Art & Islands symposium to explore creativity in society

On Saturday October 22nd The Art & Islands Foundation, which is supported by the Guernsey Arts Commission, are holding a day long symposium following on from the 2010 Arts & Islands Conference which was organised by the GAC.

The day, titled Creativity is About Looking at Things in a Different Way, is taking place at the Princess Royal Centre for the Performing Arts in conjunction with the University of Portsmouth.

The event will tackle the questions: “Is the emphasis today that is placed on academic achievement stifling creativity?  Are we doing enough to support creativity initiatives?”

At the last Art and Islands conference in June 2010, Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA suggested that it was important for every community, particularly small communities like the Bailiwick of Guernsey to invest in creativity in order to sustain a sense of well being, and remain competitive in today’s world economy.  So has Guernsey taken this message on board and are we doing enough to support and encourage our creative young people?

Or, are too many of our creative minds leaving the island because they are frustrated with the lack of understanding and cultural investment, and if this is the case, what are we as a society doing to stop this trend?

The symposium brings together artists, academics, economists, politicians and leading figures from the world of art, commerce and business to address these questions and to look at new initiatives that could help raise awareness of how important it is to invest in creativity and help create news opportunities to develop the arts and promote a healthier creative environment.

Chaired by Dr Jenny Walden, Head of Art Design and Media, which is part of the Cultural and Creative Industries Faculty at the University of Portsmouth and artist Eric Snell, Founding Director of Art and Islands Foundation and lecturer in Art and Design at the Guernsey College of Further Education the speakers in this one day symposium are:-

Deputy Mike O’Hara – Minister of Culture and Leisure, States of Guernsey
Nadine Gomez – Director of Musée Gassendi, Digne les Bains
Dr. Simon Claridge
– Dean, Faculty of the Cultural and Creative Industries, University of Portsmouth
Dr. Helen Pheby – Senior Curator, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Richard Sant – Director – Centre of Enterprise, University of Portsmouth
Victoria Ivanova – Strategy and Project Co-Ordinator, Izolyatsia Foundation, Donetsk, Ukraine
Kurt Perschke – New York based artist
Richard James – Senior Copywriter, Specsavers Optical Group
John Stares – Managing Director, Guernsey Enterprise Agency

Tickets for the symposium are available at

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