‘The Walking Gallery’ Wearable Art Show is coming to St Helier

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An alternative fashion show bringing sustainability, accessibility & identity to the runway… At St Helier Town Church as part of Skipton Big Ideas Exhibition, Thursday 14, Friday 15 & Saturday 16 October 2021. Various performance times apply. Early bird tickets available now via Eventbrite.

ArtHouse Jersey is delighted to announce The Walking Gallery, three exciting nights of wearable art events, showcasing bespoke, wearable and sustainable creations as part of their Skipton Big Ideas Exhibition this Autumn. These unique, one off events will feature sustainable style and wearable art alongside a number of special performances, including choreographed dance and acrobatics, set amongst the installory experience of the overall exhibition at St Helier Town Church. Taking place on Thursday 14,  Friday 15 and Saturday 16 October 2021, early bird tickets are available until midnight on Sunday 22 August 2021 via ArtHouse Jersey’s Eventbrite page for £15 (normal price £20). 

The Walking Gallery artwork

The work itself has been designed by 26 creatives; a mix of local, international and aspiring artists. The wearable art explores some of the big ideas and themes that our community faces today, including sustainability, accessibility and identity. This unique showcase departs from the traditional runway fashion show and the audience are welcome to come dressed with their own creativity for the occasion, although this is by no means required. 

One of the lead artists for The Walking Gallery is the internationally renowned Danish artist Mari Keto. Combining jewellery materials in her installations and portraits, Mari Keto explores the limits of artifacts. In Keto’s work combines concepts with high craftsmanship” to form research-based artwork. She engages with her subject matter from various perspectives in order to define her own, exploring the tensions and structures of our contemporary culture. Strongly influenced by cultural histories and pop culture, her work examines the distinctions between value and consumption.

The exhibition’s entrance piece is called ‘Phoenix’, a community art installation by artists Margarida Lourenco Olivier and Kerry Jane Warner, who are working with over 800 children to create a giant textile artwork exploring collective identity. 

Other work has been created by artists; Qiao Cun, Maria Tarrant, Kyle Moody, Heather Barrett, William Howell Jackson, Bianca Padidar, Rebecca Voak, Anna Shipley, Kerry Jane Warner, Henry Lambert, Jodie Carney and Antoaneta Tica and a number of JCG Year 12 students.

Director of ArtHouse Jersey, Tom Dingle, said: “The Walking Gallery shows are a key highlight of ArtHouse Jersey’s extraordinary Skipton Big Ideas Exhibition. Some of this work has been years in the making and many designers’ concepts and approaches have shifted in exciting ways as the pandemic unfolded. People can expect vibrant, thought-provoking ideas and design concepts that might offer clues as to the future of clothing and fashion. It’s no secret that the clothing sector presents a behemoth problem for the environment, and to see art come to life while exploring the pressing theme of a sustainable future with artists of this calibre is very exciting indeed. Brilliant design, fantastic performances and an experience in the Town Church you’re not likely to forget.” 

About Skipton Big Ideas Exhibition (of which The Walking Gallery is a part)

Skipton Big Ideas is a spectacular, immersive exhibition featuring over 20 art installations by local and international artists at St Helier Town Church, on a scale never before seen in Jersey. Designed to welcome the whole Island community, the exhibition promises to be an event that Jersey can be proud of. Taking place across three weeks between Thursday 14 October – Thursday 4 November 2021, the exhibition, which will be free of charge for anyone to attend, will completely transform the church building with installations, artworks and creative lighting. The show marks the decade anniversary of ArtHouse Jersey partnering with Skipton International, a relationship that has delivered ten impactful community art projects over that time. This exhibition has also been made possible by the invaluable support from the Jersey Community Foundation.

The exhibition’s entrance piece is called ‘Phoenix’, a community art installation by artists Margarida Lourenco Olivier and Kerry Jane Warner, who are working with over 800 children to create a giant textile artwork exploring collective identity. 

Early bird tickets for The Walking Gallery are available now at £17.50 (normal ticket price £20) until midnight on Sunday 22 August 2021. You can purchase Eventbrite by searching ArtHouse Jersey or by clicking here. Performances take place on Thursday 14 October (6:30pm or 8:15pm), Friday 15 October (8:15pm) and Saturday 16 October (6.30pm or 8:15pm).

You can also book your free slot to the overall Skipton Big Ideas Exhibition from the same Eventbrite page

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