'Art'chaeology' was a creative archaeological residency project that explored links between artistic and archaeological research that has seen two artists from France and Jersey spend time developing work in both jurisdictions.
In 2015, the four artists (Matt Falle, Karen Le Roy Harris, Amélie Delaunay and Fleur Helluin) spent 5 days as part of an active team on an archaeological site in Vieux La Romaine in Caen, where they interacted with archaeologists, were shown key findings and artefacts, and had access to sources of information in archives and libraries.
Later that month, the artists completed their Jersey residency under the guidance of Jersey Heritage’s Curator of Archaeology, Olga Finch, as well as Dr Matt Pope and his team. The artists were given access to many of Jersey’s significant archaeological sites including Les Varines, La Hougue Bie, La Cotte and Neolithic dolmens.
'Art’chaeology' was developed by ArtHouse Jersey and Les Ateliers Intermédiaires, with support of the Normandy Regional Council, the Institute Français and the States of Jersey. It also received support of the Calvados Department Council, Vieux la Romaine’s museum and archaeological sites, the Maison de la Normandie, and the experts and archaeological sites of Jersey Heritage.
The concept of the project was to explore and celebrate archaeology by introducing contemporary artists to archaeological sites, leading to a travelling exhibition of work in each territory.
As well as the research element of the project, it also offered an opportunity for the artists to explore each other’s home and get to know one another and their respective practice.
Over the course of a year, the four artists produced pieces of work in response to the sites and the discoveries they made. An exciting mix of mediums was presented at the ‘Art’Chaeology’ exhibition, which included installation, print, ceramic work, painting, sketching and sculpture.
The exhibition also travelled to France in 2017 for the work to be displayed in Caen.
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