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Heart of Glass
  Updated Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:02:01 +0000
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Visitors get first glimpse of stunning new art installation
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Description: More than 200 guests packed into The World of Glass on Thursday (January 25th)...  more...

More than 200 guests packed into The World of Glass on Thursday (January 25th) for the launch of Where Things Are Different.

The evening, included live entertainment from Theremin player Lydia Kavina, Eggs Collective and speeches.

Guests then headed outdoor to see the work after hearing the stories behind the public art installation. Artist and photographer Stephen King thanked the participants for their stories and being part of the incredible images that are now situated on the bank of The Sankey Canal.

The six lightboxes can be seen until April 22nd, behind The World of Glass Museum, they are lit from 3-9pm each day.

Patrick Fox, Director of Heart of Glass, said: ?We are delighted with the response to the work so far, we’ve had lots of positive feedback and comments. The launch night felt like a really special start to the year, and we’d like to thank those that came out for their support. We are excited to develop this year with our partners, artists and communities, and celebrate St Helens past, present and future.

Arts project for women: Latest dates for your diary
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Description: We are pleased to share with you the latest dates for Helen, a programme that...  more...

We are pleased to share with you the latest dates for Helen, a programme that will create immersive and explosive art experiences focused on women.

With international partners, Anu Productions and idle women, we will explore women?s persistence and resistance. We will contextualise present day violence against women in unspeakable and unimaginable histories, and look to the future.

You can find out more about the project here:

Women of St Helens, you are invited to re-imagine 11 Haydock Street in St Helens town centre. It’s been given to you to design & build a new centre for women.

Activities will begin in February 2018. Early dates for your diaries:

mechanics

Weekly women’s car deconstruction and basic maintenance group, no experience necessary.

Thursdays – 5-8pm

First session Thursday 8 February

women’s group

Weekly activities to create the new women’s centre ? arts, design, and practical construction skills, all women welcome, no experience necessary.

Thursdays – 1-4pm

First group Thursday 1 March

women’s place keepers

Practical, creative and discussion based activities, including some trips for women who want to become involved in the long-term running of the new women’s centre.

First meeting – Wednesday 14 March 5.30-8pm

Meeting every month – further time and dates to be arranged

 

Your guide to the big launch in St Helens
Category Events, Projects
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Description:   This Thursday (January 25th) sees the launch of Where Things Are Different at The...  more...

 

This Thursday (January 25th) sees the launch of Where Things Are Different at The World of Glass.

We are delighted to see more than 200 tickets have already been snapped up, here is a quick guide to the evening:

The event starts at 5.30pm, food and drink is provided, although will be limited. Don?t panic if you are running late or can?t make the start time, we will of course still see you at the welcome desk when you arrive.

The World of Glass has limited free on-site parking for visitors but in the event that this is full, there is a multi-storey car park (Chalon Way) immediately next to the Centre with very reasonable charges (please note this closes promptly at 7pm).

There will be entertainment and brief speeches throughout before the unveiling of the lightboxes. Please consider wearing footwear suitable to be both indoors and outdoors.

Eggs Collective will interact ad-hoc with guests, theremin player Lydia Kavina will perform, as well as Haydock Brass Band. There will also be speeches about the project and #StHelens150.

For this event, the speeches at 6pm will be British Sign Language interpreted. Please ask a member of staff for more information. If you need any assistance accessing the artworks outside, or with the lift, please inform a member of staff at the front desk.

The World of Glass has been designed to include everyone and has wheelchair access to all galleries, lifts to all floors, low-mounted video displays and adapted toilet facilities.

Trains run regularly from Liverpool Lime Street and Wigan North Western into St Helens Central Railway Station – just 5 minute?s walk from The World of Glass.

For detailed public transport information call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or log on to www.merseytravel.gov.uk

Postcode for SatNav: WA10 1BX

Political Artists back to start the party
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Description: Artists, entertainers and all round good eggs are returning to St Helens! Following on...  more...


Artists, entertainers and all round good eggs are returning to St Helens!

Following on from workshops and performances in the borough in 2015, Eggs Collective are back in town as our Party Political Artists in Residence.

Their mission is to help celebrate St Helens 150th birthday in style and they will be working with Heart of Glass on some of the key events in 2018.

