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Thank you! A recap on 2018 Skipton Open Studios

Thank you! A recap on 2018 Skipton Open Studios

Published: 13 July 2018

Thousands of visitors enjoyed Jersey’s creative culture as Skipton Open Studios completed its ninth year as a Jersey-wide art event, celebrating the wealth of artistic talent on the Island.

This year Skipton Open Studios saw thousands of Islanders viewing artwork and exhibitions of over 70 participating Jersey-based artists throughout the last two weekends of June. The event was the largest Arthouse Jersey have hosted to date, with 38 studio locations and over 200 individual artists, groups, galleries and independent businesses taking part.

Studios ranged from intimate individual spaces tucked away in Jersey’s countryside to group exhibitions with workshops and special parties. While several artists hosted and organised their own art classes, demos and talks, the producers of the event, ArtHouse Jersey, also ran a special programme of exciting and creative activities.

ArtHouse Jersey ran several events at its “pop-up hub” for Skipton Open Studios, Picquet House, in the Royal Square. The former police station, which was visited by over a thousand people in itself, became the location of numerous art installations and workshops. This included a Food Styling and Photography Workshop with Holly Smith Photography and the Bean Pot, as well as a sealed-bid auction raising funds to support local Jersey artists. Picquet House was also home to art exhibitions, including those by Nicholas Romeril and Gabriella Street, and participatory workshops and projects by Sarah Taylor and The morning boat.

Ten new murals now adorn the streets of St Helier, thanks to the continuation of ArtHouse Jersey’s Mural Project III, curated by Ben Roberstson (BOKRA) in locations including the central and fish markets, Rue de Funchal and Parade Gardens. These can all be discovered on self-guided walks thanks to maps available on the Open Studios website, which includes information on the artists behind each of the works.

ArtHouse Jersey ran two additional events at two other locations – a ‘Food as Art’ dinner curated by Ian Rolls, James Lingard, Love Wine and Nourish at Greve de Lecq Barracks, and a ‘Drink & Draw’ co-hosted by Abi Overland at Project 52. The Drink & Draw event saw over fifty people attend a night of drawing models in costumes designed by Alice Bravery, all while sipping cocktails as they sketch!

The Producer of the Skipton Open Studios, Alice Bravery, said: “We cannot thank Skipton International enough, as well as the participating artists and event partners, for their support in making this year’s Skipton Open Studios one of the most ambitious to date. The event is a pivotal moment in the cultural calendar for the community across the spectrum of the local arts scene to get together and work on something collective that truly showcases the wealth of Jersey talent.

“We are still collating the number of visitors from all artists involved, but anticipate that this will have been the most highly visited of the Skipton Open Studios since the event was launched.”

Aaron Walden, Commercial Manager of Skipton International, said: “We are thrilled to have supported such a vibrant event that really does celebrate all that is great about the Island and its community. This year’s event was a huge success and we are looking forward to continuing a partnership with Arthouse Jersey. Skipton will be celebrating their 10th anniversary next year and so we will be hoping to create something magical with Arthouse Jersey to mark the occasion.”

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