Jersey Library to get a flying visit from a Paper Dragon through the Skipton Art Series

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Following fast on the heels of the hugely successful ‘Paper Dialogues – the Dragon and our Stories’ exhibition at St. Helier Town Hall, the Jersey Arts Trust is keeping the dialogue of ‘paper cutting’ alive through the Skipton Art Series with their island-wide initiative ‘Paper Talks’.

Last November an exhibition of incredible paper-cut art by Professor Xiaoguang Qiao from China and Norwegian artist Karen Bit Vejle, was toured to the Island by the Arts Trust. The work comprised a 9-meter long paper-cut dragon and 7 dragon eggs – a collaboration that told the story of the Artists’ quest in search of dragons. The exhibition ran for two weeks, during which time over 5,000 visitors including 600 students came to see the work.

Whilst in Jersey, Professor Qiao and Karen ran master-classes to train seven local artists in the art of paper cutting. Now, thanks to the ongoing support of Skipton International through the Skipton Art Series, the One Foundation, the Association of Jersey Charities and JEDFAS, the selected artists Abi Overland, Anna Shipley, Ben Robertson, Joanna Brown, Karen Le Roy Harris, Lizi Hill and Maria Tarrant have been busy creating their own pieces of paper-cut art, as well as running over 30 workshops with schools, community groups and the wider public.

As a legacy to the ‘Paper Dialogues’ exhibition, the work created by students and the community will contribute to the dialogue in the form of our very own paper-cut dragon. The Jersey ‘Paper Dragon’, a 3D sculptural installation, will be flying its way through the Jersey Library between May 15th – June 30th 2017 as part of a celebratory showcase entitled ‘Paper Talks’ across different venues in 2017.

The showcase will also include an exhibition of works created by each of the local artists involved at the Jersey Arts Centre’s Berni Gallery between May 8th – June 2nd 2017, and will tell the story of the process and relations that have formed as well as what has been discovered through the work. Both exhibitions will be free to attend and open to the public to visit during the Library and Arts Centre’s regular hours.

In total twenty-two schools have already been involved in the initiative. The Artists involved will continue to run public workshops throughout April for people of all ages to engage in the project. Upcoming public workshops include:

Saturday 15th April – Wests Centre as part of the Parish of St Helier’s Easter Family Fun Day between 10.00-16.00

Friday 28th April – St Ouen’s Parish Hall between 09.30-13.30

Sunday 30th April – as part of the Reasons to be Grateful Festival at Howard Davis Park from 11.00

Community groups and businesses interested in getting involved should contact the JAT’s Producer Alice Bravery on alice@arts.je.

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