Each year we provided over 300 young people with over 2500 sessions in music and arts.

With weekly art & design, sound & lighting and guitar & drums session, monthly gigs and 6 weekly gallery art exhibitions, and one off projects exploring everything from mental health and World War One through performance art.

So many of our members have moved on to further education focusing on music and music technology and most are still performing regularly on the local or wider music scene.
We are still here for you!

We still have Rehearsal rooms and Recording opportunities - look on AAA Records tab for latest information.
Thanks for all your support and creativity- you still own this space so keep your ideas coming.

Enjoy these images from our final gig on 20 December 2014 by fabulous local photographer Warren Millar.

GALLERY

Currently

Banner Time!
6 large banners on exhibit from The Brindley production of The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare.

The banner were created by artist Cathy Roundthwaite (resident at Hazelhurst Studios, Runcorn) and Weaver Arts Group at the Brindley in September 2013 in the style of John Squire from The Stone Roses. The Banners were seen in the second half of the play representing a music festival, similar to The Stone Roses Spike Island gig in 1990. Permission was also given by Ian Tilton to allow the use of his photograph of the crowd at the event in the production also.
The three night production in the 480 seated theatre also featured AAA band Late Night Television performing I Am The Resurrection by The Stone Roses and Sound Minds (Mental Health Services Users Group based at the Studio) performing The Jean Genie by David Bowie and supported by Youth Music Worker Tony Reilly on bass guitar.

What’s Next?
Heritage Consultation Project
We want your photographs, newspaper articles, posters of events from The Studio and the recently demolished Queens Hall.
Both venues have seen many world renowned performers and lot of changes to the buildings over the years and we want to remind people of how we got here and the heritage of music and performance in Halton and on this site.
We will exhibit some of the images and documents we already have be we would love you to add to this collection. If there is enough interest we hope to expand the project and gain funding from Heritage Lottery to create an exhibition,  book, documentary and a CD of original music based on the collective memories of these outstanding music venues.

Coming Soon:

11-17’s Open Art Exhibition 9th May to 20th June 2014
AAA Trash Fashion and Jewellery  27th June to 31 August 2014
Adele Reece- local Artist 5th September to 31st October 2104
AAA 5 year Retrospective 7th November to 24th January 2015

2014 Exhibitions


Liverpool Coastline, Past and Present: a joint exhibition by Sarah Nicholson and Stanislaw Jan Krakiewicz: 5 January- 22 Febrauary
The exhibition is a celebration of the two aspects of the maritime life of Liverpool Bay. Local artist Sarah Nicholson works in fragile medium of pastel on watercolour paper represent the present heavy industry of the Runcorn and Widnes area, while Stas Krakiewicz finds inspiration from English Naïve painting mark the historic vision of the stately home central feature canvas of a seascape set proudly above the mantle

Clive Roughly Photography: Widnes Bands and Images from 70’s/80’s : 12 October – 4 January 2014 Introduction from David Candler (Assistant Curator)
Lincoln, Nebraska October 8, 2013

Many of the wonderful photographs you are about to experience appeared on my Facebook feed over a period of several months. Clive and I have never met in person, but we have mutual friends in some of the Widnes musicians he has often, and most successfully, made the subjects of his photographic endeavours. Each time Clive posted one of his photographs, I would become absorbed by it, and the image would linger in my mind - seared on my retina, even - for hours, if not days and weeks. And now it's become years. As well as Clive's splendidly observational pictures, which embody great love and empathy, work on Facebook, I became consumed by the idea that they merited a more traditional setting, a gallery in the real world where they can interact more effectively with both each other and their viewers. I also feel Clive deserves much greater recognition as a photographer, and what better way to accelerate that process than with a cool art show, where you can blow up your pictures bigger than even God Almighty Facebook can manage, in your home town? Not too long ago, I put the idea to Clive, a generous soul who was appreciative of my gushing, but he responded, "They're just snaps." Fortunately, others in handy places agree with me that Clive is a major talent who has taken more than snaps, and we have been able to persuade the man into the light.
Visitors came from as far as Derby to see themselves in Clive’s photos!


