Summer in the greenhouse at the Information Centre

The ‘Express Yourself: Living on an Island’ exhibition runs until Friday 4 July in the gallery at the Information Centre.  The show comes out of Arts Sunday’s project to encourage people to express creatively what they feel about living in Guernsey.   Four large canvasses of the seafront, the brainchild of Rob Sweeney and painted by over a hundred people over Arts Sunday, are on display and we are just debating what to do with the pictures now.  All suggestions welcomed.

Guernsey Photography Festival takes the space for six weeks from 7 July. This year, the festival has invited internationally renowned South African photographer Michelle Sank to become an artist in residence. The idea of this residency is to invite a professional artist to live in Guernsey for five months to create new work about the islands (Guernsey, Sark, Alderney and Herm) and to deliver a bespoke community education programme to a broad spectrum of learners.

Her work in Guernsey comes after a six month residency in Jersey initiated by Société Jersiaise and their Archisle programme. Jean-Christophe said ‘We thought it would be an excellent idea
to extend this programme to the Bailiwick of Guernsey in order to complete the collection of photographs that Michelle has started about the Channel Islands and for our community to take full advantage of this unique opportunity.’

This special project has received the financial support of the Guernsey Museums, which will receive, in exchange, the full set of prints from the exhibition that Michelle will create. All the prints will remain in the Museums’ archives to be added to their collection of contemporary photography which include already world famous artists such as Martin Parr and Klavdij Sluban.  www.guernseyphotographyfestival.com

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