Category Archives: Arts Development

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.

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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.

Where?

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.

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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.

Justiene Boughey joins the GAC!

We are delighted to welcome Justiene Boughey to the Arts Development Team in the brand new role of Office Assistant.  She has already begun to emerse herself in GAC life, attending a sub-committees’ social event on her first day!  Here is a little about Justiene, in her own words:

My name is Justiene, I’m 24 and I grew up in Guernsey.  I left the island at 18 to do an Art Foundation and went on to do a Degree in Art and Visual Culture at UWE in Bristol.  My work at Uni was varied, but I really enjoyed site specific art, work involving the audience, and anything with a sense of humour!  I returned to Guernsey in 2007 to save money for a year’s round the world trip with my partner Dan.  We travelled to Canada, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Bali, and South Africa. The last year has been the most amazing experience; we have so many memories to cherish (and photos to organise)!  Having gotten travelling out of my system I am pleased to be back on the island amongst family and friends, and I am delighted to be starting my career with the Guernsey Arts Commission.

We will also be joined by another new member of staff in 2010, so watch this space!

 

www.arts.gg is LIVE!

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.

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 (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.