As part of the 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.
‘Drawing from Experience’ saw local illustrator Sam Carney run a ‘sketch walk’ for members of the public in May 2017. With materials provided for their use, the public were invited to participate in the workshop which involved a group walk from St Brelades’ Churchyard across the bay, stopping at regular intervals to make quick and spontaneous sketches informed by the scenery, architecture and people along the way. Whether the participants were complete beginners wanting to enjoy the amazing Jersey coast through an artist’s eye, or a more experienced artist looking to shake up their usual drawing practice, the workshop was a fun and informative experience designed to encourage people to stop and really look at their surroundings.
A selection of the hundreds of sketches created were then exhibited at the Link Gallery between Monday 19th June – Friday 30th June, as part of an exhibition documenting the project, with film and photography. The project was hugely popular, with resounding feedback from the participants of the sketch walk being that they wanted Sam to offer more of the workshops. As a result Sam has been commissioned by Jersey Heritage to offer sketch walks at Heritage sites, including Elizabeth Castle.