St.Helens Council Arts Service
The arts in St.Helens are increasingly diverse and have witnessed a resurgence in recent years. Nowhere is this better symbolised than with Jaume Plensa’s-multi-award winning 20 metre high sculpture, Dream, located on the summit of the former Sutton Manor colliery.
But at the hub of much of this activity you’ll find St.Helens Council’s Arts Service, working with partners across St.Helens to develop the arts in the borough.
The Arts Service supports and works with all art forms including music, dance, drama, creative writing, new media, visual and public art. Its work includes:
- Leading on arts in libraries
- Delivering the Cultural Connections programme of workto improve people's feeling of wellbeing
- Advising on the development of participatory arts programmes by council services, external bodies and community groups
- Promoting arts in the community
- Supporting the World of Glass to deliver the exhibition programme at The Godfrey Pilkington Art Gallery including the Open Art competition and the Youth Open Art Competition
- Advising individuals and organisations wishing to develop an arts-related idea
- Working with St.Helens arts venues, community and voluntary arts groups
- Development of Merseyside-wide arts projects
- Assisting individuals and groups to apply for funding for arts-related projects
- Providing one-to-one advice to St.Helens based creative industries looking to progress their work, on subjects such as exhibiting in galleries, applying for art commissions, funding or working in an educational context
- Managing the Creative Network programme of speakers
- Promoting the arts in St.Helens through the St.Helens Creative Network Ezine
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