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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.


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.

Lacrimosa Family Activity Pack

Visit the current exhibition in the greenhouse, entitled Lacrimosa, which showcases
London textile artist Kirstie Macleod’s Guernsey inspired garment and underwater
performance, and follow the five easy steps to designing your own Guernsey
inspired garment!
Download the Lacrimosa Family Activity Pack or pick up a copy in the greenhouse.
We would love to see the results so email your pictures and drawings
to and we will put them on our website.

the greenhouse exhibition and project space is located inside the Guernsey Information Centre (the large grey building along the sea front in St Peter Port). It is free to enter and is open Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm, Sat 9am, – 1pm.

Kirstie Macleod: Lacrimosa exhibition now showing

Showing until 30th October
in the greenhouse, Guernsey Information Centre

An exhibition of textile works by London based artist Kirstie Macleod. The exhibition showcases the etherial and beautiful Lacrimosa performance (through film, sound and photography). This ambitious site specific underwater performance, the garment worn by the artist and resulting exhibition were commissioned by the Guernsey Arts Commission, and inspired by the rich textile culture of our island, in particular the guernsey (jumper).

Lacrimosa sees the performer and the garment locked in a cyclical battle as the delicate entangled dress prevents the performer from ever reaching the surface of the water.

Lacrimosa perfromance (detail)

Lacrimosa performance (detail)

Lacrimosa performance

Lacrimosa performance

“A common theme throughout my work is garments misbehaving in performance, it’s an attempt to challenge expectations of the comfort, protection and identity normally associated with such objects. It has been incredibly exciting to explore and respond to the rich history and folklore of Guernsey and express it through textile and performance.”
Kirstie Macleod, August 2009

Exhibition opening times:
Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: 9am – 1pm (until 27th September)
Admission is free

Exhibition tours this August in the greenhouse

Amanda Eady - Install4

Amanda Eady, Install4

Want to know more about Installation Art, or have you been to see Install4 at the greenhouse and would like to meet the artists?

Take a free exhibition tour led by two of the artists this Saturday 1st August and then on 22nd August from 11am
in the greenhouse.

Install4 is a student exhibition giving the opportunity for four Fine Art sudents to experiment with Installation Art, an art form not often seen in Guernsey.

Install4 – Showing this July in the greenhouse


10th July – 31st August 2009
showing in the greenhouse

located in the Guernsey information Centre 
Free Admission 


Window, Vikki Ellis

Install4, Vikki Ellis

A collaborative undergraduate exhibition of installation-based work. Led by Guernsey born artists Pete Appelqvist and Vikki Ellis, along with UK based artists Manoj Sawlani-Ramos and Amanda Eady, the four have created a group installation transforming the greenhouse space. Employing a combination of media including sculpture and projection, the work is installed to interact with each other, leaving no piece to function autonomously.

Download the Install 4 flyer 



Tuesday 7th July 2009, 7.30pm – 9.00pm
Frossard Theatre, Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery, Candie Gardens
Installartists will be talking about their work and the exhibition.
Places are limited so please book: or call 739747


Saturday 11th July, 1st & 22nd August, 11 am-12 noon
in the greenhouse, the Guernsey information Centre
Pete and Vikki will be walking through the exhibition, talking about the process and development from concept to completion.
These are informal drop-in sessions.


the greenhouse is open Mon-Sat 9 am – 5 pm, Sun 9 am – 1 pm.
Admission is free
Guernsey Information Centre, North Esplanade, St Peter Port GY1 2LQ


In Your Face – video project at the greenhouse

Now Showing at the greenhouse exhibition and project space:

The ‘In Your Face Video’ aims to gather responses from young people aged 11 – 25 to two very simple questions..

  • What do you love about Guernsey?
  • What do you hate about Guernsey?

This project is designed to raise awareness about some of the issues that young people are concerned with on the island.  The questions aim to give young people from varying backgrounds a voice creating a dialogue between them and the wider community.

This project is part of a longer running project that plans to increase the participation of young people in the arts within the island.  Initially these projects ask very little of the young people, but hopefully as they progress the involvement will increase.

The success of the project relies on the involvement of participants from various backgrounds, so the more people that take part the better. ‘In Your Face Video’ is on-going and shall be added too throughout the year.   Here are the first edits… Please feel free to post a comment below…



the greenhouse exhibiton space can be found in the Guernsey Information Centre, admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Why do Community Arts Matter?
Download a sheet detailing why Community Arts are important and our aims and objectives for Community Arts in the Island: why-community-arts-matter