Founding Director

Born in Guernsey in 1953, Eric Snell first moved to Birmingham in 1972 to ‘do’ a one year foundation course in art and design and then to London the following year to study Fine Art at Hornsey College of Art. On completing his studies in 1976, Snell set up his first studio and continued to work out of London for the next nine years before moving to Berlin in 1985 as he had been invited to represent Britain on the prestigious DAAD International Artist in Residence Programme. Exhibiting widely in Europe, North America and Japan Eric Snell has, over the years, taught at a number of different art schools and universities.

On returning to Guernsey in the early 90s he was invited by the local education council to research post 16 Art and Design education in the island. Following on from the report that he submitted Eric Snell was then asked to set up the first art school in Guernsey. In September 1994 the first cohort of student arrived at Grange House, an elegant late Georgian building in the heart of St Peter Port, which was the Guernsey College of Art and Design’s original home for 14 years before moving to the Delancey Campus.

Designer of the Liberation Monument and a recent recipient of an Arts Council of England Research Fellowship Eric Snell stepped down from heading the school of art in 2007 (although he still teaches on the programme) to concentrate on the Art and Islands initiative.

Committed to raising the understanding and appreciation of the visual arts within the Bailiwick while, at the same time, looking to raise the profile of the islands internationally Eric Snell believes that in this ever-changing cultural landscape Art and Islands has a great deal to offer both the international art world and the local community.