Monthly Archives: November 2009 is LIVE!

We are delighted that our brand new website 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? !  Let us know what you think right here on the blog.


NT Live: Nation Jan 30th 2010

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 , 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.

Matthew and the Mermaids

Here, as promised, is the video of the final piece produced during our Dance and Drama workshop during October half term.


The Plinth Project

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 (


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.

Exciting Job Opportunities with the GAC!

Arts Development Officer
 The GAC is looking to appoint an innovative, self-motivated individual to work with the GAC’s small Arts Development team.  With a specific brief on marketing they will be key to raising the profile of the arts in Guernsey and be the main deliverer on the soon to be launched GAC website.  It is a challenging and varied role which require initiative, design flair and willingness to multi task.  In addition you will be working with the Funding sub-committee to facilitate grants for arts’ events.
Office Assistant
This is an opportunity to bring order to a small, creative and busy office working in the arts.  Alongside supporting the Head of Arts Development, the role will require working on various arts’ initiatives and will demand a high level of organisational and communications skills. 
Like what you see?  Then get in touch with Lucienne De La Mare on 01481 739749 for a detailed job description and application pack.  You must hold a valid Right to Work document for Guernsey in order to qualify for these positions.
Closing date for applications: Friday 20th November 2009
Interviews will take place : Arts Development Officer – Monday 30th November (morning)
Office Assistant – Tuesday 1st December (morning) 
Good Luck! 

A busy start!

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)


So now it’s your turn!  Do you work with an organisation you thing would benefit from taking part in the arts?  Perhaps you’ve got an idea for a project but don’t know where to start, or maybe you just need some inspiration.  Get in touch with Laura on or 749262 and join in the fun!

Half Term Workshops

During the October half term holidays we ran three full day workshops for children aged 7 to 11 in costume design, physical theatre / contemporary dance and textiles.  Each day 22 children worked with Laura, our Community Arts Development Officer, Louise, our Arts Development Officer, and two terrific workshop leaders, Alison and Helen.

Big draw end results

The BIG Draw Workshop end results - aren't they great?

On Monday we took part in The BIG Draw, a national event to encourage all types of drawing during the month of October.  The children worked in groups to design and make costumes inspired by characters in Guernsey folklore.  The results were fantastic with a startfish, a mutant shark monster, a mermaid, a man eating fish and an underwater princess being made, as well as a whole host of accessories!  The children had a great deal of fun too, and were very keen to tell us what they thought:

I wish we did more things like this at school – Chloe, aged 8

 Brilliant! 10 / 10 – Liam, aged 10



group discussion

Ali and the group discuss the next section of the piece.

Tuesday’s session was all about dance and drama and was led by Ali Barnett, a local dance practitioner and teacher, who worked with Laura to create a very creative piece of dance theatre based on the story of Matthieu Tostevin, a Guernsey fisherman who was enticed into the water by some mermaids.  The workshop began with a series of drama and dance exercises and games which got everyone thinking about making interesting shapes with our bodies.  The children then worked in groups to develop their own movement patterns and pictures which were eventually integrated into the final piece, performed to Barber’s Adagio for Strings at the end of the day.  Ali and Laura were really impressed with the children’s ideas and how well they worked together.  The parents were impressed too by the workshop:

Thank you for doing the workshops – something really different, the girls really enjoyed them! (Mel, parent)

 Fantastic – we need more of this in Guernsey. (Paul, parent)



beachcombing 3

Beachcombing for items to use for weaving (it wasn't as cold as it looks!)

 October might not be the best month for spending time on the beach, but on Wednesday our workshop leader Helen Bonner-Morgan took everybody beachcombing on L’Eree Bay to gather items to use in our textiles workshop.  During this session the children made their own looms and created a unique piece of textiles by weaving with a variety of manmade and natural materials.  It was really interesting to see the different designs emerge over the course of the day, and everyone left the workshop with a completed piece and a new skill too!So all in all, a fantastic few days of exciting and creative workshops:

More please! (Sheila, grandparent)

 This has been so much fun. I really enjoyed today – it was a real challenge.  Thank you so much! (Corissa, aged 11)

 I had a fab time and I wish I could do this every day.  I would recommend it to everyone.  (Grainne, aged 10)

My daughters thoroughly enjoyed their three days with you guys. They made some lovely new friends and really seemed to become engrossed in what they were doing. Their weaving was spectacular.  Thank you to your and the team for everything. (Nicola, parent)

   Watch this space for more workshops in the future!