Art and culture are essential to Jersey.
They are at the heart of Jersey's identity as an island with a very distinctive cultural and heritage landscape – with its own minority language and aesthetics, drawn from influences across the world.
The Island is blessed with heritage buildings such as forts, churches and ancient monuments; and couched in an ancient landscape and seascape of enriching beauty and extraordinary archaeological significance. These are resources which make the Island special, which inspire the work of practicing artists, and which provide the context for lifestyle and identity through which arts and cultural activities take place.
In Jersey, the arts draw on these natural and historic resources to contribute to prosperity, social cohesion, and sustainable well-being; and they reinforce Jersey's image and influence in Europe and the world. As a small Island with a population of close to 100,000 people, Jersey has a scale where the impacts of the arts are tangible and measurable. This opens-up the opportunity to pioneer new ways of working, to innovate and trial approaches which position the arts to the heart of the Island's long-term prosperity, health and wellbeing.
This is a new five-year Arts Strategy for Jersey. It has been commissioned by the Government of Jersey and developed by Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy a leading international consultancy for arts, culture and the creative economy. It is inspired and shaped by the passion, imagination and commitment of the people of Jersey, many of whom have contributed ideas and an enthusiasm to work together to deliver on the recommendations and priorities of the Strategy.
The strategy comes at a pivotal time for Jersey. The Government of Jersey has committed to investing in 1% of overall Government expenditure in Arts, Culture and Heritage from 2022. This represents a positive endorsement of the vital role arts and culture play for the Island. Moreover, it signals a commitment to increasing the capacity of arts and culture to deliver even more for an Island that has so many distinctive assets and qualities to build from.