Art exhibition gets an upcycled venue

St Helens Town Hall
St Helens Town Hall

The show will go on for a local arts group after an exhibition celebrating putting old items to new use had its venue upcycled.

Passsoul Studio Services CIC, from Newton-le-Willows, will take over St Helens Town Hall with its Soul Vessel Collection exhibition.

Since starting out it has been our ambition to show people the wonders that can be achieved through upcycling

Paula Pietrzak

The not-for-profit organisation, which creates art and upcycled furniture, faced having to pull the 15-day show after its original venue became unavailable.

However, St Helens Council’s town centre manager Gary Maddock stepped in to relocate the show to the Victoria Square civic building.

The exhibition will show creative recycling and artwork made by Passsoul from the original designs and work of its

students, who come from both commercial and community groups and projects.

Artists including children and visually-impaired people who use the Market Street organisation’s services will have their work shown at the town hall.

Speaking ahead of the exhibition, visual artist Paula Pietrzak, who runs Passsoul Studio Services CIC with her husband Piotr, said: “Since starting out in 2013, it has been our ambition to host an exhibition in the borough to show people the wonders that can be achieved through upcycling.

“Thanks to Gary, we’ll now be able to do this from within the beautiful town hall. It would be great to see as many people as possible come down to see all of the incredible work on show.”

The Soul Vessel Collection will in St Helens Town Hall’s Assembly Room runs from August 25 to

September 8, with the gallery open from 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.

A launch party takes place on Friday September 1 from 4pm to 6.30pm.

Entrance to the exhibition is free.