Baa Baa Baric – Have You Any Pull. A quiet revolution takes place.
Yesterday on the streets of St Helens Town Centre a series of thought provoking actions took place as part of a long-term artist residency project.
Artist Mark Storor has been leading workshops as part of Baa Baa Baric: Have You Any Pull? a twelve-year undertaking in collaboration with the people of St Helens and The Heart of Glass arts organisation.
The project poses the question: Is the most brutal act of barbarism civilisation?
Confronted by its own set of negative statistics, St Helens is a town symbolic of national inequality. In a radical act of rebellion Baa Baa Baric harnesses the powers of creativity, imagination and possibility, refuting labels and challenging the status quo.
The day began with groups of young people, named The Army of Beauty, giving out around 2,500 posies of flowers to people in the town centre.
A small shed situated on the top floor of Tontine Car Park was open throughout the day. A soundscape, the outer sounds are all sounds of the town…the inner sounds, the voice of our community.
Merseyside Police Officers and Cadets took over the Nelson Chippy in Bridge Street to highlight child poverty across the Borough.
The shop fronts on Barrow Street, Claughton Street and Church Street were adorned with portraits of St Helens men who have collaborated on this project. Transformed into God-like figures. The Gardener, The Visionary or Fool, The Curator, The Writer, The Alchemist, The Colourist and the entertainer. Each with a strength and courage to support to Pioneers of Change (the next generation) in making the world a better place.
The Army of Beauty and The Council Of Wisdom accompanied by two mounted police horses arrived at St Helens Town Hall to deliver a statement to St Helens Council and St Helens youth Council. The statement, written by a young person, will become the foundation for a Children’s charter for the Borough.
St Helens Local Policing Superintendent Louise Harrison said: “We are really proud to be part of this event alongside our partners, accompanying the children as they deliver this important message.
“It is a great chance for officers to meet and engage with children of all ages, and break down any perceived barriers they might have in speaking to police.
“We all have a part to play in making our communities safer and stronger and I was heartened to hear about my officers buying food for those in need, and hope that the event and the Children’s Charter raises further awareness and ensures that our young and vulnerable people are fully supported.”
Mark Storor partnered with Merseyside Police, St Helens Youth Council, Change Grow Live, St Helens Young Carers, St Helens YMCA, Rainford Technology College and St Peters Primary School to deliver this wonderful day.
The Army Of Beauty Make Their Way To The Town Hall
Photos From The Day
Photos by Cath Shea, Snappy John, Olly Ford, Mike Ashworth, Chrissie Tiller, Sarah Bailey, Jan Miller, The Heart of Glass.