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Sufficient and sustainable funding needed for arts in Guernsey

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There needs to be 'sufficient and sustainable funding for the arts' in Guernsey. That is according to a report out today by the Arts Strategy Working Group.

The findings which have been endorsed by the Education Committee, also set out aims to ensure that everyone, no matter their age, has the opportunity to be creative.

To bring about the recommendations, the report has said centralising arts funding should be considered as well as creating new facilities.

The Working Group has also said the island should seek the widest audience for the arts, including those from overseas to help boost the economy and support tourism.

The report says one other way to achieve the recommendations would be to reinvigorate the Guernsey Arts Commission.

A better resourced, more autonomous Guernsey Arts Commission – one which receives and redistributes all arts-related grants from the States – is key to delivering a successful arts strategy.

– Dave Warr, Chair of Arts Working Group

The President of the Education Committee has said he was made aware last year of the widespread view from the arts community that more support was needed.

The report from the ASWG sets out clear and ambitious recommendations which will be invaluable to the Committee when creating our plan for the arts, which we intend to complete before the end of 2019. We will then put this before the States along with our plans for sport, the language, transforming education and heritage.

– Deputy Matt Fallaize, President of the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture

The full report can be found on the Guernsey Community Foundation's website.