Community Arts Festival

The Community Arts Festival is back in Guernsey this autumn, running from Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 October with artist led workshops, talks, exhibitions and free activities to celebrate the diversity and skills found within our local community.  

The events are taking place at St James throughout the weekend, and there's A LOT going on! 

You'll need to sign up for the workshops, and there's limited space at some of the events, so be quick!




1.  Autumn Wreath Workshops

Sunday, 12pm – 2pm 

Decorative wreaths are too good to be saved just for Christmas!  There's been a growing trend for autumn wreaths, to celebrate the warm colours and textures of the season and give your home more kerb appeal.  If you'd like to learn how to create your very own autumnal wreath for your front door, join Frances Lemmon at this workshop.  Materials will be supplied, but space is limited so be sure to Register if you would like to attend.


2.  'All Of Me' 

Saturday at 11am 

Aimée Le Prevost will be supported by Guernsey MIND as she talks about “All of Me”, her recent project tackling body image and mental health. It's certainly an area that needs more open discussion, and we applaud Aimée for rising to the challenge. This drop-in event is taking place in the café, and space is limited, so get there early!


3.  Jewellery Making Workshops

Saturday, 10am – 12pm | Sunday, 1.30pm – 3.30pm

With over 25 years design experience under her belt, local jeweller Athene Sholl will talk you through the process of reclaiming beads and creating new pieces at these jewellery making workshops.  She will show you what to look for and what to avoid so you can create new earrings, bracelets and necklaces with a professional finish.  

Beads will be supplied, but you can bring along your own if you want to make something personal to you. You'll need to register to secure your place at one of the sessions, and they're sure to be popular, so we recommend you book up now!




4.  Pollinator Project 30/30 Exhibition

Sunday at 1pm

This talk will give an overview of the 30/30 Art in Nature project, which aims to highlight the work of the Pollinator Project and raise funds for Les Bourgs Hospice. all through the work of local artists.  The talk is taking place in the cafe, and the exhibition itself is running from 24 October until 26 November, when the artwork will be sold at auction to raise funds for Les Bourgs.


5.  Step By Step Painting

Sunday, 10am – 12pm

Local artist Bozena Pollock's paintings celebrate the local landscape, focusing on dramatic sunsets and the ever changing sea that surrounds us here on our beautiful island.  Join Bozena for a session and learn how to paint a landscape while exploring drawing and colour mixing techniques. Materials will be supplied, so just turn up and immerse yourself in the creative process for a few hours - bliss!


6.  Embroidery Workshop

Sunday, 10am – 4pm

Join Jenny Mahy for this full day session to learn the art of mindfulness stitching, using various stitching techniques to make a scenic poppy picture. Materials will be supplied, but if you are able to bring along a basic sewing kit of sewing needles and small scissors this may be helpful. You can book your place here.


Nude Sketch


7. Life Drawing

Sunday, 1pm – 3pm

After hosting successful monthly life drawing sessions at the Golden Lion, Caitlin Grupping is bringing her workshop to St James to offer an introductory session at the festival. Materials will be supplied, and there's no eperience necessary, so come along and learn a new skill.  This event is taking palce in the Dorey Room and it's free, but there are only 20 spaces available, so booking is essential if you would like to attend.


8.  Creative Story Songs

Saturday, 10am – 12pm

Maryan Cains is leading a song writing workshop delving into Guernsey folklore.  This session is suitable for anyone aged 7 and over, and open to all abilities - register here.


9.  Dry Grass Coiling

Saturday, 12pm – 2pm

If you've missed out on Frances Lemmon's wreath making workshop, why not sign up for some dry grass coiling and learn how to use dried grass to create baskets, place mats and coasters. Materials will be supplied, and it sounds like a creative way to relax and learn a new skill.  Again, space is limited, so book your place in advance.


10.  Creative Careers With NFT's

Saturday at 1pm

Do you know what NFT's are?  No? Same here!  That's why we all need Leah Winberg to talk us through the online world of Non Fungible Tokens, and how artists can use them to start building their careers and creating income.


11.  Journey Into Filmmaking

Sunday at 11am

Guernseyman Alex Bates released the hugely successful film “Occupied” earlier in the year. If you haven;t seen it yet, it's a historical drama about the White Rock bombing and its aftermath, which he wrote and directed.  Join him in the café for a talk on his journey into filmmaking, which started with stop motion animations in his bedroom when he was a child... and find out his plans moving forward.

More events will be announced, so keep an eye on the Guernsey Arts events page for more details.