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CULTURE CALENDAR: Town church to be transformed into art gallery

CULTURE CALENDAR: Town church to be transformed into art gallery

Saturday 02 January 2021

CULTURE CALENDAR: Town church to be transformed into art gallery

ArtHouse Jersey will be transforming the town church into an art gallery as part the Skipton Big Ideas exhibition in October.

The inter-disciplinary exhibition which invited local and international artists, architects and designers to collaborate in creating three dimensional art is one of many events and projects the local arts organisation has lined up for 2021.

“We’re extremely proud of this programme overview and the level of ambition it demonstrates, particularly given the ongoing uncertainty for us all," Tom Dingle, the Director of ArtHouse Jersey, said. 

Tom Dingle ArtHouse Jersey

Pictured: Tom Dingle, the Director of ArtHouse Jersey.

"In Skipton Big Ideas we will be delivering an exhibition on a scale larger than the island has ever seen, posing some of the most important questions we face as a society in an ever changing world.

"We’re also commissioning and supporting the creation of art in entirely accessible formats, though our ArtHouse Jersey Presents platform and our Roaming Soundtrack music project with Rob Da Bank. In short there really is something for everyone. We look forward to the hard work and fun that will go into expertly delivering it for the people of Jersey.”

Here are some of the highlights from ArtHouse Jersey's 'Taste of 2021'... 

Memory Boxes

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memory boxes Thomas Buckley

Pictured: Thomas Buckley has designed the memory boxes.

A key focus for ​ArtHouse Jersey​ is to make the arts accessible to all, but how can you create memorable and magical experiences for people who are not able to leave their homes? The only answer can be to deliver the art to their door.

ArtHouse Jersey​ has commissioned T​homas Buckley - the lead artist behind ‘Society of Cocktails’ and an associate of the Royal Shakespeare Company-  to design bespoke ‘Memory Boxes’ ​that can be delivered directly to people’s homes and ignite all of a recipient’s senses to bring a story to life.

While the boxes will use technology through sound, projection and augmented reality, they will feel tactile and will be simple to use. Each will contain packages with scents and objects to add a visceral connection to the narrative being told.

Juliet St John Nicolle


Juliet St John Nicolle

Pictured: Juliet St John Nicolle will be exhibiting at the Greve de Lecq Barracks in February.

Juliet St John Nicolle, who was diagnosed with Autism when she was 50, has had a long standing passion for art.

She was awarded artist support through the ArtHouse Jersey Funding scheme and will be creating new print works for this upcoming exhibition at ArtHouse Jersey’s HQ at Greve de Lecq Barracks, alongside work she has created since lockdown and her 30 exhibition books.

 Roaming Soundtrack


Rob Da Bank

Pictured: Rob Da Bank will be curating a soundtrack to accompany iconic ​Jersey vistas.

Celebrated DJ and festival promoter ​Rob Da Bank​, the creator of ​BESTIVAL​, will be curating a soundtrack of up to six pieces of music written by a variety of established music and spoken-word artists to accompany iconic ​Jersey vistas.​

Islanders be invited to take a magical, bespoke audio journey around some of the island’s most iconic, beautiful locations, while immersing themselves in stunning nature and beautiful sounds of celebrated, quality musicians.

The Dinosaurs Are Coming!


Lulu Macdonald

Pictured: Fine artist and sculptor Lulu MacDonald is returning to her childhood home of Jersey for 'The Dinosaurs are coming'.

Fine artist and sculptor Lulu MacDonald is returning to her childhood home of Jersey to present her installation exhibition ‘The Dinosaurs Are Coming’, commissioned by ArtHouse Jersey, along with an accompanying outreach programme of community workshops.

Exploring what it means to be living on the brink of multiple extinctions, the show examines the toxic love affair of both cherishing and grieving the ground. Caught between two stools, the show juxtaposes our paradoxical urges to give back by rewilding the earth with our capitalist ‘take take take’ mindset as we grapple with various global crises.

​Skipton Big Ideas


Skipton Big Ideas

Pictured: Skipton Big Ideas is ArtHouse Jersey's "flagship project".

Described as ArtHouse Jersey's "flagship project" and a "mammoth interdisciplinary exhibition", Skipton Big Ideas is an installation exhibition that will transform the already reverential interior and grounds of the St. Helier Town Church into a bespoke gallery featuring sculpture, light, augmented reality, sound and interactive installations.

Expect pieces that you can step inside of, walk through, play with and that perhaps make you feel provoked, inspired, challenged and even enlightened. The exhibition will be open to all and free to attend thanks to the generous sponsorship of Skipton International.

As part of the exhibition, a visual piece, exploring themes of identity and sense of place from projection designer and creative director Akhila Krishnan will be projected onto the ceiling of the St. Helier Town Church, transforming the space with stunning visuals and transporting the audience beyond the walls of the venue for a truly ‘one off’ experience.

The projection will be accompanied by a unique, original score by a soon-to-be-announced, Jersey born producer and composer featuring special guest musicians.

ArtHouse Jersey Pop Up Series

Eliza Reine

Pictured: Elīza Reine will be among the artists to join the workshop series this year.

The series of weekend-long exhibitions, which offer local artists the chance to exhibit their work for free at the ArtHouse Jersey Studios at Greve de Lecq Barracks, will continue throughout the year.

Artists showcasing their work include Jodie Carney, Nick Partlett, Bianca Paddidar, Ariel Luke, Will Lakeman, La Folie Collective, Conor Daly and Danny Booth.

This will also be a chance for the public to come along and meet the artists, talk to them about their work and gain an insight into their working practices.




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