The Jaunt is a new concept from The Netherlands, put together by Jeroen Smeets. The aim is pair up inspirational cities with talented artists to produce unique work.
“Stepping out of your comfort zone and experiencing new surroundings is often quoted as the main source of inspiration for artists. We aim to provide these inspirations to artists by organising jaunts. Short and pleasurable excursions or journeys.
For each jaunt we will send an artist to a new destination. Once arrived, the artist will soak up all of the local impressions and inspirations. From freshly brewed local coffee to small boutiques, neoclassical architecture, overcrowded tourist sights and whatever else falls in their way.
The artist will work all of these new impressions into a limited edition screen print, thereby creating a unique travel document. The limited edition screen prints are exclusively offered at sight unseen. You know which artist is going to which location, but the outcome is yet to be determined. This way you are part of the inspiration while experiencing the creative process. All at a very affordable price.”
The latest Jaunt to be organised is to the city of Porto in Portugal where artist Collin van der Sluijs will be producing art based on his experiences travelling to enjoy the atmosphere, culture and people of Porto. ‘Collin’s work is best described as the personal pleasures and struggles in his daily life, translated to his own visual language.’