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Artists and schools invited to join 2019 mural project

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ARTISTS are to help create murals in Island schools as part of a new community project.

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The Skipton School Mural Project, which was launched and organised by ArtHouse Jersey, will see local artists work with schoolchildren to develop as many as 15 different murals at schools across the Island. The project aims to get young people involved with art, and to create murals that will have a lasting impact.

ArtHouse Jersey, formerly known as the Jersey Arts Trust, has supported the significant increase of street art across the Island by commissioning murals on a range of properties throughout St Helier as part of the Skipton Art Series.

The artists will go into schools to run workshops where children will make art that will then inspire the design of the mural at their school.

ArtHouse Jersey said that it hoped that up to 1,000 students would benefit directly from getting involved.

Tom Dingle, director of ArtHouse Jersey, said: ‘This is a very accessible project that is rooted in our community, giving children the chance to express, develop and showcase their creativity and forge connections with professional artists in the Island.

‘We’ve seen the impact that the recent wave of increased public murals has made upon St Helier.’

Aaron Walden, commercial manager at Skipton International, the sponsors of the project, added: ‘Skipton International is looking to celebrate its 10th year in the Channel Islands in 2019 and we really wanted to be part of a project with Arthouse Jersey that would be impactful and also a celebration of the Island’s creative talent.

‘The School Mural Project really ticks all these boxes and we are excited to be part of a project that will use the medium of art to teach and inspire our next generation.’

ArtHouse Jersey is currently welcoming applications from local artists and schools to participate and has set a deadline of 4 February. Application forms and further information about the initiative can be found online at arthouse.je or interested parties can email alice@arts.je.

Krystle Higgins

By Krystle Higgins
Reporter

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