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Public art project to transform Elizabeth Marina

Public art project to transform Elizabeth Marina

Saturday 13 April 2024

Public art project to transform Elizabeth Marina

Saturday 13 April 2024


Water-themed murals will be painted on the arches of the town marina this summer "to bring colour and life" to the much-loved site.

ArtHouse Jersey says its new project aims to “breathe new life” into the area while exploring the island’s evolving relationship with water over time.

The arts organisation has called for creatives from the Channel Islands, the UK, and France to participate and create water-themed designs with the strapline of ‘Water water everywhere’. 

The public art display will spread across several arches at Elizabeth Marina, with six artists allocated three arches to paint through a design process involving workshops with local community groups coordinated with The Harbour Gallery Jersey.

ArtHouse Jersey said that each artist will be assigned a community group to work with over two sessions where they will guide a session exploring the theme, encouraging participants to create their own work that will be used as part of the inspiration.  

This initiative follows two previous sea-themed creative projects in the Marina and harbour area, including the 'Sea Change' mural on Albert Pier by artist Ben Robertson (AKA Bokra) and a 3D-printed 'living sea wall' in Elizabeth Marina designed by students.

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Pictured: The 'Sea Change' mural on Albert Pier by artist Ben Newman.

Director of ArtHouse Jersey, Tom Dingle, said that the charity has "long considered" the configuration of Elizabeth Marina to have great potential for artistic expression – an opportunity that has come about thanks to a donation from a donor.

Mr Dingle said that the configuration of Elizabeth Marina has "great potential" for artistic expression and that the opportunity to decorate it has been made possible through a generous donation.

He said: "It's our hope the art breathes new life into this area and shines a fresh and vibrant light on a walkway already loved by islanders."

Helier Smith, CEO of Jersey Water, hopes to promote awareness of water conservation through the initiative and to encourage islanders to think about their water use.

He said: "Making sure our island has a sustainable water supply for future generations is a key priority for Jersey Water, particularly with the impact of population growth and climate change.

"We hope the project inspires them to think about their water use today and what the island needs to secure water for tomorrow."

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Pictured: ArtHouse Jersey was also behind the public art mural on the Normans building.

Director of Art in the Frame Foundation, Pat Robson, said the water mural project is "just up our street" as it aligns with the charity's aim of supporting up-and-coming local artists. 

She added: "This project will breathe new life into the area for the people of Jersey and those visiting the area."

Interested artists can find more details on the ArtHouse Jersey website and should submit their expression of interest to amy@arts.je by 6 May.

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