Rupture

Following the successful delivery of a recent pilot with a small cohort of artists, we’re now delighted to announce a coaching support programme for early career artists from any art form (3 – 6 years professional practice) directly engaged in or passionate about socially engaged practice.

Coaching is a short-term approach to professional development. It can help you to meet goals that seem out of reach, and unblock challenges that seem stuck. ‘Rupture’ will use the format of group coaching for up to 12 early career artists, led by Sarah Bailey. Sarah is a trained coach with over 15 years experience in the cultural sector. She will help you to reconnect with your purpose; improve your working practice; discover new solutions to old problems; and, lead and support change. 

The programme will comprise four day long sessions between December 2019 and March 2020. All sessions will take place at Heart of Glass in St Helens. 

Apply Now 

To apply please send the following (no more than 500 words) to Emma Fry (criticality@heartofglass.org.uk) no later than 5pm on Friday 22nd November 2019:

  • a description of your practice (please include links where appropriate) 
  • a description of your current challenge or goal.

This opportunity is available to any artist who identifies as being within the first 6 years of a professional practice.

All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application no later than Friday 29th November 2019. We anticipate the coaching sessions to take place as follows. Exact dates for the final three sessions will be agreed by the coaching group at the end of Session 1.

  • Session 1: Friday 13th December 2020, 10am – 4pm
  • Session 2: January 2020
  • Session 3: February 2020
  • Session 4: March 2020

‘Rupture’ forms part of Heart of Glass’ national professional development programme for artists, producers and commissioning agencies working in social and community contexts.

Please contact Emma Fry (criticality@heartofglass.org.uk) with any questions or queries. 

Feedback from previous participants: 

“Coaching is a form of magic – just like in the movies, you realise the answers were inside you the whole time! Being part of the rupture programme has had an immediate positive effect, obstacles that seemed insurmountable suddenly became challenges that could be broken down into actionable steps and I’ve made real progress towards my goals.”

“Sarah was brilliant as the coach and she created a safe, fun and supportive environment in which to work with others. She was very skilled in listening to each of us and helping us to move our own thinking on. Sarah certainly did this for me.”

 

Take Over 2019: A Madlove Take Over

Labelled as the suicide capital of England and Wales, St Helens needs some love, some Madlove…” 

Take Over is our annual festival that reimagines public spaces through art projects made with, for and about people in St Helens. This year we’ve invited artist and mental health activist the vacuum cleaner (aka James Leadbitter) to take over a vast empty shop and create a space for art, conversation and care.

From 1-30 November, the vacuum cleaner and Heart of Glass invite you to be part of a Madlove’ Take Over – an arts festival for mental health that is transforming the old St Helens Argos store on Church Street into a space for tea, chats and moments to relax. 

Together, we’re bringing 13 local, national and international artists and communities together to make exhibitions, films and new performances for this pop-up space – all aimed at supporting people’s mental health. You can find out more information about what’s in the space below. It’s also a place where you can organise your own activities, if you want. Perhaps you’d like to hold your next knitting club meeting in the bell tent or organise a poetry night in the theatre space, it’s up to you! Tell us about your idea in this form and we’ll be in touch.

Join us for this autumn festival, made with and for the people of St Helens. Join us during opening hours to explore the space and its artworks, or chill out in the bell tent. Take a seat around the Together Table and enjoy a brew blended as part of the Time for Tea project, or then get crafty and chatty in the Care Cafe (open 11am-1pm Tues-Sat). Or come to one of the many events in this programme – this is a free festival and everyone is welcome.

You can find out more about what’s in the Madlove Take Over Space and see a list of free but bookable events further down the page. 

Visit us in The Madlove Take Over Space, which is the old Argos store, Unit 2, The Hardshaw Centre, Church Street, St Helens, WA10 1EB.

We’re open 11am – 6pm, Tuesday – Saturday throughout November – see you soon!

#madlove #takeoversthelens

What can you see in the Madlove Take Over Space?

You can find the following in the Madlove Take Over Space during the whole of November.

