CCA Galleries International

Jersey Summer Exhibition 2023

23rd June – 25th July.

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Monday – Friday
12 – 6pm and by appointment

CCA Galleries International invited visual artists to apply to take part in the Jersey Summer Exhibition 2023. The exhibition is based on the model at the Royal Academy Summer Show each year. Exhibits are selected by a panel of professional artists and shown in a group exhibition. All artwork is for sale.

The gallery is known for its longstanding relationships with internationally renowned artists such as Sir Peter Blake, Dan Baldwin and Bruce Mclean, and worked with some of the foremost artists in British Twentieth Century art Terry Frost, Sandra Blow and Donald Hamilton Fraser. Since opening in 2013 CCA Galleries International has made work by these artists and many more available to the Jersey audience through the sale of limited-edition prints, original works, artist discussions and workshops.

Now in its 7th year, the Jersey Summer Exhibition continues to be the highlight of the cultural calendar in Jersey and drives the standard of artwork being made. Having work exhibited at CCA Galleries International has helped launch the careers of promising Jersey artists, as well as enforcing that of those already established. The exhibition is open to emerging and established artists alike and the gallery encourages applications from artists in every stage in their career. All visual art forms are welcome, including original prints, paintings, drawings, architecture, sculpture, film and photography. CCAI accept applications from artists with links to the island who may be working elsewhere as well as Channel Island artists.

Judges Panel 2023

Each year CCA Galleries International invites a guest panel of professional artists to join the judging panel for the Jersey Summer Exhibition. These are artists of international acclaim who use their years’ of experience and knowledge to carefully deliberate the artworks selected for exhibition.

Joining the panel at CCA Galleries International for the 2023 Jersey Summer Exhibition are Gavin Turk, Deborah Curtis and Cedric Christie.

Gavin Turk

Gavin Turk

Gavin Turk (b 1967) is a British born, internationally renowned artist, who lives and works in London. He has pioneered many forms of contemporary British sculpture, including the painted bronze, the waxwork, the recycled art-historical icon and the use of rubbish in art.

Turk’s installations and sculptures deal with issues of authorship, authenticity and identity. Concerned with the ‘myth’ of the artist and ontological questioning. Turk’s engagement with this modernist, avant-garde debate stretches back to the ready-mades of Marcel Duchamp.

In 1991, the Royal College of Art refused Turk a degree on the basis that his final show, ‘Cave’, consisted of a whitewashed studio space containing only a blue heritage plaque commemorating his presence ‘Gavin Turk worked here 1989-91′. Instantly gaining notoriety through this installation, Turk was spotted by Charles Saatchi and was included in several YBA exhibitions.

Gavin Turk’s work is held within public and private collections worldwide, including but not limited to the TATE, Museum of Modern Art New York, Museum MMK Für Moderne Kunst, Musée Magritte Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

In 2013 Prestel published Turk’s first monograph, showcasing more than two decades of his work and in 2014 Trolley Books published ‘This Is Not A Book About Gavin Turk’ which playfully explores themes associated with the artist’s work via thirty notable contributors.

Deborah Curtis

Deborah Curtis

Writer, illustrator and community arts producer, Deborah Curtis founded young person’s arts charity, The House of Fairy Tales in 2011. Since then she has produced narrative-driven learning adventures in partnership with national institutions such as the Tate, the National Trust, the RHS and the Royal Shakespeare Company as well as parks, gardens, schools, festivals, local authorities, regeneration developments, shopping centres and visitor attractions. She has devised and produced work across different platforms from events and exhibitions to publishing and newspapers and is currently building a national futures literacy platform called The Great Imagining.

Cedric Christie

Cedric Christie is a London-based artist who trained originally as a welder. His current studio, housed within a commercial metal fabrication factory, is located in the East London suburb of Dagenham – historically the home of the Ford Motor Factory. ​Christie uses found industrial materials such as phenolic resin snooker balls, scaffolding pipes, coupler clamps, stainless steel channel, steel U-channel and cellulose automotive paint to make sculptures that mirror daily life while simultaneously exploring the boundaries of modernism and minimalism.

​Christie had his first solo exhibition at Rocket – What’s the point of looking but not touching? – in September 2001. The sell-out exhibition 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? followed in May 2003. These two solo exhibitions at Rocket – together with projects at Art Chicago (1999) and Art Forum Berlin (2001) – brought Christie international recognition. In the subsequent two decades he has exhibited in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Croatia and the USA.

Christie’s work can be found in significant institutional and corporate collections including Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Canada; Derwent London, UK; Brown Rudnick, Boston/London; BUPA, London; Soho House, London; David & Indre Roberts Collection, London; and Groucho Club, London. Recent commissions include substantial sculptures in contemporary architectural settings at 40 Strand, London and The Peak, Victoria, London.

The Summer Prize

As well as making the final selection for the show, the selection panel also judge the Summer Prize. The winner of the Summer Prize is offered a solo show at the gallery. The prize is awarded to the artist that the judges agree exhibited the most accomplished piece of work. 2022 saw a tied First Prize to painter Debbie Crane and mixed-media artist Rachel Ara and runner up was painter Tim Le Breuilly.

We are excited to introduce the Summer Prize and RBC Emerging Artist prize for 2023. This is a grant of £1,000 given by exhibition sponsor RBC in connection with the Summer Prize to the winner to further the artist’s pursuit of their work. CCA Galleries International has championed the work of Jersey artists and helped promote and exhibit those in every stage of their career. With the generous prize money from exhibition sponsor RBC, we look forward to presenting the joint Summer Prize and RBC Emerging Artist prize in July 2023. RBC has been a long-term supporter of the arts and its Emerging Artists Project partners with organisations that provide the best opportunity to advance artists’ careers across art genres.

Rural Landscape Award

Landscapes that have been selected for the Jersey Summer Exhibition are also automatically eligible for the RURAL Jersey Landscape Award. We work with RURAL Magazine, BCR Law LLP and National Trust for Jersey to celebrate the Jersey landscape. First and third prize are kindly donated by BCR Law LLP and second by National Trust for Jersey.

The RURAL award is judged by David Benest (BCR Law), Donna le Marec (National Trust for Jersey), Alasdair Crosby (RURAL Magazine) and Tom Parker (CCAI). The prizes are 1st £600, 2nd A weekend retreat in The National Trust’s Catel Fort, 3rd £150.

The Gallery Magazine Graphic Arts prize

For 2023’s Summer Exhibition we are adding a new prize with Gallery Magazine. We are looking for graphic designers and illustrators with a unique creative style. The Gallery Magazine Graphic Arts prize is open to students and individuals working in graphic art with a £250 prize each for a unique design and unique illustration. Both winners will also be featured in a future edition of Gallery magazine.

The Jersey Summer Exhibition is the biggest open-call art exhibition in the Channel Islands, running June through to the end of July. There will be an online catalogue as well as film of the exhibition.

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