Artist Jaume Plensa talks about St.Helens' Dream at Art Fund event

Internationally renowned artist Jaume Plensa - creator of St.Helens' new landmark sculpture Dream - comes to the Shining Lights Centre in St.Helens on 11 May to give a special Artist in Conversation talk hosted by independent charity The Art Fund.

In conversation with art historian, critic and broadcaster Richard Cork, Plensa will talk about working with the ex-miners of the former Sutton Manor Colliery and the St.Helens community to create Dream.

The spectacular new artwork, which is over 21-metres high and depicts a young girl’s face in a seemingly dream-like state, now sits on the hill of the former colliery, midway between Liverpool and Manchester beside the M62.

Dream was commissioned by the ex-miners and St.Helens Council as part of the Big Art Project, an ambitious public art initiative from Channel 4, supported by The Art Fund and Arts Council England, the national development agency for the arts.

Big Art, a four-part Channel 4 series commencing Sunday 10 May at 7pm, follows the creation of Dream alongside the commissioning of public art works in six other chosen sites across the UK.

This special Artist in Conversation event is organised by The Art Fund, which is funded entirely by its 80,000 members and donations. The charity promotes the enjoyment of art for all and has given £181,000 towards the creation of Dream.

Jaume Plensa’s other works include The Crown Fountain in Chicago and Breathing – the illuminated glass spire of BBC Broadcasting House.

Dream will be launched to the public on 31 May.


Notes to editors:

1. The Art Fund is the UK’s leading independent art charity. It offers grants to help UK museums and galleries enrich their collections; campaigns on behalf of museums and their visitors; and promotes the enjoyment of art.

2. It is entirely funded from public donations and has 80,000 members. Since 1903 the charity has helped museums and galleries all over the UK secure 860,000 works of art for their collections.

3. Recent achievements include: helping secure Titian’s Diana and Actaeon for the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Gallery, London in February 2009 with a grant of £1 million; helping secure Anthony d’Offay’s collection, ARTIST ROOMS, for Tate and National Galleries of Scotland in February 2008 with a grant of £1million; and running the ‘Buy a Brushstroke’ public appeal which raised over £550,000 to keep Turner’s Blue Rigi watercolour in the UK.

4. For more information contact the Press Office on 020 7225 4888 or visit

The Art Fund is a Registered Charity No. 209174

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