To coincide with Jersey’s hosting of the 2015 NatWest Island Games, the Jersey Arts Trust is thrilled to announce that it will be producing an Inter-Island Artist Lock-in at Elizabeth Castle. To mirror the inclusive and cooperative ethos of the Island Games, the Jersey Arts Trust has invited one Artist from each participating island to spend ten days at the Castle to develop shared work around the theme of ‘Islandness’.
In association with WildWorks and Jersey Heritage, the Inter-Island Artist Lock-In will be a professionally facilitated residency project that brings Artists of a variety of disciplines (music, dance, visual arts, literature, film, literature, performance), ages, backgrounds and experiences together to learn from each other and respond to their surroundings. The idea is to provide Artists with time and space to consider new ways of working and collaborating with people of different practices.
How does it work?
The Artists will be in residence at the Castle from Monday 22nd June until Thursday 2nd July and will be taken through a series of tasks that encourage teamwork and creative thinking. As the residency progresses, the tasks will become more focused, until the participants are left to work together to make shared pieces that will be showcased to an audience in the final two days.
The project will be fully residential with no Artist leaving the Island of Elizabeth Castle at any point during the process – they will truly be ‘locked in’.
The Lock-in is to be facilitated by Sue Hill who is the Associate Director of WildWorks – the renowned international theatre company best known for its 2011 production of ‘The Passion’ with Michael Sheen in Port Talbot. From 2000 – 2006, Sue was also the Artistic Director for the Eden Project, developing their innovative interpretation strategy, commissioning artists, writers and performers to illuminate Eden’s ideas and messages.
Jersey Arts Trust Director, Tom Dingle, said:
“The aim of the project is to bring people of different cultures, languages, experiences and backgrounds together in a spirit of creativity and cooperation, forming closer ties with our fellow Islands. As an Island off an Island, Elizabeth Castle is the perfect location for such exploration to take place. For up to 12 hours a day it is completely cut off from the mainland of Jersey and contains a myriad of interesting spaces and structures to inspire collective work.
We’re delighted to be working with Sue Hill again, who is simply unrivalled in her levels of energy and enthusiasm. With her at the helm, the Artists are in for a real treat!”
We now want to hear from you.
Jersey Arts Trust is now seeking applications from local artists who are interested in representing the Island of Jersey. Any Jersey based artists, of any discipline (visual artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers, photographers, multimedia artists), interested in taking part in the project should send a completed application form and some examples of their work to Alice Bravery at the Jersey Arts Trust. Application forms can be collected from the Jersey Arts Trust offices at 3 Charles Street or downloaded from the JAT website: www.arts.je . Alice can be contacted on 617521 or firstname.lastname@example.org should prospective Artists need any more information. The deadline for all submissions is Friday 20th March.