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World of Work

1st Jan 2019 31st Mar 2026

World of Work invites players to work together to navigate the local and global shifts, fundamental inequalities, tech innovations and societal changes that help or reduce job creation.

Project Details
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Creative Team
  • Artist: Michelle Browne
  • Collaborators: St Helens College students, Torus Housing, St Helens Carers Centre and individuals working in the industries of St Helens.
  • Producers: Rhyannon Parry, Suzanne Dempsey-Sawin, Kate Houlton

In 2019, we invited Michelle to join us for a research residency exploring the future world of work in St Helens, and towns like it.

The result of her research and collaborations is World of Work.

A collaborative board game, players work together to deal with external forces, tech innovations and societal changes that assist or reduce job creation in a town like St Helens.

The aim of the game is to gather a number of social benefits such as housing, sustainable environment and basic income, that will improve the lives of those who live in the town.

Will they be able to keep enough people in employment? Can they ensure social benefits such as housing, public transport and a Universal Basic Income are available to everyone who needs them? How might these reflections help us think about the future of work in our region?

The game has been played in towns and locations across the UK and Ireland including St Helens and Dublin.

World of Work looks at the fundamental inequalities and global impacts that have contributed to St Helens having such large-scale unemployment and worklessness. World of Work will offer the space to think strategically about the future of the town.

World of Work builds on Michelle's Pilkingtons project Now Thus Now Thus.

World of Work at The World Transformed 2023

Listen to more about the project

A conversation between artist Michelle Browne and former miner / St Helens legend Gary Conley, recorded in 2020.

Michelle Browne

Michelle is an artist and curator based in Dublin.