Les P’tits Faîtchieaux Project

‘Les P’tits Faîtchieaux’ is Jersey French for ‘The Little People’. According to folklore, Les Faîtchieaux were believed to live in the local dolmens where they were generally active and helpful (legend has it that they would do housework in exchange for cake!) but were also known for mischievously hiding belongings.

This is the first in a programme of public art projects organised by Jersey Arts Trust as part of the Skipton Art Series 2015.

 

 

 

 

As part of Skipton Open Studios 2014, artist June Gould made small clay figures to raise funds and awareness for earthquake victims in Japan. June is interested in the power of a collective community spirit and the myths and legends of the dolmens. It was from this work that the idea of Les P’tits Faîtchieaux was created.

The aim of the project is to involve as many people as possible in the making of figures, which will be displayed in the tomb at the spring equinox and throughout the coming year. Visitors, local schools, charities and the wider community will be encouraged to participate once the site opens from 25 March. The resulting exhibition will be reminiscent of Antony Gormley’s Field for the British Isles and will be showcased in a projection exhibition on the façade of Normans at the end of the year.

All the clay used to make Les P’tits Faîtchieaux has been sourced locally, thanks to Jersey Water.

Les P’tits Faîtchieaux was organised by Jersey Arts Trust as part of the Skipton Art Series 2015.