Skipton Open Studios, sponsored by Skipton International, is back again this year with over 70 artists and creative groups taking part. And now, after nine successful years of the initiative, ArtHouse Jersey is redefining Skipton Open Studios for 2018.
DID YOU KNOW? Jersey is alive with artists and creators. They can be found in almost every corner you look: in studios hidden down winding country lanes, in the rooftops of an unassuming industrial warehouse unit, in their own homes, or even on our streets.
Skipton Open Studios, sees local Artists open their creative spaces, and pop-up in unusual locations, for the public to visit for free over the last weekend in June and the first weekend in July. We bring the public and Artists together to meet, to gain an insight into how and where the work is produced, understanding the inspirations and techniques involved.
Participating studios and creative spaces across the Island will be free for the public to visit during the two weekends of the 23rd-24th June and 30th June-1st July between 10am-5pm on both weekends. For details of the artists, events and locations, please visit the dedicated event website: www.skiptonopenstudios.je.
First launched in May 2008, in response to the lack of public art gallery space for local artists to showcase their work, Skipton Open Studios was created and stemmed from ambitious roots. featuring over 50 Jersey artists, with a group exhibition of the artists’ work at a pop-up shop in Bath Street. Coordinated by Raewyn Riva, the project was kindly sponsored by HSBC and brought both artists and businesses together. It provided invaluable publicity to artists and brought footfall to their studios enabling them to show a large volume of work, which was sold directly to the public with out the normal additional gallery commission.
The event then returned annually, growing in its participation and attendance each year. Since those early days, the initiative has been sponsored by Skipton International, and has seen pop-up exhibitions in Shipping Containers at Weighbridge Place, Taster Exhibitions at CCA International Gallery, community art projects taking place in the Royal Square, a steamroller print-press, a large-scale mural at Normans Commercial Buildings, and thousands of locals and visitors visiting visual artists studios.
Simply put, it is a celebration of Jersey’s unique artistic community and culture. Have you ever wondered exactly how local artists produce their work? The Skipton Open Studios provides the public with exclusive access into local artists’ working spaces to meet the people behind the art, and get a fly-on-the-wall insight into their creative practices. Participating studios and creative spaces across all of the island’s parishes will be free to visit during the weekends of the 23rd-24th June and 30th June-1st July. As well as welcoming visitors through the doors to their private homes and studios, artists also group together to display their work as part of pop-up exhibitions at 10 and 20 Commercial Buildings, La Folie Studios, the Frances Le Sueur Centre and in a number of Jersey’s unique historic properties such as Le Moulin de Quetivel Mill.
Familiar faces returning to the event include Lisa Le Brocq, June Gould and Nick Romeril, who will be using the art event to showcase new work from his recent residency on board a Navy ship in the Antarctic. Many first timers will also be exhibiting including Danny Richardson, Pia Malmstrup and Rian Hotton. The event will also provide an opportunity to view the work of Ian Rolls at his new gallery space at the recently restored Foot Building on Pitt Street.
This year ArtHouse Jersey has grown the ancillary programme around the Open Studios to encourage more of the public to get involved. Skipton Open Studios has a really important function to engage the wider public in art. We want to see people who wouldn’t typically enter arts spaces crossing the threshold and hopefully having a go. This year ArtHouse Jersey will also be running a unique ten-day ‘takeover’ of the former police station in the Royal Square, Piquet House, as the epicentre for the Skipton Open Studios. Piquet House will be the venue for several artistic projects, including a number of pop-up events, such as two art installations – the ‘Who Am I?’ project and ‘Story Exchange’ curated by Sarah Taylor. If you’re prepared to get arty, The ‘Who Am I?’ Project lets anyone try their hand at creating a collage ‘portrait’ of themselves to express their unique identity. Inspired by the BBC’s Listening Project, ‘The Story Exchange’ installation involves Sarah Taylor interviewing local artists and their stories will be archived as part of a growing collection of Jersey voices. Both of these initiatives will be open to all to take part from 10am to 5pm Saturday 23 June to Sunday 1 July.
In the run up to the event, St Helier will also welcome the continuation of the Mural Project, coordinated by local artist Ben Robertson (aka BOKRA). This will see ten new murals pop up around St Helier’s streets over the next two months, paving the way for Jersey’s first ever Street Art Tour. The programme of events will also include a unique supper-club experience, a Food Styling and Photography workshop and a Drink and Draw night at Project 52, where participates can have a go at human figure drawing. You don’t have to have had any experience of drawing to take part – just the willingness to have a go in the company of friends!
2017 saw ArtHouse Jersey take a break from the Skipton Open Studios to pursue the Skipton Arts Series - the umbrella term that encompasses the Open Studios as well as other community arts events throughout the coming year. 2017 events included the successful Paper Talks project which saw thousands of islanders try their hand at the art of paper-cutting, and commissioned projects including the DIY Terrarium Project run by Will Bertram at the Link Gallery and Ben Robertson’s Mural Project, amongst others.
Aaron Waldon, Commercial Manager, Skipton International said: “We have supported ArtHouse Jersey for many years now as their community arts events bring Jersey to life and are something the whole island can become involved with. Extending the scope of artists able to participate in this year’s Open Studios will no doubt bring new energy to the event and more importantly provide a larger platform to showcase local talent.”
ArtHouse Jersey will be updating this page regularly with further information about the programme of events and live news. Keep checking back for updates or visit our social media pages for more information. For press enquiries and further information, not currently listed on our website, please contact Producer Alice Bravery by email on email@example.com or phone 01534 617521.