Exhibitions at JAM on the Marsh
In highlighting the multi-arts of JAM on the Marsh, this year’s festival includes four exhibitions by artists connected to Kent’s Romney Marsh. Free to visit, on display every day throughout the festival, the exhibitions feature a variety of artforms, with nature as a prominent theme: from large-scale oil paintings of the Romney Marsh beaches, to pottery inspired by space and photographs taken of items reclaimed from the beaches to mixed media paintings.
Cinemarsh, Marsh Academy Leisure Centre
Following last year’s stunning abstract exhibition, Littlestone-based painter, John Ballard brings his fabulous large-scale oil paintings to the Marsh Academy Leisure Centre. Turning Tides portrays the groins and water-breaks of the Romney Marsh beaches. Measuring 5’ x 4’ they are sure to impress the visitor.
St George, Ivychurch
One of the UK’s most in demand photographers of fashion, portrait, lifestyle and documentary styles, Wendy Carrig’s thought-provoking exhibition provides an example of the influence of humankind on nature. Washed Up draws attention to a significant topic of our time and provides an example of our human impact on nature. The striking but equally alarming photographs show items found and left on the beaches from Dungeness to Dymchurch. This photography exhibition is a powerful comment on our culture of waste.
Space from Space ... in Clay
St Clement, Old Romney
After last year’s successful exhibition, we are excited for Penny Graham return to the festival with her original and striking pottery. Her glazed bowls, plates and platters have been inspired by images from the Hubble and James Webb telescopes as well as the International Space Station. In Space from Space… in Clay the filmy nature of gas and the glory of galaxies have been fired to stoneware.
A Day in Paris
St Leonard, Hythe
In conjunction with the festival’s celebration of some of the greatest French music of the 20th Century (A Day in Paris, Saturday, 8 July), France Tetreault’s exhibition is inspired by three pieces of music performed during the day.
The impressive mixed media canvasses document her artistic reaction to Messiaen’s Dieu Parmi Nous, Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Debussy’s Prelude a l’après-midi d’un faune. The show also includes a special diptych, commemorating the world premiere of Paul Mealor’s newest composition (Saturday, 8 July, 3pm). Throughout the festival visitors can reserve sections of the canvases for purchase, which will be cut on the final day (Sunday, 16 July).
'Meet the Artist'
All of the artists will join us for special ‘Meet the Artist’ talks, inviting visitors and the festival audience to engage with the art, get an insight into the work, process and inspiration.
• Friday, 7 July, 6pm: Wendy Carrig, ahead of an evening of toe-tapping jazz with The Joe Stilgoe Trio
• Saturday, 8 July, 6pm: France Tetrault, setting the scene before the glorious finale of ‘A Day in Paris’ with Nicholas Cleobury, JAM Sinfonia and mezzo Hanna Hipp
• Tuesday, 11 July, 6pm: John Ballard, prior to Simon and Saoko Blendis celebration of Max Jaffa’s music
• Wednesday, 12 July, 6pm: Penny Graham, ahead of Craig Ogden’s highly anticipated recital
With the artworks exhibited in picturesque medieval churches, the festival audience have the unique opportunity to explore the art ahead of or after concerts.
From Wendy Carrig’s thought-provoking photographs to Penny Graham’s striking Raku-fired pottery; John-Ballard’s large-scale paintings to France Tetrault’s unique canvasses, JAM on the Marsh offers art lovers plenty of choice.
All the artworks in the exhibitions will be for sale, enabling you to take a piece of JAM on the Marsh home with you.