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ART FIX: A celebration of strength and resilience

ART FIX: A celebration of strength and resilience

Friday 18 September 2020

ART FIX: A celebration of strength and resilience

A photographer, who went in search of "strength, inspiration and resilience" after her father unexpectedly passed away, has highlighted the hidden world of key workers in a celebratory series of local portraits in the Royal Square.

Every Friday, Express presents a selection of online and offline exhibitions, performances, workshops, events and other historic and creative content to help islanders get their weekly dose of culture throughout the pandemic.

Here's this week's selection...

Strength, inspiration and resilience

Dasa Wharton, who normally focuses on dance and ballet photography, started work on her 'Portraits of Jersey in Covid-19' project in April.

The inspiration came unexpectedly, after Dasa’s father died in Prague at the beginning of the month. 

Video: A look at the Royal Square exhibition.

Unable to travel to Prague to support and grieve with her mother, Dasa picked up her camera and started searching for strength, inspiration and resilience.  

Dasa says she found all of these qualities in the people she photographed.

Through her work, she aims to highlight the often unseen world of key and essential workers, and celebrate the strength and determination of those people, who have kept Jersey going through these unprecedented times.

While health workers appear to take centre stage, among those photographed are a number of well-known local faces ranging from the Lieutenant Governor to wedding dress seller Anna Trigg to Express's own TMF Lockdown Hero, hairdresser Dominic Basilio, who swapped his scissors for packing food deliveries at the Salvation Army.

You can read more about the project HERE and visit it at the Royal Square.


A tune to de-clutter your brain… 

Does your mind ever feel cluttered?  

Released today, islander Sam Walwyn’s latest single aims to capture just that feeling. Through his indie folk and alt pop style, ‘Clutter’ reminds us not to get caught up in our own heads. 


Written while on a road trip in Iceland, the track is the follow-up to his debut, ‘For You’, which has gained over 80,000 steams and been featured on two major Spotify playlists.

You can learn more about Sam by clicking HERE.


Meet the Militia!

Islanders are being offered a rare opportunity to visit the National Trust’s 18th century guardhouse situated high on the eastern cliffs dominating Grève de Lecq Bay tomorrow.


Pictured: Watch out for the canon fire!

Between 10:00 and 16:00, they’ll be able to see a traditional tented encampment, find out what the 1781 Militia wore, where they slept and what weapons they used.

There’ll also be cooking demonstrations, live music… and canon fire!

There’s no need to book and it’s free to go along – but donations to the National Trust are greatly appreciated.


A creative pop-up experience

Local creatives have banded together for a pop-up market at Liberty Wharf.

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There you’ll find everything from illustrations to handmade earrings and sweet treats.

Read more about the pop-up HERE


A date knot to forget…

Looking ahead in time... A large-scale art piece is set to be installed in the Maritime Museum, telling the story of Jersey children’s experience of the pandemic.

The Skipton Forget Me Knots installation, which was supported by the One Foundation, will unite thousands of paper flowers made by school pupils during art therapy sessions led by local artists aiming to explore the emotions evoked by the outbreak of the pandemic.


Pictured: Where the installation will be.

Announcing the venue for the exhibition, which will open on Monday 9 November and be free to enter, ArtHouse Jersey Director Tom Dingle said the public can expect “the same level of ambition” as when “we transformed the Assembly Rooms of the St. Helier Town Hall for the Paper Dialogues exhibition back in 2016.”

You can read more about the initiative by clicking HERE and pre-book a slot to visit by clicking HERE.

Missed last week's Art Fix? Catch up by clicking HERE.

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