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Skipton Open Studios is back in 2018!

Published: 10 May 2018

Skipton Open Studios, sponsored by Skipton International and run by ArtHouse Jersey, celebrates the wealth of talented artists and makers in Jersey, and after a two year break we're excited to be back with a new event this summer!

After nine successful years of the event, which has formerly seen shipping containers being used as galleries, community art projects in the Royal Square, special one-off screenings at Havres des Pas, and thousands of locals and visitors to the island alike visiting visual artists studios, Art House Jersey is redefining what the Skipton Open Studios offering is for 2018.

For the first time, the producers behind the fortnight-long event have extended the invitation to showcase the creative work of professionals from the industries of Design, Music and Performing Arts, as well as it’s returning crowd of visual artists. As always, there’s a huge range of artists participating, at all different career stages and working in almost every style and process imaginable.

Alice Bravery, Producer at ArtHouse Jersey, said: ‘‘Each year we try to mix up the formula of the Open Studios to keep it relevant to local artists and the wider community. This year it felt essential to broaden the definition of an ‘Open Studio’ to celebrate the wider spectrum of creative people making all kinds of interesting original work here in the island. We’re so fortunate to boast talented designers, musicians, writers, and theatre makers, amongst others, and we want to shine a spotlight on their abilities by allowing behind-the-scenes access to their creative process. For visitors there’s no better opportunity to get a sense of the true artistic undercurrent of the island, which plays a hugely important role in our culture and community.’

Have you ever wondered exactly how local artists produce their work? Participating studios, rehearsal rooms, and creative spaces around the Island will be free for the public to visit during the weekends of the 23rd-24th June and 30th June-1st July. Many artists will take-over historic properties such as The Elms and Morel Farm, thanks to partnerships developed with the National Trust for Jersey, as their pop-up venue.

Each year Skipton Open Studios gets bigger with a Programme jammed with private views, workshops, special projects and collateral exhibitions across a wider spectrum than ever before.

Exhibition venues including the Harbour Gallery will present the work of their members and CCA International’s Summer Show will coincide with the Skipton Open Studios to showcase work of selected local artists, much like the Royal Academy of Art in London.

ArtHouse Jersey will be announcing details of further special events, workshops, demos and private views taking place as part of the 2018 Open Studios soon.

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.

Aaron Waldon, Commercial Manager, Skipton International said: “We have supported ArtHouse Jersey for many years now as their community arts events bring Jersey to life and are something the whole Island can become involved with. Extending the scope of artists able to participate in this year’s Open Studios will no doubt bring new energy to the event and more importantly provide a larger platform to showcase local talent.”

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