Skipton Open Studios, sponsored by Skipton International and produced by ArtHouse Jersey, formerly the Jersey Arts Trust, celebrates the wealth of talented artists and makers in Jersey. This popular Jersey event, sees local artists open their studios or take up residence in unusual sites around the island. The public is invited to engage with artists, learn about their practice, and to purchase or commission work directly.
After nine successful years of the initiative, which since 2014 has seen Taster Exhibitions at CCA International Gallery, community art projects taking place in the Royal Square, a steam-roller being utilized as a print-press, a large scale mural being painted on Normans Commercial Buildings, special one-off screenings at Havres des Pas, and thousands of locals and visitors to the island visiting visual artists studios, ArtHouse Jersey is redefining the Skipton Open Studios for 2018.
For the first time, the producers behind the fortnight-long event have extended the invitation to showcase the creative work of professionals from the industries of Design, Music and Performing Arts, in addition to the fantastic array of visual artists already associated with the project. As always, there’s a huge range of artists participating, at all different career stages and working in almost every style and medium imaginable.
The public is invited to visit the studios (e.g painting /photography /pottery /recording /design etc. studios or rehearsal spaces) of local creatives where their work may be showcased, or available for sale, and see behind-the-scenes of where and how the artists make their work. It is an opportunity for islanders and visitors alike to witness the artistic culture of the island and step over the threshold into the world an artist. Some artists/groups will also take residence in some of the incredible National Trust and Jersey Heritage sites in the island, including Grève de Lecq Barraks and The Elms, making the most of these wonderful cultural spaces.
Have you ever wondered exactly how local artists produce their work? 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 2018. Several artists will take-over historic properties such as Le Moulin de Quétivel Mill and Grève de Lecq Barracks, thanks to partnerships developed with the National Trust for Jersey, as their pop-up venue. Venues like the Frances Le Sueur Centre in St Ouen’s Bay, La Folie Studios and 10 and 20 Commercial Buildings will house several artists’ exhibitions in one place, a great chance for the public to see several open studios at once.
ArtHouse Jersey will be announcing details of further special events, workshops, demos, special events and parties taking place as part of the 2018 Skipton Open Studios soon.