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ART FIX: Dance with Gok Wan, get hypnotised and see spirits rise

ART FIX: Dance with Gok Wan, get hypnotised and see spirits rise

Friday 01 September 2023

ART FIX: Dance with Gok Wan, get hypnotised and see spirits rise

Friday 01 September 2023


From having a boogie with Gok Wan to exhibitions exploring the essence of summer and the seaside and a hypnotising evening event, there's an exciting and diverse array of cultural fun on offer this week...

Every Friday, 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...

Weekender Festival

 
 
 
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Jersey's biggest music festival is back this weekend at the Royal Jersey Showground.

Artists due to perform over the two days include three-time Brit Award-winner Becky Hill, Spice Girls star Mel C, DJ Got Wan.

Away from the main stage, islanders will be able to enjoy local musicians, family areas, food trucks and much more.

Find out more here.

Where art and dance collide

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Pictured: Seeker I, an oil on linen painting by Jason Butler which inspired the piece.

Tonight, the world-class but Jersey-based dance company, Ballet d'Jèrri, will be performing an excerpt of their new piece, Siez sé.

Ahead of Joëlle Le Boutillier’s world premiere of Seekers, the dancers will show a preview of their performance inside local artist Jason Bulter's studio at Commercial Buildings, as his paintings inspired the piece.

Drinks and canapés will also be on offer at the event.

You can view Jason Butler's inspiring artwork here and find out more about the performance here.

Beats in the Bay

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Ouaisné-based Kismet Cabana is aiming to end the summer with a bang with their '#BeatsInTheBay' event.

Islanders are invited to soak up 'sun-sets' with some of Jersey's best musical talents, accompanied by a special menu of food and refreshments.

Next Thursday (7 September), local musician Spectrum will be performing live from 18:00 until 21:00.

Find out more here.

Art In Clay Exhibition

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This weekend is your last chance to enjoy The Merchant's House's summer exhibition, 'Art in Clay', which showcases the work of more than a dozen local potters and ceramicists.

Find out more here.

Beside the Seaside Pop-Up

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Seaside-themed canvases created by Dementia Jersey's Art Exploration groups are this weekend going on display at ArtHouse Jersey's Greve de Lecq Barracks.

These groups are led by art therapist Lucy Blackmore and offer a creative and social outlet for those living with dementia. This is the first time the charity has put on an exhibition open to the public. To complement the exhibition, Dementia Jersey will be providing visitors with teas, coffees and sweet treats.

The pop-up will be available to view on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September 2023, between 10:00 and 16:00 on both days. 

Get hypnotised!

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Andrew Newton returns to the Jersey Arts Centre this Saturday, following a sold-out show at Jersey Arts Centre in June. 

Andrew began practising hypnosis in the early 1980s and was a regular performer in Jersey. He quickly rose to prominence, praised for his ability to conjure the absurdly funny from the minds of ordinary people.

Tickets are £20 and can be booked in advance through Eventbrite for the 19:45 performance on Saturday 2 September. 

Blithe Spirit

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The Jersey Arts Centre is set to stage a run of Noel Coward's classic comedy, 'Blithe Spirit' from 6 to 9 September.

The play revolves around a séance — a spirit communication session — where author Charles Condomine invites the eccentric Madame Arcati to summon spirits. Trouble ensues when Charles is confronted with the ghost of his first wife, Elvira, visible only to him. His second wife, Ruth, becomes sceptical and tensions rise between the two wives. The play features visual humour, witty dialogue, and eccentric characters.

Profits from the show support Kairos Arts, a charity aiding trauma survivors through the arts. Tickets can be purchased online or from the Jersey Arts Centre Box Office.

Jersey Recovery College Anthology 2023

The Jersey Recovery College is currently seeking short stories and poems that revolve around the themes of hope, opportunity, and empowerment. A curated selection of favourites will be featured in a printed anthology, serving as both a celebration of the journey of recovery and a platform for students, friends, and supporters to exhibit their literary creations.

