The GAC funding sub-committee meet up 6 times a year (spread over the year) to discuss all applications received and then distribute funds to the successful applicants.
Laura Anderson is a member of the GAC funding sub-committee says: “I was invited to sit on the Funding Committee by Joanna Littlejohns some four years ago. She knew of my background working in the arts in London both for the Royal Academy of Dancing and then with my Art Consultancy where I worked with artists installing site specific artwork in public spaces, hospital and offices around the UK, to add to the mix I am an equity actress and singer so I guess I ticked a few boxes in terms of diversity!” she continues “Sitting on the Committee has been a fascinating insight into the wide variety of art projects that take place on this small island from large ambitious orchestral events through to one man arts projects. It is a real privilege to feel I am in a small way helping to provide these diverse talents a platform and a vehicle to get their work out there to the community.”
Another member of the GAC Funding sub-committee Alan West says: “I was co-opted onto the Funding Sub-Committee during 2011 as it was felt that with my career in the finance industry plus my involvement in Guernsey’s arts community and activities would be beneficial. Having completed 2 years in the post I must say that it has opened my eyes to the number and variety of ventures being undertaken in Guernsey. The committee has been able to support a good many of these and it has been a pleasure to read each submission to understand the thinking and philosophy behind each activity. From art and photographic exhibitions to music concerts and festivals through to literary weeks and youth projects. It has been gratifying to know that the financial support we’ve been able to provide has often made the difference and ensured the successful staging of an event. I look forward to continuing in this role in the future.”
In 2012 the GAC funded a variety of events, projects and festivals both large and small. From the ever popular Guernsey Photography Festival, the Vale Earth Fair, the premiere of ‘The Diary of Alice Appelbe’, a film by Jack de la Mare at the performing Arts Centre in December through to the Guernsey Camerata , just a few of the many the GAC has helped in 2012.
If you have an idea or project that needs funding…. or you’d like to apply in 2013, we’ve got all the dates for you!