The Museum Of Regret is an ongoing digital and live art project, created by Mike Lindley, the man behind the successful Day Of Happiness event at Central Library, as well as a weekly indie music show that’s global, showcasing amazing unsigned bands. It was brought to life with support from The Heart of Glass by way of their grant programme to support new art initiatives across the Borough.
The Exhibition kicked off with an opening gala night at The World of Glass Arts and Heritage Centre last Friday evening.
Mike said “The Museum Of Regret kicked off in style with a Gala Opening Evening in The World Of Glass on Friday September 1st before opening today in The Heart Of Glass within Beecham’s Building, St Helens.”
“The evening was a sell-out with 130 tickets gone and the launch was attended by Mayor and Mayoress Cllr Joe and Sylvia Pearson and there were performances on the night from Kitty O’Shea, the alter ego of Cath O’Shea, arts development manager at St Helens Council, talented young performance artist Olly Ford, acclaimed Liverpool artist Gary Sollars, whose work has featured in The national Portrait Gallery and St Helens cult band The Bordellos.”
“Highlight of the evening was poet and spoken word performer Lynn Gerrard who gave a stellar performance mixing spoken word poetry with her own brand of humour.”
“The Museum Of Regret project has seen songs, poems, items and artworks submitted which evoke regret and it is backed by The Heart Of Glass. The exhibition which is on show from now until September 15th is in Beecham’s Building and free to visitors. It was developed from a collaboration Mike Lindley has been involved in with prominent artist and producer Mark Storor.”
Here are a few of the comments from those who attended the opening gala night.
“Thanks for organising a great night Mike, look forward to the exhibition now. Massive congratulations!!” Cath Shea
“Fab night – you should be very proud!!!” Lisa Heyes
“Well what a truly brilliant entertaining night at ‘The Museum Of Regret’ gala opening!.. Michael Lindley you have worked so hard to make sure this night whet smoothly and i am so proud of you!! as well as all the acts that performed! you all where fantastic! i loved every minute xxx” Emma Glover
“The gala opening this evening was amazing to experience, it was held at The World Of Glass in St Helens and we were treated to an evening of Regret themed entertainment, nibbles and of course, drinks. I attended with my husband and my parents and we had a lovely time” Helen hill. Read more about this on Helen’s website https://thesocialiteuk.wordpress.com/2017/09/01/the-museum-of-regret-exhibition-gala-opening-helens-poem-unveiled/
“Thank you Michael for putting on such a truly amazing night last night at the gala opening of The Museum Of Regret As always, I enjoyed every moment of the performances by Olly Ford Cath Shea Gary Dollman Sollars & and of course the fantastic Bordellos Brian Bordello Ant Shea as did the audience which was most apparent by their reactions & applause. Well done and much love…” Lynn Ann Gerrard
“We really enjoyed our shambolic acoustic set last night at gala performance of the opening of the Museum of regret .. thanks to Michael Lindley for asking us to perform” The bordellos
“Once again Mike Lindley did St Helens proud at the gala opening of Museum Of Regret last night. Top night, top people!” Yellow Door Artists
“Fantastic night with the best people in the world, If you’re not supporting the arts you’ve got no class!” Ann Marie Owens
“Was a good night. Well done to Mike Lindley and everyone for a lot of hard work putting on the exhibition and Gala Opening” Andy Bowden
The exhibition will be open to the public at The Heart of Glass within the Beechams Building in Water Street (near the College) until Friday 15th SEptember. The event is open weekdays from 10am to 4pm
Main photo by Mark Goose Ainsworth