The Skipton Art Series was launched by ArtHouse Jersey in 2015 to act as an umbrella project that encompassed Skipton Open Studios and other community arts events throughout the year.
The 2015 programme included the 'Les P’tits Faîtchieaux' project, where thousands of small clay figures were made by schools, community groups and the general public, which were then distributed to countries all around the world. The Art Series for 2015 was rounded up with the incredibly popular Jersey Projection Gallery, which saw some of Jersey’s most important work be shown together, for the first time, on the façade of Normans Commercial Buildings.
Over 15 collaborative art projects took place throughout 2015, involving a portrait project celebrating 40 years of Les Amis and a series of National Trust for Jersey Pop-up exhibitions. Skipton Art Series is a true community art lead programme, with 10 schools and four community groups, Les Amis, Jersey Mencap, Art in the Park and Jersey Blind Society, involved in projects throughout the year.
In 2017, the Skipton Art Series backed a community initiative called ‘Paper’ Talks’, which was a response project to the hugely popular Paper Dialogues exhibition. ‘Paper Talks’ saw seven Jersey artists (Abi Overland, Anna Shipley, Ben Robertson, Joanna Brown, Karen Le Roy Harris, Lizi Hill and Maria Tarrant), who were trained in the art of paper-cutting, teach the skill to the local community.
The community paper-cuts helped to form a nine-metre long 3D paper dragon installation at Jersey Library which was created by the seven artists. In addition, the seven artists held a Paper Talks Artist Response Exhibition at Jersey Arts Centre’s Berni Gallery, which showcased a body of paper-cut work inspired resulting from their engagement with the project and the original source of stimulus, the ‘Paper Dialogues’ collaboration. The results of the group’s exhibition was an impressive array of art works in different mediums, reflecting the diverse backgrounds of each of the artists involved.
From the beginning of May until the end of July, Skipton Art Series backed a series of projects delivered by local artists that were aimed at engaging the community. These included a Sketch Walk hosted by artist Sam Carney, Will Bertram’s terrarium making workshops, a mural project engaging the public of St. Helier, and an exhibition of live performance, by performance artist, Amber Hahn. The Mural Project is developing as part of this year's Skipton Open Studios, and the films documenting the other 2017 Skipton Art Series projects are below.