The Map of Wonders is the first project within the Genesis Education Programme, a partnership between ArtHouse Jersey and the Government of Jersey’s Department for Children, Young People, Education and Skills (CYPES). The programme seeks to improve the wellbeing of school children today, by encouraging communication and relationship building through creative collaborative work, all the while raising the standard of arts and creative education across all of Jersey’s primary schools.
The Map of Wonders was launched in Autumn of 2020 and spans across the entire academic year until June 2021. ArtHouse Jersey has produced seven films that set out quests for children and their teachers, all drawing inspiration from Jersey’s past and rich folklore tradition. The films are presented by locally born performer and funny-man John Henry Falle AKA ‘The Storybeast’ who brings each story to life, meeting expert-wintesses before handing over to an array of brilliant artists who guide the students through tasks and crafts. These include making treasure from the Le Câtillon Hoard to meeting fantastical beasts such as the native crapaud and the St Clements Bull, and exploring the saving of our planet through the magic of the Island’s hedgerows. These seven stories promote our heritage, environment and culture to the children of Jersey, enhancing their sense of connection to their surroundings and therefore, sense of belonging. They are fun too of course and provide teachers with plenty of resources to explore each topic further.
Visit the Genesis Education Programme page for the latest project news and to see examples of these wonderful films.
This project was made possible by additional generous donations from Saltgate Ltd and the Sir James Knott Trust.