THERE’S a stylish new look to The World of Glass.
And setting the tone is a striking new gallery which has been custom-designed to house the visitor attraction’s free art exhibitions.
Executive Director Ron Helsby said: “We have created a large contemporary gallery that will enable us to expand our already very successful exhibition programme.
“It will also maintain The World of Glass’s position at the centre of the creative hub of St Helens and underlines our commitment to our area by offering a defined space for local and regional artists.”
The World of Glass exhibition programme has gone from strength to strength in the past few years and already has events in place for the next 24 months.
Displays evoking the area’s rich heritage and featuring material from the museum’s own extensive collections have proved particularly popular with visitors.
Curator Hannah Longworth was quick to point out that whilst the gallery has a modern feel, the space will also be used to exhibit more of the town’s heritage collections.
“Many larger pieces which need space to be exhibited have never been on public display, these will now take centre stage. And this gallery is free for everyone.”
The new gallery also transforms the entrance to The World of Glass by creating eye-catching views into each exhibition through its wide glass windows set in contemporary frames.
The success of the new gallery is already reflected in the high level of interest in the first exhibition - Silver - displaying the work of 23 artists, designers and crafts people to mark the 25th anniversary of the Art and Craft Guild of Lancashire.
Silver runs until September 11.