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Heart of Glass
  Updated Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:23:29 +0000
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Grants for The Arts Clinic
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Description: A Grants for The Arts Funding Clinic takes place in St Helens on Wednesday,...  more...

A Grants for The Arts Funding Clinic takes place in St Helens on Wednesday, July 5th.

This session is ideal for artists, creatives, producers, and organisations in the borough.

Grants for the Arts is Arts Council England?s open access funding programme for individuals, art organisations and other people who use the arts in their work. They offer awards from £1000 to £100,000 to support a wide variety of arts-related activities, from dance to visual arts, literature to theatre, music to combined arts.

We will be joined Anna Hassan (Relationship Manager ? Engagement & Audience) and Angela Chappell (Relationship Manager ? Combined Arts), who will provide information about the scheme and how to apply, offering valuable advice and answering any questions you might have. Information about one-to-one surgery sessions will follow soon.

Click here to book

In My Place returns
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Description: After a host of performance in the borough in 2015 we are delighted to...  more...

After a host of performance in the borough in 2015 we are delighted to be welcoming the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra back to St Helens.

An ensemble will perform specially commissioned shows at homes and workplaces across St Helens.

St Helens residents can apply now until 7 July for the free performances that will take place on 24 and 25 July.

Kat Dempsey, of Heart of Glass, said: ?In My Place is a project which creates unique opportunities for people in St Helens to engage with arts and culture on their own doorstep.

?We are delighted to fully roll out the programme with more opportunities for once in a lifetime performances in people?s homes.?

There?s no strings attached, you can apply now for a free performance as long as you?re in St Helens.

You can enter by calling 01744 623290, e-mail info@heartofglass.org.uk with the subject: In My Place or post applications to Heart of Glass, Water Street, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1PP

To apply please include:

– Your name and address

– Up to 100 words on why you are interested in hosting a performance at your home or workplace.

Artists supported in fifth round of Prototype Projects
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Description: Heart of Glass is delighted to be supporting seven new projects through the latest...  more...

Heart of Glass is delighted to be supporting seven new projects through the latest round of Prototype Projects, our commissioning strand that supports artists and communities in St Helens to develop new ideas and creative explorations.

A total of over £4000 was allocated to support one Prototype Project (up to £2000) and five Research & Development (R&D) projects (up to £500). The ideas for this round include commissioning new artwork for a young people?s space in St Helens Central Library alongside professional development support for artists working across a range of disciplines including performance and live art. We have supported over 40 projects by local artists and communities to date.

The decision-making panel (which changes each round) included: Carmel Baines (Community Arts Manager, The Citadel), Ann-Marie Owens (Founder, Pheonix Apparel), Laura Robertson (Co-Founder and Editor of The Double Negative magazine) and Rhyannon Parry (artist and previous Prototype Project award recipient).

Prototype Projects (Round 5) will be supporting artists working on the following projects:

Wendy Mumford (R&D)

Wendy Mumford will spend the next six months developing her professional practice as a textile artist and her recently established collaboration with St Helens based agencies who support people experiencing mental health difficulties. To support this Wendy will benefit from mentoring, networking and research opportunities.

http://www.madebytillyfloss.co.uk

Cath Shea (R&D)

Artist Cath Shea will work closely with London based writer and performance artist Ursula Martinez to explore the potential of a longer-term collaboration to transform a series of monologues created for alter-ego Kitty O?Shea into a live art piece.

Mike Lindley (R&D)

Mike Lindley will focus on developing his fledgling practice as an artist and performer inspired by his ongoing collaboration with artist Mark Storor as part of the Heart?of Glass commission Baa Baa Baric: Have You Any Pull?. Using a portrait of himself created with Storor as a starting point, Mike will develop a live performance as well as ideas for new participatory work exploring notions of regret.

http://www.ralphslife.co.uk

https://fruitbatwalton.blogspot.co.uk

Jacqui Priestley (R&D)