Eggs Collective are a trio making sharp, fun, culturally-observational performance that falls somewhere in the cracks between theatre and cabaret. St Heleners may well have crossed their paths in The Hunt & Darton Café, at workshops or at The Citadel Theatre where they led the sold out ?Right St Helens Knees Up? show.

They have been working across Britain, including showcasing an adapted stage show ?Get A Round? live on BBC2.

Sara Cocker and Léonie Higgins will be performing live at a series of events to mark #StHelens150, they kick off with ad-hoc performances to guests at Thursday?s (January 25th) launch.

They explained: ?We love St Helens. It’s a place with a whip-smart sense of humour and glint in its eye – and we’ve always felt welcomed in. That’s why we’re so delighted to have been invited to be Party Political Artists in Residence and plan some celebratory events this year as St Helens marks its 150th year.?
?We take the business of partying very seriously. So, shine up your dancing shoes, St Helens, and, in the immortal words of Kool and the Gang, let’s celebrate!?

Keep updated on twitter by following @eggscollective and @theheartofglass

Artist in residence opportunity
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Description: We are recruiting check out the latest amazing opportunity for an artist in residence:...  more...

We are recruiting check out the latest amazing opportunity for an artist in residence:

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES

FULL-TIME (35 hours per week)

ONE YEAR FIXED TERM CONTRACT

£27,000 – £30,000 Dependant upon qualification and experience.

This role will be a residency truly embedded within Heart of Glass. You will be part of the Programme Team, leading on the Schools and Colleges Programme, creating a series of projects to deliver with key partners.

Aimed at an artist who has significant experience working with schools and colleges, this is an opportunity to develop your own practice and creatively lead on projects from seed to fruition. As well as creating your own projects with key schools, you will create a series of online resources that will complement the Heart of Glass programme. All this while working with your own budget, allowing you to shape projects and collaborate with other artists.

In this role you will also support schools to progress their Artsmark status and support pupils involved with projects to achieve Arts Award and will represent Heart of Glass within local education networks, offering a creative voice and finding opportunities to develop project ideas and new partnerships.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an artist to develop their practice in this area, at an appropriate pace with continued support from Heart of Glass over a substantial period. We are also open to this opportunity being fulfilled by a small collective or a job share.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 9am on Monday 19th February 2018, and interviews will be held in St Helens on Monday 26th February 2018.

POSITIVE ACTION STATEMENT:

It is important to us that Heart of Glass staff are representative of our community and we take diversity very seriously. Whoever you are, whatever your background, we encourage you to apply. We guarantee that if you have a disability and meet the minimum essential criteria for this role you will be guaranteed an interview.

Click here for the information pack

Professional Development Opportunity for Women in the Arts
Category Artists
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Description: We are recruiting a group of 7 women artists or producers in performing or...  more...

We are recruiting a group of 7 women artists or producers in performing or visual arts who will support each other’s professional development for a period of 18 months. Are you a woman at a critical point in your working life? Is collaboration and co-production central to your practice? We want to hear from you.

Over the next two years Heart of Glass, idle women and Anu Productions are working together on a programme entitled ‘Helen’. Helen will create immersive and explosive art experiences focused on women. You can find more information about the programme here: http://www.heartofglass.org.uk/project/helen/.

?Helen? is influenced by the work of historian feminist Silvia Federici whose extensive research into the mechanisms of the historical European witch-hunts provides analysis on today?s systematic violence against women. Prior to the end of 17th century, the word ‘gossip’ meant ‘women-friends’, and did not carry the derogatory meaning it has today. At this time women shared much of their lives and work with other women. Women co-operated with each other.

‘Helen’s Gossips’, our talent development programme, will seek to recapture this way of working. We want women from different stages of their careers to come together and collaborate as the basis for progression. There will be no hierarchies, and expertise will be shared by an array of voices, with the aim of creating new, collective solutions which can move us all forward. We are committed to improving diversity in the sector and bringing together different women’s experiences.

 

As a result, we want to ensure that this opportunity works for women of colour and/or those who are D/deaf or disabled. 4 out of 7 of places will be allocated to women who are not currently represented properly in the arts sector.

