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Katherine Cadin, Artist: Five things I would change about Jersey

Katherine Cadin, Artist: Five things I would change about Jersey

Friday 09 August 2019

Katherine Cadin, Artist: Five things I would change about Jersey

Her Greek heritage, vintage textiles and folk art, as well as aboriginal art from spending time living and travelling in Australia, are some of vibrant artist Katherine Cadin's great passions and influences.

But Jersey also has a big impact on her art, which is linked to the sea and nature, with intricate patterns sometimes painted on driftwood found washed up on local beaches.

For Express, Katherine used her artistic flair to paint up a different picture of what Jersey could be like...

1. Make it easier to be beachy keen and green

I love walking along our beautiful beaches collecting driftwood for my paintings, but I hate seeing the volume of plastic and marine debris washed up, that is catastrophic to marine life. I pick up as much as I can; even the smallest piece of plastic, and I am grateful it is not going back into the sea to pollute and cause harm.

tracy Vibert plastics rubbish litter beach clean

Pictured: Katherine says the States and parishes should make it easier for islanders to clean local beaches.

Fantastic organisations exist that organize beach cleans regularly that really make a difference. But the States and parishes could, and should, provide re-usable sacks, crates, or small trolleys in a dedicated corner of the beach car parks that people could take on their walks, fill with beach litter and return.

Every little bit would help.

2. Make tracks out East

The West are so lucky with their cycle lanes, but the East is long overdue one!


Pictured: The East needs a cycle track too!

Cyclists would feel safer on the increasingly busy roads and it would encourage more people onto their bikes to cycle to work and school, or just for pleasure, in a safe, protected lane away from the fast cars.

3. Jersey's own 'National Art Gallery'

It would be wonderful to have an Art Gallery dedicated solely to the work of Jersey artists, both past and present. So many beautiful paintings, dating back over 200 years, exist in archives or in private collections that could be loaned to the gallery for exhibitions for everyone to enjoy.

national art gallery

Pictured: Jersey needs its own national art gallery.

An ever changing programme of Jersey artist’s exhibitions would provide many local artists with the opportunity to have solo exhibitions and create a diverse and ever changing local art scene, dedicated to Jersey Art.

There are so many talented artists here, past and present, who should have the opportunity for their work to be shown.

4. An aquarium open all year round

My paintings are inspired by the beautiful creatures that live in our waters; I am obsessed with the colours and shapes of our lobsters, crabs and fish. Jersey has clean waters, rich in diverse sea life that many people don’t get to see.


Pictured: Katherine would like to see an aquarium at the end of Gorey pier.

A location such as at the end of Gorey pier in the harbour would be amazing, with a level at the bottom with portholes to see the fish, crabs and other creatures coming in with the tide!

5. Let's take it slow

Finally, I wish Jersey could slow down a little... Fewer office blocks and high rise buildings being built, reducing traffic congestion by encouraging more bus travel, E-bikes and cycling in general.

Gunsite beach

Pictured: "Let’s try not to spoil the beautiful island we live in."

Reducing speed limits in areas with no pavements, making it a safer place for pedestrians and cyclists. Let’s try not to spoil the beautiful island we live in; let’s take time to enjoy what is around us.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and not the Bailiwick Express. 

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