We are delighted that our brand new website www.arts.gg has gone live over the weekend, after several months in development. Everything you need to know about the Guernsey Arts Commission is housed in these pages, including who we are and what we do, how to apply to us fo funding, what’s on at the greenhouse and how you can help us. There’s also lots of lovely pictures from some of our past events. So, what are you waiting for? www.arts.gg ! Let us know what you think right here on the blog.
Monthly Archives: November 2009
Following the successes of Phedre and All’s Well That Ends Well, we will be hosting another fantasic live screening from the National Theatre on Saturday 30th January 2010 at the Princess Royal Centre for the Performing Arts, beginning at 1.45.
So, what’s it all about?
based on a novel by Terry Pratchett
adapted by Mark Ravenhill
A parallel world, 1860. Two teenagers thrown together by a tsunami that has destroyed Mau’s village and left Daphne shipwrecked on his South Pacific island, thousands of miles from home. One wears next to nothing, the other a long white dress; neither speaks the other’s language; somehow they must learn to survive. As starving refugees gather, Daphne delivers a baby, milks a pig, brews beer and does battle with a mutineer. Mau fights cannibal Raiders, discovers the world is round and questions the reality of his tribe’s fiercely patriarchal gods. Together they come of age, overseen by a foul-mouthed parrot, as they discard old doctrine to forge a new Nation.
Oh I think you think I want to eat you but – no no no – I am offering you afternoon tea – over there – in one hour.
Following His Dark Materials, Coram Boy and War Horse, the National stages Mark Ravenhill’s exhilarating adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Nation, his latest witty and challenging adventure story.
There’s no demons, no gods. Just me. And the waves and the sun and birth and death. And there’s no reason for anything. I’m sorry: that’s just the way it seems to me.
Suitable for 10yrs+
If the last few NT Live events are anything to go by you’ll be wanting to get your tickets fast! Log on to www.guernseytickets.gg , call the box office on 749999, or pop into The Princess Royal Centre for the Performing Arts, Beau Sejour, Candie Museum or the Guernsey Information Centre to purchase.
Here, as promised, is the video of the final piece produced during our Dance and Drama workshop during October half term.
An exciting new exhibition has opened at the greenhouse showcasing the talents of some of Guernsey’s young artists. Working in partnership with the Guernsey College of Further Education the Guernsey Arts Commission has asked 2nd year Art & Design students to come up with a contemporary solution to fill the empty plinth in Market Square. With diverse and innovative ideas ranging from themes such as folklore and witch craft, the original Market architecture, and a tank of fish caught off the coast of Guernsey , the exhibition is far removed from traditional figurative sculptures and is certainly set to challenge. This project has already got the Guernsey public talking, with BBC Guernsey inviting listeners to put forward their suggestions too (http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/guernsey/hi/people_and_places/arts_and_culture/newsid_8362000/8362264.stm)
As Eric Snell, Lecturer at the Guernsey College, explains: “In preparation for the Art & Design students’ next academic year, while reading the BTEC sculpture unit, I realised that as part of their two year course at the Guernsey College of FE, the students needed to respond to a ‘real’ brief. Wearing my other hat, as Chair of the GAC Public Art sub-committee, I thought I could – as it were – kill two birds with one stone. On one hand the committee had been, for some time looking at different ways to introduce more art initiatives into St Peter Port, while with my educational hat on, I was needing to create a brief. It seemed very logical to bring both things together in The Plinth Project.”
The exhibition also features a film made by Luke Sheehan where the students share the inspiration behind each piece. When you visit the exhibition please also take a look at the students’ sketch books which will show you some more of the thinking behind the final works.
the greenhouse is open from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday, and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays. Best of all, it’s free!
So, what do you think? Have you seen the exhibition and want to share your thoughts, or do you have a solution you would like to see on the empty plinth? Tell us about it here.
Our new Community Arts Development Officer Laura Simpson has now been with us for two months and has been very busy already. As well as our sucessful series of half term workshops, Laura has been out and about giving the opportunity for community organisations to have a go at drama, movement, music, puppetry or creative writing. Nearly 500 people aged 3 to adult participated in the workshop programme, which was greatly enjoyed by all who took part:
The session created interaction between group members we haven’t seen before. (Youthgroup leader)
Can Laura come again? (Special needs participant)
Could we do music and singing another time? (Cub pack)
We’d love to do a whole show. (Youth group)
We felt part of Laura’s team. (School)
I liked everything! (Infant participant)
All the children felt involved and activities suited the children of various ages. (School)
I have never seen that group engage in an activity for so long before (teacher, special needs school)
Could have done with a longer session – the children were enjoying it so much (teacher)
We’ll definitely try this again (Cub leader)