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.


Murmurations – exhibition photos

For those who couldn’t make the Murmurations show – joint work of Karen Le Roy Harris & Ellen Tovey. Please find some images from the exhibition.

Karen Le Roy Harris – All sculptures and large collage mixed media
Ellen Tovey – Paintings and small print


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Murmurations exhibition and open studios




Karen Le Roy Harris | Ellen Tovey

Exhibition Opening Times:
Exhibition will be open in conjunction with Bow Arts Open Studios: 
Friday 17 June 6-9pm
Saturday 18 June 1-6pm 
Murmurations exhibition continues…
Private view: Saturday 18 June 6-9pm
Sunday 19 June 1-6pm. 
Or by appointment 

Bow Arts, Studio E1-1, 183 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ
(Studio down alley past Nunnery Gallery, door right of cafe entrance)

Murmurations is an exhibition of new work by Ellen Tovey and Karen Le Roy Harris. Exploring dualities; layered meaning and media bleed into one another moving from painting into sculptural forms.

Both artists’ work whilst grounded in physical reality hints at the intangible, ascending from the everyday, ordinary objects become transformed and surfaces breach the canvas. Tovey’s work is born of the internal world made visual, whilst Le Roy Harris scrutinises the physical through research into the boundaries of the body.

Ascending bodies, spilling flesh, spiralling birds, diminishing abundance,  cracked carcasses, haemorrhaging plates, encroaching figures, embody the space in a murmur of a shadow world.

Please follow the event on Facebook here.

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Dunham’s Lost Years – National Trust

Lost CountessI was commissioned by Outside Studios in conjunction with National Trust to create two site specific installations for their latest interpretation ‘Dunham’s Lost Years’ currently on show at Dunham Massey in Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 4SJ.

National Trust: “Immerse yourself in Victorian grandeur as chandeliers, grand paintings and luxurious silk see the House transformed to tell a tale of love and loss.

Eighteen year old George Harry became the 7th Earl in 1845 when he inherited Dunham Massey to become the wealthiest and most titled young man of the time.

When he rebelled against the expectations of polite Victorian society to marry skilled circus performer Catharine Cox, the effects of their controversial love-match reverberated across the whole estate.

Shunned by society, the 7th Earl and Catharine abandoned Dunham Massey. As their heavily laden carriages rolled along the tree-lined avenues of the Deer Park, Dunham’s history was changed forever.”








The Green Silk Room shows a sense of loss experienced by Countess Catherine and her isolation from her social circles she was excluded from. This morning room designed for her to entertain was left unfulfilled. A sense of loss, faded glamour, absence and faded presence fills the room.

The Chapel reflects members of the community and their feelings on how they’ll be affected by George and Catherine leaving Dunham Massey. From House-keepers to Head gardeners; their prayer books have been over-layed with hand printed imagery that reflects upon their thoughts.

Bow Arts Open Studios

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Opening Hours:
Friday 19 June 6-9pm
Saturday 20 June 1-5pm
Address: Bow Arts, 183 Bow Road, Bow, London, E3 2SJ (my studio is Block E)

I’m currently busy making some new work ready for the Bow Arts Open Studios event, where I’ll be opening up my studio along with 150 other artists. I’ve not long been at the studio and have been working hard to build up the space. This will be my first year taking part in this event. I hope to see you at this exciting event and show you my work and studio.

This year Bow Arts celebrates its 20th anniversary. Bow Arts’ annual open studios are one of the most vibrant and well attended arts events in London. Now in its 20th year, Bow Open Studios 2015 is set to be one of the biggest and the best opportunity yet, for members of the public, curators and collectors to meet some of the best young artists working in London today.

Bow Open Studios 2015 will feature over 150 artists and designerspop-up bars, local street food, a designer/maker market and live music. Gallery Director, Rosamond Murdoch will also be holding curated studio tours throughout the weekend.

Please visit Bow Arts to find out more and see the below flyer for more information.


