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Arts Commission - Going Out with the Tide Festival

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Friday 22 March 2019

Going Out with the Tide Festival is a project run by a wide range of people living in Guernsey, who feel that death, dying and bereavement are things that we are pretty rubbish at talking about and want to change.

Going Out with the Tide was launched in 2018 from Dying Matters Awareness Week, a national initiative, which has been marked in Guernsey for the last six years.

As part of this festival Guernsey Arts Commission are working in partnership with Health and Social Care to offer the opportunity for two Creatives to respond to the title of the festival 'Going out with the tide'.

Karen Leach, Service Manager, Community Health and Wellbeing, Adult Community Services, HSC said:

"Thinking about and talking about our own death and the people we care about dying can be scary sometimes, painful and uncomfortable - but also helps us appreciate what we have, thought-provoking and utterly joyful at others. One thing is for sure, it feels better having this conversation together in the open.

We all have known someone who has died, someone who has been bereaved and someone who will miss us when we're gone. And yet, nearly all of us struggle with thinking about, planning and talking about death. Especially with the people we love the most. As part of Dying Matters week in Guernsey we are creating events and making space for these conversations."

The Arts provide a unique platform to hold difficult conversations.Taking inspiration from the title of our project and the ethos of the Dying Matters Awareness week we invite Creatives to submit sketches, ideas of artwork they would produce in response to this. It can be in any 2D visual format be it photography, painting, drawing etc. The two chosen Creatives will each receive £500 kindly funded by Guernsey Arts Commission and their artwork will be displayed on Market Terrace for the duration of Dying Matter week 13th - 19th of May. The artwork will be displayed on a 9ft high by 12ft wide structure.

Russ Fossey, Head of Arts Development, Guernsey Arts Commission says:

"We are delighted to be partnering with Health and Social Care on this project. The arts can bring a perspective on the topic which makes it easier for many of us to engage with. It can trigger deep introspective thought, giving a focus and clarity that can make it easier for many to join in with the conversation."

Lottie Barnes, Culture Arts and Health Manager, HSC says

"This project is a great example of working in partnership to support our community to hold a potentially difficult conversation. It also highlights the important role of the arts within health. We are really looking forward to seeing the submissions."

Deadline for submission is Friday 6th April.

Selected Creatives will be informed the week of 8th April.

Artwork to be received to go to print Monday 6th May.

For further information and to apply please contact Lottie Barnes, lottie.barnes@gov.gg.

Please note that large files will need to be emailed via WeTransfer. Or you can drop off a proposal to the Porters Lodge at the PEH for the attention of Lottie Barnes.

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