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ART FIX: Community nurses celebrated in new exhibition

ART FIX: Community nurses celebrated in new exhibition

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ART FIX: Community nurses celebrated in new exhibition

Old nursing equipment, including a 1950's uniform, and archive images have been brought together by a local charity for an exhibition celebrating the history of community nursing in the island.

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.

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The history of community nursing in Jersey


Pictured: The exhibition includes a collection of old equipment.

Family Nursing & Home Care (FNHC) is presenting a new exhibition tracing the history of community nursing in Jersey, and the origins of Family Nursing & Home Care in the island, at the Link Gallery this month.

Open from tomorrow until 28 May, the exhibition includes information about the charity’s rich history as well as reflections on nursing from some of its employees, timelines, the story of local nurse Florence Vibert and information about the organisation’s links with the Queen’s Nursing Institute.

Visitors will get to discover a “fantastic” collection of old equipment and photos, including an old uniform from the 1950’s pulled from different local archives. 


Pictured: Several items are on display in the Link Gallery.

For the exhibition, CEO, Bronwen Whittaker and three of the charity’s operational leads have also shared their reflections on FNHC’s response to the covid pandemic and their own nursing journey. 

The exhibition was originally intended to mark the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife last year but was cancelled due to the pandemic. It was moved to May 2021 to commemorate the birthday of Florence Nightingale, which is on 12 May. 

“FNHC can trace their roots back to 1907, and celebrated their centenary in 2007,” Deputy CEO, Judy Foglia said.


Pictured: Staff have shared their reflections on nursing for the exhibition.

“Although times have changed and modern practice continually moves on, what remains the same is the relationships which community nurses build up with their patients, the skilled work they undertake and the ability to be able to support and care for them in their home.

“We hope that people will get a feel for the breadth of the work which FNHC carries out in the community. Islanders probably associate us most closely with district nursing, but we care for islanders of all ages, from pre-birth to end of life.


Pictured: The exhibition was originally planned for last year to mark the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

"As well as district and specialist nursing services, we provide services such as school nursing, a children’s community nursing team, a service for expectant parents called Baby Steps and health visiting. 

“We also provide home care services for islanders and something called Rapid-Response and Re-ablement, which provides support for islanders who may have just come out of hospital, or who do not need to be in hospital if they can be cared for at home.”

A taste of the future at Greve de Lecq


Pictured: ‘YourTopia’ is spread over two spaces, with each respective ‘Topia’ (place) being given its own room.

ArtHouse Jersey’s headquarters at the Greve de Lecq barracks will be transformed into a futuristic space as part of the the inaugural exhibition by the artist collective the ‘Fernweh Vision’.

‘YourTopia’ aims to explore the future possibilities of two parallel environments, inspired by the ideas of utopia and dystopia by giving visitors the opportunity to step into these worlds and immerse themselves in a variety of multi-dimensional works. 

The exhibition is spread over two spaces, with each respective ‘Topia’ (place) being given its own room. The dystopian space brings to life an apocalyptic landscape, while the utopian space will be more “persuasive and idealistic”. 


Pictured: The Fernweh Vision, Richard Crane, George Crane and Dylan Kempster-Smyth.

The collective promised ‘YourTopia’ will be a “different kind of exhibition”, one that gives visitors “an experience of the future in the hope that it will encourage us to reflect on the present”.

Rather than focusing on today’s environmental climate status, the Fernweh Vision – George Crane, Richard Crane and Dylan Kempster-Smyth - have chosen to delve into the unknown of the future and all its possibilities.

“We have brought together a group of dynamic young creatives over the course of the past few months,” George said. “Each artist brings a different set of skills and experiences and the collective has developed a strong collaborative method of practice formed between fellow artists, friends, siblings and new acquaintances, all uniting over common creative ground. Our desire is to make work with a strong connection to the earth and its potential.”


Pictured: The collective promised ‘YourTopia’ will be a “different kind of exhibition”.

The exhibition is one of several projects brought forward by Arthouse Jersey following its Covid Commissions’ call-out last year.

“We were looking for inspiring and thought provoking projects that could appeal to a wide audience,” Director Tom Dingle said. “We quickly recognised the ‘YourTopia’ exhibition concept had great potential. It also lends itself perfectly to our two identical studio spaces at The Barracks, providing the ideal blank canvases to create these visual opposing worlds. 

“The Fernweh Vision artists have shown impressive dedication and enthusiasm during the creation of this show. We can’t wait to see what the public thinks of this colourful, immersive and environmentally-conscious experience."


Ready, set, paint….


Pictured: Jacques Le Breton and Christy King will be in Grouville tomorrow from 09:30.

RampArtists Jacques Le Breton and Christy King will start repainting the Grouville Station bus shelter tomorrow at 09:30.

The project, which marks the first time the collective has been offered a mural space, started after the collective’s founder, Heather Brown, noticed the current design at Grouville Station shelter was fading away in some areas.  

She reached out to the Parish of Grouville, which welcomed the opportunity to refresh the location but also to include pupils from Grouville Primary School - many of whom catch the bus home from the shelter at the end of the day.

The shelter’s new ‘out of this world’ design has been inspired by drawings from the nearby Grouville School pupils, whom the artists have invited to come watch their drawings come to life.


Pictured: The shelter design was inspired by drawings from the pupils at Grouville School.

Staff from the school, as well as local families are also being invited to pop to the shelter throughout the weekend to show their support and watch the artists atwork. 

“We hope Grouville Constable John Le Maistre and Minister Kevin Lewis will also join us, to celebrate the project they have helped to become a reality,” Heather said.

“The artists involved have been excited to get started, and we want to take advantage of the half decent weather to get the mural painted as soon as possible! We can't wait to see the children's faces when they can finally look up at the completed design, and know that they have played a part in its creation. 

“We are forever grateful to Ricardo Santos of Robbialac & Cin Paints Jersey UK, for the continued sponsorship and donation of high quality professional paint, without him this would not have been possible!”

Lottery funding available for arts and heritage organisations


Pictured: Organisations can apply now to get part of the proceeds from the lottery.

Local arts, culture and heritage organisations, as well those supporting science and sports, are being invited to apply for funding to the Jersey Community Foundation (JCF).

In December 2020, the Jersey Community Foundation (JCF) was awarded 50% - which equates to £694,134 - of the 2019 Channel Islands lottery profits to distribute to projects that would benefit the community in Jersey.

Grants will be given for projects that aim to boost arts opportunities, improve skills and creativity in the arts and culture sector or promote cultural traditions, community archaeology as well as historic buildings, monuments and the historic environment.

Projects focusing on applied science or applied research in the fields of engineering, biology, ecology, physics, chemistry or mathematics, as well as on facilitating access to sports and physical activity can also apply for funding.

“We were delighted to be given the opportunity to manage this part of the distribution of the Channel Islands Lottery funds in Jersey,” Anna Terry, CEO of JCF said. 

“I would encourage any Arts, Culture, Heritage, Science and Sport organisations to check the grant criteria to see if they may be eligible so that we can help support projects which benefit as many people across the Island as possible.”


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