Jacqui Priestley will spend the next six months accessing research, workshop and networking opportunities that will enable her to develop her artistic practice, specifically in relation to socially engaged arts practice and an investigation of memory and lost narratives through collaboration with dementia sufferers.

www.jacquipriestleyartist.com

Fiona Sterling & Amy Russell (R&D)

Artists Fiona Sterling and Amy Russell will undertake?a period of research and development to explore the position of women with children in the workplace and the contemporary art world. To support this they will receive mentoring from one or more female artists / curators / producers whose practices address similar ideas.

http://may1ar.blogspot.co.uk

 

Reading Hack

Reading Hack, a group of young volunteers aged 13 to 24 years based at St Helens Library, will work closely with Heart of Glass to commission, and work in collaboration with, an artist to create a clearly identifiable, animated and engaging space within the Library for young people to use.

https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/libraries/reading-hack/

 

Roaming singing performances hit all the right notes
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Description: More than 150 people stepped into song on George Street in St Helens over...  more...

More than 150 people stepped into song on George Street in St Helens over the weekend to watch a promenade performance by a group of untrained male singers from St Helens.

Composer Verity Standen created the new roaming, choral experience specifically for St Helens, due to the historic significance the town has with conscientious objection.

St Helens was the home of school teacher, Ernest Everett who was arrested due to his refusal to undertake combative service in 1916.

He was court-martialed and sentenced to two years? hard labour, the first conscientious objector to receive such a sentence. Over the next few years, he was sentenced seven more times.

In Refrain, Everett?s story, symbolic of many more cases of this kind, was given voice once again by local men.

The participants, who were recruited through taster sessions, led audiences on four shows over the weekend (May 20th & 21st) from The Masonic Hall along George Street to The Friends Meeting House.

Olly Ford, a participant from St Helens, said: ?It was quite surreal but very cool. Sometimes you?d be walking through town on the day to day and you?d see the streets. Then to actually be involved in a performance amongst these streets is really nice.?

Suzanne Dempsey Sawin, of Heart of Glass, said: ?It was a pleasure to see the hard work and talent of the participants and Verity come to fruition over the weekend.

?I found the performances were very moving and the audience feedback has reflected this. The George Street Quarter came alive in a truly unique way, and it was great to work with two historic St Helens sites.?

Verity Standen is an award-winning artist, composer and choir leader, whose unique work with voices has surprised and enchanted audiences around the UK and internationally. From intimate concerts to immersive theatrical experiences, Verity?s work seeks to reimagine how audiences experience vocal music. Refrain is her most ambitious project to date.

Refrain is produced by Situations with Verity Standen Projects, in partnership with English Heritage, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts and Heart of Glass, St. Helens. It is generously supported by Arts Council England, the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, The Space and Heritage Lottery Fund.

Photos by Wesley Storey courtesy of Situations.

 

Ticket offer for St Helens residents
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Description: We are offering you the chance to book complimentary tickets for a unique choral...  more...

We are offering you the chance to book complimentary tickets for a unique choral performance in the town centre this weekend (Saturday & Sunday May 20 & 21).

A limited number of free tickets are now available to residents in the borough using the online code LOCAL.

This offer is limited to the those living in the borough and will expire on at 9pm on Monday, May 14th.

Refrain will see historic sites of St Helens are set to host a unique choral performance this spring, devised by composer Verity Standen, performed by local male singers.

The performances will roam throughout the George Street area. Ordinarily closed buildings, including the Friends Meeting House and the Masonic Hall, will open their doors to singers and audiences to explore at some point.

Audiences will gather in the grounds of the oldest building in St Helens (Friends Meeting House) and be invited to roam this historic area, brought to life by song. The meeting place for REFRAIN will be confirmed by email.

Award-winning composer and choir leader Verity Standen, with local men has responded to the history of school teacher, Ernest Everett. Everett was a conscientious objector, tried and sentenced in St Helens.

Saturday 20th May ? 4pm & 6pm Sunday 21st May ? 1pm & 2:30pm.

All ages welcome. Tickets without the promotion code are £8/ £6

Online Promotion Code: LOCAL

To book tickets visit www.refrain.online or phone 0117 930 4282.