Take Care St Helens 

A way to find special spaces and places in our town that offer support, advice and care, created by Hwa Young Jung and communities of St Helens. 

Together Table
A place to relax, hang out and share a cuppa with friends.

Time for Tea
Enjoy a free brew – a custom tea blend made by a group of Torus Housing residents from Clockface with artists Yara and Davina, in collaboration with Tony from Leaf Tea, Liverpool. More info here.

Care Cafe
Take a seat, talk with friends, or even strangers. Artist Lois Weaver and U3A St Helens invite you to gather under the awning of care. More info here.

Children’s Play Area
Watch your little ones play while you enjoy a cuppa on the Together Table.

Hana Madness – paintings
A series of colourful paintings by award-winning Indonesian artist and campaigner exploring her own experiences of mental health. More info here.

Change Grow Live – Monsters (a collaboration with Hana Madness)
A series of colourful characters made by service users from Change Grow Live, sharing stories of recovery and how we are understood by our community. More info here.

Madlove Portraits
See if you can find a familiar face in this series of portraits of St Helens folk, captured by photographer Stephen King.

Mr Men Do Psychiatry
Laugh / cry at artist / activist Dolly Sen’s mental health parody of the Mr Men series. More info here.

Software Garden
Watch and listen to this meditative music video album nurtured over two years of collaboration and workshops. Made by artist Rory Pilgrim, with a poet, a singer, a choreographer, a rapper and a disability activist. More info here.

Bell Tent
Relax in this chill out, quiet space.

The Suicide Chronicles: Chronicle One
Watch and listen as three women privilege us with access to a private world through these short films. A project by Joanne Lyne, Angela Samata, Lisa Vint with Mark Storor. More info here.

But One Day
Watch a short film about love, loss and loneliness by self-described ‘cleaner and sort of video artist’ Kim Noble. More info here.

Baby change station

Cinema / performance space
Enjoy a free film screening, or programme this space with your own events. Email info@heartofglass.org.uk with your ideas.

Heart of Glass pop up office
Come say hello and find out more about our projects as we temporarily move our office into the Madlove space.

 

Madlove Take Over Events  

1st November – Stand Up, Sit Down, Roll Over by Jess ThomInfo

9th November –Den Building for Grown Ups with Cathy CrossInfo

14th November (11am) – 20 Minute Suicide Prevention Training with St Helens Wellbeing Service – booking not required – Info.

15th November – Software Garden performance and talk with Rory Pilgrim, Robyn Haddon and Carol R. KellandInfo

21st November  (1-3pm) Kitty’s Mix n Match: Open Mic – Info

21st November – Kitty’s Pick n’ Mix Performance Night with Kitty O’SheaInfo

22nd November (5pm) – 20 Minute Suicide Prevention Training with St Helens Wellbeing Service – booking not required – Info.

23rd November (12-4pm) – Screen-print your own Care Map of St Helens tea towel to take home with artist Kate Hodgson – drop-in – suitable for 5+years, children must be accompanied by an adult.

27th November (1-4pm) – Hana Madness monster making art workshop – drop-in – suitable for 5+years, children must be accompanied by an adult.

28th November (5-7pm) – Screening: The Stranger on the Bridge documentary + Q&A with Jonny Benjamin MBE book tickets.

29th November – How Can We Do This Better? with the vacuum cleaner, James Leadbitter – Info

Access

You can read about access in the space here

You can find a map of the venue’s location here.

Safer Spaces 

You can find our Safer Spaces Policy here.

A Madlove Take Over is curated and produced by Heart of Glass, the vacuum cleaner and Mary Osborn (Artsadmin) with the support and collaboration of individuals, organisations and communities across St Helens. The Madlove environment is designed and produced by Sascha Gilmour and the vacuum cleaner’s team. 

Supported by  Arts Council England, Creative People and Places, The Hardshaw Shopping Centre, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The National Organising Committee for Indonesia as Market Focus Country at the 2019 London Book Fair, Bethlem Gallery, Mental Health and Justice, Wellcome Trust, British Council. 

