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College Gardens Public Art Commission

As part of the redevelopment of the former Jersey College for Girls site and our special ongoing relationship with the school, we were delighted to invite a group of 15 young art and design students to take part in an ongoing project that will form our percentage for art public art commission - a large sculpture to be installed at College Gardens, celebrating the school’s heritage. 

During the autumn term, the students learned about women’s changing roles in society in the 20th century and JCG’s most notable alumni over the past 100 years. The girls studied 17 art and design reports, which profiled each of the alumni and matched them with the most prevalent artistic movements of their time. This research will form the concept of the art and design project that the students will now be undertaking over the spring and summer terms.

The girls recently visited the College Gardens site to learn more details about the project and see where the sculpture will be erected once completed by local artisanal stonemason, Derek Tristram. 

From 20th March, the students will be taking part in ten workshops with Derek Tristram. These sessions will equip them with the technical and conceptual knowledge to translate their ideas into a detailed design for the sculpture. The project includes a visit to Derek Tristram’s studio to learn about the scale, technical processes and materials, drawing sessions to develop ideas, practical workshops to learn clay and stone carving techniques, and design detailing sessions to conclude the final approach for the chosen sculpture. 

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