaking by artist Mark Storor in collaboration with the people of St Helens, and commissioned by Heart of Glass. The first part of this project was shared through a 'series of thought-provoking acts' taking place throughout the town of St Helens on 28th September 2017.

Event Details
  • Care,
  • Collectivity,
  • Place

These acts included:

- The Army of Beauty (a group of young people from St Helens), giving out 2,500 posies of flowers to people in the town centre in the morning.

- The sharing of a new sound piece created with young people from St Helens, located in a small shed on the top floor of a car park in a rectangle of earth.

- The shop fronts on Barrow Street, Claughton Street and Church Street were adorned with portraits of St Helens men as The Council of Wisdom.

- Merseyside Police Officers and Cadets took over the Nelson Chippy in Bridge Street for the afternoon to highlight poverty in the borough.

- Two mounted police horses with flowers flowing from their manes and tails led a precession of young people through St Helens.

- The Army of Beauty and The Council Of Wisdom accompanied by two mounted police horses arrived at St Helens Town Hall to deliver a statement to St Helens Council and St Helens Youth Council. The statement, written by a young person, will become the foundation for a Children’s Charter for the Borough.

Artist, Mark Storor said: “Confronted by its own set of negative statistics, St Helens is a town symbolic of national inequality. In a radical act of rebellion Baa Baa Baric harnesses the powers of creativity, imagination and possibility, refuting labels and challenging the status quo.”

“An enactment, a visual manifesto and a fairy tale, Baa Baa Baric Have You Any Pull? is an artwork that recognises the mighty strength of our youngest children to take on the challenges of the world, gives older men in St Helens a voice from beyond the grave and communities a platform to share wisdom and dance to a different tune.”

St Helens Local Policing Superintendent Louise Harrison said: “We are really proud to be part of this event alongside our partners, accompanying the children as they deliver this important message.

“It is a great chance for officers to meet and engage with children of all ages, and break down any perceived barriers they might have in speaking to police.

“We all have a part to play in making our communities safer and stronger and I was heartened to hear about my officers buying food for those in need. I hope that the event and the Children’s Charter raises further awareness and ensures that our young and vulnerable people are fully supported.”

This event could not have taken place without the support of:

  • St Helens Market team
  • St Helens Car Park Services
  • The Town Fryer
  • St Helens Town Centre Management
  • St Helens Events team
  • Church Square Shopping Centre
  • All staff at Rainford Technology High School
  • All staff at St Peter's C.E. Primary School
  • The Nelson Chippery
  • Luxor Estates Ltd
  • Helen Vaughn
  • Lindsey and all of the stable staff, Andrea, Dave, Elliot and John from Merseyside Police
  • The horses Boris and Harriet