This week sees the launch of a new blog and podcast series for ArtHouse Jersey. ‘The A Word’ invites insights from artists, creators and decision-makers who make the arts happen, here in Jersey and around the world. The podcast kicks off with Carrie Cooper interviewing the Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Deputy Kirsten Morel, the man who has been given responsibility for arts, culture and heritage in the Island.
During the twenty-minute conversation, Deputy Morel talks frankly about funding for arts and culture, the possibility of a cultural hub and the importance of the new arts strategy that he hopes to be completed this year. With elections next year, Deputy Morel set himself three key goals for the arts and culture sector; getting funding in place, getting arts venues back on their feet and answering the question, ‘What do we want from the arts in Jersey?’. He also shares his views on how the arts have an essential role in Islanders’ wellbeing, and how they help us sustain an inclusive and empathetic society.
Carrie’s next guest will be visual artist Sue Hill. Sue is the Associate Director of WildWorks, the renowned international theatre company best known for its 2011 production of ‘The Passion’ with Michael Sheen in Port Talbot, and is the former Artistic Director of the Eden Project still playing a key role in their International programme. She is known to many an artist locally as the facilitator of ArtHouse Jersey’s renowned experimental project ‘Artist Lock In’.
Director of ArtHouse Jersey, Tom Dingle said “We’re delighted to be able to add this platform to our offering of arts-focused content for the people of Jersey and beyond. We see this as an opportunity to encourage frank and critical thinking around the subject of art, while exploring the impact it can have both on the individual and the community at large. The podcast and the blog not only offer insights from those who make art happen, but creates a space for creatives to share their experiences and inspiration in their own words. It also gives us the chance to ask questions about what the arts need in order to survive and thrive both on and off our Island.”