Hazel Roberts- Time for Tea  : 20 July – 17 August
This series of images have been taken from a project where the artist asked people if she bought or made them a cup of tea would they allow her to take their photograph. The participants often revealed personal information and the artist has tried to reflect the delicacy of the encounters through her choice of materials such as printing on tea-bags and kitchen role and handkerchiefs.
The artist works in a variety and mediums to include; photography, typography, illustration and graphic design. Previously she studied Fine Art at Cardiff University before working as a graphic designer and photographer. She is currently involved with the Manchester based Verb collective and is currently studying for a Master in Design through the University of Chester.
Hazel had also provided AAA members with a free workshop in artistic photography in December 2012, the results of which were exhibited as part of ‘This Is Me’.
Summer’s Cool : 24 August – 5 October
Summer 2013 saw the return of ‘Summer’s Cool’, four weeks of art/music and media sessions. From Movie Beats to Bottle Head Beatles, we created a music video for Outside The Day’s latest track ‘Lost’, had a professional photo shoot with Warren Millar, recorded our ‘Beautiful Noise’ jam sessions and set up for the coming gigs.
Photographs of all the activities, photo shoot images by Warren Millar, the TV Puppet Theatre, Beatles Bottle Heads and the CD Sleeve Art all created by AAA members gave a taste of summer at the Studio.

Warren Millar photos from the Studio and Beyond : 7 June– 13 July
Warren Millar become a great friend of The Studio through his photography of The Lewis Edge Live Room Project in 2013, since then he attends most gigs and captures the performers in action. He is a great asset to The Studio and the AAA members as he even did a free photo shoot for our bands and solo artists as part of our ‘Summer’s Cool’ sessions in August 2013, the results of which were exhibited alongside the CD sleeve artwork and other ‘Summer’s Cool’ outcomes.
Warren exhibited photographs front events and gigs at The Studio as well as images from Glastonbudget, and a range of portraits showing his versatility.


Open Art 11-17’s in partnership with The Brindley Gallery and HBC Arts Development : 13 April – 18 May 2014
We were thrilled to develop the first ever under 18’s Open Art Exhibition alongside the hugely popular over 18’s Open art Exhibition each year at the Brindley. Open is an opportunity for all visual artists living, working or studying in Halton to share their creativity with an audience. Works in all media and styles are welcome. Our under 18’s winners in 2013 were as follows
1st Michaela Brenton for ‘My Zombie Shoe’, 2nd Chelsea hicks for ‘Trigger’, 3rd Brendan Conder for  ‘War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength’ and the Visitors Choice went to Michael Carney for his ‘Liverpool Football Sculpture’
Each winning a variety of art materials.
Judges were Adele Childs Textiles Tutor at Cronton College and Louise Hesketh Visual Arts Officer. This project is to become an annual event so look at for application details coming soon.


Set In Stone- Ian Tilton Photography: 23 March – 6 April
Ian Tilton, world renowned photographer, of bands such as Nirvana, Joy Division and The Stone Roses exhibited a number of photographs from The Spike Island Stone Roses gig in 1990.
The focus of that exhibition was Ian & Claire Caldwell’s new book Set in Stone in which the photographs feature.
This exhibition was accompanied by a book signing, talk and live music event which saw an impromptu visit by Spike Island film writer and actor, Chris Coghill and Nico Mirallegro (who plays Finn in My Big Fat Diary)

This Is Me

AAA Artspace Gallery opened on Friday 20th January 2013 with the This Is Me exhibition and Vinyl Art from Drop The Dumbells.
This Is Me provided an opportunity for AAA members and groups based at the Studio to explore how they saw themselves and have an artistic visual presence created either here at The studio in a session with resident artists and musician Genevieve Baker or in own time and then exhibit alongside artwork inspired by favourite album sleeves previously seen at Drop The Dumbells in Liverpool.
This is Me was funded by an Halton Borough Council  Integrated Youth Service grant.