What is this project all about?
In essence The Jaunt is a project that wants to create opportunities and possibilities for artists. The core of the project is to let artists travel the world in order to become inspired, but hopefully the experience has an effect on the artists that transcend that limited time frame and expand into their artistic practise as a whole. In this way The Jaunt wishes to become a catalyst for progress and new insights into the creative process of our artists. The first step of this process is taking the artist outside of their comfort zone and let them experience completely new surroundings.
For each trip we send an artist on a trip to anywhere in the world, to a destination where they have never been before. 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 or whatever else falls in their way. During the trip the artists keep a travel blog and document the many impressions they come across. This way everyone will be kept up to date with the travels and adventures of the artists, allowing a degree of familiarity with their perspective. Each trip is unique, because each destination and artist is different.
Hand Pulled Screen Print
Once returned from the trip, the artist will work all of the new impressions into a limited edition, hand made, screen print. This way a unique travel document is created in the form of an artwork. 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 making the inspiration possible while experiencing the creative process from up close. All at a very affordable price. All of our screen prints are proudly hand printed in a small printing studio in Utrecht, The Netherlands. This studio is run by Joris Diks, who is the master printer of our project. The screen print is produced in a limited edition of 50 pieces, on a 50x70cm and 250 grams Revive paper. All prints are hand made, and personally signed and numbered by the artist.
Curator and travel planner
The Jaunt is a project by Jeroen Smeets, who acts as the curator and travel planner of the project. With a background in art ranging from editor-in-chief, to agent and gallery owner (and a variety of jobs in between) Jeroen started The Jaunt in the beginning of 2013. After talking to artists and keep hearing their desire to travel the world he found a way to fulfil their dreams.
Qua Patet Orbis.