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JUNE 2024

Pride in the North-West : St Helens by Christine Beckett

Photography Exhibition

Pride in The North-West: St Helens by Christine Beckett

Date:  8 - 16 June & 24 - 30 June
St Helens Library
Tickets: Free

St Helens Library is currently hosting a photography exhibition by artist Christine Beckett. The exhibition explores pride marches and protests in three cities and towns in the North-West: Liverpool, Manchester, and St Helens, from 2015 to 2022. Christine documented the marches she attended, capturing moments of people and friends from the region's LGBTQ+ community as they prepared for and participated in these Pride events.

Artists Together: Conversation About... Funding & Resource


Artists Together - Conversations about… Funding and Resources

Date: Saturday 15 June 2024
Time: 1-4pm
Venue: Newton le Willows Library 
Tickets: Free (places must be booked) Book Tickets Here.

Artists Together returns with a vibrant program to uplift and support the talented artists and creatives of St. Helens.

To kickstart, Claire Weetman will be organising a series of "Artist Together: Conversations About..." sessions.

These regular events throughout the year are themed around an idea that is important to artists who attend regularly and hopefully are useful to people who just wish to join us for one session. 

We identify artists with relevant skills or experience on the subject and ask them to be peer-experts alongside someone from a regional organisation to create a rich space where artists can discuss, share and develop their practice. 

If you have a suggestion for a theme for a future 'Conversations about...' event, please get in touch with us.

Future sessions:

  • Saturday 20th July 2024, 1-4pm, Venue: Eccleston Library.
  • Saturday 7 September 2024, 1-4pm, Venue TBC. 
  • Saturday 12 October 2024, 1-4pm, Venue TBC. 
  • Saturday 9 November 2024, 1-4pm, Venue TBC. 
  • Saturday 1 February 2024, 1-4pm, Venue TBC. 

Agenda for the events:

  • Welcome and sharing wall. We'll invite people to note down what they'd like to find out from the session and any experience of the topic that they might be able to contribute.
  • Case studies shared by peer experts and/or organisations
  • Refreshments (drinks and snacks)
  • Discussion time, knowledge shared within the group
  • Future actions
  • Time to consider themes for future sessions 

Eman Al Naji - Home


Eman Al Naji - Home Exhibition

Date: Wednesday 19 June 2024 
Time: 12-1 pm
Venue: St Helens Library
Tickets: Free

Join us on June 19 from 12-1 pm at St. Helens Library for an open event celebrating aspiring artist Eman Al Naji. Eman has been working alongside well-known contemporary artist Sarah Gilman to develop her art skills and produce a selection of work around the theme of 'HOME' in honour of Refugee Week. It's a great opportunity to meet Eman and support a young budding artist who has stated, "Each one of us has different ways to express themselves and their feelings. For me, it was painting. Unfortunately, there was no way to improve my hobby and carry on with it since I arrived in the UK. I didn't know the way to step forward until the time when you provided me with this great and wonderful opportunity, which guided me to improve myself step by step in my art plan. Thank you for this precious opportunity that took me to that place where I painted those beautiful paintings."

In addition, we will have the opportunity for you to sketch your own still life and join in with some light refreshments.

Paper and Pencil will be supplied.

Eman Al Naji 'Home' is in partnership with St Helens Arts In Libraries and the Refugee Resettlement Service. 

Open Mic International Music Special


Open Mic June 2024 International Special

Date: Wednesday 19 June 2024
Time: 2pm till 4pm 
Venue: St Helens Library
Tickets: Free

Exciting news! Open Mic is back this month with a special international edition! Join us at St. Helens Library on Wednesday, 19 June from 2pm to 4pm to celebrate the amazing skills and talents of our friends from Our Warm Welcome. From rap and poetry to acoustic guitar, there's something for everyone to enjoy. And the best part? It's all for FREE! See you there! ✨

Telling Stories with Photographs; a workshop with Hassona.


Telling Stories with Photographs; a workshop with Hassona.