Special thanks to Change Grow Live (CGL), Torus Foundation, Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SoBS) St Helens, St Helens University of the Third Age (U3A), The Hardshaw Shopping Centre, Inglenook Farm, Reverend Janet Ashton and to all of the artists involved 
in this year’s festival. 

Lifelines

Samaritans: 116123 A safe place for you to talk anytime (24h, free).

Papyrus: 0800 068 41 41 Prevention of Young Suicide (free & confidential).

AMPARO: 0330 088 9255 Support for anyone affected by suspected or actual suicide.

Shout: text 85258 The UK’s first text support for anyone in crises, anywhere, anytime.

Apps 

Suicide Prevention Available on Google Play and Apple App Store now.

Stay Alive App Packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in a crisis.

Calm Harm App Tasks, information & support to help you resist the urge to self-harm.

 

#dearsthelens

In 2017 we collaborated with artist Mark Storor and schools in St Helens to explore what role places play in young people’s emotional health.  One of the project’s outcomes was a declaration (written by Rainford High School pupil Ben, scroll down to read) and delivered to St Helens Council on the steps of the Town Hall (read more about the Army of Beauty parade here). 

In response the council want to collaborate with children from St Helens to develop a child friendly town. Heart of Glass is working with the Children’s Services team on a creative consultation with young people from across our town. The aspiration is that it will be the first step in making St Helens a ‘Child-friendly Borough’!

We are asking children and young people to lead this journey and help us find out: ‘what does a child-friendly borough look like and feel like to live in?

The views of children and young people are being collected on postcards as part of the #DearStHelens Project; their ideas and inspirations can be recorded and posted back to us. To start our journey with meaning and integrity, we’re aiming to collect as many responses from schools and community organisations to make it truly representative of our Borough.

Getting involved 

If you are a young person, we can’t wait to hear from you! You can give us your ideas by filling in the postcard you are given at school or you can send us your thoughts digitally using (this online form).

If you are an adult responding on behalf of a young person, use the online form.

If you are a teacher, please head to the ‘Project Resources’ section at the top of this page to download the #dearsthelens learning resource.

(If you haven’t received a postcard to fill in, you can respond to the Google form.)

Follow the journey #dearsthelens

Key terms and resources:

Child Friendly Town/City: Every child has the right to grow up in an environment where they feel safe and secure, have access to basic services and clean air and water, can play, learn and grow and where their voice is heard and matters.

Unicef Initiative: https://childfriendlycities.org/

This explains how larger cities are working towards making their spaces better for children:

https://www.unicef.org.uk/what-we-do/un-convention-child-rights/


Young Person’s Declaration

I am the vivid and vibrant

image of those who look upon

I am also the presence of

craziness, swirling in a variety

of directions. In

advance to that I am a picture

of the past, remembering all

the things which made me

what I am today. I am the body

of my entire family, coming

together to make one unique

and independent person. I am

the fire speaking my mind and

sticking up for other people’s

rights. Also, I am the swirls of

democracy. I want to ensure

that everybody has a say in the

world and that you are free to

stand up for your rights and

lead a happy and stress-free life.

Finally, I am the jagged angles of

a blue triangle which make me

imperfect and human,

not like a robot.

 

With For About

A different kind of conference. Each year we invite colleagues and comrades from the UK and beyond to the town of St Helens to discuss, share and consider:

  • What is the role of art and artists in civil society ?
  • What are the fierce and urgent questions facing collaborative and social art today?
  • What the potential of collaborative art, with and within community and social contexts?

#WithForAbout is a moment for public critical reflection and a chance to explore some of the tensions and challenges in our work and in this field of practice. We invite interested parties to critically reflect and discuss in a different type of ‘conference’ setting. Read about previous conferences below.

2019 With For About: Art & Democracy 

2018 With for About: Making a Meal of It

In April 2019, over 120 participants were invited to collectively produce a dinner course, present it in a meaningful way; document the process and the event; contribute to discussion; submit a page for publication. Facilitated by artists Joshua Sofaer, idle women, Claire Weetman, Chrissie Tiller, Mark Storor, Eggs Collective, Cathy Cross and Heather Morison, groups were encouraged to take part in a collective experience in space and time, to embody the values we expound and to reflect on a common task.

