As part of this year’s Skipton Art Series, ArtHouse Jersey created a central commissioning pot for visual arts projects in 2017 that anchored around creating new work and engaging the community. Five individual projects, proposed and coordinated by local artists, were commissioned and each had a mini-exhibition as part of the Link Gallery takeover in June-July.
The ‘DIY Terrarium Project’ was run by local mixed media artist Will Bertram. Inspired by the company London Terrariums who put on workshops of the same theme, the aim of the project is to instruct participants on how to create a slice of nature to decorate their homes in a fun and relaxed environment. Once the terrariums were finished they were be labeled with their creator’s name and displayed alongside work on a floral, plant life theme by local artists to turn the Link Gallery into an oasis of nature and creativity. The workshops proved hugely popular with each one scheduled selling out, leading Will to offer drop-in sessions outside of regular workshop slots for the public to come by and participate. The resulting exhibition transformed the space and provided an excellent platform for some of the island’s up-and-coming artists, including Abi Overland, Lauren Radley and Abbie Morton, to display their work.
The Link Gallery’s Summer Takeover proved to be a huge success for the Skipton Art Series, with a high number of visitors pouring into Jersey Museum. The exhibition space, which is sponsored by Skipton International, was loaned to ArtHouse Jersey during the summer months to showcase local artwork and host community projects and workshops. During the Takeover, the Museum welcomed 11,000 visitors through its doors, 3,000 more than recorded during this period in 2016.