Artist showcase

Cabinet Member for Culture Councillor Eric Smith (second from right) with lead curator Claire Weetman and artists Kevin Eccleston (left) and Dave Broadfoot.
Cabinet Member for Culture Councillor Eric Smith (second from right) with lead curator Claire Weetman and artists Kevin Eccleston (left) and Dave Broadfoot.
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A NEW arts collective is inviting people to come and see the artists at work in their inaugural exhibition.

The Godfrey Pilkington Art Gallery will be taken over by Platform painters, sculptors, photographers, performers and musicians - who will be experimenting and creating new work.

Visitors can attend informative talks, exhibitions and performances over an exciting fortnight aimed at showcasing the breadth of artistic talent in St Helens.

The two-part Production/Presentation exhibition will also mark a new start for visual arts in St Helens as the gallery is set to move from the Gamble Building to the World of Glass on February 25.

‘Production’ will take place in the gallery’s current location, and see the space transformed into a series of studio spaces, where photographers and painters will be working.

Visitors will be invited to have their portrait painted or photographed by one of the artists, to pick up a pencil and have a go themselves or to get involved in a performance that delves into the history of the gallery.

‘Production’ will be held at the gallery’s new location in The World of Glass.

Coun Eric Smith, St Helens Council’s cabinet member for culture, said: “Production/Presentation promises to be a fascinating study of the creative process – and nicely links the Godfrey Pilkington Gallery’s old and new venues.”

A host of other events are planned as part of Production/Presentation including talks by artists Dave Broadfoot, Kevin Eccleston and Alan Smith.

Tony Glover will also photograph artists who have exhibited at the gallery in the past, while the St Helens Creative Network will stage two events where artists share their skills and knowledge.