AFTER a year’s break, the hugely successful Skipton Open Studios makes its long awaited return with partner sponsor Skipton International.
Now in its eighth year, the Island-wide event will launch on Friday 17 June with a taster exhibition at CCA Galleries International and – new for 2016 – community art events, workshops and film at Havre des Pas Lido.
In true Skipton Open Studios fashion, participating artists will once again be opening the doors of their studios to the public during the last weekend of June and the first weekend of July. The open weekends provide a chance for the public to meet local artists and gain an insight into how and where the work is produced, together with the inspirations and techniques involved.
The Jersey Arts Trust is inviting Jersey artists to take part in the Skipton Open Studios 2016. Application forms can be downloaded from the Jersey Arts Trust website from 4th January 2016, where they can find more information about the event. Artists do not necessarily need their own studios to take part. Thanks to the partnerships developed with Jersey Heritage and the National Trust for Jersey, artists without their own space are given the opportunity to transform properties owned by both into pop-up studios.
2015 saw Jersey Arts Trust take a break from the Skipton Open Studios to pursue the Skipton Arts Series – the umbrella term that encompasses the Open Studios as well as other community arts events throughout the coming year. Last year’s programme included the Les P’tits Faîtchieaux project, where thousands of small clay figures were made by schools, community groups and the general public, which were then distributed to countries all around the world. The Art Series for 2015 finished with the incredibly popular Jersey Projection Gallery, which saw some of Jersey’s most important work be shown together, for the first time, on the façade of Normans Commercial Buildings.
The deadline for artist application submissions is Wednesday 3 February 2016. The application form and exhibitor requirements can be downloaded from www.arts.je or can be collected from the JAT office in Charles Street.