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New Direction

Sasha Gibb has recently taken up the post of gallery director at CCA Galleries International. Before to moving to the Gallery at 10 Hill St in March, she was the visual arts officer for Jersey Arts Trust. At JAT Sasha set up and ran public art events such as the Skipton Open Studios, Jersey Projection Gallery and Les P’tits Faitchieaux. We asked her to talk to us about her new role and what we can expect to see over the coming months.

‘There is no doubt in my mind that we are lucky to have a resource such as CCA Galleries International in Jersey. The Gallery was opened by Sir Peter Blake three years ago and we’re celebrating this anniversary in June with an evening with Sir Peter and his new work.

CCA Galleries International shares common ownership with CCA Galleries in the UK and is consequently linked to Worton Hall Studios, in West London. The building was originally part of the Isleworth film studios and is now where all our publications are made. The studio houses three renowned printing studios: Coriander Studio, The Curwen Studio and Huguenot Editions. The advantage of original prints is that it enables handmade work, made from scratch by extremely accomplished artists, to be accessible to a wider public. The work comes in limited editions and often combines a number of print techniques, as well as collage. Worton Hall Studios is unique as it offers expertise in all print forms together under one roof, including lenticular, 3D, digital and holographic art. The Jersey-based film company ‘Little River Pictures’ are currently making a film about Worton Hall which we shall be launching at this year’s Skipton Open Studios 17 June – 3 July.

The Jersey Gallery is open 10am – 5pm, Monday – Friday. However, with a little warning we can generally arrange an appointment for a visit outside these times if necessary. Currently the gallery is hung with Sir Peter Blake and Bruce McLean on the ground floor, facing up and emerging artists such as Dan Baldwin (Paolo Nutini’s latest album cover), Lucy Farley (fantastic seascapes reminiscent of St Ives), Tom Phillips (always unpredictable), Joe Webb (icon collages with a slightly surreal edge), Jersey sculptor David Ormsby and cabinet maker Alasdair Healy. On the first floor we have oils and original prints by 20th century masters such as Sir Terry Frost, Donald Hamilton Fraser, John Hoyland and Sandra Blow. The top floor showcases original prints by Damien Hirst. In the atrium is the incredible ‘Horse at Water’ by Nic Fiddian-Green – a digital print in an edition of only 10 and the result of his 20 year study of the horse. A bronze version of this is currently at Marble Arch, London.

Miranda Moncreiffe’s exhibition in April marked the start of a program of temporary exhibitions, talks and discussions in the more intimate ‘painted rooms’ off the atrium. I’m in discussion with professional local artists from Jersey and France regarding a program of events and exhibitions to sit alongside exhibitions by the international artists we publish and represent.

As well as the permanent and temporary exhibitions, CCAI offers both a corporate and domestic Art Loan Service. We also provide Wedding and Birthday Lists, Art Vouchers and advice on framing, hanging, buying and collecting.”

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