How to make the most of Skipton Open Studios 2018 in 42 hrs…. West of the Island
Published: 05 June 2018
There’s so much to do as part of the Skipton Open Studios, that we thought we’d make some suggestions of where to start in the West of the island, to help unfamiliar visitors to make the most of the second weekend of Open Studios! There are several other venues to potentially visit beyond this itinerary, including in the East of the island so don’t be afraid to go off-road and do some exploring of your own… in fact we encourage all of you to create your own adventure and share your discoveries with us @ArtHouseJersey.
All participating studios around the island will be open to visitors on both the weekend of the 23-24th June, and 30th June-1st July, between 10am - 5pm.
For those wanting to familiarize with the rugged West Coast of Jersey there are several studios to discover whilst exploring St Ouen and St Mary.
In the bay of St Ouen four locations will showcase the work of local visual artists of a diverse range of mediums. The Frances Le Sueur centre (location 17), normally the marshland cabin for the environmental department, for instance will be the pop-up studio for Neil Harvey, Tim Le Breuilly and Jodie Carney, whose work all respond to themes in nature. They’ve also got the Good Stone wood-fired pizza cart rocking up for the day to serve delicious CLIMAVORE pizzas to visitors so get there whilst they’re still hot out of the oven!
June Gould (location 19), Kirsten Miller (location 21) and Kirsty Garcia (22)'s studios are only a very short stop away, spaced out nicely to give you a tour of the bay. Venture slightly off the beautiful Five Mile Road to find each one nestled between the beach and sanddunes.
Inland you have the cluster studio of several lady artists Anna D'Alessandro, Clare Morvan, Lizi Hill and Rebecca Friedman at Daisy Cottage Campsite (location 04) above Plemont and the independent studios of mother-daughter duo Lucy and Rosemary Blackmore (location 24), and Andrew Sinclair (location 03), who create work with ceramics in their lovely home pottery studios. We promise that it will definitely be worth the effort to seek out these personal studios in the back lanes of St Ouens.
Finally head to Grève de Lecq in St Mary’s to see painters Hugh Knaggs and Julia Renault at the National Trust for Jersey owned barracks (location 14), in time for the sun to set in the West!
You could start your Sunday in the countryside of St Mary by visiting the National Trust for Jersey’s historic farmhouse The Elms where painter Rian Hotton (location 31) will showcase his landscape paintings. Drive South through St Peter’s Valley to stop into a second National Trust for Jersey property, Le Quetivel Mill (location 05), this time a working watermill in one of Jersey’s most picturesque valleys where Annie Martland, Emma Faull, Melissa Bonn, and Pippa Simpson will exhibit and give demonstrations of their practices.
In St Aubin’s you can find the independent studios of Brian Clarke (location 07) and Dasa Wharton (location 09), as well as the Harbour Gallery (location 12) where 80 local artisans sell their work. Here an exhibition of work by three of Jersey’s well-known local artists, Naomi Renouf, June Gould and Mark Guest, ‘Trais’ will be on display amongst other artists work. There’s also a great Deli here if you’re wanting to fuel up before heading off on your journey!
There is a studio hidden in the South West corner of the island to discover, belonging to Pia Malmstrup (location 29), in private properties above pretty Portelet bay. To find this discreet spot, keep left on Le Chemin Du Portelet. Keep driving on the narrow road until you come to a white sign on the left guiding you to Le Portelet and Portelet house. Turn left and at the end of the road keep left and go/drive through the black gate. You can park at the house. Walk around the house to the right, and you will be guided to the exhibition!