Guernsey Community Art Festival

13/14/15 September 2019

We are celebrating the diversity and skill of our local artists with the first Community Art Festival at St James, featuring free activities for all ages and skill levels, exhibitions, walk-in sessions, talks and workshops with some of the island’s finest artists, all free of charge.


Exhibitions will be set up in the Whittaker Hall and include a showcase from Sarnia Arts & Craft, as well as displays from Guernsey Caring for Ex-Offenders and the Guernsey Arts Network.

Have A Go

Chalk drawing and craft activities for Kids with The Creation Station on the forecourt.

Community Mosaic with Iris & Dora in the Whittaker Hall.

Creative Wellbeing Sessions for adults with The Creation Station in the Walter Room.

Have a go at stitching in the Tapestry. The Guernsey Tapestry will be open both days. Take advantage of the free entry, watch the demonstrations and have a go yourself.


A number of talks are happening throughout the day ranging from Art for Wellbeing to Digital and Album Art. Speakers include local bands, illustrator and artist Mikal Dyas and more. Details to follow.

This event is in partnership with

Life Drawing with Adam Stephens – Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-3.30pm* (2 hr sessions) in the Dorey Room

In each 2 hour workshop you will be guided through a series of drawing exercises, with 6 live models posing simultaneously. There will be a break during which you can chat with the other participants and to the models, look at each other’s drawings, exchange ideas and find out more about life drawing opportunities in Guernsey. All paper and materials provided.

Big Blooms with Bridget Spinney – Sunday 10.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-4pm (5 hrs) in the Dorey Room

Big Blooms will explore loose mark making and mixed media, working towards a finished picture by the end of the day. Please bring your own materials and, if you wish, a packed lunch and an apron and/or wear old clothes.

Seascape Stitch with Jenny Mahy – Saturday 10am – 2pm (4 hrs) in the Whittaker Hall

Create an individual piece of Textile Art with tutor Jenny Mahy. “I love working with fabric and threads using a wide variety of techniques. My source of inspiration is my garden, birds and the stretch of West Coast where I live.”

Participants will need to bring along a ‘basic sewing kit’ ie – a selection of needles, small scissors and a few pins.

Pinhole Photography with Aaron Yeandle – Saturday and Sunday from 11am (3hrs) at Elizabeth College

Pinhole photography is a unique and historic way of making photographic images and learning how photography is all about capturing light. The class will be using pinhole cameras to make simple pinhole images. They will then learn the processes behind exposure and development. All involved can take home their image.


all workshops are FREE to attend, but pre-registration is required


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