Jersey Arts Trust to commission new work that reflects on the Great War

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The Jersey Arts Trust is looking to commission new work by Jersey Artists that commemorates the First World War, and has the potential to involve and inspire a large cross-section of the island community.

The World War One Centenary Working Group has granted £10,000 a year for the next two years to the Trust as part of the Island’s official commemorations of the centenary of the First World War to fund projects that reflect on the historical event and/or consider the impact of the Great War then and today.

The Jersey Arts Trust is hoping to receive a wide variety of proposals from local Artists, and is open to ideas for work of any medium and genre. This could include a formal piece of work or an outreach project.

The selected work must have a large community impact, either through involving the general public in the process of creating the work, or as an audience.

Last year’s grant was allocated to the Elektra Dazzle Ship project, which saw a 1950s US-tug-boat being painted in a dazzle camouflage pattern by local painter Ian Rolls with the help of a team of Jersey artists.

Tom Dingle, Director of the Jersey Arts Trust said:

“Art has a great capacity to connect people and open up subjects in new and interesting ways. It is almost impossible for us now to truly reflect on the horrors of the First World War and contemplate what life would be like without the freedom we enjoy today.

Proposals could focus on the event and history of the war, or indeed reflect on the themes of sacrifice, bravery, peace and what it means to be free then and now. Our key aim is for the work to be a portal for people to connect to these topics, making it more accessible, and a gateway to their own personal reflection.”

Artists or community groups who have a project that would benefit from the funding should initially contact Alice Bravery by e-mail ( who can send them the Commemoration-Grants-Terms-and-Conditions.