Photos by Kerry-Jane Warner.
Les P’tits Faîtchieaux
The installation is made up of thousands of small clay figures that the Skipton Art Series artists have been busy making since the beginning of the year. In March, the figures were fired in a handmade kiln, on site at La Hougue Bie. To coincide with the spring Equinox, the figures were carefully placed in the Neolithic passageway, where they will remain throughout the year until the site closes in October
The public is now invited to come to La Hougue Bie to make their own clay figure, to add the growing collection of little people. The aim of the project is to involve as many people as possible in the making of figures, which will be displayed in the tomb at the spring equinox and throughout the coming year. Visitors, local schools, charities and the wider community will be encouraged to participate when the site opens later this month. Artists will be on hand to run the public figure-making workshops from 27th March - 13th April and the 18th July – 31st August from 10:30am – 12:30pm.
The resulting exhibition will be reminiscent of Antony Gormley’s ‘Field for the British Isles’ and will be showcased at La Hougue Bie throughout the year.
Skipton Art Series and National Trust for Jersey Pop up Gallery at Greve de Lecq Barracks
As part of the Pan-Island Heritage Festival, the Greve de Lecq Barracks will be turned into an exhibition gallery, over 5 weekends in April and May. Artists include Jools Holt, Janine Graham, Naomi Renouf, Marc Medland, Phil Marret, Gina Socrates, Nicola Lucas and Ariel Luke.
Every weekend during the Channel Islands Heritage Festival (except the Easter weekend), the artists will take turns to exhibit their work. The ‘pop-up’ gallery aims to help talented local artists to showcase and sell their work for one weekend only, whilst helping raise funds and awareness of National Trust for Jersey.
The exhibition dates are: 11-12 April – 9-10 May. More information can be found on the Jersey Arts Trust website: www.arts.je and the National Trust for Jersey website: www.nationaltrust.je
Later in the year:
Archilse Photographer in Residence, Tom Pope, will be running a workshop for Skipton Art Series artists in June.
David Pearl, the founder of Street Wisdom, will also be working with the artists later this summer. More information on his work can be found at: www.streetwisdom.org
A huge public projection gallery in a very public space is planned as a finale to the year’s Skipton Art Series events, making the best of Jersey’s art accessible to all. More details about projects occurring later in 2015 will be released in the next few months.