About us – Funding sub-committee
Tony Gallienne – Chair
The Funding sub-committee is responsible for considering applications to the Guernsey Arts Commission for grant aid, and for the fund raising sub-group within the Commission. The sub-committee considers applications for funding against the Commission’s objectives and recognised priorities, with significant funding requests being referred, with recommendations, to the Commission board.
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Tony Gallienne – Chair
Laura De Putron
After achieving an MA in Fine Art from St Andrews University in1990, Laura worked for the Royal Academy of Dancing for five years. In1995 she set up her own Art Consultancy commissioning and installing artworks large and small into hospitals, offices and public spaces. One of her last projects was the “Cross the Divide” steel sculpture by Rick Kirby located outside St Thomas Hospital in London unveiled by Princess Margaret.
Throughout her twenties Laura trained with international voice coach Robert Bicknell and film coach Simon Cathcart. She has appeared in many musical productions in London and Europe, has also made a number of TV & Film appearances, compered shows and been involved with professional theatre and radio.
She is currently runs a busy Pilates studio in Guernsey. Laura is on the Funding and Performing Arts Sub-Committees.
Born and brought up in Guernsey, Sam McCathie is a long-standing member of Guernsey Youth Theatre. He is an active practitioner, with experience in most facets of Theatre and Performing Arts, having acted in, directed, written and devised both theatre and film. He is a qualified theatrical technician and has designed light and sound for many productions on and off island. Sam graduated from the University of Winchester with a first class honours in Drama Studies. He is currently studying in Winchester for a PhD in Avatar Identity Theory in Performance, and works for the University as a Drama Lecturer. He is a professional photographer, and runs his own productions business: Blacksteel Productions, through which he offers services of photography, DJing, film and theatrical consulting and stage fight instruction. Sam is a member of the Funding Sub-Committee, he wanted to be involved to retain a link with Guernsey Arts and to provide a UK based point of view.
Nick Peters started playing the trombone at the age of 9 through the Schools Music Service with whom he toured to Jersey, Belgium, France and the USA. Whilst studying at Royal Holloway for a degree in Mathematics and Music, with a special study in performance, Nick worked as a freelance trombonist around the UK where he was fortunate enough to play with some world class groups on the classical, theatrical, jazz and “popular” scenes. Since his return to Guernsey in 2003, Nick has became heavily involved with the Guernsey music scene and is an active member of many groups including the Guernsey Symphony Orchestra, Guernsey Choral & Orchestral Society, Guernsey Camerata, The Boneheads, Spoonful and the Guernsey Jazz Orchestra which he has been directing for the past three years. In addition to performing Nick also arranges music for various groups including Bel Canto and City Limits. He joined the funding sub-committee in 2010 to help represent an active musicians’ view on applications.
Alan started playing the piano at the age of 5 and, on leaving school in 1969, joined The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines at its School of Music graduating on piano and trumpet in 1971. He returned to Guernsey in 1976 and commenced working for, the then, Midland Bank and, latterly, HSBC.
Since his return to Guernsey, Alan has been fully involved in the local music scene having played a number of different genres from jazz to classical and cabaret to stage shows. He is also the current Chair and Deputy Musical Director of Guernsey Concert Brass
Alan retired from working at the end of 2010 to spend more time as a music teacher, composer, arranger and player.
Alan accepted an invitation to join the Funding sub-Committee and hopes to be able to contribute from both a financial and artistic point of view given his background.