Culture HQ

Culture HQ is situated at Runcorn Shopping City, Unit 39 (near Argos)

Open every Thursday to Saturday 10am – 2pm

Please contact Claire at haltonculturehq@gmail.com for more information.

Culture HQ – The Programme of Events

From the 20th May til the 23rd of October, Culture HQ will be open to the public from Thursday to Saturday 10-2.  There will be a series of exhibitions to experience till October, cultural books to read and art materials on hand, so that you can respond to the ongoing exhibition programme.

Monday – Wednesday:  Local Artists and Community Groups will have the opportunity to use the space to hold meetings, create artwork, host talks, all whilst being inspired by the surrounding exhibitions.

Due to the delay caused by the Pandemic, several artists and organisations aren’t quite there yet with their projects and artwork, so throughout the year, we will be working with them to curate smaller exhibitions, ensuring that we provide opportunities for those that want to showcase their talent.

The following programme features those organisations that have the time and capacity to work on a larger scale project, with an exhibition as an outcome. There is also a series of workshops happening outside of Culture HQ to enhance the exhibitions, this includes the groups and individuals working with professional artists, illustrators, writers and photographers to bring their projects to life.

Changes to this programme may still happen – so every week we will be updating the ‘What’s On’ via social media and the staff based at Culture HQ. 

Please contact Claire at haltonculturehq@gmail.com for more information.

May

Exhibition: 20th May to 12th June – Draw on Halton with Hazlehurst Studios – An exhibition inspired by a series of Halton themed prompts, created by artists from Hazlehurst Studios, their work experience students and members of the public.

Workshop:

  • 22nd May – 11am to 4pm Pixel Art wall with Mako Media – an opportunity to create one of the thousand pieces of digital art needed to create the ‘Celebrate Halton’ Pixel Art Wall. Several more pixel art workshops will be held throughout the year. There will also be some live art in action from Hazlehurst Studios.
  • Meet the Makers – Place for us will be hosting a monthly ‘surgery’ so you can find out all about their current programme with Norton Priory and beyond.

June 

Exhibition: 18th June to 3rd July – More in Common – A photographic essay capturing the people that went above and beyond during the pandemic – this will also form part of a series of celebration events around the ‘Great Get Together’ weekend which is the 18th-20th June.

Inside of Culture HQ:

Outside of Culture HQ:

Writing workshops begin with various groups across Halton, the outcomes will feed into their exhibitions over the BOC year and a BOC intergenerational version of the Serial Culture Zine

  • Online Artist Boot Camp – 30th June, 21st July and 7th August (in person)

Professional development for local creatives in collaboration with The Double Negative http://www.thedoublenegative.co.uk/ these are  aimed at people at any stage of their creative career, from your creating an Artist Bio to writing a Press Release. – book via eventbrite now https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/culture-hq-33596221781

July:

Exhibition: 8th July to 24th July – Serial Culture Zine – featuring the articles, front covers and individual artist images from the first two issues of this exciting new zine created by local young people – blown up (Enlarged to potentially A1 size, maybe bigger). During this time a private view and a showcase of other groups based at The Studio Widnes, including a recruitment drive for an intergenerational issue of the zine coming out in September

Workshop:

Inside Culture HQ:

  • The Studio Widnes takeover – with several opportunities to find out more about the groups that call The Studio Widnes home, from zines to newly formed record labels.
  • Meet the Makers – Place for us will be hosting a monthly ‘surgery’ so you can find out all about their current programme with Norton Priory and beyond.

Outside of Culture HQ: Writing workshops begin with various groups across Halton, the outcomes will feed into their exhibitions over the BOC year. A photographer and writer will start working with Ella, in advance of their exhibition in September.

August:

Exhibition: 5th August to 21st August – Elements of Halton. This is an exhibition of work created in collaboration with Catalyst Museums and local schools

Workshop:

Inside the unit:

  • Puppet City (Date to be confirmed) Puppet makers, participants and actors create a playful cardboard world for us all to play in. We welcome and play with puppets as they arrive in their new cardboard city. Building and making a city for puppets to play in and live in, so we can learn more about what kind of cities we would like to live in.

Led by Dr Matt Smith, University of Portsmouth, Puppet City forms a part of a research project exploring urban spaces and play.

  • Place for Us ‘surgery’ – with drop ins and showcasing their ongoing work with Norton Priory.
  • ‘Bubble Up’ with The Studio Widnes – lockdown art project with young people, creating art and learning how to create and curate an exhibition (Date to be confirmed)

Outside the unit: Writing workshops begin with various groups across Halton, the outcomes will feed into their exhibitions over the BOC year.

September:

Exhibition – Comic Window Takeover – Work experience students from Hazlehurst Studios will take over the windows with comic themes to tie in with the ‘ComicCon’ event within the Shopping City.

Exhibition: 9th September – 25th September – Who is Ella Performance – A photographic exhibition curated by the members of Ella, working with a local photographer, features a series of photographs that captures the ethos of Ella. They will also work with a writer to tell their story and these words will be displayed alongside the photographs. On the 12th September it is ‘Disability Awareness Day’ and the group identified this as an important date for them to celebrate with the exhibition.

Workshop:

  • Comic related workshop – Green screen and Pixel Art with Mako (4th September)
  • Ella Performance will be showcasing some of their work for upcoming performance in The Brindley and hosting a ‘Meet the members’ day, so that you can find out more about the group.

Other – Comic Con at Runcorn Shopping City, ‘Where The Light is’ light and sound installation (to be confirmed)

October:

30th September – 16th October – Culture HQ with added GLOW working over summer with a writer to explore themes around LGBTQIA+ history and the story of GLOW  (and it’s other forms) over the years and then working with an illustrator to bring some of that to life.

Exhibition: Using the illustrations and words created in the workshops, storyboards will be created, so you can experience the story of GLOW.