Events to celebrate a Decade of Dream

St Helens’ award-winning Dream sculpture turns 10 years old this Summer, and to celebrate this milestone residents are invited to attend an evening of community-focused cultural events around the iconic public artwork.

Representing a young girl dreaming of a better future for her and St Helens, Dream was unveiled in 2009 as a tribute to the former colliery and the miners of St Helens.

Conceived by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, Dream was created through The Big Art Project, in partnership with Arts Council England, St Helens Council, Channel 4, and a cohort of former miners from the Sutton Manor Colliery site, where Dream stands.

Decade of Dream events will take place on Friday 31st May, and get underway at Chester Lane Library at 5:45pm, where there’ll be an exhibition of mining memorabilia, artworks, and a photo gallery of Dream and the Sutton Manor Colliery site, with snacks and drinks provided.

There’ll also be talks by and a Q&A session with the original major drivers of the Dream project, including former Sutton Manor miner and Dream advocate, Gary Conley.

Though the event is free to attend, residents must book their place as spaces are limited. Book tickets within any St Helens Library, or online at www.culturalhubs.eventbrite.co.uk

The main Decade of Dream celebrations will then take place at the Dream sculpture, from 7pm to 10.15pm. No booking will be required for this, just turn up.

There’ll be lots going on, including a free guided yoga session at the site with Julia Doctoryoga (bring your own yoga mats and clothing), performances by Britain’s Got Talent contestants MD Dance Academy and vocalists Tom Loughlin and Rick Ashcroft, followed by a multi-faith service and blessing.

Local poet and former miner Brian Salkeld will recite his poem ‘Memories’, written at the closure of Sutton Manor Colliery, and originally read by Johnny Vegas for Channel 4.

The sculpture will also receive a thorough cleaning prior to the events.

In the meantime, relive the Channel 4 television series about the inception and creation of Dream and watch Gary reflect on the project.

Dream St.Helens – Big Art from dream sthelens on Vimeo.

Gary Conley from Dream on Vimeo.

For more information about Dream, tours and the celebration events, contact Gary Conley by email via garyconley@sthelens.gov.uk.

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