Aspiring writers who have not been previously published are strongly encouraged to submit their work.

The closing date is Sunday 8 October and more information can be found here

The Original Student Art Exhibition 

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Jersey Arts Centre is once again showcasing the work of some of the island's up-and-coming artists, with this year's display focusing on four local creatives.

Jodie Bull's body of work features a repetitive colour scheme and various texture, tying to a theme of "disconnection in the world" with survival vs modern western lifestyle, while Brett Hunter's work is inspired by novels and silent films of the 1920s and 1930s.

Steph Shales's collection focuses on "the chaos of human existence", with contrasting themes of editorial beauty mixed with horror, and Stephanie Bexiga's has presented an audiovisual piece centred on domestic abuse and social issues.

Held in upstairs in the Berni Gallery, the free exhibition will be available to view until Saturday 16 September. 

Fox Open Art Competition

Islanders are being invited to submit their work for this year's Fox Open Art Competition.

Jersey Arts Centre and Guernsey Arts have come together for the island-wide competition, which will see shortlisted works presented at the George Crossan Gallery in Guernsey and the Jersey Arts Centre.

Still life and portrait artist, Tom Wood, will judge the submitted work to shortlist a finalist selection after the submission deadline. He will also be presenting his own art in the Berni Gallery leading up to the competition exhibition. The winners who have produced 'the most original work' will then be chosen on Saturday 23 September. This year's prizes are:

  • £1,000 for the overall winner

  • £500 for the Jock Russel Award winner for ages 12 to 18

  • £100 for five highly praised artists

To find out more about entering, click here or email exhibitions@artscentre.je.

People we love

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ArtHouse Jersey is looking for islanders to take part in an emotive art installation, People We Love, as part of an immersive exhibition exploring human connections.

'People We Love' is a community-based, international touring artwork where individuals are filmed looking at images of people they love.

In this Jersey edition, ArtHouse Jersey is inviting islanders to take part in this beautiful and timely artwork that centres around the emotion that bonds us all: love.

Guided by an audio meditation, each participant will be filmed gazing at a picture of someone they love – a picture the audience will never see.

Filming takes place at St Helier Town Church during various time slots from Wednesday 13 September to Sunday 17 September 2023.

The footage will be used in People We Love as part of the Skipton Big Ideas: Human Connections exhibition which opens to the public on Friday 3 November 2023.

You can book your filming slot via Eventbrite.

No Place Like Home

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The upcoming exhibition 'No Place Like Home' is set to explore the concept of ‘home’ with an exhibition of newly commissioned works that will be shown in and outside of its gallery space.

No Place Like Home features the work of local and internationally acclaimed artists and invites islanders to consider their ‘home’ on a personal, national, global and even cosmic scale.

Launching at ArtHouse Jersey at Capital House with a special celebration event on Tuesday 5 September, the show will officially open from Wednesday 6 September and run until 15 October.

The exhibition features 23 gallery-based artworks and three external installation pieces, all of which explore ‘home’ from the micro to the macro, including considerations around Jersey’s housing crisis and international perspectives of the health of our planet. While we live in a time where the concept of home can be a complex and serious subject, the pieces on display are often playful and interactive and invite the viewer to reflect on their own interpretation and experience.

Art by the Harbourside 

The Harbour Gallery's summer exhibition 'Art by the Harbourside' is now open, featuring an array of work by over 70 local artists. 

Located at The Harbour Gallery, 19 The Quay, Commercial Buildings, the exhibition is open every day from 09:30-17:30 until 10 September. 

Discover St Helier! Guided Walk

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Every Sunday morning, you can explore our local history and culture with an experienced guide. 

Tours start from Liberation Square every Sunday at 10:30 and finish at 12:00.

Tickets can be booked in advance through Eventbrite or you can be purchased on the day with cash. 

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