Introducing Heart of Glass…
Heart of Glass and Studio Morison are embarking on a long term creative collaboration based in St Helens in Merseyside. Heart of Glass, under the leadership of Patrick Fox and founded through Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places programme is a new model arts organisation. They commission ambitious and bombastic work that brings artists and communities together.
Studio Morison founders Heather Peak and Ivan Morison have worked together as an artist duo, under the name Heather and Ivan Morison, since 2003, establishing an ambitious collaborative practice that transcends the divisions between art, architecture and theatre.
Together we are interested in change.
Our Change Creation Plan
We have been asking ourselves can art become just the way an organisation runs? Can art infiltrate day to day living in a place? Can we make creativity the solution?
How can we begin a culture where we acknowledge and understand the very nature of creative process – that it is an ongoing journey, there is constant learning, adaption, change, resilience and wonderful failure? Can the process of making art, making physical art works, be an agent of change?
New problems need new approaches. Together, through our collaboration we are interested in building communities of enquiry, in sharing skills and experience, and in placing art in direct interaction with all areas of life that form society. We wish to work in partnership, to build links, to have reach and impact. We see art as a public sphere, and the emerging works as important contributions to the world.
Our joint approach, a longitudinal collaboration between an artist, community and commissioner, seeks to bear different fruit, allowing us greater power to comment on momentous events in history, or indeed change the course itself.
Patrick is Director of Heart of Glass. He is a producer, commissioner and senior arts leader who supports artists to engage with communities of place/ interest to create contemporary work that reflects the politics of our times. He is former director of Create, Ireland’s national development agency for Collaborative Arts and the former head of collaborations and engagement at FACT Liverpool, leading the acclaimed arts and older people project tenantspin as part of his portfolio.
Studio Morison founders Heather Peak and Ivan Morison have worked together as an artist duo, under the name Heather and Ivan Morison, since 2003, establishing an ambitious collaborative practice that transcends the divisions between art, architecture and theatre. Studio Morison facilitates their practice and the projects that flow from it, placing art in direct interaction with various forms of human experience that form civil society.