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!



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 laura@arts.gg


Will you Create?

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.

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 www.guernseytickets.gg , 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 (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.

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!