Made in St Helens

'Deano', a regular at the Turk's Head, in one of the potraits which make up the exhibition, Made In St Helens
'Deano', a regular at the Turk's Head, in one of the potraits which make up the exhibition, Made In St Helens
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A DOZEN regulars from a popular St Helens community pub were chosen to feature in a special photography project set to go on show next week for the very first time.

Ian Brownbill, director of the arts organisation Metal, asked 12 pals from the award-winning Turk’s Head pub to recall their memories of growing up locally as part of the forthcoming Made in St Helens exhibition.

In particular, the 12 subjects were invited to reflect on the role their mothers had played in their lives.

Ian then invited award-winning London-based photographer Phil Starling up to St Helens to help capture a series of striking portraits, aimed at revealing each subject’s “unique character and own personal history”.

The lives of each of the Morley Street pub’s regulars span six decades – as they were all born between the 1930s and 1980s.

And organisers hope the exhibition will provide a unique snapshot into a changing society – by reflecting on St Helens’ past while, at the same time, contemplating its future.

The exhibition will also combine the eye-catching portraits with landscape photography, which pay tribute to the town’s industrial heritage, in a bid to prove that “there is no such thing as an ordinary life”.

Experienced snapper Phil Starling is well known for his location photographs and has won several awards for his stunning portrait photography too.

His Made in St Helens exhibition, which will be free to enter, is set to run from Thursday, March 24, until Saturday, April 2.

Check it out for yourself at the Godfrey Pilkington Art Gallery in the Gamble Building, Victoria Square, between 10am-4pm, Monday to Saturday.