Discover the Creativity of the Youth: ‘The Organic Human’ Hautlieu School Art Exhibition at St. Saviour’s Parish Church
Are you ready to embark on an imaginative journey through the eyes of talented local teenagers from Hautlieu School? Get ready to be amazed by their incredible artwork at an Art Exhibition inspired by the theme, ‘The Organic Human’, set to grace the sacred space within St. Saviour’s Parish Church from Tuesday, January 23rd. This captivating exhibition promises to be a visual treat, blending youthful creativity with the rich history and artistic legacy of the beloved Parish Church of St Saviour.
‘The Organic Human’ theme invites you to delve into the boundless realms of imagination, where young minds have used their own creativity as well as the inspiration found in the sculptures adorning the Churchyard of St. Saviour. It is a fascinating fusion of contemporary artistry and the timeless beauty of our surroundings. The students (aged 16 to 17) have looked at our relationship with the natural world over their first term in sixth form at Hautlieu School. They combined their own images of nature around Jersey with the human figure. They used models, their own sculptures or often the beautiful sculptures in the graveyard as symbols of human beauty, fragility and mortality. The paintings are celebrations of our connection to the natural world but are also charged with warnings about how we treat our environment from a younger generation.
The 6 foot by 2 foot paintings have been made on wooden board and combined together to make a freestanding sculpture/painting. This is so they can be placed in different areas of the church and can combine with the artwork and architecture of the church in specific ways.
Speaking of the Churchyard, it is of course home to the resting place of Lillie Langtry, a figure shrouded in controversy and intrigue, a bust of whom adorns her resting place and has itself inspired some of the artwork. Her gravestone alone is a historical relic, and the juxtaposition of her presence within this modern art exhibition adds a layer of historical richness that will leave you pondering the passage of time.
Another illustrious name from our parish’s artistic legacy is Henry Thomas Bosdet, a renowned Jersey artist, also buried in the churchyard not far from the grave of the ‘Jersey Lilly’. His masterpiece, ‘Christ’s Nativity,’ graces the church as the reredos behind the high altar, offering a glimpse into the past. Mr. Bosdet also left his indelible mark on the church with a series of stained-glass windows that continue to captivate visitors and locals alike. ‘The Organic Human’ Art Exhibition is a fitting tribute to the creativity that has long thrived in St Saviour’s Parish Church.
But that’s not all! Every Tuesday morning, a group of ‘crafty’ ladies, affectionately known as the ‘Crafty Coffee’ group, meet in St. Saviour’s Parish Church to pursue their own arts and crafts endeavours. These talented ladies bring humour, camaraderie, and a touch of the quaint to our church, making it a vibrant hub of artistic activity. If you fancy joining them, just come along on a Tuesday morning and introduce yourself…
The Organic Human Exhibition has just opened and will be available to view until Monday 19th February at St Saviour’s Church.
St. Saviour’s Church is open every day for visitors from 8am to 4pm. Whether you’re drawn by the allure of contemporary teenage art, the historical significance of our churchyard, or the timeless beauty of Bosdet’s creations, St. Saviour’s Parish Church welcomes you with open arms.
So, prepare to be enchanted by the extraordinary talents of our local youth. Join us in celebrating ‘The Organic Human’ Art Exhibition and experience the artistic heartbeat of St. Saviour’s Parish Church – where history meets creativity and where the past and present merge in a harmonious blend of artistry.