REFRAIN is produced by Situations with Verity Standen Projects, in partnership with English Heritage, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts and Heart of Glass, St. Helens. REFRAIN is generously?supported by Arts Council England, the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, The Space and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

2020 Vision launch event
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Description: Heart of Glass is delighted to announce the launch of 2020 Vision, a new...  more...

Heart of Glass is delighted to announce the launch of 2020 Vision, a new project by Sophie Mahon in collaboration with young people from across St Helens.

Artist Sophie has been artist in residence for the last six months in St Helens, working with young people in Parr, Finger Post and Four Acre.

2020 Vision is a project exploring the future of our world through the perspective of young people in St Helens. The exhibition showcases a number of artworks relating to the past and present and explores the best and worst possible narratives for the future.

The project is a partnership between Heart of Glass and Helena Homes Make It Happen project, and supported through our participation in the Creative Europe funded Collaborative Arts Partnership programme (CAPP).

Over the course of six months Sophie developed workshops with St Helens Youth Service, Wild Card Amateur Boxing Club, St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School, St Augustine’s of Canterbury Catholic High School, The Sutton Academy, Free Runners Derbyshire Hill Family Centre, Parr Library, Chester Lane Library, Holy Trinity Church and 818 group; bringing together a group of young collaborators with whom she has developed the project.

Join us for the 2020 Vision Launch Event this Thursday May 4th 4pm – 6.30pm

Location

St Mary’s Market (former CelebLook shop),

6 Brownlow Arcade (Church Street entrance), St Helens, WA10 1AG

Exhibition dates

Friday May 5th – Sunday May 21st

Opening times

Monday to Saturday – 11.30am – 5.30pm Sundays 12pm – 4pm

 

Heart of Glass is an agency for collaborative and social arts practice based in St Helens

www.sophiemahon.co.uk

 

 

The People?s Bank of St Helens
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Description: There will be one bank open in St Helens Town Centre this May day...  more...

There will be one bank open in St Helens Town Centre this May day (May 1st) ? but it will an alternative bank.

Artists Michelle Wren explained: ?We are opening an alternative bank! The bank of St Helens. But the only profit this bank hopes to make is in building community, inspiring positive action and having fun doing.

As a mark of respect for the Chicago workers who fought for an 8 hour working day the bank will be open between 9am and 5pm this May 1st in a shop on your high street.

?Come and open a High Interest Account and get involved in a series of free art workshops and creative actions that bring inspiration from all over the world to St Helens.

This is a great way to spend your bank holiday with your kids, friends or family or come alone and meet lots of great people from our town.?

When the working days end the bank will be transformed into a cinema, where people will watch award winning Ken Loach film ?I Daniel Blake? from 6pm.

All activities are free (including film) and open to everyone this will be a really inspiring and fun way to spend your May Day. We would love to see you there!

The location for this project is 12 Church Street, St Helens (former Phones4U shop)

Creative action activities and discussion from 9am-5pm, lunch break 12pm-1pm bring something to share and screening of ‘I Daniel Blake’ 6.30pm-8.30pm.

Artists involved in this project include Michelle Wren, Ruth Dyer, Claire Weetman, Helen Oxley, Catherin Mugonyi and Kerry Morrison.

 

2020 Vision
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Description: A live event and a town centre exhibition are set to take place in...  more...

A live event and a town centre exhibition are set to take place in St Helens as part of a six-month residency project.

2020 Vision: An exhibition exploring the future of our world is being led by artist Sophie Mahon. Sophie has been working with young people from Parr, Fingerpost and FourAcre to explore ideas around their visions for the future as well as creating a number of works based on their present day experiences.

As part of the residency, work will be shared with the public via a live event, town centre promotion and an exhibition.

The project, in partnership with Helena Homes Make It Happen project, has lead to a host of exciting future events and outcomes. Firstly, a free to attend live event takes place at Derbyshire Hill Family Centre on Friday (April 21st).

