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If walls could talk: artists create locally inspired murals

If walls could talk: artists create locally inspired murals

Sunday 23 July 2017

If walls could talk: artists create locally inspired murals

The Jersey Arts Trust has commissioned a new community arts project which sees three local artists creating public murals in town after engaging with the Jersey public.

The team, headed up by Ben Robertson, has started work on large-scale wall murals on the west-facing facade of 23 Colomberie Street and the side of the building owned by Randalls between Saville Street and Cannon Street. Working alongside Ben are fellow young, local artists, Abi Overland and Will Bertram.



Pictured: Local artist Ben Robertson working on the Cannon Street mural (Photo: Holly Smith Commercial Photography).

Alice Bravery, producer at Jersey Arts Trust, said: “Murals are an incredibly important means to bring art to the public sphere as they are seen by an incredibly wide audience that might not otherwise set foot in a gallery. We’ve seen the power of public murals to enliven, energise and uplift environments that may otherwise go unnoticed and that they can have a real impact upon the attitude of passersby. Created by three young local artists, and inspired by the island as well as local people within it, we hope these murals will communicate a sense of community and inspire conversations among those that walk past them.” 



Pictured: Artists Abi Overland and Will Bertram painting their original designs at the Cannon Street site (Photo: Holly Smith Commercial Photography)

Lorraine McLean, Mortgage Sales Manager, Skipton International, said: “The murals are designed to show the power of regeneration and demonstrate how art can help turn ordinary into extraordinary. We are delighted to see how this latest phase of the Skipton Art Series opens up art to another part of the community and hope people will enjoy seeing the murals in St Helier, and drop into the Link Gallery to find our more about the project.”

To capture the process, an exhibition at Jersey Heritage’s Link Gallery will display some of the original mural designs, photography, and information around the project. The exhibition runs from 17 July until Sunday 23 July.

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