The local star of a Harry Potter spin-off has teamed up with his sister up to release a funk, jazz and reggae-inspired summer sizzler of a single.
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…
Islanders may recognise 18-year-old Joshua Shea for his part as a young Newt Scamander in ‘Fantastic Beasts: the Crimes of Grindelwald’, but the islander has also been making waves in the musical world alongside his talented mum and sister.
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Joshua was a finalist and is now an ambassador for Song Academy. His first single ‘Your Picture on the Mantelpiece’ boasts over 250,000 streams on Spotify.
His sister, Esther (20), is currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music, having graduated from Chetham’s School of Music in 2019.
Together, the pair – who collaborate with singer-songwriter mum Liz – are ‘The Sheas’.
Welcoming the return of the sunshine, today they’re releasing their multi-genre debut single ‘Summer’ across all streaming platforms.
Here’s a taste…
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RampArts are inviting islanders down to Greve de Lecq tomorrow to enjoy a day of music between 11:00 and 16:00.
Musicians ranging from Monty Taft to Phoebe Over and Kevin Pallot will be treating ears to original sounds against a backdrop of local artwork, all available to view and purchase on the day.
From bug safaris to pollinator walks, seeing Skylarks and Sand Martins, rockpool rambles and going on puffin hunts… the National Trust has laid on an array of joyful activities for its fifth annual #LoveNature Festival.
The aim of the family-friendly festival, which starts on 30 May and lasts until Sunday 6 June, is to encourage islanders to explore and discover local sites of natural beauty sites in St. Ouen’s Bay, the Plémont headland, Mont Grantez, La Mielle de Morville, St. Ouen’s pond.
It’s scheduled each year to coincide with the blooming of the orchid meadows at Le Noir Pré, which always promise a “riot of colour”.
Since 1995, numbers of orchids have increased from 1,500 to more than 90,000.
Story Beast takes to the Marrrrrritime Museum
Families will be able to enjoy ‘Stories from the Sea’ at the Maritime Museum over half-term.
The week-long event involves daily storytelling from Jersey’s very own ‘Story Beast’, John Henry Falle.
Join @TheStoryBeast at the Maritime Museum this half-term for daily tales in our 'Stories from the Sea' event. You can also immerse yourself in the '360 Video Dome' film ‘The Night of the Titanic’ - the most famous maritime story of all time! Thanks to @HMNS and @OgierGroup. pic.twitter.com/88BgYOYLcE— Jersey Heritage (@loveheritage) May 20, 2021
There is also the opportunity to view a 360 Video Dome film about the Titanic in the Occupation Tapestry Gallery.
If you’re not escaping the island this half-term, why not join the Durrell family on a trip to Corfu?
Jersey Arts Centre is reviving its 2020 Christmas production of 'My Family and Other Animals' from Saturday 29 May to Friday 4 June, with two showings a day.
Tonight is the dress rehearsal for the #MYFAMILYANDOTHERANIMALS Strawberry Pink Team - break a leg Strawberry Pinks! The week-long run of Gerald Durrell's charming and whimsical story is now SOLD OUT but, for those with tickets, we hope you enjoy your time in Corfu! pic.twitter.com/gUy738fD7c— Jersey Arts Centre (@JsyArtsCentre) May 27, 2021
Adapted for the stage by Arts Centre Director Daniel Austin, the story follows Jersey Zoo founder ‘Gerry’ as a young boy on the glistening Greek isle in 1935. There, he encounters unique flora, fauna, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds – and some interesting people too!
Find out more on the Arts Centre website.
The Harbour Gallery is currently staging its first major exhibition of 2021.
The theme is ‘patterns in nature’ and islanders that visit between 10:00 and 16:30 will be treated to a mix of paintings, prints, illustrations, sculpture, glass and textiles from some familiar names and other new ones.
In fact, with so much new work coming in, the gallery has had to extend its wall space.
Among the exhibitors is ‘Flo On The Beach’, who has put together a series of ‘Beach Find Panels’.
“Whilst on my daily walks with my dogs on the Jersey beaches I have, over many years, picked up pockets full of beach finds ie sea glass, pieces of white or coloured ceramic and sea shells, hoarding them away for a time when I could 'play' with them,” the artist explained.
“Time to 'play' came in January 2021 whilst Jersey was brought to a standstill by covid-19. Having read many books and seen too many TV programmes the urge to do something creative got me thinking about all my beach finds and what I could do with them....once started there was no stopping!
“Using different weights of cut or torn tissue, foils together with various colours of organza and nets for backgrounds, each piece is placed individually onto a canvas to create movement and moods. On top of this background pieces of sea glass, ceramic or seashells are placed rather like fitting together pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Pieces are individually stuck down with wood strength PVA glue and then for extra strength a coating of PVA covers the whole panel. The larger panels take up to 20 hours to make.
Hanging behind each panel is a little organza bag with a few extra beach finds for you to treasure or to start your own collection.”
Aspiring artist @mollyinthematrix, who specialises in quirky, trippy designs, has given the St. Peter's Youth Club a lick of paint...
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She told Express she had been inspired by sunny days at St. Ouen's Bay, with BBQs, camping and surfing.
Twitter was recently blown away by the artistic efforts of Les Quennevais’ Year 10 students.
More than 1,500 people ‘liked’ the photos of an exhibition of their kaleidoscopic seascapes hung in the school’s ‘Main Street’
Nearly there hanging all these beautiful colour field seascapes from Year 10. Provides a very contemplative walk through the Main Street. pic.twitter.com/VhNgf1ZWZ8— Pete Jones (@Pekabelo) May 12, 2021
The mesmerising images were taken using the ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) method, an abstract style of shooting.
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