This was a special edition of our With For About conference series, the fifth Staging Post of the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP). An ambitious transnational cultural programme focusing on the dynamic area of collaborative arts across Europe.

With For About 3: Making a Meal of It

2017 With for About: Art, Activism & Community
In May 2017 we partnered with Axisweb, idle women and Chrissie Tiller to host the second iteration of the conference With For About. The conference took place at Friends Meeting House, St Helens. 16 speakers / provocateurs and 100 participants explored collaboration, language and our role as artists, producers and commissioners in an ever-changing socio-political landscape.

2015 With for About
For our first With For About, 73 artists, producers, caretakers, educators, participants and commissioners gathered to talk and share ideas in St Helens Town Hall. The event aimed to create the space to explore validation, working in context, public art and publics and approaches to professional development. More information here

#WithForAbout

Artist Professional Development for Socially Engaged Practitioners

Heart of Glass, in collaboration with Mark Devereux Projects, is delighted to announce a series of six practical artist professional development sessions for artists working within socially engaged practice. The sessions will take place in St Helens between November 2018 and April 2019.

This new collaboration is one component of Heart of Glass’ new national professional development programme for artists, producers and commissioning agencies working in social and community contexts. Details of other components including specialist areas of practice and coaching & mentoring will be announced in due course.

Led by Mark Devereux Projects, each workshop in the series will address key aspects of realising projects and commissions, providing attendees with the confidence and know-how to move their practice forward.

Each workshop will be tailored to the participating artists’ key questions and concerns; providing information, advice and guidance alongside open discussions and peer-to-peer sharing.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Workshop lunches will be hosted by a different member of the Heart of Glass staff/associate artist team to provide informal networking opportunities and access to staff expertise where relevant.

Whilst primarily aimed at artists working within socially engaged practice, artists working within other mediums are also welcome.

Sessions can be booked individually or as a whole programme at a discounted rate. Find out about the season ticket here.

Find out more about each workshop by following the links below:

  1. Planning your project
  2. Talking about your work
  3. Finding the right opportunity
  4. Funding and fundraising
  5. Working with contracts
  6. Collaboration in the field

Access Support

If you require access support to attend a workshop please be in touch with us via criticality@heartofglass.org.uk or on 01744 623290 so we can arrange this for you.

Travel Bursaries 

We are now delighted to offer a limited number of travel bursaries (up to £50 per individual, per session) to support attendance. Bursaries may be used to contribute towards the cost of travel and/or childcare costs. All artists attending (including those who have already booked tickets) are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to those who would otherwise be unable to attend. Those wishing to apply for a travel bursary should send the following information by email to criticality@heartofglass.org.uk no later than Thursday 8th November 2018:

  • Amount applied for (up to £50 per individual, per session)
  • Brief explanation (200 words max) of how the bursary will support attendance
  • Breakdown of costs

Travel bursaries will be paid after attendance, and on receipt of proof of expenditure.

Costs

Individual sessions: £25 per session (£10 concession for students, senior citizens and St Helens based artists)
Season Ticket – all 6 sessions: £135 (£54 concessions: students, senior citizens & St Helens based artists)

Professional Development at Heart of Glass 

Professional development is one of a number of research and talent development strands initiated by Heart of Glass to establish essential critical pedagogy around collaborative and social arts practice, and to offer a collegiate space for debate, enquiry and sharing in this field. Other strands include WITH FOR ABOUT – Heart of Glass’ annual conference, the fourth iteration of which will take place in May 2019; writing & publishing – PRAXIS Volume II will be published later this year; and FIERCE AND URGENT CONVERSATIONS: The First International Triennial of Social and Collaborative Arts Practice, which will take place in Autumn 2021.

About Mark Devereux Projects

Mark Devereux Projects has established a proven track record of developing artists’ practices and careers since forming in 2013. This year marks our fifth anniversary.

