Category Archives: Visual Arts

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 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.


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.


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 or telephone 749262 who will be happy to answer your questions.

Sneak preview! Lihou Winter Arts Festival – Sunday 31 January 2010

Come and share the magic and mystery of Lihou Island in this fun, freezing, family event.  Meet and work with those who Create through lantern making, dance, storytelling and more. 

Anyone wishing to join the event should meet at the Prosperity Car Park at 11.15 and be ready to undertake the journey to Lihou on foot when the Causeway clears.  It will be cold and probably wet, so make sure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear.  We will return to Guernsey by 3.15pm.  The event is free, but is unsuitable for small children who cannot manage the 20 minute walk across the Causeway (not suitable for buggies etc).

For more information contact Laura Simpson on 01481 749262 or


Will you Create?

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.

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!

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.