The Plinth Project

An exciting new exhibition has opened  at the greenhouse showcasing the talents of some of Guernsey’s young artists.  Working in partnership with the Guernsey College of Further Education the Guernsey Arts Commission has asked 2nd year Art & Design students to come up with a contemporary solution to fill the empty plinth in Market Square.  With diverse and innovative ideas ranging from themes such as  folklore and witch craft,  the original Market architecture, and a tank of fish caught off the coast of Guernsey , the exhibition is far removed from traditional figurative sculptures and is certainly set to challenge.  This project has already got the Guernsey public talking, with BBC Guernsey inviting listeners to put forward their suggestions too (http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/guernsey/hi/people_and_places/arts_and_culture/newsid_8362000/8362264.stm)

 

As Eric Snell, Lecturer at the Guernsey College, explains: “In preparation for the Art & Design students’ next academic year, while reading the BTEC sculpture unit, I realised that as part of their two year course at the Guernsey College of FE, the students needed to respond to a ‘real’ brief. Wearing my other hat, as Chair of the GAC Public Art sub-committee, I thought I could – as it were – kill two birds with one stone. On one hand the committee had been, for some time looking at different ways to introduce more art initiatives into St Peter Port, while with my educational hat on, I was needing to create a brief. It seemed very logical to bring both things together in The Plinth Project.”

 

The exhibition also features a film made by Luke Sheehan where the students share the inspiration behind each piece.  When you visit the exhibition please also take a look at the students’ sketch books which will show you some more of the thinking behind the final works. 

 

the greenhouse is open from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday, and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.  Best of all, it’s free!

 

So, what do you think?  Have you seen the exhibition and want to share your thoughts, or do you have a solution you would like to see on the empty plinth?  Tell us about it  here.

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