Through our partnership with Skipton International, we created a central commissioning pot for visual arts projects in 2017 that anchored around creating new work and engaging the community.
‘The Mural Project’ was one of the projects launched from this pot. It was run by local graffiti artist Ben Robertson, in collaboration with Abi Overland and Will Bertram. The mural sites – the West-facing façade of 23 Colomberie Street and the side of the Randalls owned building between Seville St and Canon St – were areas that have been specifically selected by the artists in order to give them new life.
To create his designs for both sites, Ben engaged with people who pass by the immediate area regularly, including patrons of surrounding businesses, as well as posing the question online, asking them to contribute a sketch or words around questions including ‘who are the people of Jersey?’ Working alongside Ben, artists Abi and Will created original designs, inspired by Jersey life, culture and the islands natural landscape, to bring their own designs to the streets of Jersey.
The project encouraged the power of public murals to enliven, energize and uplift environments that may otherwise go unnoticed, and saw them have a real impact upon the attitude of passersby.
Following on from the initial Mural Project (1&2), ArtHouse Jersey partnered with Skipton International again in 2018 for part 3 of the Mural Project. During the summer of 2018, 10 Jersey Artists created artwork across the streets of St Helier, to enliven the town centre and reflect the creative spirit of the island.