We want to recruit 7 women to join our council, ‘The Gossips’. Women will commit to approximately 6 development days between March 2018 and June 2019, these development days will be in St Helens. We will agree dates collectively. At the beginning of the programme, we will design the content of our approach collaboratively. The sessions will be supported by Mojisola Adebayo and Sarah Bailey, both women with extensive experience of learning in the arts. We will make bursaries available to those who cannot undertake this as part of of their existing employment. This will be between £600 and £1000 and will be agreed following selection.

To express your interest, please send us a copy of your CV and a brief proposal (1-side of A4) telling us about your career to date, how you approach collaboration within your work, and why this opportunity would be helpful to you now. Any women who are unsuccessful will be informed at a later date about opportunities for involvement in other parts of the programme.

Applications and any questions should be sent to Sarah Bailey on sarah@heartofglass.org.uk.

The deadline for applications is Monday 5th February 2018. We are grateful for support from Arts Council England, St Helens Council and Liverpool City Council.

 

International Theremin performer heads to St Helens
Category Artists, Events
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People in St Helens will get the chance to see a world class performer showcase her skills on a truly unique musical instrument ? as Lydia Kavina plucks notes from thin air.

The launch event of Where Things Are Different at The World of Glass on Thursday, January 25th, includes a unique performance on the Theremin.

Kavina plays the instrument and also composes work. The Theremin is an electronic musical instrument invented in the 1920s by Russian musician and engineer Leon Theremin. It is controlled without physical contact the performer.

The instruments controlling section usually consists of two metal antennas that sense the relative position of the player?s hands and control oscillators for frequency with one hand and amplitude with the other. The electric signals from the Theremin are amplified and sent to a loudspeaker.

Kavina, who was born in Moscow and currently lives in Oxfordshire, plays the instrument and also composes work.

Tickets for the launch are available online now

Where Things Are Different ? ?It?s been great, hilarious, disturbing, sad and uplifting.?
Category Artists, Events
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Description: A new public art installation opens in St Helens later this month (January). Where...  more...

A new public art installation opens in St Helens later this month (January).

Where Things Are Different is a project that attempts to place equal credence between the logic of fiction and the logic of fact within the context of community.

Photographer Stephen King has met and worked closely with members and groups of St Helens post-industrial communities to unearth the shared experience that resides within these displaced workforces.

King attempts to illustrate overlapping anecdotal fragments from close-knit St Helens communities and the tall-tales that emanate from the shop-floor. Focusing upon the experiences that aren?t documented in the form of books or curated in museums, but ones that only exist upon the lips of the people.

The project?s launch is at the World of Glass on Thursday, January 25 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Tickets are available here

We spoke to Stephen about the project and how a nice cup of tea and a sit down has led to some magical story telling and a set of unique images.

Where did the idea behind the project come from?

It came about quite naturally really, I wanted to undertake a collaborative project in St Helens and obviously there are many issues that I could look at in the borough, but the more I thought about what was the one thing that draws together differing communities. That was the towns workforces

How have you enjoyed meeting people and hearing their tales?

It?s been great, it’s been hilarious, it’s been disturbing, it’s been sad and it’s been uplifting.

The groups and individuals I have met and chatted with have just been so open and supportive of the project and have shared everything from workplace banter to sensitive family experiences. There was a lot of tea and biscuits put away!

I?ve had great support throughout the project from people just giving me a little time to talk, to people donating props. People have been coming back time after time to help with the shoots and taking part in performing in some of the representations.

How does the process work, from meeting people for the first time to the final artwork?

The whole bedrock of the process is the initial chat. Generally, in groups of 5-10 we sit around drinking tea and begin a conversation.

From there it usually just runs by itself and the stories and memories begin to get fired around. The conversations are recorded and then transcribed into a text. In this form, it?s quite simple to get a birds-eye-view of reoccurring themes and issues to focus upon.

It was always the idea that the text can be edited into a collection of anecdotes that the participants could have at a later date.

Is the work based on historical fact?

I’m sure that some are historically factual, but I?m also sure that the foundations of some are built on sand.

That is the nature of an anecdote, its usually passed on. These tales from the shop-floor, or of childhood are generally remembered and retold through a filter dependant on where or who its being told to.

The fact that a story is being told and shared is enough for me, it has already created a new space of its own.

How will the work be presented to the public?

The photographs will be large scale lightboxes situated behind The World of Glass Museum, they will be lit 3-9pm each day until April 22nd.

It was important that we secured this location, it’s historical and industrial relevance. It is a location steeped in folklore in the form of tropical fish!

