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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 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


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!



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.


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! 

GBG2 – All tracks now submitted

GBG Vol 2 is to be launched early 2010, showcasing home grown music talent.

Follow the link below to the BBC News site to view which bands/musicians are featuring on the CD.

Take part in the Arts this October – Free Workshops

Take part in the arts this October:
Children’s workshops this October Half term








Monday 26th October 2009                                             
The BIG Draw Workshop:
Design, draw and decorate your own   
Guernsey inspired garment.
Ages: 7-11 years
9.00am – 3.30pm 
(supervision provided from 8.30am)
The Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts
Free, but booking essential. Book via: or 739747

Joining in with the National Campaign for Drawing, a nationwide initiative that sees galleries, museums, arts centres and libraries across the UK take part and promote and encourage drawing, the GAC are running their own BIG Draw event this October. Taking inspiration from the current exhibition in the greenhouse, Kirstie Macleod: Lacrimosa (click the greenhouse catergory on the right hand menu to see more info about this exhibition), participants will be learning about the design process and will make their own paper garments based on Guernsey folklores and stories. 
The workshop session will be lead by Louise Gilligan, Arts Development Assistant and Laura Simpson, Community Arts Development Officer.
All materials will be provided but please bring a packed lunch.
For further information or to book your child’s place email 



Tuesday 27th October 2009                                             
Dance and Drama:
Guernsey folklore, shipwrecks and sea monsters
Ages: 7-11 years
9.00am – 3.30pm 
(supervision provided from 8.30am)
The Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts
Free, but booking essential. Book via: or 739747

Using drama and dance skills, participants will explore some of the themes of Lacrimosa exhibition including Guernsey folklore, shipwrecks and underwater environments.  There will be a chance to learn some new skills as well as creating an original piece.  There’s no experience needed, all we ask is that everyone comes ready to have a go at anything and have fun!  Participants will need to wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes and trainers, and bring a packed lunch.

Alison Barnett will be leading the dance session and is a qualified teacher who has also worked professionally as a dancer and choreographer in the UK with styles from classical ballet to hip hop.  Ali is often seen performing on the local stage as well as choreographing and directing shows.
For further information please contact Laura Simpson, the Community Arts Development Officer via: or tel: 749256


Wednesday 29th October 2009

Textiles Weaving Workshop:
Beach comb to find materials to weave with
Ages: 7-11 years
9.00am – 3.30pm 
(supervision provided from 8.30am)
Les Adams Methodist Church, L’Eree, St Peters GY7 9LN
Free, but booking essential. Book via: or 739747

Exploring how textiles and fabrics are made, participants will learn weaving skills and create their own woven textiles piece. Taking inspiration from the Lacrimosa exhibition underwater and shipwreck themes, participants will beach comb at the beginning of the workshop session to find materials to use in their weaving.
Helen Bonner-Morgan will be leading the workshop. Helen has a degree in Textiles, is a practising textiles designer and has delivered many textiles based workshops in the island.
For further information please contact Louise Gilliagn via: or 739747

Workshop for adults:

Jungle Drummer

Jungle drummer at Talking Drums 2

Monday 12th October 2009                                             
Talking Drums 3:
for drummers of all levels to meet and talk all things drums
All ages welcome (under 16’s to be accompanied by an adult) 
7.00pm – 8.30pm
The Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts
Workshop is Free, but book your place via:

The Talking Drums workshop is an opportunity for drummers or those interested in drumming to meet and discuss, share and learn new techniques. All levels, styles and abilities welcome (including the beginner). This workshop is part of a series of workshops run by the Music sub-committee of the GAC.  Info on future guitar workshops will be posted on this blog shortly.

National Theatre Live this October 1st

All’s Well That Ends Well
by Shakespeare
Thursday 1st October 2009
Broadcast live to the Performing Arts Centre,
via satellite, from the National Theatre, London

All's Well That Ends Well, National Theatre (production shots)
All’s Well That Ends Well, National Theatre (production shots)

All’s Well that Ends Well will be filmed in high definition and broadcast live, via satellite, to the Princess Royal Centre for the Performing Arts in Guernsey, along with over 150 other venues worldwide.

Set against a background of sexism, snobbery and a battle between the generations, Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well turns fairytale logic on its head and is a wondrous and bittersweet story.

Showing on Thursday 1 October 2009
The Princess Royal Centre for the Performing Arts
 6.30pm doors open / 6.45pm pre-show (behind the scenes) and 7pm start
Tickets: £10 – on sale now via  or Box Office on 749999.
Running time 200min (approx)
Includes 1 interval of 25mins

NT Live is funded in partnership with Arts Council England and NESTA.

Free Drum Workshops – August 24th

Talking Drums Workshop – 24th August 2009
from 7.00pm at the Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts.

An initiative of the Music sub-committee, the free Talking Drums workshops were launched in July and mark the first in a series of planned free workshops, which will include guitar, live sound and recording. The workshops are run by local musicians for local musicians and also those interested in learning or developing skills. All levels of experience are welcome.

The aim of the workshop initiative is to build a stronger community amongst musicians and give an opportunity for sharing tips and advice.

To book your place or for further information contact Russ Fossye (Chair of the Music sub-committee) on