Dream Media Call

  • 16 April 2009

Channel 4, Arts Council England and The Art Fund, in conjunction with St.Helens Council, invite you to a media briefing and photo call for the unveiling of a landmark new sculpture for the Northwest.

Dream, by internationally renowned artist Jaume Plensa, was chosen by a group of local ex-miners and commissioned by St.Helens Council as part of The Big Art Project, an ambitious public art initiative from Channel 4 supported by Arts Council England, the national development agency for the arts, and The Art Fund, the UK’s leading independent art charity.

The final piece of the 20m high sculpture - of a young girl’s face in a seemingly dream-like state - will be lowered into place on Tuesday 21 April. It is prominently situated on the site of a former colliery nominated by the former miners as a place they wanted to see a new piece of public art.

Date: Tuesday 21 April 2009
Time: 12.15 to 15.45
Venue: Briefing at The World of Glass, Chalon Way East, St.Helens WA10 1BX, followed by the unveiling of Dream onsite at the former Sutton Manor Colliery, Jubits Lane, St.Helens, WA9 4BB

Dream is scheduled for completion next month and will be publicly launched on 31 May.

Jaume Plensa and the ex-miners who chose the work will be available for interview, together with representatives from all the other key bodies involved in realising Dream.

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

Big Art, a four-part Channel 4 series, which starts on Sunday 10 May follows the creation of Dream, one of seven Big Art Project sites across the UK.


12.15-12.45 Registration & schedule interviews; food & refreshments served

12.45 Welcome & introduction – Cllr. Brian Spencer, Leader of St.Helens Council

12.50 Jan Younghusband, Commissioning Editor Arts & Performance, Channel 4

12.55 David Barrie, Director, The Art Fund

13.00 Andrew Nairne, Executive Director, Arts Strategy, Arts Council England

13.05 Channel 4 Big Art Project television series promo film

13.15 Conclusion of the briefing

13.15-13.45 Drive to Sutton Manor NB. Transportation provided.

13.45-14.00 Go up to the summit of Sutton Manor – by foot or minibus shuttle

14.00 Final piece of Dream is lowered into place

From 14.15 Interviews for print and broadcast media.

Available for interviews
Jaume Plensa, Artist
David Barrie, Director, The Art Fund
Gary Conley, Spokesperson for the Sutton Manor Colliery ex-miners Focus Group
Sarah Fisher, Head of Visual Arts, Arts Council England Northwest
Andrew Nairne, Executive Director, Arts Strategy Arts Council England
Laurie Peake, Programme Director of Public Art, Liverpool Biennial, & Curator for Big Art St.Helens
Mike Smith, Producer of the Big Art Project television series, Carbon Media
Cllr. Brian Spencer, Leader of St.Helens Council, and former mine-worker
Richard Tracey, Senior Regeneration Executive, Northwest Regional Development Agency
Jan Younghusband, Commissioning Editor Arts & Performance, Channel 4

RSVP by Friday 17 April to
Catharine Braithwaite cat@we-r-lethal.com or 07947 644 110