The event is led by a group of free runners and gymnasts from Parr who will be showing off their skills. The free runners move from building and object while performing jumps and other skilful moves.

The group has been working with Sophie and alongside professional free runners coaches on a live visual performance.

Friday?s event will showcase their work in a live visual performance at the centre from 5.30pm.

Following the showcase work from the project will be housed in a disused town centre shop from May 4th-21st.

Sophie explained: ?The show looks at the worst and best possible outcomes for the future. The show includes a range of paintings, interactive video works and sculptures and spreads beyond the pop up space as well as shop windows in and around Church Square and throughout community spaces in St Helens.?

The exhibition will be signposted to people across the borough and a private view takes place on Thursday, May 4th (from 4pm-6.30pm).

Image: A quote from a young participant that will be used on the digital traffic management boards in St Helens.

Blog: Kitty O?Shea?s back in town
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Description: Artist Cath Shea was recently awarded Heart of Glass Research and Development Prototype Project...  more...

Artist Cath Shea was recently awarded Heart of Glass Research and Development Prototype Project funding. Here is the story of her project so far:

I applied for the project to undertake two workshops with writer, performance artist and director Ursula Martinez, working with my alter ego Kitty O?Shea.

I made a few works with Kitty some years ago but sadly not enough. Singing her heart out for over a decade at the legendary Dollman Disco in Liverpool has kept Kitty alive but she had largely retreated until strange forces conspired to bring her out to play again; various opportunities offered by Heart of Glass in 2015 provided me with the opportunity to explore Kitty further.

Firstly Scottee invited Kitty to perform at his TakeOverFest. Next came the opportunity to take part in a two day cabaret performance workshop, Don?t Wait Tables, a Live Arts Development Agency DIY project. It was here that I was first privileged to work with Ursula Martinez as she helped participants to prepare for performances at Duckie, to be held at the Citadel as part of the Through the Looking Glass weekend of live art in St Helens.

?What, Kitty doesn?t say anything? She just comes on and sings?? Ursula piped up at the workshop.

Oh no, we need some back story? she added.

Kitty only said about three lines at her Duckie performance but I knew that Ursula was right; Kitty does have a back story and I have been slowly exploring this through short monologues ever since.

Until Don?t Wait Tables, I had never taken part in a purely performance based workshop. The immediacy of changing a work in the moment was a revelation to me, ?Do it like this?, ?No try it this way?; such a very different approach to developing work than those I experienced during Fine Art training. Performance feels so much more exciting, albeit terrifying, to me as well.

To develop Kitty, I took part in Dream Audience workshops in Cardiff in 2016. Led by performance artist, Karen Christopher, the workshops provided a supportive environment to show new and unfinished ?stuff? to other performance artists also developing new work. I had really enjoyed working with Karen previously as part of This Will Never Happen, one of the other Heart of Glass opportunities that led me to performing. I knew I would get a lot from working further with Karen and sure enough by November 2016 at the end of the Dream Audience workshops, I had three short monologues, a starting point for a new work.  So where next?

Elated from the experience of performing and the encouragement from Karen I remembered Ursula?s offer at the end of the Don?t Wait Tables workshops ?If any of you want me to do some direction work with you, just ask. I may say no, it just depends what I?m up to at the time, but feel free to ask?.

I had always kept this in my mind as an opportunity I shouldn?t miss. Now seemed like the perfect time; a chance to work again with ?the? Ursula Martinez, the woman who had encouraged Kitty to speak in the first place. I was lucky that Ursula had some time in December, so shortly after being awarded the R&D Prototype project, I hired a rehearsal space at the Cockpit in London and spent two sessions with Ursula.

In preparation, I had brought together the three separate monologues that I had written for Kitty into one piece lasting about an hour. It didn?t really work as a total piece but it was a starting point.

Having performed the work for Ursula, she tore it apart (in the nicest possible way) and put it back together again in a totally different order, removing some parts completely, stripping other parts back and adding new sections.

