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CULTURE CALENDAR: Exploring eating disorders through paint

CULTURE CALENDAR: Exploring eating disorders through paint

Saturday 01 January 2022

CULTURE CALENDAR: Exploring eating disorders through paint

Saturday 01 January 2022

A US artist who uses paintings to explore her experience of living with an eating disorder has been invited to show her work in the island as part of the cultural programme of a local arts charity.

Alexandria Zlatar, who joined ArtHouse Jersey's 2020 ‘Virtual Retreat’ will be bringing her work to Jersey in May.

Her exhibition is one of many events and projects the local arts organisation has lined up for January to August 2022, when they will be realising their schedule for the autumn and winter.

Here are some of the highlights to look out for...

‘What do you see?’



Pictured: 'What do you see?' has been directed, created, designed and performed by a whole community of London-based representative voices.

In partnership with Royal Bank of Canada, ArtHouse Jersey will be presenting 'What do you see?' a new piece of theatrical work from ‘The Pappy Show’, a professional, contemporary, physical theatre company who believe the most diverse rooms are the richest and most likely to thrive.

Exploring diversity, inclusion and personal unconscious bias, it has been directed, created, designed and performed by a whole community of London-based representative voices. The work celebrates all of those identities and builds on the research they have been carrying out with different community groups over the past three years, including time in residence with ArtHouse Jersey.

The show aims to provoke a wider discussion on how our individual life experiences have led us to seeing the world through a particular lens. It provokes questions on stereotyping, equity, noting the varying privileges our lives are built upon and the different starting points each of our audiences have.

Venue, dates and ticket information will be published on ArtHouse Jersey's website in January.





Pictured: Dana Olarescu, Cliff Andrade and Natalia Kalicki.

Three artists of Portuguese, Polish and Romanian descent will be visiting the island for a unique residency culminating in the presentation of 'HOME'.

Cliff Andrade (Portugal), Natalia Kalicki (Poland) and Dana Olarescu (Romania) applied to come to Jersey to learn about, research and explore the

experience of their compatriots living within each of these three significant local communities. The new artwork they create inspired by what they learn and experience in Jersey will be exhibited in St. Helier in February.

The project received the support of the Polish Cultural Institute, the Embassy of Portugal and the Romanian Cultural Institute and there could be opportunities for the work to be shown in London later in the year.

Following the local exhibition, the artists will contribute to the briefing of a muralist concentrating on the lived experience of these communities which will be created and displayed in public later in the year. 


'One on one' with Jason Butler



Pictured: "In Jason’s work the different layers, textures and colours continuously shift."

"We live in a frantic world of social media, instant messaging and global connectivity," the team at ArtHouse Jersey said. "Many people find it difficult to take a moment to stop and reflect.

"Maybe, like most people, you’ve been to an exhibition or museum, but not felt like you’ve really ‘seen’ or connected with any of the work inside. And maybe you’ve found yourself wondering how people can get so excited about a particular painting or artwork when it leaves you feeling nothing. If so, this exhibition is for you."

The show will give islanders the opportunity to spend time one-on-one with a "sensational piece of art" without any noise or distractions. Having been granted exclusive access to Jason Butler’s latest extraordinary collection of paintings, the charity will be presenting just one canvas to just one viewer at a time.

"There is no secret or trick," they said. "In Jason’s work the different layers, textures and colours continuously shift. The more that you look, the more you will see. Your own imagination will bring the painting to life."


'Until you became me'



Pictured: The artworks on display will include sculpture, installation, performance, sound and film. (Alberto Romano)

'Until you became me' is a touring site-specific exhibition exploring how water connects us to each other and our environments. It is the fruit of a collaboration between local artist Karen Le Roy Harris, London artist Miriam Sedacca and London musician Heather Ryall.

After touring water and tidals mills in Stroud and London, the exhibition will come to Jersey this Spring and will be shown across multiple sites including Le Moulin de Quétivel, the only surviving working water mill on the island.

The artworks on display will include sculpture, installation, performance, sound and film. The exhibition will also mark the first showing of a new collaborative film created by all three artists, shot in Jersey and partially filmed underwater.

The artists will create an immersive space to invite visitors to consider themselves as bodies of water, constantly in flux and intimately connected with others and with their surroundings. 'Until you became me' aims to bring up questions about this fundamental interdependence calling us to radically reimagine our responsibilities and connections to the world and other lifeforms. 


'The Starving Artist'


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Following her participation in its 2020 ‘Virtual Retreat’, ArtHouse Jersey has invited US artist Ally Zlatar to share her collection of paintings that explore her experiences of living with an eating disorder. 

Ally’s practice-led research project questions to what extent contemporary art about eating disorders can enlighten us about "perceptions of self-identity within a broader context of mental health and wellbeing".

Central to the study is her own positioning as an artist who has been diagnosed with an eating disorder. She uses self-experience as data (stories and texts) exploring daily life, experienced both physically and mentally, to create artworks that examine the profound depth of thoughts, feelings and challenges one endures when one is ill, while offering an exploration of what it means to live in an unwell body with an eating disorder. 

'The Map of Wonders' 



Pictured: 4,500 children took part in 'The Map of Wonders'.

The Map of Wonders is the first project within the Genesis Education Programme, a joint partnership project between ArtHouse Jersey and the Government of Jersey’s Department for Children, Young People, Education and Skills (CYPES).

It is currently rolling out its second series of films and content in schools across the island. Each series has its own very distinct themes with the first one focusing on tales and folklore from Jersey’s past, while the second focuses on celebrations around the world and Jersey communities.

This exhibition will be a celebration of all the work undertaken by 4,500 school children in Jersey during The Map of Wonders process. 


'Skipton Wasted Opportunity'



Pictured: The project will see artists producing one-off art and design pieces out of waste.

What opportunities are we missing to successfully utilise waste in Jersey? Can we throw away less, value what we have and give unwanted items a second life?

With support from Skipton International, ArtHouse Jersey will be inviting islanders to observe local and international artists and designers, who use waste as their primary material, at work in the exhibition space.

Over a five-week period, these makers will be producing one-off art and design pieces and inviting the community to take part in workshops.

"Collectively we will build a rich, thought provoking exhibition from waste," ArtHouse Jersey said. "We will consider the challenges we face, how we can be more mindful in what we consume and the impact our consumption has on the environment."


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