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ART FIX: Music, paintings and a theatrical castle

ART FIX: Music, paintings and a theatrical castle

Friday 05 August 2022

ART FIX: Music, paintings and a theatrical castle

Friday 05 August 2022


Music in the park, painting exhibitions and immersive workshops at Gorey Castle are among the cultural opportunities available to islanders this week.

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

Here is this week's offering...

‘Entr’acte Variations’

Paul John Kilshaw, who celebrates his 75th birthday this year, is presenting a solo show at Capital House. Hosted by ArtHouse Jersey, the exhibition will open on Thursday 11 August 2022.

Well established in the local scene, Mr Kilshaw has been painting and drawing for 62 years and has over 40 solo exhibitions, locally and internationally, under his belt.

He also spent 30 years at Highlands College which he joined as Head of Art at Highlands College in 1972, sharing his talent, knowledge and personal with students and adults he taught.

‘Entr’acte Variations’ is based on his personal experience during the pandemic, reflecting on the emotional and physical struggles he experienced coping with the virus.

Many of his paintings reflect weeks of sadness and despair, while others proclaim moments of optimism and joy.

Theatre at the Castle

Budding actors are invited to come explore Mont Orgueil through the world of theatre with a professional team from Butterfly Theatre Company, which specialises in immersive theatre.

Between Monday 8 and Friday 12 August, the team will be hosting a series of immersive and creative workshops.

Each day will centre on a different theme, giving the opportunity to learn fun performance skills through games and activities.

Sessions start at 11:00 and 13:00 and last two hours.

End of the retrospective

There are only a few days to discover the work of Jill Crowcroft at the Berni Gallery at Jersey Arts Centre. “Jill: a retrospective exhibition” ends on Saturday 13 August.

Following a degree at Oxford University, she went on to take a D.Phil. in Zoology. Her chosen field was the Field Vole, though she also worked on the Common Shrew which was the subject of her book, ‘The Life of the Shrew’. She continued to produce scientific papers including ‘The activity patterns of the Lesser White-toothed Shrew’, a native of Jersey which she studied in a hut at Jersey Zoo.

With her second marriage to Arthur Rogers, Jill allowed her artistic side to flourish, attending art classes as well as learning how to dye, spin and weave wool into a series of largely abstract tapestries.

Over the years, Jill explored many genres and techniques over the years, her subjects reflecting the extensive travels she took with Arthur to Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India.

For 30 years, she was a member of the Jersey Society of Artists. She enjoyed the company of artists and took part in several painting holidays, as well as taking her turn to host spinning parties, making lifelong friends as a result of her artistic pursuits.

Music in the Park

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Music Managed and Jersey Arts Centre have partnered to present a series of six concerts in Coronation Park this summer. There will be a Party in the Park on 11 August with the best of pop, soul, Motown, funk and disco hits from Little Black Dress and Sister Disco, followed by the Songwriters’ Society gig on 12 August with Jimi Shark, Drew Goodwin, Phoebe Over, Tom Rolls, Axon Bower, Shea, and Hamish Brodie.

On 13 August, The Engine and Giles Robson will play blues whilst on 14 August Retro Gramophone, Georgi Mottram Jazz and The Kings of Swing, will show the finest jazz Jersey has to offer. Finally on 15 August, Ida Girls and Wonderbrass will present an evening of “class, sophistication and the highest quality of music”.

In addition to these evening concerts, all starting at 19:00, there will be an afternoon show for families to enjoy a picnic in the park with music from The Word On The Street, Acapella Jersey, Rich Allo Music, Kevin Pallot and more on 14 August at 14:00.

Choral Island Festival

International singing teacher Nicki Kennedy launches Jersey's first 'Choral Island' Retreat next week for advanced student and young professional Classical singers. This takes place at Chateau Vermont and the course participants , some of the U.K's finest up-and-coming singers, can be heard at events during the week.

Three events are open to the public for free, in partnership with the Government of Jersey's Creative Spaces programme and the Jersey Music Association's 'Year of Song'.

There is a reflective and contemplative compline service at Trinity Church on Wednesday 10th August at 20:30, a lunchtime recital at the Town Church on Thursday 11th August at 12:00 and a public Classical singing class on Friday 12 August at Chateau Vermont at 14:00 followed by a careers forum.

Missed the last edition of Art Fix? Catch up by clicking HERE.

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