Ursula questioned elements of the work, feeling that I was speaking sometimes as Kitty and sometimes as Cath; ?I?m confused? she said. She directed me in the staging of each element and in how to change the tone of the piece to suit different parts of the work – all in just six hours!

I was amazed at how much we achieved in this short time. I feel that it pushed the work onto the next stage, even though as Ursula said ?it still needs a lot of work? both in terms of the piece ?and performatively.?

Ursula kindly offered to take a further look at my script when I re-work it. If I should be lucky again in the future that Ursula is available and willing,  I will undoubtedly, approach her to do some further direction work with me. The experience of working with Ursula for these two sessions was totally inspiring and such a fantastic experience.

I am extremely grateful to Heart of Glass for the opportunities which led me back to exploring Kitty again and for the Prototype Project R&D which enabled me to work further with Ursula.

Kitty O?Shea?s back in town – look out in 2017 for her National Treasure Road Show!

Photo by John Holden

We are recruiting
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Description: Heart of Glass is now recruiting now for the following roles. Visit the opportunities page...  more...

Heart of Glass is now recruiting now for the following roles. Visit the opportunities page of our website or  Click here for job packs

 

 

Deputy Director (Maternity Cover)

£28,000 (fte £40,000), 25 hours per week (0.7 post)

Based in St Helens, Merseyside

Maternity Cover to start July 2017

 The Deputy Director (Maternity Cover) will join our small and dedicated team to work as part of our senior management team to lead the organisation?s strategic development, oversee the operational management of the organisation and contribute to the artistic vision of Heart of Glass. Working closely with the Director you will ensure the sustainability and growth of the organisation.

For this maternity cover we are seeking a person who would be more suited to administrative side of the overall role, taking a lead on the finance, operational and development aspects of the organisation.

This person will be involved in all aspects of the organisation but will have direct responsibility for financial management, planning and operational issues, marketing and communications, fundraising, monitoring and reporting, and shared responsibility with the Director for team development and training, governance management and strategic stakeholder management.

We are seeking candidates with experience of working as part of a senior or executive team to develop an organisation or business, with specialisms in at least two of the identified areas of responsibility (Financial management, Operations and HR, Marketing and Communications and Fundraising).

The deadline for applications is 28th April 2017

Interviews will take place on 8th May 2017

 

Producer

£30,000

35 hours per week

Based in St Helens, Merseyside

Fixed term to September 2020

 This is an exciting and challenging role, playing a major part in creating a future for Heart of Glass as an ambitious and unique organisation rooted in socially engaged practise methodologies.

 The Producer will report to and work closely with the Director and Lead Producer in delivering the artistic aims of Heart of Glass through a programme of produced and co-produced works across all artforms.  You will contribute to the development of the organisation?s strategic priorities and lead on key artist commissions and projects, primarily within our Creative People and Places funded programme which runs to September 2020.

Under the leadership of the Director you will be key to ensuring our artistic programme works effectively to develop a unique and distinctive offer that will engage communities in rich and diverse cultural opportunities.

We are seeking candidates who have a strong track record of producing high quality artist commissions and experience of socially engaged practise, its methodologies and best practise.

The deadline for applications is 27th April 2017

Interviews will take place on 4th May 2017

 

Development Manager

£18,000 – £21,000 (FTE £32,000 ? £35,000)

21 hours per week (0.6 post)

Based in St Helens, Merseyside

Fixed term contract 12 months with potential to extend

The Development Manager is a new post which is integral to the growth and sustainability of Heart of Glass through developing and delivering a fundraising strategy that supports our vision. You will join our small team as the organisation moves into its important next stage of development.

We are seeking a person who has an in depth understanding of the current income generation climate in the UK arts sector, from fundraising to earned income through private giving and partnership working.

You will work closely with the Director and Deputy Director to develop our fundraising strategy and delivery plan, prioritising key projects for 2018/19 and support the Deputy Director in managing our key funder relationships such as Arts Council England and European partnership programme funded through Creative Europe.

The deadline for applications is 28th April 2017

Interviews will take place on 8th May 2017


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