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ART FIX: Discover Lucy and Suzanne's love story

ART FIX: Discover Lucy and Suzanne's love story

Friday 10 February 2023

ART FIX: Discover Lucy and Suzanne's love story

Friday 10 February 2023

Islanders are being invited to get under the skin of a love story of one of Jersey's most iconic, revolutionary duo ahead of Valentine's Day.

Every weekend, Express presents a selection of 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...

Get drawn in...


Pictured: the exhibition showcases over 120 shortlisted artworks from the 2022 competition including that of Elisa Alaluusua.

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize is widely regarded as the British Isles' largest, most prestigious drawing prize and annual touring exhibition. Opening to the public on Friday 10 February 2023 and running until Sunday 26 March 2023 at ArtHouse Jersey at Capital House, the upcoming exhibition will reflect a broad scope of outstanding contemporary drawing practice from across the world.

Alongside the exhibition, ArtHouse will be running a programme of talks, workshops and events:

  • Artist Q&A with Elisa Alaluusua and Johanna Vakkari, Friday 10 February, 5.30pm to 6.30pm (free entry/book through Eventbrite)
  • Traces: Me You We Make Marks Workshop, Sunday 12 February, 11am to 4pm (£45/£20 book through Eventbrite)
  • Threaded Landscapes: Drawing with Stitch, Monday 13 February, 10am to 5pm (£45/£20 book through Eventbrite)
  • Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop led by Traci O'Dea, Wednesday 22 February, 6pm to 8pm (£10/£5 book through Eventbrite)

Further details and a full programme of events can be found here.

The Island Drawing Challenge


In another celebration of the simple art of drawing, ArtHouse is partnering with local charities to offer a five-week online drawing challenge.

Each Friday from 17 February will see the launch of a fresh drawing theme that will speak of the core work and focus of a local charity, with people across the island
encouraged to take a break from digital life and engage in the calming and meditative practice of drawing at home. People will be asked to post their drawings to their social media accounts using the hashtag #islanddrawingchallenge23 while tagging ArtHouse Jersey and the charity of the week.

The arts charity will share a selection of submissions online each week, in the hope that the challenge will not only encourage more people to enjoy drawing but help shine a light on the good work each charity does across the island.


Suzanne & Lucy: A Love Story


At 18:00 on 13 February 2023, celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month and get in the mood for Valentine's Day with some music, refreshments, and hear the heart-warming true story of two war-time heroines.

It's a love story like no other, beginning in 19th-century Nantes, blossoming in 1920s Paris, and building to a crescendo in Nazi-occupied Jersey. This is the story of Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe, also known by their artist names Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore; a story of interdependency, mutual inspiration, bravery and true love.

Tickets for the event, which is hosted by Monty Losh at Jersey Museum, are available at Eventbrite and include access to an exclusively curated selection of their works, live music, and drinks.


Stamp into springtime


Six new seasonal Post & Go stamps will be issued on 16 February 2023.

The stamps feature illustrations by Italian artist Sabrina Luoni, whose watercolours have been selected for the exhibitions of BISCOT (Botanical Images Scotia, Edinburgh) and RHS (Royal Horticultural Society, London). 

Her designs include a chick and daffodils, a Jersey calf and sand crocuses, a lamb and primroses, a foal and wild orchid, a kid and lily of the valley, and a piglet and sea thrift.


Jersey Academy of Music concerts


The Jersey Academy Student and Teacher Orchestra (JASTO) will be performing their second concert on Saturday 11th Feb 2023, 7:30pm, at Les Quennevais School.

The students have prepared a hugely diverse programme from classical to film music including works such as Bizet's Carmen Suite, the Symphonic Suite from La La Land and a movement of Lawrence's Durrell Suite with guest narration. There will also be performances of Copland's Hoe Down and Bernstein's West Side Story featuring choreography by students of Jodie Lee Performing Dance Academy.

In addition, younger students will also be performing as part of JASTO Junior in a concert at Chateau Vermont this Saturday (4 February) at 19:00.

Tickets for both the JASTO and JASTO Junior concerts can be purchased via Eventbrite.

Vikings return


The Vikings return to Jersey’s shores this February half-term to provide some action-packed fun for young Islanders at the Maritime Museum. 

An exciting programme of family-friendly events, sponsored by Ogier, will take place at 10:00-16:00 from Monday 13 February to Friday 17 February.

Professional history re-enactors from UK-based Griffin Historical will be ‘invading’ the Maritime Museum as Vikings to share stories from Norse myths and legends and lead a host of action activities, including combats, feuds and duelling. Families will also be able to catch a glimpse into the daily life of these fierce Scandinavian traders and sea warriors, with object handling crafts and expert knowledge.

Usual entry fees apply but ‘Vikings’ is free to Jersey Heritage Members and children under the age of six. Dressing up is encouraged!

Dreaming Trees


Howard Davis Park will be transformed using light and sound later this month as part of a new park illuminations event aiming to encourage islanders to get outside this winter.

‘Dreaming Trees’ will take place during half-term, with trees throughout the park lit up each evening whilst images sent in by local children are projected onto the recently refurbished Howard Davis Hall.


As well as encouraging more islanders to explore the park during the winter months, the Dreaming Trees project also hopes to explain more about international scientific research which explores how trees communicate and share resources.

The Dreaming Trees illuminations will run 18:00-21:00 every evening from Sunday 12 February until Sunday 19 February. 

More information is available online at

It's a hard knock life...


A little orphan thinks she's hit the jackpot when she's invited to spend Christmas in the mansion of the richest man in New York, Oliver Warbucks. But horrible Miss Hannigan and her good for nothing brother Rooster see the chance to run the scam of a lifetime. Annie will need all her pluck and courage to beat the dastardly duo and find her happy ever after with the family she's always longed for.

Featuring a cast of 70 local young performers (pictured top), this is your chance to escape the Hard Knock Life, cruise along Easy Street, find that You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile and remember that the sun will always come out Tomorrow...

Annie Jr. is on at the Jersey Arts Centre from 22 - 25 February 2023. Tickets are now available online.


Dial M for Murder


Tickets are now on sale for the JADC's latest production, Dial M for Murder.

Tony Wendice has married his wife, Shelia, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He blackmails a scoundrel (Captain Lesgate) he used to know into strangling her for a fee of £1,000 and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself.

But in stories things turn out as the author plans them to – in real life they don't – always...

Tickets are still available via the Jersey Arts Centre website.

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