Free Arts Summer Programme

What are you doing this summer? 

Here in the GAC office we’ve had our thoughts firmly on the summer holidays this week – must be all the sunshine!  Would you like to spend part of your summer doing something fun and creative?  Well, the Free Arts Summer Programme might just be for you…

What’s going on?

The Guernsey Arts Commission will be running a three week programme from Monday 26th July – Friday 13th August for children aged 6 – 14 in age appropriate groups.  We will be exploring Dance, Drama and Puppetry in weeklong projects with our team of experienced workshop leaders.

How is it organised?

Dance Week – 26th to 30th July at St Martins Community Centre

Drama Week – 2nd to 6th August at St Martins Community Centre

Puppetry Week – 9th to 13th August at The Garenne Stand, Foote’s Lane

The morning sessions will cater for 6 – 10 year olds (Yr 2 – 5) between 09.00 – 12.00 with supervision available from 08.30.  The afternoon sessions will target 11 – 14 year olds (Yr 6 – 9) between 13.00 – 16.00, with registration from 12.30.

Please note that there are no longer spaces available for the 6 – 10 year olds on Dance Week.

Who’s who?

Dance Week will be led by Alison Coubrough-Barnett.  Ali has choreographed everything from Musicals to Pop Videos and will introduce workshop participants to a wide variety of dance styles from hip hop to contemporary.

Darren Alderton will lead our Drama and Puppetry weeks.  A skilled actor and director, Darren and the participants will explore many different types of drama.  Puppetry is a passion of Darren’s, and he has experience of many different styles both as a puppeteer and puppet maker.

Our Community Arts Development Officer, Laura Simpson, will provide support throughout the programme, as well as running the sessions on Wednesday morning of each week.

We will also be joined by some student workshop assistants who will provide support to the leaders whilst developing their own skills.

What will my child need?

All resources are provided.  Children may bring a drink and a snack for break time.  Suitable clothing must be worn – we would suggest t-shirts, hoodies, jogging bottoms, trainers etc for all sessions.  Some sessions may get a little messy, so please don’t wear your best clothes.  Trousers/joggers/shorts and trainers (or similar) must be worn for dance and drama – no skirts (without leggings), flip flops, sandals 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 (see below).  There will be up to 26 places available on each week (am and pm).    Places will be confirmed on the receipt of the form, which must be received by Friday 16th July.  Children may register on one week only 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 these workshops, we will not be able to accept children who turn up on the day.

Free Arts Summer Programme registration form

I need to know more…

No problem.  You can email Laura Simpson at [email protected] or telephone 749262 who will be happy to answer your questions.

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