No, not a magazine. We’re off those for the moment. We’re talking the smell of an actual gallery space. In another move toward a sense of normal life, the gallery Private and Public are now able to offer live, in the flesh, in the gallery, viewings of their latest exhibition. As pro-tech as we are, viewing art in VR isn’t quite the same.

The gallery spaces have received a deep clean to firmly de-corona everything and they’ll be operating under the following protocols in order to ensure your personal safety and an exclusive viewing experience;

  1. Appointments can be made from 10am each day and during weekends and evenings if more convenient
  2. Only two visitors will be allowed in per appointment
  3. Appointments will be spaced apart by at least an hour and regular cleaning of the gallery spaces will take place throughout the day
  4. The wearing of gloves and a face mask is discretionary although they will both be provided in the lobby along with hand sanitiser
  5. They are operating a ‘no touch’ policy which means all our doors are open so your journey in and out of the gallery is effectively hands free

Their current exhibition, Twin Peaks Part 2, by the British painter Jenny Pockley will run for another week. Chris Clifford says “It’s by far the most beautiful exhibition I’ve ever staged at the gallery so if you’ve been feeling starved of cultural experiences during lockdown I’m certain you will find making a visit a real boost”.

You can also take a 3D virtual tour of the gallery spaces and watch a short film to provide context for the works at their online viewing rooms here

If you liked the previous exhibition with Nick Archer you can review it again here The gallery have all the paintings from Nick’s show in storage so if there is one that you’d like to see up close let me know and I will display it in the gallery for you.

Their next exhibition, Spring in Action, will open in two weeks and is a group show of 22 painters, sculptors and photographers all with Jersey connections. The artists have donated their pieces to help raise money for the Jersey Women’s Refuge and the Bailiff’s COVID-19 Appeal Fund.