‘Art’chaeology’

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Art’chaeology

16- 30 September 2016 (Preview: Thursday 15 September 6-7.30pm)

Talk: Friday 16 September 13.00-13.50pm (discussion with Artists and Archaeologists)

CCA Galleries International, 10 Hill St, St Helier, Jersey

New work from Jersey artists Matt Falle and Karen Le Roy Harris, and French artists Amélie Delaunay and Fleur Helluin, exhibited as a response to ‘Art’chaeology’ – a creative archaeological residency project that explored links between artistic and archaeological research.

‘Art’chaeology’ has been a unique exploratory project that has seen two artists from each region spend time developing work in both jurisdictions. In July 2015, the four artists spent 5 days as part of an active team on an archaeological site in Vieux La Romaine in Caen, where they interacted with archaeologists, were shown key findings and artefacts, and had access to sources of information in archives and libraries. Later that month, the artists completed their Jersey residency under the guidance of Jersey Heritage’s Curator of Archaeology, Olga Finch, as well as Dr Matt Pope and his team. The artists were given access to many of Jersey’s significant archaeological sites including Les Varines, La Hougue Bie, La Cotte and Neolithic dolmens.

The concept of the project was to explore and celebrate archaeology by introducing contemporary artists to archaeological sites, leading to a travelling exhibition of work in each territory. As well as the research element of the project, it also offered an opportunity for the artists to explore each other’s home and get to know one another and their respective practice.

Since last summer, the four artists have been producing pieces of work (at home) in response to the sites and the discoveries they made. An exciting mix of mediums will be presented at the ‘Art’Chaeology’ exhibition, which includes installation, print, ceramic work, painting, sketching and sculpture. The exhibition will also travel to France in the near future.

‘Art’chaeology’ was developed by Les Ateliers Intermédiaires and Jersey Arts Trust, with support of the Normandy Regional Council, the Institute Français and the States of Jersey. It also received support of the Calvados Department Council, Vieux la Romaine’s museum and archaeological sites, the Maison de la Normandie, and the experts and archaeological sites of Jersey Heritage.

Events taking place as part of the Art’Chaeology Exhibition opening week:

Thursday 15th September, 6.00-7.30pm – Art’Chaeology Exhibition Private View at CCA Galleries International – to be opened by Sir Philip Bailhache and attended by the President of Normandy.

Friday 16th September, 9.00am – 12 noon – Artists and Archaeologists running a workshop with 6th Form Students from a range of schools – taking place at Hautlieu. Sixth Form students from all Jersey schools may attend for FREE. If any student or teacher would like their students to take part please e-mail: j.rutter@hautlieu.sch.je as soon as possible as spaces are limited.

Friday 16th September, 1.00-1.50pm – Art’chaeology discussion with Artists and Archaeologists at CCA Galleries International. The Jersey Arts Trust is hosting a facilitated discussion with three of the four commissioned artists who will be joined by one leading archaeologist from each region. Collectively they will discuss their practice, the project that they embarked upon, the final results and what they have observed of each other’s practices.

The talk is FREE to attend and will be starting at 1.05 pm sharp finishing at 1.50pm.

For more information please email info@arts.je or call 617521.

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