ArtHouse Jersey is delighted to announce the launch of ‘Skipton Forget Me Knots’, a large scale community project that employs creativity to help young people process and navigate their emotional journey during COVID19.
Culminating in a breathtaking centralised installation made up of thousands of flowers, we will call upon the Jersey public to reflect on their own experience as we collectively come to terms with pandemic’s fallout. The project has been designed by art therapist and teacher Jacque Rutter and will be facilitated by local artists. The final installation will be overseen by a leading international artist, who will be announced in due course.
Young people have been living through a very difficult and confusing period as they experience isolation, a complete change of routine, a loss of connections, huge uncertainty and a feeling of being overwhelmed with the challenges lying ahead for them. As they begin to return to school, their teachers will be helping them to explore and process these sentiments: this project will assist them in fulfilling this important function. Children will take part in specially facilitated workshops over a number of months that will see them creating paper flowers while being guided by expert facilitators to explore their experiences and the emotions these might have evoked since the outbreak of the pandemic. All of the flowers that they create will then be brought together and used by a leading international artist to create a spectacular, large-scale sculptural piece of public art that will be exhibited in a prominent location.
The piece will tell the unheard story of Jersey children’s experience of the pandemic, while also acting as a symbol of our unity as a community. Skipton Forget Me Knots has been developed in partnership with the Department of Children, Young People, Education and Skills (CYPES) and third sector organisations including Youthful Minds, MIND, Mencap and Jersey Youth Service. It will see at least 3,200 young people taking part, with workshops beginning once Jersey’s government announces return to school dates.
The project marks the ninth year in which Skipton International has worked alongside ArtHouse Jersey to deliver large-scale, meaningful art that benefits the local community. It has also been supported by the One Foundation.