Who will the work be for?

The work is for everyone who has any connection in any way to St Helens or anyone who enjoys storytelling, the images are not direct depictions of events or happenings but hopefully just constructed spaces where you can reflect and maybe expand upon threads of fact and fiction and it doesn’t matter.

Stunning new tea cups and saucers given to residents following project
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Description: A new art project in St Helens has led to the creation of 268...  more...

A new art project in St Helens has led to the creation of 268 handmade tea cups and saucers.

 Heart of Glass commissioned artist Shelia Ghelani to work with the older residents at Parr Mount Court (96 flats) and Heald Farm Court (172 flats and bungalows), housing schemes managed by Helena Partnerships in the borough of St Helens in Merseyside.

Participants were invited to take part in singing, craft and conversation, and were asked to put forward their own ideas on how to reach out to other residents in their communities. The number of people involved grew weekly as neighbours began to get know each other a little better as they explored the thresholds and boundaries that exist in their communities.

Ghelani has since developed a project focusing on out-of-the-ordinary gestures. The opening workshops saw participants create individual floral invitations, which were hand delivered to each of the properties within the scheme.

The cryptic hand printed note dropped through letterboxes offering everyone in the scheme the chance to ?Join Us? ? on a specific date, but no location was offered. This created a talking point, whereby participants and staff were able to share more detail about the forthcoming event. Newcomers to the project came out to join early participants and see a cellist and violinist perform.

As well as creating gestures for their neighbours, the two schemes also exchanged gifts with each other. Cards, letters and gifts were delivered between the schemes, introducing the participants to one another ahead of a gathering of both groups at a final celebration event. 268 teacups, designed by residents and Sheila Ghelani will be hand delivered to every household in the schemes ? as a gift from the project and its participants.

There have also been photography workshops were residents have featured on images telling their neighbours something about themselves. Ghelani said: ?The project has been surprising. I certainly didn?t expect to be making designs for teacups with the participants and I?m sure they weren?t either. ?There was a real highlight when we were able to bring both the schemes together for a cup of tea and also to take the art to residents when they weren?t able to attend weekly sessions in the main common rooms.?

 

Getting To Know You
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Description: Residents at two St Helens housing schemes have been sharing gestures and getting to...  more...

Residents at two St Helens housing schemes have been sharing gestures and getting to know each other.

This summer artist Sheila Ghelani has worked with the residents of Helena Partnership scheme, Parr Mount Court and Heald Farm Court.

Participants were invited to take part and with a bit of singing, craft and inspiration numbers grew weekly. Neighbours explored the thresholds and boundaries that exist in their communities.

Ghelani is an interdisciplinary artist working in performance, installation, participatory event and moving image. She has been helping the participants create out-of-the-ordinary gestures, creating a stir that reaches out to their community and invites others to step over the thresholds within the scheme.

There has been bunch of flowers, bracelets, photographs and finally 260 tea cups.

Shelia Ghelani, explained: ?The project is nearly at an end. The final artistic outcomes are both in production and all that remains is for me to deliver them to participants when they?re ready, in a kind of mass gifting event. I say mass gifting as one of the outcomes will hopefully be a fine bone china teacup which every resident in each housing scheme will receive.?

?The project has been surprising. But all projects are I certainly didn?t expect to be making designs for teacups and I?m sure the residents didn?t either.?

?There have been lots of highlights throughout the project. A particularly enjoyable moment was conducting some home visits – so taking the art to residents in their own homes, those who weren?t able to attend the weekly sessions in the main common room of each scheme.?

?Another highlight was bringing some of the residents of the two housing schemes together in a final mid-morning party. They really enjoyed meeting each other! I’m also hoping the final artworks will be a highlight too.”

?I also loved the assembling and delivering of flowers in the very first session. It caused an exciting stir in both scheme. I also had a great research visit to the St Helens archives, let?s just say there were lots of highlights.

?The final artistic outcomes of the project are a teacup with a pattern on it designed by myself/residents and a set of 3 posters featuring photos of the residents revealing a small piece of info about themselves in front of what can only be described as a kitsch backdrop.

?Each scheme will get a framed set of the images to hang somewhere. Of course, there were lots of other outcomes from week to week – deep conversation over different types of making, gestures of good will and invites sent out to those not present, music, cake, gifts etc.?

 


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