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ART FIX: Dreams of December

ART FIX: Dreams of December

Friday 09 December 2022

ART FIX: Dreams of December

Friday 09 December 2022

This week, have 'Dreams of December' with charity performances of a local singer-songwriter's new festive album and twinkling fairy lights in the enchanted 'Christmas Tree Maze' as you find your way to Santa's workshop.

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.

Dreams of December 


Local singer-songwriter, Rich Allo, is celebrating the release of his new Christmas album with a series of live performances in aid of charity.

The first of these live performances will be taking place on Saturday 10 December at the St Aubin's Methodist Church.


Rich's new Christmas album is titled 'Dreams of December' and features twelve seasonal songs, including self-penned originals and covers of festive classics.

Hot chocolate and mince pies will be available at the live performances which are free to attend. Donations are in aid of the Jersey Christmas Appeal.

If you can't make the gig on Saturday 10 December, there will also be two more opportunities to watch Rich perform live at The Cornerhouse Bar on Friday 16 December or at The Tipsy Bar on Monday 19 December.

Ian Rolls' Island


ArtHouse Jersey's final exhibition of 2022 begins today at Capital House and runs through until 23 December.

Locally-admired artist Ian Rolls' 'Island' exhibition represents the coastal landscape of Jersey that most will be very familiar with and fond of, with Rolls saying he found these locations a stable platform of familiarity and comfort at a time when his own emotional landscape was changing.


On the opening night, there we will be a very special evening of music and art with Blues star, Giles Robson, and very special guest, vocalist Robin Kapsalis. The live music will take place within the exhibition at ArtHouse Jersey at Capital House between 18:00 and 20:00 on Friday 9 December. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite.

Discovery Day


A special festive ‘Discovery Day’ will be held at Jersey Museum, Art Gallery & Victorian House on Saturday 10 December, with the opportunity to discover the sights and sounds of Christmas.

Get into the spirit of Christmas with festive carols, classic films, decoration and card-making, and follow the trail around the Victorian House to find out what happens on the night before Christmas.

The event will run from 10:00-15:30 with ‘The Snowman’ being shown in the AV Theatre at 11:30, followed by ‘The Snowman and the Snowdog’ at 13:30.

Normal admission fees applies to take part in the activities and includes free admission to the theatre. Jersey Heritage Members and children under six go free.

Into the Flow


‘Into the Flow’ is an upcoming art exhibition that will present artwork created over a twelve month collaboration period between ArtHouse Jersey and Mind Jersey. 

In September 2021, Mind Jersey and ArtHouse Jersey launched a series of workshops as part of the art’s charity’s Artists In Residence programme, led by local artist Anna Shipley. The programme offers partner charities the opportunity to work with an artist.


Mind Jersey's workshops were based on the ‘Six Ways to Wellbeing’. Each participant was given a sketchbook which acted as a safe space to record ideas, memories, and observations as well as a place for creative experiments. The workshops encouraged participants to try new art materials and techniques in a relaxed and friendly space. 


Executive Director of Mind Jersey, Patricia Tumelty, said: “I’d like to express our thanks to ArtHouse Jersey for connecting with Mind Jersey for this programme and in doing so helping more people access the arts. We have been delighted with this partnership, not least because whilst talent and creativity is spread equally across our Island, access to the arts is not.“

All the artwork created by clients of Mind Jersey will be on display at the Greve de Lecq Barracks Studios between 11:00-17:00 on Saturday 10 December and 10:00-17:00 on Sunday 11 December.

Christmas tree maze


Jersey's first-ever 'Christmas Tree Maze' will be at Weighbridge Place from 1 December. 

Walk through hundreds of real Christmas trees with twinkling fairy lights in the enchanted 'Christmas Tree Maze' and find your way to Santa's workshop. Some naughty elves have escaped from the workshop and Mr & Mrs Santa Claus would love some help finding them! The fun doesn't stop when you finish the maze as the naughty elf has hidden some trees around the town centre with only a map and some festive clues to help you find them.

Once you've finished the hunt and maze, you'll be invited into Santa's workshop for a photo and a meet and greet with some of his little helpers. Santa might be very busy at this time of year, but he hasn't forgotten to drop off some presents, so all the children can expect a gift. And Santa hasn't neglected the adults either – you can enter a free prize draw to win some festive prizes, handpicked by the big man in red himself!

Refreshments will be available. Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite.

Down the rabbit hole

Jersey Arts Centre presents its seventh Community Christmas Production, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, from 9-22 December.

Lewis Carroll’s classic stories of Alice’s adventures through the fantastical world of Wonderland will be brought to life through music, song and larger-than-life characters. Watch as the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat and lots of other much-loved characters appear before your very eyes.

This curious adventure is suitable for the whole family. Tickets can be purchased on the Jersey Arts Centre website.

Restricted Movement


The audiobook version of a local poet's debut collection has been released on Audible, Amazon and iTunes.

Jersey-based poet Traci O’Dea spent twelve months in the midst of the pandemic supporting her father, who lives in the US, as he was struggling with mild dementia and a relapse into substance abuse. As she has done since as long as she can remember, she turned to poetry to help process the events.

This led to her first book publication, titled ‘Restricted Movement’ (Scotland Street Press), which was supported by ArtHouse Jersey’s Funding for Artists programme.


The book talks about freedom, what it means to her father but also what it meant to herself and other islanders during the pandemic, who despite having to be in isolation were able to enjoy two hours a day to go out and exercise.

The audiobook was recorded and engineered at Hautlieu School by a Year 12 student, Julia Bochenska, who has gotten full credit as the engineer on the project.

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