Mark Devereux Projects:
• specialises in supporting artists during crucial transitional stages in their career
• works collaboratively with artists, placing their core interests and ambitions at heart
• believes in paying artists
• supports artists both outside and within the commercial art market
• provides tailored information, support and guidance through mentoring and
• professional development programmes
• champions art which is compelling, critical and ambitious
• produces and curates exhibitions, talks programmes and events that challenge artists and audiences
• encourages creative risk
• forges connections between artists, galleries and audiences
• advocates for artists and works to enhance their national and international profile

Many of the artists we have worked with have gone on to receive important commissions, prizes, exhibitions and grants that have furthered their careers.

Mark Devereux Projects is a Company Limited by Guarantee (8818208), receiving project based funding to support our activity and programming.

For more information visit: www.markdevereuxprojects.com

 

 

Take Over Festival

Booking is now open for Take Over Festival (#TakeOverStHelens) and for six thrilling weeks between 16th September and 13th December 2018, art, culture and pop-up performances are igniting the streets and the spaces of St Helens.  No location is off limits as artists are invited to showcase new and engaging work in libraries, shops, labour clubs and public spaces. St Helens 150’s edition of the festival examines the idea of identity. In a world where the only constant thing is change, what does that mean to our sense of self?

Contributors include son of St Helens, Frank Cottrell Boyce, award-winning US performance troop Split Britches (in a North of England debut of their Unexploded Ordnances show), and – fresh from her Edinburgh festival triumph – Selina Thompson presents salt  – her visceral, vulnerable and beautiful exploration of her family’s colonial history.

Whether challenging, enthralling, captivating or enchanting  – or, possibly all of the above – Take Over Festival promises to break culture free of its borders, and bring it kicking, screaming and exploding into the places where you’ll least expect it.

Check out the programme below or download the PDF Take Over Festival brochure

Nightcleaners (NC) 

Thursday 20 September (7pm), Chester Lane Library

A documentary film about the campaign to unionise the women who cleaned office blocks at night and who were being victimised and underpaid by their employers. A key work of the 1970s, this intensely self-reflexive film implicates both the filmmakers and the audience in the processes of precarious, invisible labour. Find out more here.

Berwick Street Film Collective Marc Karlin, Mary Kelly, James Scott and Humphry Trevelyan. UK, 1972-75. 90 min.

£4, £3 (St Helens Library Card), £2 (concessions). Tickets and access info here and any library in St Helens. 

Sunday’s Best – Larry Achiampong 

Friday 5 October – Friday 16 November (12-6pm), 20B Church Street, St Helens

Sunday’s Best is a series of film and installation comprised of vivid audio and images of praise and worship sessions in a Ghanaian community church, married with the comparatively stark interiors of a traditional Catholic church. Documented across a number of sites in London, the work considers how belief systems within the African diaspora are inflected by colonial histories. In particular, the relationship with Christian imperialism and its impact on Achiampong’s tribe (the Ashanti). Sunday’s Best is an attempt to unbraid and reconcile the incongruence between western and non-western faith practices and the remains of history, nostalgia and trauma. More info here

Free, no tickets required. Access info here

© Larry Achiampong

 

Frank Cottrell Boyce

Thursday 11 October (7pm), Rainhill Library.  This event is suitable for 16+ BSL interpreted performance. 

Saturday 13 October, (1.30pm), Eccleston Library. This is a family friendly event.

To celebrate Libraries Week, Frank Cottrell Boyce will deliver a series of readings from his popular books including Millions and Sputnik’s Guide to Life at two different events. Frank Cottrell Boyce, who was educated in St Helens, has written television episodes for Coronation Street, Brookside and Doctor Who and contributed to movie screenplays including: Forget About Me, Butterfly Kiss, Welcome to Sarajevo, 24 Hour Party People, The Revenger’s Tragedy, and Millions. Find out more here

Both events are FREE, tickets required. Book online here or call into any library in St Helens to purchase your tickets. Access info here

The Rank and File (PG)

Thursday 18 October (7pm), Chester Lane Library

Director Kenneth Loach. Producer Graeme McDonald. Script Jim Allen. 1971. 71 min.

