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May '19


Show Tunes


Featuring music from Les Misérables and The Greatest Showman to Star Wars and Harry Potter, this was a musical evening from Valley Brass Band based in Haydock, St Helens. They are a second section band, and their aim is to encourage musical interest and develop talent in all age groups and abilities.

Artist/Company: Valley Brass

Location(s): Parr Library

Dates: 10th May

Other Information: This concert was the culmination of a Cultural Hubs Voluntary Arts Commission in partnership with Heart of Glass.


Rainhill 190


2019 marked 190 years since the Rainhill Trials. To celebrate this occasion, Rainhill village was a hub of exciting activity over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Rainhill Library took part in the celebrations and hosted 2 exciting arts activities.

Artist/Company: Multiple, community

Location(s): Rainhill Library

Dates: 25th - 27th May


A Decade of Dream


St Helens' award-winning Dream sculpture turned 10 years old in 2019 and to celebrate this milestone, the public were invited to attend an evening of community-focused cultural events themed around the iconic public artwork, including photography, artist talks, poetry, and performance.

Artist/Company: Jauma Plensa, Brian Salkeld, Tom Laughlin, Rick Ashcroft, MD Dance Academy

Location(s): Chester Lane Library & Sutton Manor Dream Sculpture

Dates: 31st May - 12th June


Jun '19


Refugee Week


People from the St Helens refugee, asylum seeker and resettlement community explored and interpreted the St Helens local archives with artists Claire Weetman and Rebecca Ainsworth, bringing together experiences and ideas to create a new unique artwork. The multi-layered artwork featured photographic and printed collages, images copied from St Helens Community Archive, plus new imagery provided by the project participants.

Artist/Company: Claire Weetman & Rebecca Ainsworth

Location(s): Moss Bank Library

Dates: 13th - 25th June

Other Information: National Lottery Heritage Fund project. In partnership with St Helens Community Archive.


Arts Ambassadors Exhibition


Working with artist Paul Harfleet, young people from across St Helens Borough created a very special exhibition. Inspired by Paul's book, Pansy Boy, the students led creative workshops in their schools to create an exhibition of artwork which they curated and installed in the library themselves.

The students all achieved a Bronze Arts Award as part of this project.

Artist/Company: Paul Harfleet, St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic High, Holy Cross Primary, Grange Valley Primary, Allanson Street Primary and Sutton Oak Primary.

Location(s): Haydock Library

Dates: 29th June - 18th July

Other Information: CulturEd St Helens Cultural Education Partnership project.


Jul '19


Pop Up Guide to Life in Space


The year is 2069 (100 years since the first moon landing) and Britain is running out of 'space' and the moon is the only place left... but what's it going to be like to live on the moon?

Artist/Company: Pop Up Players

Location(s): Newton le Willows Library, Eccleston Library

Dates: Saturday 20th July

Other Information: BSL interpreted. Presented as part of the Summer Reading Challenge 2019. 


Aug '19


When Another Dragon Roars


When Another Dragon Roars fused Altered Scale Theatre's outstanding puppetry with Petite Ullaloom's distinctive storytelling, providing a memorable experience for children and the young at heart!

Directed by Kevin Dyer.

Artist/Company: Altered Scale Theatre & Petite Ullaloom

Location(s): Parr Library

Dates: Friday 2nd August

Other Information: Autism Friendly performance




A portal opened. A mysterious glowing disk appeared in Haydock Library inviting people to play.

Portals was a mesmerising interactive experience for all ages and abilities, allowing users to intuitively generate complex patterns through movement and colour.

Artist/Company: Sam Meech, Raz Ullah & Tom Rea Smith

Location(s): Haydock Library

Dates: Friday 9th August

Other Information: Presented as part of the Summer Reading Challenge 2019.