The Sarah Groves Foundation is very proud to be supporting Art for Guernsey by donating £50,000 to the exciting new arts centre in St Peter Port’s Old Quarter.
The donation is helping fund the creation of a Children’s Workshop and Gallery. A further £15,000 will be provided towards running costs.
The new art gallery aims to make art ‘available to all’ and closely aligns with the Foundation’s objectives. Sarah was an excellent artist and attended the Chelsea College of Art. Consequently, art and the arts figure strongly in the Foundation’s distribution of funds.
The Children’s Workshop and Gallery will be dedicated to local children and schools for presentations, meetings, creative projects, lectures and workshops, with year-round curation of their work.
Vic Groves, Managing Trustee of the Sarah Groves Foundation, said: “Our mission is to fulfil Sarah’s ambition in life: to enhance young lives. One way to do this is through art, and the gallery in Mill Street will be open to all and give children the opportunity to learn and develop their passion for art.
“This project will leave a positive legacy from which Sarah’s name will be remembered. This gallery will be a massive boost for the arts in Guernsey and will be something in which Sarah would have participated herself and of which she would undoubtedly be very proud. We hope to be associated with this wonderful project for many years to come.”
Art for Guernsey is also planning to establish the Art for Guernsey Academy, allowing students to use the equipment and help prepare them for art school or a career in the creative sector.
David Ummels from Art for Guernsey said: “We are delighted to call this wonderful gallery home. It is at the very heart of the Old Quarter, and we thank the Sarah Groves Foundation for their very generous donation.
“This space will be a key asset for the visual arts in Guernsey, and also a very welcoming creative platform for the community and a key educational asset for us to accelerate our engagements with local schools and provide local art students with the environment that they need to thrive.”