Poems on the Buses – series 3

Sunday saw the launch of the third series of Poems on the Buses.  All 33 Islands Coachways buses are now exhibiting works by local poets of all ages.  

The competition, which encouraged locals from all over the island to submit poetry on the theme of Memories, saw submissions rise this year and ended well into the hundreds, many of which came from children as young as eleven. 

Catriona Stares, one of the Guernsey Arts Commissioners and one of the organisers of the event has been absolutely thrilled with this year’s competition “The task of judging has been more difficult this year, the number of entrants and the quality of their work has been fantastic.  Whilst one or two entries arrived from established local poets, the great majority received were from first-timer writers, many of whom have never exhibited their work in this way before which makes the event even more exciting”

Each successful poem has been printed on to posters to occupy a large interior panel on one of the thirty-three buses and will appear along with an exciting new Poems on the Buses logo created by local illustrator, Ryan de Haaff.

An island-wide Competition for bus-travelling Poetry Spotters has been launched in conjunction with the new poems. Details of this along with entry forms can be obtained from the Visit Guernsey Offices, the Guille Alles library, and other locations around the island as well as on the Guernsey Arts Commission Website.

Check out Gary Burgess’ report on the BBC Guernsey website:



We Want You!

Have an idea but need money to get it off the ground?  Guernsey Arts Commission could help!

The next date for funding applications is looming.  You have until Monday 1 March to get your application in.

In 2009 we supported over 50 projects ranging from music to theatre, film to poetry and this year we want to support more.  We are looking for exciting, creative and different projects to support financially throughout 2010.  So if you have an idea, contact us we would love to hear from you.

You can download an application form from our website www.arts.gg or you can come in and collect one from our offices.  We are based in the Guernsey Information Centre, just opposite the Crown Pier.

If you have any questions regarding the application process you can call Jo – the new Arts Development Office on 749268 and she’ll be happy to help answer any queries you may have.

Looking for something fun to do in half term?

We might have just the thing!  If you are aged between 10 – 14 and love getting involved in arts activities then look no further…

What’s going on?

The Guernsey Arts Commission will be running a three day programme on Monday 15th – Wednesday 17th February for children aged 6 – 14 in age appropriate groups.  We will be exploring craft, physical theatre and puppetry skills with our team of experienced workshop leaders and hopefully have lots of fun too!

How is it organised?

 The afternoon sessions will target 10 – 14 year olds (Yr 6 – 9) between 13.00 – 16.00, with registration from 12.30.

Who’s who?

Monday’s session will be run by Stella Graham.  Stella is a whizz when it comes to all things crafty.  You might have seen her handiwork in GADOC’s Jack and the Beanstalk at Christmas – she made Daisy the Cow!

Farida Nasir will lead our Physical Theatre sessions on Tuesday.  Farida is a professional actress with 20 years experience, and has performed and ‘workshopped’ all over the UK.

Our Community Arts Development Officer, Laura Simpson, will take the reins on Wednesday for the puppetry workshop as well as providing support to Stella and Farida.We are also lucky that the GAC’s two new members of staff, Jo Morrissey and Justiene Boughey, will join us in a supporting role on Monday and Wednesday.


All sessions will be held at the Princess Royal Centre for the Performing Arts.  This can be found on the same site as the former St Peter Port Secondary School, off of Les Ozouets, St Peter Port.

What will my child need?

All resources are provided, together with squash and biscuits during break times.  Suitable clothing must be worn – we would suggest t-shirts, hoodies, jogging bottoms, trainers etc for all sessions.  Craft sessions may get a little messy, so please don’t wear your best clothes.  Trousers/joggers must be worn for physical theatre – no skirts (without leggings) or jewellery please! 

Other important stuff…

All our workshop leaders hold a Guernsey enhanced disclosure.  Laura Simpson is the Child Protection Officer for the GAC and is also a qualified first aider. 

What does it cost?

In a word, NOTHING!  The sessions are free to everyone as part of the GAC’s ongoing commitment to provide exciting arts activities for people of all ages and backgrounds.

This sounds great!  How do I register my child?

You’ll need to fill out a registration form (attached).  There will be up to 25 places available on each session.    Places will be confirmed on the receipt of the form, which must be received by Wednesday 10th February.  Children may register on one, two or three sessions on a first come, first serve basis.  A waiting list will be kept in the event that spaces fill up and places will be offered should one become available.  You must be registered to take part in this event, we will not be able to accept children who turn up on the day.

I need to know more…

No problem.  You can email Laura Simpson on laura@arts.gg or telephone 749262 who will be happy to answer your questions.

Our BIG day out is a BIG success!

