Skipton Art Series: Mobile Library Portraits – A Snapshot in Time

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As part of this year’s Skipton Art Series, Jersey Arts Trust established a central commissioning pot for visual arts projects in 2017 around creating new work and engaging the community. Local photographer Fenby Miskin proposed a project called ‘A Snapshot in Time’, where he would join the Jersey Mobile Library’s popular Tuesday evening route to build a relationship with the Library users and create a new series of environmental portraiture shots on analogue film.

Background to the Project

Fenby’s first portrait series took place in a shipping container in the weighbridge during the first Skipton Open Studios in 2012. Since then he has carried out further projects: Humans of Jersey, Artists of Jersey, Portrait Booth in the Royal Square, the Inter-Island Artist Lock-In at Elizabeth Castle, World Book Day at the Library, French Quiz Night at the Post Horn, and Fort Regent visitors at the Fort Regent Art Galley.

Link Gallery Takeover

Throughout the summer, we’ll be presenting a series of exhibitions at Jersey Heritage’s Link Gallery showcasing the work created as part of Skipton Art Series. From Monday 5th June – Friday 30th June, a selection of Fenby’s ongoing portrait series will be displayed at the Link Gallery as part of a 2-week exhibition.

Alice Bravery, Producer at Jersey Arts Trust, said: “Making 30 stops a week the Mobile Library provides an important free community service for islanders, making it easier for people to access books outside of town. It is very exciting to have Fenby capture the people who engage with and benefit from it as part of a portrait series that can speak to the wider public. By capturing their portraits as ‘a snapshot in time’ Fenby is effectively creating an artistic archive of a group of local book-lovers in their surroundings and this will not only generate interesting content for audiences in 2017 but further ahead for anyone looking back at this moment in time.”