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Film documentary

I was asked by an MA student Andrei Koscina from UEL (University of East London) to be part of a documentary he was filming looking at the lives of artists. Andrei filmed myself and fellow studio mate Ellen Tovey in our studio. Here’s what he made:

Film Credits:
Directed by Andrei Koscina. Production assistant Luciano Schemedecke.
Featuring Karen Le Roy Harris & Ellen Tovey.
Soundtrack: Genesis, written by David Michael/Lee Pomeroy, published by Audionetworks.
Special thanks to Bow Arts.

Curating Magic Mirror

Claude Cahun, 1928, Courtesy of the Jersey Heritage Collections

Claude Cahun, 1928, Courtesy of the Jersey Heritage Collections

Sarah Pucill, Narcissus, 2013.  Photographic print from negative

Sarah Pucill, Narcissus, 2013.
Photographic print from negative

Magic Mirror: Claude Cahun and Sarah Pucill
Curated by Karen Le Roy Harris
17 April –  14 June 2015
Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ. Open: Tues – Sun, 10am-5pm

Thursday 4 June 6-9pm, Late night opening & curator tours (with me)!

I recently curated an exhibition of work by French Surrealist artist Claude Cahun and contemporary British artist filmmaker Sarah Pucill at the Nunnery Gallery, London. The exhibition is part of the Nunnery Gallery’s 2015 In Dialogue season, a year-long exploration of partnerships, artistic inspirations and deeply involved relationships between the artist and the muse. Photographs by both artists will be shown in London, many for the first time.

Sharing an engagement with Surrealism, the layering of Pucill and Cahun’s work embraces the uncanny in relation to the inanimate. Their work explores the idea of a multiple ‘self’ and of looking, as both artists assert a queer gaze between mirror, camera and across two centuries.

Pucill’s film Magic Mirror combines a re-staging of Cahun’s photographs and visualisation of written text from her book Aveux non avenus (Disavowals), transforming Cahun’s work from still to moving image, whilst exploring the relationship between word, photography and sound in film.

Cahun (born Lucy Schwob) continually challenged social conformities. Known for her writings she published articles in journals and in 1929 translated Havelock Ellis’ theories on the third gender, which forms part of the gender neutral position Cahun took. ‘Masculine? Feminine? But it depends on the situation. Neuter is the only gender that always suits me’ (Claude Cahun). She was part of the Théâtre Esoterique and this element of staging and masquerade are carried through to her work. Cahun’s history and many ‘selves’ will be explored throughout the show.

Pucill’s dialogue with Cahun repositions her within a post-modern context with gender, self and identity at the centre of discourse. Through text, photography and film, the exhibition mixes and questions authorship, medium and identity.

Sarah Pucill’s films, which span over two decades, have been screened at major international film festivals with Magic Mirror being premiered at the Tate Modern. Her films and photographs explore a sense of self which is transformative and fluid. At the core of her practice is a concern with mortality and the materiality of the filmmaking process.

I’m delighted to be curating the show which also reflects on my own history – growing up in Jersey, where Cahun was resistant during the WW2 Nazi Occupation and London – where I currently live. Jersey Heritage Trust hold Cahun’s largest collection and I’m thrilled to be able to share such an important collection of work.  Meeting artist Sarah Pucill enabled me to see Cahun in a new light not just through the animation of her images but also through the deep rooted connections Sarah shares with Cahun and her work. The exhibition also allows for Cahun’s work to be placed in a shared contemporary voice and experience to which it sits so comfortably, despite some of her works being made nearly 100 years ago.

I hope you get chance to see the show. To find out more visit Bow Arts, Nunnery Gallery.


The exhibition has been kindly supported by:







Building the studio!

Beginning of this year I managed to get a beautiful new studio and have since got to work with my studio mate and artist Ellen Tovey and partner Steve to build our workspace. It’s been both hard work and fun but we can now enjoy our space with lots of lovely storage too and a wonderful view of the park!

For those who haven’t yet visited don’t miss the open studios event in a few weeks time.

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