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River and Tides Film Maker in Alderney

Andy Goldsworthy Alderney Stones

Thomas Riedelsheimer; the  film maker behind the only Andy Goldsworthy film to be made: River and Tides; is in Alderney today doing some filming for the follow up film. How exciting; Alderney could be in a Andy Goldsworthy film.

For more information about Andy Goldsworthy’s project in Alderney the Alderney Stones please click here.

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Sir Geoffrey Rowland Research Trip to Naoshima, Japan

Drink a Cup of Tea by Kazuo Katase Naoshima, Japan

Drink a Cup of Tea by Kazuo Katase

Sir Geoffrey Rowland, Trustee of the Art and Islands Foundation, recently visited the islands of Naoshima, Teshima, Inujima in the Seto Island Sea, Kagawa, western Japan. The main focus of the visit was to Naoshima, the Benesse Art site, operated under the auspices of the  Futake Foundation.  They describe their activities as:

“In addition to collecting art works, Benesse Art Site Naoshima provides artists and architects with opportunities to create and exhibit original works at various locations throughout the islands, thus enabling visitors to experience the very finest modern art. Our fundamental aim is to create special places by situating modern art and architecture within the nature and the unique culture of the Seto Inland Sea, a landscape with a powerful cultural and historical resonance.”

Sir Geoffrey Rowland enjoyed the hospitality of Kenjiro Kaneshiro, Yoko Minagawa and Tomoko Ito while visiting and really enjoyed himself. He came into the office full of inspiration and excitement after seeing this wonderful collection of contemporary art. It was great to hear about and hopefully one day we will develop Art and Islands Foundation and the Channel Islands into an equally exhilarating experience.

For Images from Sir Geoffrey Rowland’s trip please see our image gallery.

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Alderney Stones

Andy Goldsworthy Alderney Stones

Brimtides Stone

An article about the Alderney Stones was published on The Islands Review today and it just reminds you of the time element to this land art by Andy Goldsworthy.

www.theislandreview.com/andy-goldsworthy-the-alderney-stones

The stones now two years on from their insertion in to the varied and beautiful landscape of Alderney and they are still evolving as artworks and more and more becoming a part of Alderney.

For more information check out the Alderney Stones page.

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Liberation Day!!

Today is Liberation Day in Guernsey and we are all in a celebrating mood!!

Did any one get chance to go check out the Liberation Monument as it’s shadow hit the momentous times this morning? If not here are some photos and it will go again at 10.15am.

 

Liberation Day Monument

Liberation Day Monument

The Liberation Monument was designed by our very own founding director Eric Snell. The Monument is designed so that one day a year on the 9th May when the Channel Islands were liberated from the German Occupation it’s shadow acts as a sundial pointing to the significant times as they happen. Providing a link between present day and 9th May 1945.

Liberation Day Monument Shadow

Liberation Day Monument Shadow

Liberation Day Monument Inscription

Liberation Day Monument Inscription

The Monument was erected to celebrate 50 years of freedom in 1995 and is made up of 50 layers of Guernsey Granite representing the 50 years of freedom. The top five layers are sheared off at a slant to represent the 5 years of occupation.

The bench alongside is inscribed with the important times:

7.15am The signing of the surrender of the German forces.

8.00am The landing of the liberating British force.

10.15am The unfurling of the Union flag

Alongside the times is the inscription of Winston Churchill’s memorable quote “Our dear Channel Islands are also to be freed today.

Then at the end of the bench is the inscription “Thanks be to God” in English and Guernsey French

The monument represents a specific time and place and thanks to a marrying of art and science will continue to mark out these times one day a year for 100s of years to come.

Liberation Day Monument Shadow Path

Liberation Day Monument Shadow Path

 

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Gift Book for China

Eric Snell director of Art and Islands exchanging gifts with Mr Gao Tuncheng Vice President of the Quanzhou Normal University.

Eric Snell director of Art and Islands exchanging gifts with Mr Gao Tuncheng Vice President of the Quanzhou Normal University.

Book Preview

Check out the book the Art and Islands team took to China to give to all the interesting people they met during the research trip. The book is also available for purchase through the above link.

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Chinese Ambassador Visit

Art and Islands present gifts to the Ambassador and his wife.

Art and Islands present gifts to the Ambassador and his wife.

Yesterday the Art and Islands team was privileged to meet with the Chinese Ambassador HE Liu Xiaoming, his wife Madamm Hu Pinghua, the Counsellor and Deputy Director of the Political Section Mr Miao Deyu and the Ambassador’s Secretary Mr Wang Tong; during the Ambassador’s visit to Guernsey. The Ambassador was hosted at the tourist information centre and the Art and Islands team gave a presentation of the foundation’s past projects and our future endeavour to create cultural links between Guernsey and China through the project CIMoCA. The meeting went well and the Art and Islands team would like to thank the Ambassador for his time and attention.

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Quanzhou Normal University

A Traditional Eggshell Painting, Traditional Painting, Lacquering Department

Art and Islands Team outside the Art and Design Faculty with the Dean and Art and Design Professors

While the team were in Quanzhou they were privileged to have a meeting with Vice Chancellor Gao Yuncheng and the Dean of the Art and Design Faculty together with a number of other professors at the Quanzhou Normal University. During the meeting Eric presented the vision of the Art and Islands Foundation and discussed with the members of Quanzhou Normal University the ways that the two organisations could work together to develop cultural exchange opportunities.

Official Reception in the boardroom of Quanzhou Normal University

Eric Snell director of Art and Islands exchanging gifts with Mr Gao Tuncheng Vice President of the Quanzhou Normal University

The team are in Shanghai today getting ready for another presentation on the roof terrace of the Fraiser Residence Hotel. If you would like more information on CIMoCA or the Art and Islands Mission please click the links.

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Chong Wu

Chong Wu

Yesterday the team were in Chong Wu to meet the shipwright and model maker Mr Guo-Hui Zhang here are some great pictures from their time with him.

Mr and Mrs Zhang

Mr Zhang talking passionately about boats with the Art and Islands team

Art and Islands team discussing CIMoCA

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Quanzhou Maritime Museum

Quanzhou Martime Museum

Quanzhou Martime Museum

The team spent some time at the Quanzhou Maritime Museum yesterday where they met with the director of the museum Ms Ding Yu Ling. Eric said that the visit was very informative and interesting; I can’t wait to hear more about it when he gets back!

Today they are travelling to Chong Wu to meet the shipwright and model maker Mr Guo-Hui Zhang stay tuned for more updates.

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