The ethos behind the ?Dirtbox? group is to encourage the collaboration of young artists within the island and further afield. 

 

The development of an art community within the island was the primary concern for the founding members, as well as the trading of ideas and assisting one another through communication. They believe in bringing a new and fresh perspective to the art scene currently in place in Jersey, giving new graduates the opportunities to showcase their ideas and thus promoting a new and progressive direction for art within the island with the hope of encouraging a new generation of artist, one who?ll use Jersey as a base for their working practice.

 

Collective work equals collective strength and communication. As two visiting lecturers for Highlands College School of Art, Corey Moore and Chantal Venton both come into close communication with the concerns of future artists/craftspeople, so the Dirtbox could potentially offer a lot to a new growing community of artists.

 

Corey  graduated from the Arts Institute at Bournemouth, with a Bachelors degree in Illustration. His work is based heavily in the genre of stencil graffiti, pop art and graphic art.  A recurring theme within his work is politics and social observation. His work is comprised of silk screen, stencil graffiti, digital scope and traditional draught techniques.

 

Chantal graduated from Falmouth College of Art, with a Bachelors degree in Contemporary Crafts. Here she studied a variety of techniques including ceramics, plaster and laser cutting which she has then carried on into her further works. Chantal primarily continues to work in ceramics, choosing slip castings as main technique. But for this exhibition Chantal has also expressed some of her ideas in silk screen prints and hand printed fabric design which she then has used to re-upholster pieces of furniture. 

 

For the future of the Dirtbox, Chantal, Corey and (the hired gun) Sacha ?the stash? Goodwin are investigating new possible locations for the headquarters for the collective, where they could incorporate a gallery and working studio space.  All will be welcome to come and view contemporary artwork. The gallery space will be available for artists to use for their own exhibitions and  facilitating the production of their own work, this all being under criteria set by the founding members. 

 

They are also looking for help and sponsorship to assist in the realization of this new scheme which will hopefully be the beginning of a new and exciting development within the art and cultural scene in Jersey. Think you can help? Get in touch with us here at Gallery and we can pass on your details!