Join us for the unveiling of Strong Women of St Helens - a mural for Parr created by Carrie Reichardt in collaboration with local residents.
Over the past ten months, Carrie has worked with groups of all ages and backgrounds across Parr, to collect local stories and memories of inspiring women, past and present. Residents have made ceramic tile hearts in these workshops, which tell the tales of underrepresented social histories in the area, including those of the women who have personally touched their lives.
We invite everyone who collaborated with Carrie, Claire and the rest of the Heart of Glass team to make this happen to come along, enjoy a slice of cake and give yourself a massive pat on the back!
About the Project
Carrie Reichardt is an internationally recognised artist who uses a mix of mural, mosaic and screen-printing techniques to create elaborate works of art (famously mosaicing her entire house in London). She has been working with the community to create two new pieces of large scale street art for neighbourhoods in St Helens (2023) and Knowsley (2024).
Collaborators in St Helens have attended a number of workshops, taking place at Parr Children’s Centre, The Connie Club and St Marys Care Home, where each person has been invited to make and decorate a clay heart in dedication to a strong woman they know, or have been inspired by. Carrie has also led workshops at Holy Spirit Catholic Primary school in Parr, where a smaller, ‘sister’ mural will be installed outside the school.
The Strong Women programme is made possible by money raised by National Lottery players distributed through The National Lottery Heritage Fund. It forms part of Heart of Glass’ Arts Council England supported Creative People and Places programme. With additional support from Torus Foundation.