Thousands of visitors enjoyed Jersey’s creative culture as the 2018 Skipton Open Studios, sponsored by Skipton International, completed its ninth year as a Jersey-wide art event, celebrating the wealth of artistic talent on the Island.
This year Skipton Open Studios saw thousands of Islanders viewing artwork and exhibitions of over 70 participating Jersey-based artists throughout the last two weekends of June. The event was the largest Arthouse Jersey have hosted to date, with 38 studio locations and over 200 individual artists, groups, galleries and independent businesses taking part.
Studios ranged from intimate individual spaces tucked away in Jersey’s countryside to group exhibitions with workshops and special parties. While several artists hosted and organised their own art classes, demos and talks, the producers of the event, ArtHouse Jersey, also ran a special programme of exciting and creative activities.
ArtHouse Jersey ran several events at its “pop-up hub” for Skipton Open Studios, Picquet House, in the Royal Square. The former police station, which was visited by over a thousand people in itself, became the location of numerous art installations and workshops. This included a Food Styling and Photography Workshop with Holly Smith Photography and the Bean Pot, as well as a sealed-bid auction raising funds to support local Jersey artists. Picquet House was also home to art exhibitions, including those by Nicholas Romeril and Gabriella Street, and participatory workshops and projects by Sarah Taylor and The morning boat.
Ten new murals now adorn the streets of St Helier, thanks to the continuation of ArtHouse Jersey’s Mural Project III, curated by Ben Roberstson (BOKRA) in locations including the central and fish markets, Rue de Funchal and Parade Gardens. These can all be discovered on self-guided walks thanks to a map available here, which includes information on the artists behind each of the works.
ArtHouse Jersey ran two additional events at two other locations – a ‘Food as Art’ dinner curated by Ian Rolls, James Lingard, Love Wine and Nourish at Greve de Lecq Barracks, and a ‘Drink & Draw’ co-hosted by Abi Overland at Project 52. The Drink & Draw event saw over fifty people attend a night of drawing models in costumes designed by Alice Bravery, all while sipping cocktails as they sketch!
The Producer of the Skipton Open Studios, Alice Bravery, said: “We cannot thank Skipton International enough, as well as the participating artists and event partners, for their support in making this year’s Skipton Open Studios one of the most ambitious to date. The event is a pivotal moment in the cultural calendar for the community across the spectrum of the local arts scene to get together and work on something collective that truly showcases the wealth of Jersey talent.
“We are still collating the number of visitors from all artists involved, but anticipate that this will have been the most highly visited of the Skipton Open Studios since the event was launched.”
Aaron Walden, Commercial Manager of Skipton International, said: “We are thrilled to have supported such a vibrant event that really does celebrate all that is great about the Island and its community. This year’s event was a huge success and we are looking forward to continuing a partnership with Arthouse Jersey. Skipton will be celebrating their 10th anniversary next year and so we will be hoping to create something magical with Arthouse Jersey to mark the occasion.”
History of Skipton Open Studios:
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.
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.
ArtHouse Jersey will be updating the Skipton Open Studios page regularly with further information about the programme of future 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01534 617521.