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ART FIX: Art, actually, is all around

ART FIX: Art, actually, is all around

Friday 18 June 2021

ART FIX: Art, actually, is all around

From paintings of landscapes and wildlife to ceramics and photography, there is plenty of art on display around the island this week.

Every Friday, Express presents a selection of online and offline exhibitions, performances, workshops, events and other historic, creative and delicious content to help islanders get their weekly dose of culture.

Here’s this week’s offering… 

Exhibitions galore 

There are plenty of exhibitions to pick through for art amateurs this week.

Private and Public’s third show of the year brings together work from Florence Hutchings, a recent graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art, Janes Yates, an “outstanding” landscape artist and the late Robert Tilling MBE RI, who taught Gallery Director Chris Clifford at Victoria College.

‘Inside Out’ is a group painting and drawing exhibition in which landscape and interiors are expressed from within “the artists’ own internal memory and from the observed world and everyday life”, Chris said.

Video: Private & Public is presenting work from Florence Hutchings, Jane Yates and the late Robert Tilling MBE RI.

“There are three linguistic definitions of the term ‘inside out’,” he added. “The first suggests that the inner surface becomes the outer when a material is reversed. As small children we were often reminded by our parents that we’ve put our jumpers on ‘inside out’.

“The second implies a state of disarray often involving drastic reorganisation. Businesses, whole corporate empires even, are often subject to this type of forensic upheaval in order to improve the bottom line. ‘The company was turned inside out’.

“The third explains that an individual can have such a thorough knowledge of their ‘specialised subject’ that people will justifiably claim that they literally know it ‘inside out’.

“Within the context of modern and contemporary art practice each of the above definitions could be said to describe the thoughts and technical processes involved in the making of a successful painting.” 

Meanwhile, CCA Galleries International is presenting a selection of paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, photography and film as part of the Jersey Summer Exhibition. 

Opening today at 12:00, the exhibition received 30% more submissions this year, reaching a record number of 272 entries from 108 artists.

On this year’s judging panel were painter and printmaker Chris Orr MBE RA; comedian, writer and artist Jim Moir (aka Vic Reeves), as well as Worton Hall Studios' Gillian Duke, and CCA's Sasha Gibb. 

On the other side of town, Jersey Arts Centre will be going ‘wild’, with the work of well-known Jersey artist Kathy Rondel and local French abstract artist Michele Snape.

Both have been inspired by their connections with nature during the pandemic and are presenting their work at the Berni Gallery.


Pictured: Paintings from Kathy Rondel (left) and Michele Snape can be seen at the Berni Gallery.

“Most of our work has been painted during our two lockdowns, when both of us, like so many others turned mind and soul to gardening,” Kathy said. “This seems to be reflected enormously in our paintings, along with our daily walks around our beautiful island, loving the flora and fauna. If lockdown had to be endured, there really isn’t a more stunning place to have been, especially for artists!

“Although we’ve both been painting for many years, we have walked very different paths to our present styles and this is our first show together. Michele’s latest work is abstract using bold, bright colour. My paintings are more representational although there’s a hint of the abstract. I am sure that our art complements each other and hope that people get the same joy of colour that we feel while painting.”

‘On the Wild Side’, which is sponsored by Jacksons, can be seen until 3 July after which both artists will be donating a piece of work to charity, Kathy to Durrell and Michele to Dementia Jersey. 

At the Harbour Gallery in St. Aubin, Sheila Birch’s photographs are making ‘Big Impressions’.

The local photographer is presenting a series of images focusing on details blown up on large-scale canvas.


Musical touch in St. Aubin

Terry Oliver and Phoebe Over will be in St. Aubin tomorrow between 10:00 and 14:00 to provide a soundtrack for the Genuine Jersey Market. 

20 stallholders will be displaying their wares, many of which are handmade and homemade, throughout the weekend, including the association’s newest members,  Annie’s Pots, Sue’s Fudge and Shoreline Reflections.

 Young actors take to the stage

Jersey Arts Centre's Youtheatre will be taking to the stage from Wednesday 23 June to Saturday 26 June with a reimagined version of one of literature’s most epic adventures, as they perform Timberlake Wertenbaker’s ‘My Father, Odysseus’.

Weaving together the classic and the contemporary, Wertenbaker’s poetic and vibrant text provides commentary on universal themes including the brutality and consequences of war, the treatment and prejudices faced by refugees and migrants, our ideas about what and where is home, the pitfalls of masculinity and the unique relationship between fathers and sons.

This will mark the first performance for the youtheatre since their production of Carol Ann Duffy’s Beasts and Beauties was cancelled in March 2020.


An emotional return to the stage


Pictured: 'Liberation Celebration' took place at Les Quennevais Hall.

Earlier this week, Les Quennevais Hall hosted ‘Liberation Celebration’ with some of Jersey most-loved musicians: the Jersey Chamber Orchestra, Jersey Premier Brass, Bella Voce, Georgi Mottram Jazz Trio, Retro Gramophone and Little Black Dress as well as soloists Georgi Mottram, Liberty Spears, Gitte-Maj Donoghue, Richard Joynt and Zach Vanderburg. 

Held as part of the Liberation International Music Festival, the concert aimed to raise funds for ‘Music in Action’.

The first half started with classical favourites from the Fireworks Music, Beethoven 7th Symphony's slow movement showcased in The King's Speech, to the drinking song from La Traviata with Bella Voce. The second half moved on to retro jazzy takes on classic pop, Georgi Mottram singing sultry jazz and ended with exuberant songs including Ain't No Mountain High Enough. 


Pictured: Georgi Mottram was one of the soloists at the concert.

“It was a very significant night to have 136 people listening to a concert for the first time in over a year,” Chairman James Mews stated.

“There were tears welling up in some players' eyes and enthusiastic applause and cheers from the audience. We hope that this will be the start of more live music both in the concert hall and educational work such as by our charity, which we all so desperately need. Music improves our lives and enhances wellbeing. It is so important.”

GALLERY: A glimpse of the special concert...

(Photographs courtesy of Gary Grimshaw/Photoreportage)

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