How to make the most of Skipton Open Studios in 42 hrs…. Town and East
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 on where to start in Town and the East of the island, to help unfamiliar visitors to make the most of the first weekend of Open Studios! There are several other venues to potentially visit beyond this itinerary, including in the West of the island, so don’t be afraid to go off-road and do some exploring of your own to seek out hidden talent… 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.
Start off your Saturday for heading straight to the Skipton Open Studios ‘hub’ at Picquet House (locatio 08) in the Royal Square, our unique artistic takeover of a historic former police station, where you can meet a member of the ArtHouse Jersey team and be at the heart of the Open Studios event. Here you can pick up a directory, and see several Open Studios exhibitors at once, including Nick Romeril and Flux, with his exhibition of new work following his artistic residency to the Antarctic on the top floor, Gabriella Street, Christine Finn, Wendy Falla, Richard Pedley sharing work-in-development from his one-man show about magic, and experience two unique experiential art installations around self-expression, created by Sarah Taylor, amongst many, many other things!
Then hit the Streets! You could head north to Pitt Street to pop in to Ian Rolls’ brand new gallery space (location 15) in a newly restored National Trust property, then on to 10 Payn Street to see five local artists sharing a collective studio at The Art Rooms (location 13). Hungry for more? Then grab a tasty bite to eat, or even a packed lunch, at Beresford Street Kitchen (location 37), where work created by Jersey Mencap as part of the Taking Part Making Art initiative will be on display.
Once you’ve filled your bellies, you can satisfy your appetite for music by heading to the JAMM studios (location 16) in Wests Centre, where students from JENCA music school will be showcasing their music production and song writing skills. If you head to the Old Harbour at New North Quay you’ll be lined up to see three cluster studios at once.
Stop into 20 Commercial Buildings (location 02), where Jane James will be opening the doors of her commercial warehouse studio to allow people to see behind the scenes of the production of her ceramic art. Here several artists will exhibit in her spaces, across a range of artistic mediums. A few doors down at 10 Commercial Buildings (location 06) you’ll be welcomed in to Jason Butler’s studio to see the work of younger artists Ben Robertson, Danny Richardson, Sam Carney and Will Bertram (including some VR work). If you head south, walking past the Dazzle Ship created by Ian Rolls in 2015 to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, you can spend some time in La Folie Studios (location 10) where six local artists produce their work across mediums including sculpture, photography and film, before exploring the East side of the island on Sunday.
For your second day of exploring, you could always venture towards the Parishes of St Saviour, Grouville, St Martin and St Clements, which will house the independent studios of eight local artists to discover. Leaving of St Helier via Bagatelle road will allow you to stop into the studios of painters Aida De La Herran (location 01) and Susan Lintel (location 36). Keep going East to Rozel to experience the heat of the metal foundry run by Rylance Artist Blacksmiths (location 33).
Its’ only a short distance then to St Catherine’s Bay where the countryside studio of photographer Shannon James (location 34) is located, and to the St Catherine’s Sailing Club (location 20), where Katherine Cadin will be popping up with her vibrantly coloured artworks, inspired by the sea and nature. Round off your weekend by experiencing some Gorey ‘charm’ when you visit silversmith Lisa Le Brocq’s studio (location 23), where she will be demonstrating her jewellery making, stop off at the home studio of painter Nick Partlett (location 27) on the coast road, then see inside a historic naval round tower (location 32) in St Clement to view the oil landscapes created by Robert Allen.
Finally head back towards town via Matt Falle's studio, close to Havres des Pas (location 25) to see bold, colourful paintings. In town there are a couple of extra studios to find - the bespoke design studio of Paul Conway (COLAB) in Wharf Street (location 28) , the textiles studio and boutique of Rachel Concannon at La Colomberie (location 30) and Tom Parker's studio on Great Union Road (location 38) where you can see a print-press in action!
Three exhibitions can also be discovered in St Helier. The pop-up exhibit of Michael Power at the Waterfront hotel Radisson Blu (location 26) and of still life photographer Sergei Sogokon at the Link Gallery at the Jersey Museum. A great number of artists can also be seen at CCA Galleries International (location 39) as part of the ongoing Jersey Summer Exhibition, which presents selected works in an exhibition inspired by the Royal Academy of Art's Summer Show.