Guernsey Arts Commission to set up creativity database

The Guernsey Arts Commission is to gather information about creative businesses to "give them a voice".

Graham Daldry, the chairman of the commission's Creative Industries Forum, said he wanted to gather statistics on "who's out there and how big they are".

"This is information that really doesn't exist at the moment," he said.

A database of up to 200 companies "from jewellery design to advertising" is to be created to demonstrate their contribution to the economy.

Mr Daldry noted that the arts did not feature in many manifestos being circulated prior to April's general election.

He also indicated the database would provide a network of contacts for employers and creative individuals.

"Students coming back having done an arts degree probably don't understand the whole range of career opportunities that might be open to them," he said.

He said a series of speakers would be brought to the island to address the forum, which would be funded through a membership fee.

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