No Place Like Home: a multi-disciplinary exhibition about home
ArtHouse Jersey is launching one of its most ambitious projects to date exploring the concept of ‘home’ with an exhibition of newly commissioned works that will be shown in and outside of its gallery space.
Expertly curated, No Place Like Home features the work of local and internationally acclaimed artists and invites Islanders to consider their ‘home’ on a personal, national, global and even cosmic scale.
Launching at ArtHouse Jersey at Capital House with a special celebration event on Tuesday 5 September 2023 at 5.30pm (all welcome), the show will open from 10.30am on Wednesday 6 September and run until 15 October 2023. The exhibition features 23 gallery based artworks and three external installation pieces, all of which explore ‘home’ from the micro to the macro, including considerations around Jersey’s housing crisis and international perspectives of the health of our planet. Whilst we live in a time when this can be a complex and serious subject, the pieces on display are often playful and interactive and invite the viewer to reflect on their own interpretation and experience.
No Place Like Home showcases artists working in a variety of mediums from sculpture to tapestry to interactive installations where visitors can make themselves at home in a temporary living room. It will perhaps challenge people’s perceptions of what an art exhibition can be and has been designed to appeal to a broad variety of ages and not just for those with a firmly established interest in art.
Curators of No Place Like Home, Rosalind Davis and Laura Hudson, said: “Rosalind and I wanted to create an exhibition where everyone can feel at home. A key aim of ArtHouse Jersey is to make the arts accessible to the wider community, which was why we were drawn to a subject matter that will mean something to everyone. Home is of course a loaded term, and its connotations will be different for all of us.
“For many it will be a sanctuary, but for some it may have less positive associations. No Place Like Home builds a rich narrative and delves into personal stories, global issues, childhood memories, and speculative worlds as well as the bleak realities of the current housing market.
“The artists do not shy away from difficult issues, but rather tackle them with inventiveness, pathos, humour and a generosity of spirit. Alongside the gallery works, three installations will be announced in the coming weeks which will take their place in surprising settings around the Island.”
The Minister for Housing and Communities in Jersey, David Warr, is supportive of the exhibition and its ambitions. He said: “I believe that the arts can help shine a light on difficult social issues and encourage debate. That’s why I am delighted to be supporting the No Place Like Home exhibition, which I am sure will prompt healthy discussion on the housing challenges we are facing. I will be taking the opportunity to share some of my plans to help make positive changes to the lives of Islanders.”
Pictured: No Place Like Home -credit Laura Hudson and Rachel Ara