Based on the Pilkington Glass strike that took place in St. Helens in 1970, this film by Kenneth Loach uses a documentary approach to cover a wildcat strike among rank and file union members antagonised by a too-cosy relationship between the board and union executive that had resulted in the gradual erosion of pay and conditions. Loach uses a documentary approach to cover the action. Find out more here

£4, £3 (St Helens Library Card), £2 (concessions). Tickets online here and any library in St Helens.

salt. – Selina Thompson

Saturday 20 October (7pm), Parr Library

Selina Thompson presents the multi-award winning salt.  – her visceral, vulnerable and beautiful one woman show retracing of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle – from the UK to Ghana to Jamaica, and back. In February, two artists got on a cargo ship, and retraced one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle – from the UK to Ghana to Jamaica, and back. It was a long journey backwards, in order to go forwards. This show is what they brought back. Find out more here

£6, £5 (St.Helens Library Card Holders), £3 (concessions). Tickets and access info online here and any library in St Helens.

Jonathan Beaver Residency and Exhibition

Residency: Monday 22 – Saturday 27 October (10-4pm), various St Helens libraries. More detail here .

Exhibition: Thursday 15 November – Wednesday 19 December (10-4pm), Moss Bank library 

Jonathon Beaver is an embroiderer, animator and arts educator based in Liverpool. He began working with needlepoint at the age of nine, encouraged by an auntie. He uses this traditional craft, often used to mark family occasions and decorate homes, to evoke queer family. Jonathon’s pieces range from small scale to large tapestries reminiscent of work from a bygone era, but bringing an old craft into a contemporary setting through subject matter. His practice takes traditional constructions of gender roles and identities and allows them to be explored and freed from societal shackles. Much of his work is an exploration of his personal gender preferences and identities both as an individual and an artist. Using words and literature as a starting point Jonathon will be in residence at various St.Helens Libraries from Monday 22nd – Saturday 27th October, creating new work for an exhibition at Moss Bank library as part of Take Over Festival & Homotopia in November.

This event is free and drop in. 

Le Gateau Chocolat

Thursday 1 November (7.30pm), exact location to be confirmed (venue will be accessible and in central St Helens)

The opera-occasional, lycra-loving, black-beard, drag-diva Le Gateau Chocolat returns to St Helens to present a unique performance of his newest treat, RAW CACAO, in collaboration with a local brass band. This specially curated cycle of songs is the six-inch heeled, six and half foot tall, wig-clad wonder to the sound of brass, everything you expect and as you’ve never seen before.

£6, £3 (concessions – students, senior citizens). Tickets and access info available online here

Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) – Split Britches

Thursday 8 November (7.30pm), St Helens Town Hall

Award-winning veteran US performance duo Split Britches will present a North of England debut of their show Unexploded Ordnances (UXO). Combining a Dr Strangelove-inspired performance with a daring forum for public conversation, Unexploded Ordnances (UXO), a theatre piece by Split Britches, explores ageing, anxiety, hidden desires and how to look forward when the future is uncertain. Find out more here

Performed by Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw
Written by Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw and Hannah Maxwell

Technical Design: Jo Palmer
Video Content Design: Claire Nolan
Design Consultant: Matt Delbridge
Sound Design: Vivian Stoll
Choreography Consultant: Stormy Brandenberger 
Production Manager: Hannah Moore
Company Manager: Laura Petree
Producer: Alex Legge

£6, £3 (concessions – students, senior citizens). Tickets and access info available online here

© Theo Cote

Funny Cow (18) and Q & A with Maxine Peake

Monday 12 November (7pm), Ravenhead Social Club

Maxine Peake plays the gritty role of ‘Funny Cow’, a comedian who breaks through the glass ceiling of the all-male 1970s comedy circuit to rise to stardom. Set against the backdrop of working men’s clubs in the North of England, Funny Cow is both a love-letter to a bygone era and the defiant story of a woman who refuses to give up her dreams. Find out more here

Director Adrian Shergold. Producers Mark Vennis and Kevin Proctor.

