St Helens: Platform Open Studios Day

    Date/Time: 30 April 2016. 11:00am - 3:00pm
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    Open Studios Saturday 30 April 2016, 11.00 – 15.00
    Platform Studios, St Helens

    Claire Weetman:
    I’ll be opening my studio to the public a week on Saturday along with the four other artists who work there. It will be a great opportunity to see what artists are working on as we’ll have a programme of demonstrations, talks and activities to take part in during the day. I’ll be inviting visitors to help me create a short experimental film as part of my development of an ambitious new work called Maze of Displacement. In return for your assistance, I’ll give you a limited edition postcard artwork to take away with you.

    Maze of Displacement will be a maze whose walls are made of people creating emotive gestures with their hands and bodies; whose walls and passageways shift, open and close for people and audiences to explore and experience. I plan to work alongside people, groups and communities who have experience of displacement, and collaboratively with a performer/ dancer/ choreographer who will challenge my artistic approach and bring high quality, performative elements & viewpoints to the artwork. A developmental stage of Maze of Displacement is being funded through a Heart of Glass Prototype Project – a programme of small and ambitious art projects produced by artists and communities in St Helens, supported through Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places programme. Read more about my plans for this work here

    There’ll be the opportunity to buy original artworks from the artists at the studios and we’ve put together a programme of activities to take part in to understand more about the work that the artists at Platform Studios make.

    Platform Open Studios , 1st Floor, St Mary’s Market, St Helens WA10 1AG
    Saturday 30th April, 11am – 3pm
    Drop in any time or visit one of our activities

    Join Jacqui Priestley in her studio to learn how to monoprint. Use inks, rollers and other tools to make an expressive artwork that you can take home with you.

    Painter Karen Thompson has spent the past 6 months working at Platform Studios as one of our Graduate Bursary Artists. Karen will demonstrate her working processes using a variety of painting supports and mixed media, which she has used in her work produced during the bursary period.

    Claire Weetman is in the process of developing an artwork where the walls of a maze will be formed by 3000 humans. Come and help Claire create a short experimental film towards this project and receive a limited edition postcard in exchange for your time.

    Isobel Wood, who works with photography, has spent the past 6 months working at Platform Studios as one of our Graduate Bursary Artists. Isobel will talk about the work that she has produced in that period along with some of her working processes.

    2pm: Photographer Angela Wilkinson will be joined in her studio by colleague Josie Matley. They will be offering the chance to experience a portrait photography shoot throughout the day, join them at 2pm to learn about their work in more detail.

    If you’re coming to St Helens to visit our open studios, then you might also like to visit these other arts events:

    St Helens College Degree Show
    Final Year Students showcase their work. Opens 30th April in Gallery One at the World of Glass

    St Helens Goes Pop!
    An exhibition of new work by artist Drunk Wolf. Opens 30th April in the Godfrey Pilkington Gallery at The World of Glass

    New creative shopping experiences
    Visit the newly opened Phoenix Apparel Vintage shop for vintage and customised fashions & The Secret Garden Studio for handmade & upcycled gifts at Theatre Buildings, 8 Corporation Street

    Family Art Club Murals
    Pop into the Saturday Market in St Mary’s Market for a look at the murals created by our 13-19 group and by families during April.

    Coffee Stop Gallery
    See more work by our Graduate Bursary Artists Karen Thompson & Isobel Wood on the walls of the Coffee Stop Cafe in St Mary’s Market

    Cultural Hubs
    Catch a Saturday afternoon Theatre Show at St Helens Central Library: Mikron Theatre Co – Canary Girls, a tale of two sisters well and truly at war. Saturday, 30 April 2016 from 13:00 to 16:00
    Tickets £3-£6 from