Set on a disused US military airbase in a former fighter-jet operation building, Old Jet is a creative hub supporting 35 musicians, artists, writers, photographers, fashion designers and more, in rural East Suffolk.
As the Arts Centre approaches its ten year anniversary, founder Jesse Quin, bassist in Keane, is launching Old Jet Gallery, an online platform giving art collectors access to exclusive work from its community of established artists, to help fund the development of the next generation of visual artists in East Anglia.
Open from 31st January, sales commission from the online gallery will support Old Jet’s innovative Airspace programme, a social enterprise initially set-up in 2022 to support local musicians into creative careers. Since its launch, Airspace has now expanded into an incubation programme for emerging and re-emerging visual artists in East Anglia, who are facing financial or social barriers.
Artists embarking on the Airspace programme will have access to studio space, mentors, industry contacts, advice on their individual professional development and other projects designed to help the community earn incomes and establish careers from their talent.
Artwork will be available through the Old Jet Gallery from 31st January. Current work includes ‘fire’ paintings by former Old Jet resident Jelly Green, whose landscape work sits in private collections around the world. Jelly is a portrait and landscape artist, who trained at the Royal Drawing School and has been mentored by Maggi Hambling since the age of 16. Darren Lynde Mann, a former Old Jet mentee, whose work was included in Marlborough Gallery’s 2023 ‘A Celebration of Portraiture’ exhibition alongside Lucien Freud, Francis Bacon and Maggi Hambling, is also selling pieces through the online gallery.
Also featured are:
Jennifer Pitchers – a professional illustrator by training, who has recently moved into figurative oil painting.
Adam Riches – a figurative expressionist who works in oil paint and pen.
Grace Hailstone – a printmaker who adopts an experimental approach to different forms of intaglio and relief printing.
Mel Perkins – an emerging artist who is enrolled in Old Jet’s Airspace programme.
Telling their own stories, a series of short videos from each of the artists can be found here:https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1TNjag9uRvhI9OR7cz9I6jtr4LzV_4TiW?usp=drive_link
The works of these artists will be available through Old Jet Gallery for a limited period of time January 31st until March 31st 2024. A selection of open edition prints, limited edition prints and original artwork will be available to art collectors from around the world, with artworks available ranging from £45 – £2,500.
Jesse Quin, founder of Old Jet, said: “The whole reason for setting up Old Jet was to galvanise a spirit of community within the arts in our area. Creating any kind of art is, generally speaking, a pretty solitary process. Speaking personally I find that this can impact my mental wellbeing. I believe that having other people working around you is much healthier than being in isolation, so what we’ve really strived to create at Old Jet is an environment where people support and encourage one another. I’m genuinely excited that we’re able to extend that positive spirit beyond our four walls and help emerging and re-emerging artists with their journeys.”
The Old Jet Gallery and Airspace programme aims to empower more of the region’s best new and emerging artists to monetise their work and develop their careers by removing financial or social barriers that currently stand in their way. As part of their career development, Airspace’s chosen recipients will also be given the opportunity to exhibit in the Old Jet Gallery alongside acclaimed artists.
To purchase an exclusive artwork from Old Jet Gallery, visit: https://www.oldjet.gallery/
For more information on Old Jet’s Airspace programme visit: https://www.oldjet.co.uk/airspace-programme/
To find more about Old Jet, head to: https://www.oldjet.co.uk/ or follow @oldjet on social media.