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Sunday 03 February 2019

Gallery seeks "homegrown" talent to populate walls

The director of a St. Helier gallery is calling for local artists to help populate the colourful space with their "homegrown" talent.

Sasha Gibb of CCA Galleries International is inviting visual artists to apply to take part in this year's Jersey Summer Exhibition, during which one artist will be selected as the Summer Prize winner.

All visual art forms are welcome, including original prints, paintings, drawings, architecture, sculpture, film and photography from artists with links to the island who may be working elsewhere as well as locals.

Based on the model of the Royal Academy exhibition, the Jersey Summer Exhibition launched in 2017, with over 120 artists applying to take part.

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Pictured: The Summer Exhibition will go on display at CCA Galleries International from 20 June to 26 July. 

A panel of professional artists selects works from the application which are then shown in a group selling exhibition, hung and curated by CCA Galleries Int. Work shown in the Summer Exhibition was previously bought by collectors from Ireland, Scotland, Germany and the UK as well as enthusiastic locals.

Artists have until 12 March to apply by sending images of their workIf they are selected, artists will be asked to submit actual work for the final judging process on 25 April. If chosen, the artists will see their work shown during the Summer Exhibition from 20 June to 26 July.

Sasha Gibb, the Gallery Director, said: "10 Hill Street is a fantastic gallery for contemporary art and I’m looking forward to discovering more home grown talent to fill it. We’ve already had applications from artists from across the Channel Islands and are looking forward to taking the work to a new audience."

Ms Gibb says that being selected for CCAI Summer Exhibition has helped launch the careers of promising Jersey artists, as well as enforcing those already established. Last year, the Gallery launched the Summer Prize for the artist who exhibited the most accomplished piece of work according to the judges. The winner is offered a solo show at the gallery. 

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 Pictured: Sasha Gibb, Director of CCA Galleries, with Ben Shenton of Team Asset Management.

The prize will be awarded again this summer, along with the ‘Rural Jersey Landscape Award', which is being sponsored by Rural magazine and will be judged by an independent panel.

Last year’s Summer Prize, local painter Katy Brown, is encouraging artists near and far to apply to be in the show. Born and raised in Jersey, Katy now lives in Cornwall as artist in residence on the Earl of Edgecombe's Estate. CCA Galleries supported her in her first major display in Jersey for 10 years, a joint exhibition with International sculptor Anna Gillespie.

"It is a lovely way to introduce work to the island and for artist to get their work seen with other artists of a contemporary level," Katy said. It is the best opportunity they can try to show their work, in whatever medium they like.

"The whole feel of the show was amazing. It supports local people who want to make a new break in their art and to get their name out there. Every artist has their own space in the exhibition and it looks really well!"

Katy Brown

Pictured: Painter Katy Brown was the winner of the Summer Prize in 2018.

Katy not only enjoyed the gallery space but also the professionalism of the team working there, both aspects she says should be enough to convince others to get involved. "The gallery has a fantastic beautiful space. It's good to see on the island, we need as much encouragement with the arts as possible.

"The team is very open-minded and fresh and innovative, which is what you want in a gallery. They want to change people's ideas about art and they know what they are doing. It's a fantastic and amazing team of people who are very encouraging."

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