Who We Are

Promote | Support | Inspire

Guernsey Arts (GAC) was launched in 2008 with the intention of providing a strong, identifiable voice in the community, raising public awareness and promoting the value, relevance and importance of the arts.

Guernsey Arts Events

Guernsey Arts takes the lead and organises many events in Guernsey, including: exhibitions, festivals, community and educational events. We aim to maximise the impact of the artistic community. Events are inclusive and aim to contibute to health and wellbeing. Some of the events are highlighted below.

Sponsored By Guernsey Arts

Guernsey Arts supports other organisers in delivering their events through funding and other support where it is needed. We also help to initiate new events on the Islands with advice and promotional support through our digital platforms. Some of those events are highlighted below.

Our Vision & Values

Guernsey Arts aim is for the Bailiwick of Guernsey to be seen as a unique, vibrant, artistic and creative community both within the Islands and beyond.

We Support individuals and groups in all art forms to develop their art and to build an audience. Depending upon needs we offer publicity on our website, exhibition space and opportunity for financial support, including the allocation of States funding for the arts. We also encourage and facilitate cooperation within the arts scene in Guernsey.

We Promote creativity and arts to all communities in the Bailiwick of Guernsey and to those beyond. We are inclusive and engage actively with individuals, groups, schools and societies. We also work with individuals, businesses, trusts and States bodies in order to increase funding, resources and facilities for the arts in the Bailiwick.

We Inspire creative and artistic activities across the Bailwick by creating and promoting new artistic ventures and by encouraging existing events and organisations to develop further. As part of this we encourage existing festivals and events and will seed ideas and funding for new festivals and events in order to enrich the cultural landscape of the Bailiwick.  


Our Team

Hello from Russ, Jade, Jared, Louise and Grace. We are based at Candie museum and art gallery and are always happy to talk with you on anything to do with the Arts. Whether you are looking for a contact, help with a funding application or perhaps you have an event you would like added to the calendar or your artists profile added to our website.

Jade Kershaw

Community & Public Realm Officer

Grace Stevens

Community Arts Development Co-Ordinator

Jared Fox

Visual Design & Communications Co-Ordinator

Louise Le Pelley

Partnership Development Executive

Russ Fossey

Head of Arts Development: Inspired by the amazing talent we have in the Islands and motivated by the community.

Board and Committee Members

We would like to introduce you to our directors and committee members who generously donate their time, knowledge, skills and passion in enabling Guernsey Arts to achieve it`s aims.

Melissa Mourton

Committee Member and Advisor: Melissa is an advisor of Guernsey Arts and also sits on the Funding Committee.

Mary Carey

Director: Teacher, Loves drama, literature, music , Shakespeare, thinking outside the box and pushing boundaries.  

Susan Lloyd

Funding Committee: Susan spent much of her career raising funds for the private equity industry and is now raising funds for the Arts.

Patrick Earle

Director: Patrick is a portrait & abstract painter as well as an entrepreneur. He is also a member of our Funding Committee.

Jennifer Strachan

Funding Committee: Investment advisor, sustainability champion, angel investor and NED. Loves being in the audience or at the exhibition.

Alan West

Director: Alan conducts Guernsey Concert Brass and performs with various other ensembles. Alan chairs our Grants Committee.

Stephen Ainsworth

Chairs Guernsey Arts and sits on our Funding Committee. He is an actuary and pension trustee, keen supporter of all music and arts.

Trevor Wakefield

Director: Trevor enjoys all aspects of the arts but has a special interest in theatre. He is also a member of our Funding Committee.

Connie Helyar

Director: Connie is also a member of the Funding Committee.

Gary O'Neill

Director and treasurer: A debt advisory consultant following a career in finance. Gary has a particular interest in visual arts and music.

Angie Tolcher

Director: Angie has been involved in education since qualifying as a primary school teacher in 1986.

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