We Are Still Here
Artist Simon Mckeown led an art project celebrating St Helens as a location for invention and innovation. This energy is still present today, taking form through artistic and cultural experiments, making St Helens a fertile ground for community and collaborative based arts practices. To cement this status Mckeown conceived and the We Are Still Here project with the local community and in particular, disabled artists, to create a series of works which reflected on the 150 years of the town’s history but also explored St Helens and its people as a creative force. Mckeown developed with Heart of Glass and Buzz Hub. a number of events leading up to a mass outdoor video projection. Working throughout 2017, and culminating in 2018, this bombastic artistic endeavour; including massive video projection, celebrated 150 years of St Helens city while temporarily manipulating the townhall, blurring reality and space and presenting new and alternative realities for our consideration.