Fantastic opportunity for 6 Jersey artists

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We’re offering six artists the opportunity to work with internationally celebrated psaligraphy (paper cut) artists – Professor Xiaoguang Qiao from China and Karen Bit Vejle from Norway, who will be visiting Jersey in October 2016 with ‘Paper Dialogues’ – their exquisite exhibition of paper cut art.

The six selected artists will take part in an intensive workshop with Professor Xiaoguang Qiao and Karen Bit Vejle, and will be paid to create their own paper-cut pieces of work. They will also be responsible for sharing their new skills with leading Island schools, where they will ignite a huge community outreach programme where local school children and members of the public will have the chance to make their own paper cut art and have it displayed in their own exhibition (‘Paper Talks’) in 2017.


Whilst in Jersey, the International artists will provide an open access workshop and lead the starting point of the creation of the ‘Jersey Dragon’ – a piece of art which will be a permanent mascot for the project and the relationships formed between the jurisdictions. The six artists will lead the continuation of the ‘Jersey Dragon’ community project that will see Jersey exploring its own heritage as well as embracing those of our partner nations.

Community Exhibition – ‘Paper Talks’

All of the work created (by artists, students and the community) will be exhibited in a celebratory showcase in 2017 titled ‘Paper Talks’. The exhibition will tell the story of the process and relations that have formed as well as what has been discovered through the work.

Dates and Artist Specification

To take part in the project, artists must be exclusively available from 10th to 17th October and then have availability from October until February to complete their work and run the workshops in schools. Whilst the discipline of the Artist is not specified, they need to be able to produce paper cut work. The artists need to be experienced practitioners with a firm grasp of their craft are able to produce work to a specified brief and ideally have past experience of delivering workshops to young people.


Each artist will receive a fee and materials.

Upon accepting a place on the project, the artists will be committed to taking part in the professional workshop and all of the community activities. They will also be required to produce their own paper-cut pieces of work that will be exhibited in 2017. The rights to the work created will remain with the artists, but they will be committed to it being available to the Jersey Arts Trust for exhibition.

All applicants should send their artistic CV, along with images of at least 3 recent pieces of work, to Alice Bravery at the JAT by Thursday 1st September. Her e-mail is

For details of the fee or any more information prospective applicants should contact the Trust at or on 01534 617521.

This opportunity has now been filled! Thanks to all who applied.