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Guernsey Arts Commission: Call for new Directors

The Guernsey Arts Commission (GAC) is looking for new directors as it prepares for an exciting new future.

For the past eighteen months the GAC has been working in collaboration with the Guernsey Community Foundation to explore ways to strengthen the Commission and to increase funding for the arts.

The GAC is now in a position to expand its board, thus building on the Art Strategy Working Group’s proposals for a revitalised creative sector, published earlier this year in a report[1] endorsed by the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture (ESC).

Trevor Wakefield, Chair of the GAC and a core member of the Implementation Group, said vacancies on the GAC had created an opportunity to strengthen the board by combining experience with fresh perspectives.

“Over the years I’ve been fortunate to work with extremely dedicated, passionate commissioners,” he said. “Without their efforts, the Island would be creatively poorer. Now, with some of our commissioners having retired, and with big plans for the future of the arts, it’s a perfect time to bring new people on board whose skills will complement existing talents.”

The GAC and the Guernsey Community Foundation are working together to ensure the recruitment process is as effective as possible.  The Foundation’s Chair, Wayne Bulpitt, also leads the Implementation Group created by ESC to further develop the Art Strategy Working Group’s proposals. 

While a passion for the arts is essential, said Mr Bulpitt, the new directors do not need to be professional creatives themselves. “Insisting on some kind of artistic qualification would limit our chances of finding the very best people for the job. If prospective directors are musicians or dancers or writers, fantastic, but it’s not a prerequisite. We’re looking for skilled communicators and innovators, ideally with experience of serving on a board and turning a strategy into actions, who will help the GAC go from strength to strength as it delivers on the proposals contained in the Working Group’s report.” 

Each new director will serve for between three and five years, and will take up their position before the end of the year. Anyone interested in finding out more should contact either the Chair of the GAC, Trevor Wakefield, by emailing trevorgalp@suremail.gg or calling 07781 102568, or the Foundation’s Chief Executive, Jim Roberts, by emailing jim@foundation.gg or calling 723309.

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