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ART FIX: Coming together with cocktails, bingo and history

ART FIX: Coming together with cocktails, bingo and history

Friday 18 November 2022

ART FIX: Coming together with cocktails, bingo and history

Friday 18 November 2022

This week's Art Fix is all about togetherness... A theatrical cocktail night looks at how we understand ourselves as part of a wider community, whilst an immersive exhibition unlocks the memories of elderly islanders...

An iconic piece of music brings singers across the island together for a special performance, special boxes bring school children closer together with their history, and a charity Sleep Out brings people together to understand and raise money for the local homeless community...

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...

A "theatrical cocktail night with a difference"


As part of the immersive exhibition 'Recollect', ArtHouse Jersey are presenting 'Memory Bar': a series of theatrical cocktail nights with a difference. Guests will enjoy a tasting menu of bespoke cocktails inspired by people's real memories brought to life through a multi-sensory live-art performance. Attendees are invited to spend an evening stepping into another person's life as sound, smell and taste offer up surprising twists on life stories collected from real people who live in Jersey.

Designed by artist Thomas Buckley and collaborators, these events will offer a new way of seeing how we might share our histories and understand ourselves as part of a wider community. Through perfume, immersive technologies and storytelling, Memory Bar will be a unique blend of cocktail bar, theatre show and a chat with your gran.

The Memory Bar will only appear briefly at Capital House on the following dates and times: Thur 17 November 6pm, Fri 18 November 6pm & 9pm, Sat 19 November 6pm & 9pm, Thur 24 November 6pm, Fri 25 November 6pm & 9pm & Sat 26 November 6pm & 9pm. 

Tickets cost £29.50 (plus booking fee) and can be purchased via ArtHouse Jersey's Eventbrite page and will last approximately 90 minutes. An alcohol-free option of Memory Bar is also available, though must be ordered at the time of booking your tickets by emailing:

Unlocking the memories of elderly islanders


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

Charity Sleep Out and 'busk-athon'


Local homeless charity, The Sanctuary Trust, will be hosting this year's Sleep Out on Friday 18 November. Before the Sleep Out, the charity will also host a 'busk-cathon' between 17:00-19:30 at Charing Cross, which will include performances from local musicians including former and current residents.

Sanctuary Trust has seen a 65% increase in the number of men seeking its services in the past two years, and the charity recently had to open a third facility to meet the growing demand. The Sleep Out event is one of the charity's main fundraisers. Taking place at Pier Road car park, it is about recognising, not replicating, what it is like to sleep rough during the winter months. The youngest participant signed up this year is 13 and the oldest is 84!

This is the fourth Sleep Out that Sanctuary Trust has held. Over the years, islanders who have taken part have raised more than £30,000 to go towards the charity's annual running costs.

More information or last minute sign-ups are welcome on the Sanctuary Trust website.

Fauré's Requiem brings singers together


Jersey Island Singers have invited singers from across the island to join with them to perform Fauré's Requiem, and islanders will have the opportunity to hear the singers in performance on Saturday 19 November at 19:00.

The evening forms part of the choir’s 'Opening the Doors' programme, aimed to encourage singers to come together and to build audiences to hear choral music.

Francis Murton, the conductor of the choir said: “Faure’s piece is such an iconic piece of music. With some beautiful melodies, fine solos and ravishing moments, there is something here for everyone.”

The work includes the 'Pie Jesu', which is a solo for soprano and probably the most famous piece of the whole Requiem. It will be performed as a debut solo by Omara Silvester, a sixth form student here in Jersey. Omara is joined by baritone William Millow, a familiar voice and face to Jersey concert goers. The evening will include other works by Faure, including the Siciliiene for cello and piano and Cantique de Jean Racine. The choir will be accompanied by a chamber string orchestra and organ, played by Michael Wynne.

The performance takes place at St. Helier's Methodist Centre and tickets to come to hear are available on the door, or can be bought in advance via Ticketsource.



Nicholas Romeril's 'EYES on US' exhibition of paintings, prints, fragrances, soundscapes, immersive experiences, VR and flat films continues this week.

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.

History 'boxed up'


Special boxes containing fascinating historical objects are being offered to schools to bring Jersey students face-to-face with stories from the Island’s past.

The boxes are part of the ‘Museums in Schools’ project, which aims to take objects and artefacts out of a museum environment and into the classroom. It originally started in late 2018 with four boxes going into schools, but the full roll-out was interrupted by the pandemic.

This year, thanks to sponsorship by Ogier, the project has resumed and 11 more boxes have been created, which are specific to the Jersey curriculum and include information about each of the objects they contain.

The boxes are based around the themes of toys, food, cameras, health, schooling, communication, the Stone Age, Tudors and Victorians. They are clear like a display case to enable students to see what’s inside and include a mix of original objects and replicas. The number of items in each box depends on the theme. For example, one box contains a single large radio, while another includes a Tudor bonnet, cannon ball and depiction of a Tudor Rose.

The boxes are taken into schools by the Jersey Heritage Education Team, who explain the contents to teachers before leaving the boxes with them for pupils to view and discuss during their lessons.

Société Jersiaise's lunchtime talks


This week's talk 'The not so Common Eel' is by Bob Thompkins. It will surprise many islanders to know that hiding in many of the ponds, reservoirs and streams is an eel that even today there is so little known about. It is called the Common Eel because it used to be found in vast numbers in every water system across Europe and the UK.

Today, its numbers have been reduced by an estimated 96%, so it now carries full species protection across those zones – although not so here in Jersey. Come and hear the story of this amazing eel and all its transformations in its 30 odd year lifetime, from the Sargasso sea to Jersey, and back again, to mate and die. 

The talks take place every Wednesday lunchtime from 13:10-13:50 in Société Jersiaise's Member's Room in 7 Pier Road. Tea and coffee will be served.

'Jerpan' by Theo Jenner


Theo is an artist/illustrator inspired by Asian Art and Culture, in particular Japanese Ukiyoe artists such as Hokusai and Hiroshige. Theo's preferred medium is Ink and Paper but he is also learning how to use digital art tools like Adobe Illustrator.

'Jerpan' is an art exhibition by Theo in collaboration with Alliance Française. The exhibition will include both new and old work, with a special piece unveiled on the day.

Attendees are invited to enjoy wine, nibbles and a chat with Theo. Art will also be available to purchase.

The event is free, but limited spaces must be booked via Eventbrite.

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