Wow!  What an amazing day we had on Lihou Island yesterday for the Lihou Winter Arts Festival.  250 people joined us for a myriad of arts activities, explored the island and generally had a wonderful day out.  We were blessed with dry weather, slight winds and even a bit of sun which meant that we could really make the most of the beautiful surroundings with many activities taking place outside.  It was great to see everyone walking back to Guernsey proudly carrying their creations and with beaming smiles on their faces. 

We were overwhelmed with the comments that so many people gave to us on the day.  Here’s just a few:

It’s now Sunday evening and I just wanted to say what a fantastic job you and your colleagues at the Arts Commission did today. Everyone who chatted to me going back over the causeway had a terrific time.  – Stella

Just a quick note to thank you and your colleagues for a truly wonderful event today. We did the Flagmaking and Storytelling workshops and thoroughly enjoyed both. A great idea, wonderfully executed – more please! (no doubt lots of people worked very hard for todays event – well done) – Will, Cathy, Euan & Callum

Well done!  I hope you are very pleased with yourself, it was a great afternoon and I was very pleased to be part of it. – Gill (workshop leader)

Just thought I would say a big thank you for organising the Lihou Island trip it was a brilliant day and we had a fantastic time. Please say a big thank you to all the other people who also helped make it what it was. Once again thank you for all the time you have given up to do this. Many thanks! – Jackie and Liam Torode

Would like to say what a fantastic day we had, it was very well organised and great fun. Well Done to you all! Can’t wait till the next one! Thank You!! – Alison & Elliott Hearne

A huge thanks from us too here at the GAC to everyone who helped out with the event in any way, and to the Lihou Charitable Trust for looking after us.

We also have literally hundreds of photos from the day, many of which you will be able to see in our new exhibition, Lihou Lore, from 5th February in the greenhouse at the Guernsey Information Centre, open 9am – 5pm weekdays and 9am – 1pm on Saturdays.  Best of all, it’s free!  Come along and spot your family, or see what you missed out on.

Grab your wellies!









It’s your last chance to register your family for the Lihou Winter Arts Festival.

The event takes place this Sunday, 31st January, meeting at 11.15 at the Prosperity Car Park.  It’s an opportunity to explore the magic and mystery of Lihou Island through a range of arts activities for all the family.  All children must be accompanied by an adult and the event is not suitable for children under 5 or those unable to make the 20 minute Causeway crossing on foot.

You need to register for the event.  You can do this by emailing Laura Simpson, laura@arts.gg or calling 749262.

See you on the Island!

The Arts Development Team grows again – meet Jo!

We promised you another new member of staff to the Arts Development Team, and here she is!  Jo Morrissey has joined us in the role of Arts Development Officer and will be working on a range of projects with an emphasis on funding and marketing. 

Jo grew up in Guernsey and left to do a BA Hons Drama Degree at King Alfred’s College after which she travelled around and lived in America for a while.  Jo then went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Management at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she very quickly became obsessed with the Welsh Rugby Team, Welsh rarebit and Bryn Terfel (something to do with him looking like Santa apparently)

For the past eighteen months she has been working at St David’s Hall the National Concert Hall of Wales in Cardiff in their Marketing and PR department (Please don’t ask her to speak Welsh as her standard is embarrassingly poor!) Jo is delighted to be back on home ground and is very excited to have joined Guernsey Arts Commission and looks forward to getting stuck in quickly to her new role.

Welcome to 2010

Happy New Year from all of us at the Guernsey Arts Commission.  We hope you had an enjoyable festive period and are already making the most of the new year.  And what a busy year it is shaping up to be!


Throughout January, The Plinth Project, featuring creative contemporary solutions for the empty Plinth outside HMV by 2nd year Art and Design Students, continues in the greenhouse and is open for your enjoyment between 09:00 – 17:00 weekdays.

If you’re interested in a career in the Arts, then pop along and see us at the Careers Convention on 6th and 7th January at Beau Sejour Leisure Centre in the Sir John Loveridge Hall and Concourse.

We have another exciting event coming to us live from the National Theatre with Nation, an adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s popular novel of the same name, on Saturday 30th January from 1.45 at the Princess Royal Centre for the Performing Arts.  Tickets for this event are available online from www.guernseytickets.gg from the box office at the Performing Arts Centre 719999 or from Beau Sej0ur, the Guernsey Information Centre or Candie Museum.

If your New Year’s Resolution if to be more creative, or you want an afternoon of fun to beat the winter blues then the Lihou Winter Arts Festival is for you!  Come along for a fun, freezing family day on the island of Lihou.  Meet with those who Create and join in with a range of arts activities.  You will need to wrap up warm and be prepared to make the 20 minute crossing of the Causeway on foot.  Meet at 11.15 at the Proserity Car Park on Sunday 31st January .  The event is free and for more information contact Laura Simpson on 749262 or laura@arts.gg


Still to come this year… Poems on Buses, music workshops, activities for children and young adults, the 2nd Art and Islands conference and much more… watch this space!