Smallest art gallery comes to St Helens

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The world’s smallest pop-up art gallery has arrived St Helens as part of a UK tour, and features artworks by six local people.

60 artworks in total are packed into the tiny exhibit; an 8ft x 5ft miniature replica of the iconic Tate Modern gallery set up by Creative Future – the Brighton-based national arts charity – showcasing the UK’s best marginalised artists.

At the local launch on 15 December at Central Library residents had the opportunity to meet some of the St Helens artists that impressed an expert judging panel to feature in the exhibit.

The competition was open to those who have found it difficult to access the arts because of mental health issues, disability, ill-health or social circumstances.

Residents can now peruse and purchase the original artworks and vote for their favourite. Artists of the top five will receive professional development and cash prizes, supported by CASS Art and a-n, the Artist Information Company.

Councillor Jeanie Bell, present at the launch event, said: “Tight Modern is a truly unique project and a great way to engage and support local artists who might struggle to find opportunities to get their work selected for public show. The variety and quality of work is a joy and well worth celebrating.”

St Helens is just one of four locations around the UK to host the Tight Modern tour, and will do so at libraries from:

· 15 December - 4 January 2017, Central Library

· 5 January - 25 January, Haydock Library

· 26 January - 15 February, Eccleston Library