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ART FIX: Create and celebrate!

ART FIX: Create and celebrate!

Friday 11 November 2022

ART FIX: Create and celebrate!

Friday 11 November 2022


This week's Art Fix is a full of celebrations! From a colourful celebration of the Festival of Light and an artistic celebration of the memories of elderly islanders, to a creative workshop celebrating the wonders of secondhand fashion and a play celebrating Shakespeare's best bits, there's plenty here to put a smile on your face...

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...

Unlocking the memories of elderly islanders

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ArtHouse Jersey's 'Recollect' exhibition is opening to the public this coming Friday 11 November Capital House. This sensory exhibition, designed by artist Thomas Buckley, uses creativity and technology to bring to life the memories of a selection of Jersey's elderly people. '

Recollect' gives visitors objects to explore that offer a window onto another person's life. You will hear voices, smell chamomile, get soil under your fingernails and in doing so come to learn a little about what it is like to walk a mile in someone else's shoes.

'Recollect' opens on Friday 11 November and runs through until Sunday 27 November. It is free to attend and it located at ArtHouse Jersey's Capital House, 8 Church, Street, St Helier.

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On Sunday 13 November between 11.30-12.30, there is also a special chance to attend a fascinating free talk with the artists behind the exhibition. Lead artist Thomas Buckley and his principal artist collaborator Kate Phillips will discuss the evolution of 'Recollect'.

The artists will take the audience on a deep dive into some of the works featured in the show; their extensive research, experimental approach, iterative processes and how intuition features in the creation of the works in this thoughtful, complex and intriguing exhibition. Spaces can be reserved via Eventbrite.

Create and celebrate

The Salvation Army are celebrating second-hand fashion with an evening of up-cycling and re-purposing clothes in their community café.

 

Islanders are invited to the Salvation Army café on Tuesday 15 November to learn how to repurpose old jeans, make hair scrunchies from unwanted clothes, repair old clothes with embroidery and take advantage of shopping in the Salvation Army charity shop. The idea behind the event is to highlight the impact that the fast fashion industry has on our planet, and to encourage people to think about their unwanted clothes and repurpose them into something new.

The up-cycling event is due to start at 18.30 on Tuesday 15 November in the Salvation Army café on Minden Street and finish at 21:00. The charity shop will also be open between 19:00 and 21:00. 

All of the money raised on the evening will be used to help fund the charity’s community work in Jersey. Tea, coffee and a selection of non-alcoholic drinks and cake will be available to buy in the café. 

Tickets to the event are free and available via Eventbrite.

Auditions for Annie Jr.

 

Shakespeare's Best Bits

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Shakespeare’s work has been translated into 80 languages, from Arabic to Albanian and Yakut to Zulu. You'll find him everywhere; on laptops in Lapland, on bookshelves in Brazil and on stage in Slovenia. You'll hear his words pop up in pop songs, being quoted in movies, and spoken on the street.

Feisty Goat Theatre Company brings you Much Ado About Shakespeare (Or All the Best Bits!). Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear; all the best-known scenes and characters performed in an evening celebrating Shakespeare’s ‘greatest hits’.

Director, Rhona Richards, explained “We’re focusing on the scenes and speeches that people know and love. Shakespeare writes about love, loss, greed, revenge, war and a myriad of other human emotions and experiences that we all encounter in some respect during our life. We have a cast of ten local actors who are all experienced at playing Shakespeare and know how to bring his work to life in an accessible and relatable way.”

The performance is being held in aid of Dementia Jersey, a charity which supports people with dementia, friends, family and carers. Tickets are priced at £15 and £12 (concessions) and are available from Jersey Arts Centre box office or online.

Cabaret Club night

 

Calling local filmmakers

Local filmmakers are being given the chance to have their work screened at ArtHouse Jersey's nights of underground short films with Exploding Cinema on the 3-4 December.

The deadline for submissions is 18 November. You can find more information and submission guidelines on ArtHouse Jersey's website.

Eisteddfod returns

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The Jersey Eisteddfod Festival of Performing Arts, sponsored by Butterfield, is held this month, starting with the Music Section running from 13 to 20 November and English Speech and Drama following from the 21 to 26 November. 

With the Jersey Opera House still closed for refurbishment, the Music Section will once again welcome audiences to three special venues – St Helier Town Church, Chateau Vermont, and the Jersey Arts Centre. 

On Saturday 19 November, the Deaf Signing Classes will celebrate 10 years of Performance in the Jersey Music Eisteddfod, the only festival in the British Isles to offer performance assessments, thanks to the dedication and support of our local deaf community and their charities.

You can find out more information about the Jersey Eisteddfod and the Festival of Performing Arts on their website.

Human Rights in Jersey

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On Thursday 17 November, Professor Claire de Than will  set out her vision for Human Rights in Jersey for the next five years.

Jersey adopted its own version of the European Convention of Human Rights in 2000 and one of the things it states is that it is unlawful for a public authority to act in a way which is incompatible with a Convention right.

But who decides this in Jersey, and who watches over the States Assembly or the Public Authorities to make sure that convention rights are not infringed?

This talk will also ask the question: Does Jersey need a Human Rights Commission, and if so, why?

There will also be a chance to discuss the discrimination legilsation that Jersey first adopted in 2013, how that is working and what changes and updates are still required.

Professor Claire de Than is an award-winning senior legal academic of more than 25 years' standing, and Chair of the Jersey Law Commission. She has over 85 academic publications in total, including more than 15 books, chapters in leading legal monographs and edited collections, and articles in a variety of leading national and international journals, including the Modern Law Review and the Criminal Law Review. Many of her research publications have been officially rated as 'world-leading' and 'internationally excellent.'

This event is free, but booking via Eventbrite is essential as spaces are limited.

EYES on US

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'EYES on US' is the first exhibition of paintings, prints, fragrances, soundscapes, immersive experiences, VR and flat films since Nicholas Romeril was the Artist in Residence (AiR) with Wildlife ACT. This conservation NGO saves endangered species, in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and the Maloti Drakensberg Mountains in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa.

Nicholas created 28 ‘Field Paintings’ in his makeshift ‘bush’ studio, recorded ambient audio and aromas, shot VR film and taught in local community schools. On returning to Jersey, he began work on the paintings and the immersive experiences with Jersey based creatives, Teniqua Scents and PTF Motion to develop this exhibition. 

A percentage of the sales will be donated by Nicholas Romeril to Wildlife ACT to support their mission and raise funds for the local communities around the park. The ultimate goal is to fund a mobile library and establish a local art school.

The exhibition is located at the Janes James Project Space, 20 Commercial Buildings (by Normans) and is open 13:00-18:00 every Tuesday - Saturday until the 23 November 2022.

'Fragile' mixed media exhibition 

 

GALLERY: Diwali Celebrations

As a part of their annual cultural activities, local charity Samaj organised a 'Diwali Celebrations' evening last weekend at the Radisson Blu Hotel.

Diwali is a very popular Indian festival of lights, akin to Christmas, celebrated throughout the globe. Almost 250 people, including the Bailiff, attended this unique and colourful event to celebrate with their family and friends.

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