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ART FIX: Exhibitions and performances go online

ART FIX: Exhibitions and performances go online

Friday 03 April 2020

ART FIX: Exhibitions and performances go online

Every Friday, Express will be presenting a selection of online exhibitions, performances and other creative content to help islanders continue getting their artsy fix.

Local arts organisations have gone digital to continue promoting the work of local artists as well as those further afield after being forced to close.

While their normal programme has been suspended amid the pandemic, ArtHouse Jersey, Private & Public and Jersey Arts Centre among others have turned to virtual tours, videos and photographs to keep islanders entertained throughout lockdown.

Here are the latest offerings...

ArtHouse Jersey Presents...

ArtHouse Jersey is launching a digital platform to allow emerging and established artists to exhibit, promote and share their work.

The platform will showcase a mix of specially commissioned pieces of digital content along with work created and submitted online. Islanders who are creating any form of art-related content online are invited to use the hashtag #arthousejerseypresents on social media so that local audiences can enjoy all manner of offerings, all in one place. 

Producers Paul Bisson and JP Le Blond have been working with ArtHouse Jersey to commission artists and curate a number of original pieces that will go live every Friday afternoon.

Pictured: John Henry Falle AKA The Story Beast will be sharing new poetry on the platform.

Today’s selection includes poetry from John Henry Falle AKA The Story Beast.

It also features music performances from Tim Horsfall, Brian White and Lloyd Yates​; a tutorial on how to start your own novel from author Sophie Cousens; and the first of a new podcast series ‘A Postcard From...’, where broadcaster Carrie Cooper catches up with local creatives in lockdown around the world.

Twin Peaks...


Pictured: Nick Archer's exhibition continues until 19 April.

Private & Public’s latest exhibition should have opened on Monday but instead the island went into lockdown

Gallery Director Chris Clifford has therefore moved everything online, offering a virtual tour as well as a video of the exhibition in addition to a digital catalogue.

The first part of ‘Twin Peaks’ – the second with works from Jenny Pockley will follow in a couple of weeks – presents paintings from British artist Nick Archer. For Mr Clifford, the timing of the exhibition is “prescient”. 


Pictured: A virtual tour of Nick Archer's exhibition is available online.

“We are, all of sudden, living in strange times where everything looks familiar but feels very different. A deep-seated sense of unease permeates all facets of society. We are living in a time of fear. Fear of the unknown. You could say it’s a dystopian nightmare.

“With a depth of vision and a scale of multi-layered meanings Nick Archer’s paintings possess a Lynchian quality that suggests a vision of the world in crisis, a journey at an end.” 

Going Underground...

Jersey Arts Centre will be releasing Simon MacDonald’s ‘Going Underground’ on YouTube and on social media in six weekly instalments starting from today. 

Inspired by the photographs of Bob Mazzer, the play was performed at Jersey Arts Centre in early March, with its noisy and menacing reminiscences of 80s London and travel on the Tube. 

In addition, every day of the week Jersey Arts Centre is aiming to inspire islanders with a: 

  • Story for Today – literature, plays, poems, legends and myths
  • Song for Today – pop, folk, jazz’n’blues, spoken word and musical theatre
  • Art for Today – architecture, ceramics, drawings, photography and paint-ings
  • Film for Today – noir, drama, comedy, thriller and children’s
  • Take Care for Today – tips, tricks and helpful hints to keep you well

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