Long time friend of Hookedblog Jeroen Smeets established 'The Jaunt' project back in 2013, for our readers not yet familiar with the project, The Jaunt combines two of Jeroen's favourite things Art & Travel. Since the launch of the project a variety of trips with artists have been organised seeing them travel to places such as Helsinki, Istanbul, Antwerp, Los Angeles and beyond. Artists like Niels 'Shoe' Meulman, Cleon Peterson, Mike Perry, Erosie, David Shillinglaw and many others have been sent on their way to become inspired. After each trip the artists along with The Jaunt create a unique artwork capturing the spirit and essence of their trip and an editioned print is printed based on this artwork. The artists were encouraged to keep a travel diary in the form of photos, sketches, notes some of which were shared on The Jaunt website.

With over 10 artists having taken part in the project, The Jaunt have gathered all the stories, drawings, snapshots and keepsakes from the artists on their trips and brought them together in their first publication launching later this month in the UK. Featuring exclusive interviews with the artists about their creative process and unique sketches and photos from the trips each of them took, the book will allow us to experience a little of what the artists encountered during their jaunt!

The UK book launch will see Jeroen hitting up three cities starting in London with the first launch in the tour taking place at Beach London in East London, the second at Provide in Birmingham and the third will see them in Leeds at Colour May Vary. For the Beach London launch there will be a short presentation about their project, an exhibition of their prints and a book signing by David Shillinglaw who was one of the ten artists to take part. Dates and location for the launch events are below as is a short film featuring Shillinglaw sharing his thoughts about his jaunt to Denmark.

Thursday 26th March: Beach London.
Beach London,20 Cheshire Street, London E2 6EH.

Friday 27th March: Provide, Birmingham.
PROVIDE, Custard Factory, Birmingham B9 4AT.

Saturday 28th March: Colours May Vary, Leeds.
Colours May Vary, Munro House, Duke Street, Leeds LS9 8AG.

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