Date: Wednesday, 26 June 2024              
Time: 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Location: St Helens Library (The World of Glass) 
Ticket: Free . Place must be booked. Book Tickets Here 

Are you looking to improve your photography skills? Join local photographer Hassona on June 26 at 1.30 p.m. to learn about Telling Stories with Photographs.

The workshop will cover Hassona's work and what inspires his photography, followed by a practical and technical session on how to tell stories with your camera, including on your phone. We will then head out of the library to look and shoot before returning to share our captured images.

The session is informal and suitable for people of all skill levels and interests. Free hot drinks and light refreshments will be provided.

For further details, contact (Kevin is part of the Arts in Libraries Team promoting this event.

Artists Together Monthly 1-2-1

Artist Support Sessions 

1-2-1 AT Sessions with Claire Weetman

Dates : Friday 28th June 2024, am & Monday 22nd July 2024, am
Tickets: Free (sessions must be booked with Claire) Book Here 

Claire Weetman, the lead artist for Artists Together is offering bookable 30-minute sessions for artists to sign up to. You can ask for advice about funding and resources for a project, get some feedback on a piece of work, discuss ways to develop your practice, or whatever is relevant for you and your work.

These may be online or in-person.

Artists of any discipline connected to St Helens are eligible to book a 1-2-1 meeting.

1-2-1 sessions can either be an online meeting or, if I can accommodate the request, in-person in St Helens town centre. Please advise during booking which you would prefer.

If the available dates don't meet your availability, then please get in touch, and I will see if we can find an alternative arrangement.

If, after booking, your plans change and you need to cancel, please let me know so I can open up the slot to another artist.

Future dates:
TBC in September, October, November, January, February, March

JULY 2024

Artists Together Collaborate - Publications

Artists Workshop

Artists Together Collaborate - Publications

Session 1                                                                                                                                                                              

Date: Saturday 6th July
Venue: Thatto Heath Library
Tickets: Free (places must be booked) Book Tickets Here

Session 2

Date: Monday 8th July
Time: 1-6pm,
Venue: St Helens Library
Tickets: Free (places must be booked) Book Tickets Here

Artists Together Collaborate events

These are events that run across 2 days which provide time, space and some resources for artists to create work together and to share work to the public as a result of that time together.

Artists Together Collaborate: Publications

Artists of all disciplines create publications. You might be a writer, or a comic artist whose work is right at home in a printed book. Or you might be a photographer who has a collection of work that could be made into a photobook. Maybe you've got a script that could be presented in collaboration with an illustrator, or you're a sculptor who wants to experiment with Artist-Books.

During these two sessions you can bring works in progress, emerging ideas or possibilities for collaboration with another artist. We ask that you come with ideas for what you can make and a willingness to share your own skills with others.

Over the two sessions we'll aim to support each other to produce new printed works and will arrange for them to be exhibited and available for the public to read in libraries around St Helens. There will be some resources made available and a small print budget to realise works made during the sessions.

Future eventsArtists Together Collaborate: (activity TBC)

  • Session 1: Saturday 18th January 2025 10-4pm Venue TBC
  • Session 2: Monday 20th January 2025 1-6pm Venue TBC

If you have suggestions for what our January event could include, please get in touch.


MAY 2024

Spring Cabaret Spectacular

Date: Friday 17 May 2024
Location: Eccleston Library                                                                                                                                                                            
Time: Doors Open - 6.30pm, Show Starts - 7pm
Tickets: £8.00 General Admission, Library Card Holders £7.00, Concessions £5.00 


On Friday 17th May, visit Eccleston Library for an evening of dazzlingly diverse variety cabaret - including the inimitable vocal prowess of Liverpool songstress - Lumenaate, Hula Hoop hero -The Vicar's Daughter (of tv's The Majorettes) & more glitter than you can shake a stick at with drag dance troupe Legs & Coq!

All hosted by cabaret favourite, Dross.

Book Tickets Here

Age: 18+
Accessibility: Access Friendly
Parking: Parking (including Disabled Parking) available 




We hope to see you at one of our fantastic events!

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