Skipton Open Studios Opens New Doors

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Returning in June for it’s eighth year, Skipton Open Studios will be showcasing Jersey’s talented visual artists at new venues and with emerging and familiar artists taking part.

Skipton Open Studios is a popular biennial arts event, which sees local artists open their studios or take up residence in unusual sites around the island. The event invites islanders to engage with local artists, to learn about their practice and to directly purchase or commission works.

Familiar faces from the Island’s artistic community such Jason Butler, Ian Rolls, Nicholas Romeril, Marc Medland, Nanette Regan and Lisa le Brocq will be opening their studio doors and welcoming the public to drop in, meet them in person and gain an insight into their creative process. Many artists will be coming together to exhibit in historic locations including Jersey Heritage’s Archirondel Tower, and National Trust’s The Elms and the Wetlands Centre, some of which not usually open to the public.

This year will also be the first year that many new artists will participate in the Skipton Open Studios, including up-and-coming younger artists Ben Robertson, Will Bertram, Sam Bullock and Sam Carney, as well as well-established Jersey painter Paul-John Kilshaw. Local film production company Little Rivers Pictures will also be the first filmmakers to exhibit their work as part of the Skipton Open Studios.

Each of the 63 participating artists will have their work featured in a taster exhibition in the classic and contemporary gallery spaces at CCA Galleries International, 10 Hill St. from Thursday 16th June – Saturday 2nd July.

The Jersey Arts Trust are also planning a number of fun, inclusive activities in new locations for the opening weekend (Saturday 18th June), details of which will be released soon.

The following weekend, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June, will see studios in the West of the Island open their doors, and the weekend after – Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July – will be the turn of studios located in the Eastern parishes.

The Skipton Open Studios 2016 falls under the Skipton Art Series, an umbrella term through which the Jersey Arts Trust will present various visual arts events, made possible through the generous support of Skipton International. Last year saw a break from the Open Studios to host a series of public art and community projects including the immensely popular Jersey Projection Gallery, which saw 6,000 images projected onto the walls of Normans, Commercial Buildings over 5 evenings in November 2015.

Keep up to date with Skipton Open Studios 2016 by visiting the Skipton Open Studios website: www.skiptonopenstudios.je!

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