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ART FIX: Breathe...and discover your street's story

ART FIX: Breathe...and discover your street's story

Friday 17 April 2020

ART FIX: Breathe...and discover your street's story

Locked down islanders are this week being invited to take a breath with local performer Jonny Labey and dig deep into their street's history online.

Every Friday, Express is presenting a selection of online exhibitions, performances and other historic and creative content to help islanders continue getting their weekly dose of culture.

Here's the latest selection...

What's your street's story?

The team at Jersey Archive have put together a full programme of ‘What’s Your Street’s Story?’ webinars, which will be free to access online.

They will also be holding a number of online tutorials to introduce the public to the thousands of online resources available via the Jersey Heritage Catalogue and highlight different collections that can be used for family history research.

Pictured: Jersey Archive will be conducting a series of ‘What’s Your Street’s Story?’ webinars.

As Senior Archivist Stuart Nicolle explained, the ‘What’s Your Street’s Story?’ project has always aimed to bring communities together to celebrate the history of their street.

“Over the past 10 years, we have built up a community of people who visit Jersey Archive every month to listen to the stories about the island,” he said.

“At the moment, we can’t welcome large gatherings of people to visit the Archive to hear our talks but we can engage with both regular and new visitors online through a series of webinars, as well as reaching a much wider audience of people around the world who are interested in Jersey’s history.” 

A link will be provided for each talk allowing people to register to join the webinar.  At the end of the talks, there will be an opportunity to ask questions via a text box.

The live talks will also be recorded and shared on Jersey Heritage's website

Here is the list of upcoming webinars – all taking place at 15:00...

  • Friday 17 April – What’s Your Street’s Occupation Story?: Westmount
  • Tuesday 21 April – Introduction to the Online Catalogue
  • Friday 24 April – What’s Your Street’s Story?: St. John’s Village
  • Tuesday 28 April – New Collections Online
  • Friday 1 May– What’s Your Street’s Story?: St. Lawrence
  • Tuesday 5 May – Tracing Impoverished Ancestors – Online Resources
  • Friday 8 May – What’s Your Street’s Occupation Story?: Beaumont

Starting out… virtually 

The Harbour Gallery has been sharing the work of up-and-coming local artists and craftworkers who were due to take part in ‘Starting Out 2’ on its Facebook page. 

Over 30 artists submitted words and images, which were whittled down to a shortlist of 20 exhibitors by a group of judges.

As very few people got to see the selection of paintings, photography, drawings, illustrations and jewellery, the gallery has been posting new works every evening as part of a 'virtual exhibition'.


Aaaaand breathe...

Local performer Jonny Labey, who found fame on Eastenders before participating in ITV's 'Dance Dance Dance' and 'X Factor: Celebrity', was commissioned to create a dance video by ArtHouse Presents.

'Breathe again’ is based around the suffocating mental effects of isolation, such as feeling breathless and trapped during the covid-19 lockdown.

The lyrics of the song reiterate the importance of reaching out to support and check in with loved ones, whilst also trying not to take on the "weight of the world".

"The news and media surrounding covid-19 is essential, but at times overwhelming," ArtHouse said.

"Everything is alien right now and it’s easy to get caught up in the hysteria so check in with your present self and BREATHE."

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