Skipton Open Studios 2014

Skipton Open Studios 2014 launched on Friday 20th June with three days of community art events in the Royal Square - and the launch of the week-long taster exhibition that featured one piece of work from each of the participating artists. This year, the Jersey Arts Trust decided to move away from the shipping container exhibition at Weighbridge Place, where it has been held for the past 6 years, and relocated to the CCA Galleries International at 10 Hill Street. Now in its seventh year, Skipton Open Studios 2014 involved 57 local and guest artists taking part – including four from France - opening their studios over the weekends of 28th - 29th June and 5th - 6th July.

Three days of community art events that took place in the Royal Square included: Jewellery, textiles and collage making demonstrations, a masterpieces art quiz, stone carving demonstrations, giant calligraphy art, face painting, banner painting, a portrait booth where local artists make your picture, animation and digital drawing sessions, Jèrriais, poetry readings, talks and open discussions.


Le Rocquier School were once again involved in the event this year, with the school helping artists Ian Rolls, Alasdair Healy and Kerry-Jane Warner with their ‘portrait booth’ where local artists draw your picture. L’Office du Jèrriais and artists from Jersey and France, worked alongside primary school children, to create large, painted canvas banners in the Royal Square. In addition, Aurthur Lamy  the Blue Badge Guide lead ‘Art in the Open Air’ walking tours of St Helier’s public sculptures and monuments. Once again in 2014, he also lead cycle tours on the studios weekends over both weekends.

To compensate for the loss of the shipping containers, artists from the UK and Jersey worked together to paint a large mural on the façade of Normans’ Commercial Buildings as a curtain raiser for Skipton Open Studios 2014. The mural was designed by Jersey artists Anne Frances Le Moine and Matt Daly, in collaboration with The Pen Pushers, contemporary illustrators Bob Motown and Nick Marsh, who have previously worked with London’s Olympic Park and V&A. Project Manager, Sasha Gibb, said: ‘The principal role of the visual artist is to encourage us to look at life differently. Normans Commercial Buildings has a rendered façade that has always been painted. Although we are only adding another layer of paint, the result will be fantastic.

Check out the Skipton Open Studios page for more information about our other Open Studios projects across the years as well as updates on future Open Studios to come.