£4, £2 (concessions – students and senior citizens). Tickets available and access information online here

We Are Still Here – Simon Mckeown

Saturday 8 December 2018, 7.30pm, St Helens Town Hall

Digital specialist and DaDaFest Artist of the Year, Simon Mckeown is working with the local disabled community to present a fun, exciting and visually poetic spectacle inspired by the town. We Are Still Here will use the complex Victorian facade of St Helens Town Hall as its canvas. Featuring massive super-sized outdoor projectors, next-gen digital mapping software, and immersive soundscapes.

In partnership with DaDaFest and produced in collaboration with members of BuzzHub St Helens CDP.

This event is free but tickets are required and can be booked online here.

Wrap Party with Eggs Collective

Thursday 13 December (time TBC), The Citadel

To cap things off, writers, performers and producers of politically-charged theatre, Eggs Collective (party political artists in residence with Heart of Glass for the whole of 2018) will curate the unpredictable and unmissable besequinned centrepiece of a send off to the 150th anniversary celebrations.

Ticket information to be confirmed, keep an eye on our website and social media. 

 

Parr Women’s Collective and Kate Hodgson

Liverpool/St Helens-based artist Kate Hodgson believes in the power of print to shape, and to shift conversations. As part of this year’s Independents Biennial, Kate has been working with a group of women and their children to produce a new print-based creative project.

Over the summer the group have been experimenting with print techniques and exploring the artform’s past, pivotal role as a way to disseminate political messages. With Parr’s Torus Housing, the group have also held a series of sessions with local councillors, touching on equality, democracy and the machinations of local government. These conversations have fed into the series of printmaking workshops, along with the group’s passion for crafting, to produce a series of posters, t-shirts and totes – keep an eye out for the resulting images on a street near you!

Photo: Stephen King

 

 

 

Schools and Colleges Programme

The Heart of Glass Schools and Colleges Programme is a pilot scheme working with key partner schools in St Helens. A key output will be a series of online resource packs that complement the Heart of Glass Programme, aimed at different key stages and available for all schools and colleges in St Helens and delivering CPD to local schools networks.

Cathy Cross is Artist in Residence: Schools and Colleges. As well as developing her own practice – which will include bringing in additional artists to collaborate with – she aims to become truly embedded in the key schools and respond to partnerships collaboratively with teachers and pupils.

Cathy builds dens, creates projects, and constructs new spaces for pupils, teachers and parents to forge a deeper relationship with learning. Her work explores how the environments we use – often those overlooked or ignored – can become inventive incubators for personal growth. Harnessing projections, sound scapes, low-tech gadgets and high-spec smartphones, Cathy is embedding herself within the communities of St Cuthbert’s and Lansbury Bridge schools. Her practice doesn’t shy away from the difficult questions either: if our children lack ambition and drive, what’s at the root of that? And what can we all do – teachers, parents, peer groups – to engage curious young minds, inspire those who work with them, and help all of us reach our full potential in the process?

In partnerships with St Helens LCEP, we have produced a number of schools resources that provide ideas for how to be part of the fun, build cardboard castles and create animations. These can be found below. You can find two PDF resources under the resources section of this page.

For more information email cathy@heartofglass.org.uk

St Cuthberts Catholic High School, St Helens
March to May 2018

Working alongside art teachers at St Cuthberts, we delivered our pilot project in Spring 2018. During GSCE art lessons,  year 10 students explored themes of structure Architecture and mechanics. We devised new lesson plans in line with the current Independent Study Pack. We built some temporary structures/ pods in the covered area outside of the art rooms, these structures could be used as starting points for the students to study, take part, record and interview the artist in residence for their own research. Some students worked directly with me (Cathy Cross) to construct the spaces and therefore devise uses for the pods as further learning spaces for outdoor learning. I met with the teachers who run the Farne Centre (learning support) and we have identified a cohort of year 7 students that may choose to take part in the Talking Corridors project that will run from September. This will be an informal approach, getting to know the students in the learning support centre, finding out what they might be interested in doing, either during break/lunch times or during lessons. Using projectors and smart devices I intend to look at how messages can be conceived, created and delivered, by students that may not always have a voice. I plan to project content, images, videos throughout the corridors during lunchtimes to raise intrigue, interest, engagement and questions.

