04 Dec 2017
St Helens Council have given their backing to proposals that would see The World of Glass transformed into an Arts and Culture centre.
This proposal comes as part of a broader vision to enhance St Helens and transform it into a flourishing cultural destination of arts and culture.
The centre would accommodate key partners and allow for a selection of arts and culture activities to take place as well as the inclusion of conferencing and exhibition facilities.
Councillors have also agreed to back a programme of events, marking a milestone anniversary of 150 years since the Borough received its Royal Charter from Queen Victoria in 1868.
Councillor Gill Neal, St Helens Council’s cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, with responsibility for arts and culture, says: “2018 won’t only be about recognising the legacy of St Helens’ impressive past, but is very much about celebrating our innovation, ingenuity and culture.
“There can be no denying that this is a lot of money to commit – especially during times of government austerity – but that said, we feel that it is important that throughout our anniversary year we can provide everyone with the opportunity to celebrate and offer an inclusive, accessible programme of events which can improve mental health and wellbeing, as well as increase participation and confidence in the future of St Helens.”
Under the name ‘St Helens 150’ the events will be organised by the Heart of Glass in partnership with St Helens Council.
Funding has been secured by Heart of Glass from Arts Council England and other sources with St Helens Council offering a £500,000 contribution (25%), as a one-off investment to support the wider aim of raising aspirations and ambition.