“Labelled as the suicide capital of England and Wales, St Helens needs some love, some Madlove…”
For our 2019 festival, we 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 2019, the vacuum cleaner and Heart of Glass invited 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 brought 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 was in the space below.
Find out more about the vacuum cleaner and the ideas behind A Madlove Take Over in this subtitled video below.
Did you join us for this autumn festival, made with and for the people of St Helens. Perhaps you explored the space and its artworks, chilled out in the bell tent or attended one of the many free events in the space? Did you take a seat around the Together Table and enjoy a brew blended as part of the Time for Tea project or get crafty and chatty in the Care Cafe?
You can find out more about what happened in the Madlove Take Over Space below and in this subtitled video.
What happened in the Madlove Take Over Space?
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.
A place to relax, hang out and share a cuppa with friends.
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.
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. Click here for more info.
See if you can find a familiar face in this series of portraits of St Helens folk, captured by photographer Stephen King.
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. Click here for more info.
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. Click here for more info.
Baby change station
Cinema / performance space
Enjoy a free film screening, or programme this space with your own events. Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Special Thanks To Our Project Supporters
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.
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.