Lansbury Bridge School and Sports College
Autumn 2018

During the autumn term, Cathy will be working with the whole school community at Lansbury Bridge School to create an installation suspended above the atrium in the dining hall. We will be using various medium to produce abstract surfaces on circular discs that will be in part opaque, textured and clear. This will then create a multi layered projection surface. Cathy hopes to use this as a basis for exploration using projection, Lighting and soundscapes. Sending images, videos, animation and artwork, projected across the air above our heads…as we meet to eat together each day..

Building Cardboard Castles: How to Make a Castle Den

Building Cardboard Castles: How to Make an Ant Castle

Building Cardboard Castles: How to Make a Playground Castle

 

Building Cardboard Castles: How to Make a Toy Castle

Introduction to Animation

This school resource video has been created by Twin Vision, a multimedia charity, as part of the project We Are Still Here.

We Are Still Here

Simon Mckeown is an award winning internationally exhibiting artist renowned for his work which touches on and considers disability as well as our digital futures.  Over the past year, he has led a new art project celebrating St Helens as a location for invention and innovation. This energy is still present today, taking form through artistic and cultural experiments, making St Helens a fertile ground for community and collaborative based arts practices.

Titled We Are Still Here, this new art project has been commissioned by Heart of Glass as part of St Helens 150 and in partnership with DaDaFest, a leading disability and D/deaf arts organisation based in Liverpool. Simon Mckeown has worked with BuzzHub St Helens Coalition of Disabled People to create a series of works which will not only reflect on 150 years of the town’s history but also project into the future, exploring St Helens and its people as a creative force.

As part of this co-production programme, Mckeown has led a number of workshops over 2018 in the lead up to the mass outdoor video projection, which will take place on Saturday 8th December 2018. This bombastic artistic endeavour, which includes massive video projection, will temporarily manipulate the townscape, blurring reality and space and presenting new and alternative realities for our consideration.

“Working with Buzz Hub on this outdoor light show has been a privilege.  They are a fantastically strong creative team and they worked hard with me to achieve the work we will see. Outdoor events on this scale are rare and exciting and the support of St Helens Council has been vital. Heart of Glass as the organisers are forward thinking, situating collaborative art and disability together into one massive event. This is going to be state of the art in so many ways!”

Simon Mckeown

Introducing Lansbury…

As part of We Are Still Here, Heart of Glass has commissioned the Liverpool-based multi-media charity Twin Vision to work with 12 local schools and community groups to create a stop frame animation that explores the creative force of the people of St Helens and the future. Titled Invaders of the Lost Park, the collaboratively created animation tells the story of a child called Lansbury who reimagines their home town with amazing results! The animation will be premiered at the We Are Still Here: St Helens 150 Finale event on 8th December 2018. 

 

Invaders of the Lost Park has been created by the following groups during workshops with Twin Vision, you can see photos in the gallery on this page:

Knit and Knatter, Newton Le Willows; Lansbury Bridge School; Your Voice, Your Choice, Knowsley; Autism and Friendship Group, St Helens; Knowsley Disability Concern, KDC; Citadel AHSC; Change Grow Live, CGL St Helens; Mill Green School; Activate Knowsley; BuzzHub St Helens Coalition of Disabled People and The Autism and Asperger Society, St Helens. 

Find out more about the free We Are Still Here: St Helens 150 Finale event, including full access information, here

 

 

 

 

 

Baa Baa Baric: Have You Any Pull?

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.

In the past two years Mark has partnered with Merseyside Police, Change Grow Live, St Helens Young Carers, St Helens YMCA, Rainford High Technology College and Peter’s C. of E. Primary School.

The project poses the question: Is the most brutal act of barbarism civilisation? Confronted by its own set of negative statistics, St Helen’s 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.

Click here to watch a series of thought provoking acts that took place in St Helens in September 2017 as part of Baa Baa Baric: Have You Any Pull? and read a report on that special day by Jack Welsh of The Double Negative.