Creative days ahead at St Mary’s Market

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EXHIBITIONS, music, poetry readings and family friendly art activities all feature at St Mary’s Market in St Helens town centre later this month as part of a project to give the arts greater local exposure.

The events area at the town’s indoor market is being transformed into a gallery and stage where local artists are showcasing their talent alongside artists with an international reputation.

Shoppers can take time out to try their hand at various arts activities with the help of artists from the Shining Lights Heritage Group, Yarn Winners and Platform all running activities for all the family.

The event runs Monday to Saturday for two weeks between Saturday, August 24 and Saturday, September 7, except Bank Holiday Monday. Doors open at 10am and close at 4pm.

Work by more than 40 St Helens-based artists including Platform, Paint Pots, CHART and Sutton Manor art groups features in the main exhibition.

Market-goers can also view work by renowned artists who have previously exhibited at Tate and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The Changing

Faces exhibition, including portraits kindly loaned by the Flowers Gallery London, has been organised by St Helens-based artist Stephen Brown.

Support from Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places funding through Heart of Glass, a three year programme to increase arts engagement and ambition in St Helens, has made it possible to bring artists of this calibre to the town centre.

Through the programme, the people of St Helens are being asked to think big about the arts that they want to see in the town.

The public are being urged to visit the market during the exhibition to take part in a fun activity for all the family while getting involved with the decision making processes for the Heart of Glass project over the next three years.

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Housing, Planning and Community Safety, Councillor Richard McCauley said: “St Mary’s Market is always a busy, bustling part of the town centre – and an ideal place for artists to reach out to the wider community.”

The event will be backed by a varied soundtrack, courtesy of performers on all three Saturdays between 10am and 4pm. They include the St Helens

Titanic Project – which will encourage visitors to sing along to tunes from the Hollywood blockbuster – and the Citadel Community Arts Showcase.

Lunchtime performances will also be staged on selected days. For more information go to www.whatsoninsthelens.com