BARBADOS ARTS EVENTS
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Welcome to Barbados Monthly Arts Events Thank you to the Gallery of Caribbean Art and The Art Hub who have teamed up to pay for an upgrade for this magazine through 2017. This means The Visual Arts Barbados Magazine may now be viewed with no ads and downloaded. This is a completely free magazine created out of the need to inform so that we can get to exhibitions, artist talks, workshops and more, rather than hearing about events after they have taken place. I encourage anyone with a creative event or a new piece of work to get in contact with me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add a free page for you. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get the arts out there! Please, pass this magazine on to others and so help the creative side of Barbados get all the exposure possible. Corrie
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'Carifestart' at the Gallery of Caribbean Art The Caribbean through the eyes of artists from Barbados and 10 other islands. August 13th - August 31st Northern Business Centre, Queen St, Speightstown @artgallerycaribbean Call (246) 419-0858 Curator Hazel-Ann Batson https://www.facebook.com/artgallerycaribbean/ www.artgallerycaribbean.com
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CARIFESTA XIII EXHIBITIONS ONLINE ALBUMS Exhibitions photographed and published by Corrie Scott
"HOME" the Artist Alliance Barbados August Pop-Up Gallery exhibition, OPEN UNTIL SAT SEPT 2nd. Norman Centre Mall, Bridgetown, Barbados. Sat Aug 5th - Sept 2nd, 2017. 55 artists. Over 250 pieces of art. Curated by Oneka Small Link to online album photographed by Corrie Scott https://goo.gl/photos/Ek8eVsPvbrN5b5x57
Online album of 'Contemporary Studio Ceramics' exhibition at the Barn Art Centre. August 14th -27th. Online album link https://goo.gl/photos/RAHibURvGiddgahA6 The first of its kind, as part of the CARIFESTA fringe. Juliana Inniss envisioned this event and concept. Curated by Oneka Small . This exhibition highlighted the works of 10 ceramic makers. Adam Williams of Trinidad, Nakazzi Hutchinson from Jamaica, Gloria Chung, Ancel Daniel,, Melanie Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Oliveira, Lynn Haynes , Akyem-i Ramsay, Juliana Inniss, Israel Mapp and Martina Pile Zahles from Barbados . Barn Arts Centre Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/thebarnartcentre/
Online album of the 'Caricom Regional Exhibition' at Barbados Community College, Barbados. Curated by Neville Legall. August 19th-27th. Online album https://goo.gl/photos/7X7jvpDP7wZ2f N1cA Art photographed by Corrie Scott
Online album of 'Masters Exhibition - History & Infinity' at 3 galleries. August 19-27th Curated by Therese Hadchity. Online album link https://goo.gl/photos/G9k4WpqG hieuR5VX9 Art photographed by Corrie Scott. a. Queen's Park Gallery Featuring Stanley Greaves ( Guyana), Ras Ishi( Barbados) and Nick Whittle ( Barbados). b. Nidhe Israel Synagogue Gallery artists are Ernest Breleur ( Martinique) and Petrona Morrison ( Jamaica). c. The Grand Salle is Joscelyn Gardner ( Barbados)
Online album of 'The Impression' exhibition. The Barbados National Exhibition of CARIFESTA XIII . Saturday 19th to Sunday 27th August. Morningside Gallery, Barbados Community College. Online album https://goo.gl/photos/75TN9FtstZf kKp879 Curator: Nerys Rudder. Art photographed by Corrie Scott
Curator Therese hadchity writes about â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Carifesta XIII 'Masters Exhibition: history and Infinity' housed in three galleries in Bridgetown, Barbados. Link https://aica-sc.net/2017/08/25/the-carif esta-xiii-masters-exhibition-history-and -infinity/
Online album of 'JOURNEY TO ONE CARIBBEAN ' Caricom Exhibition. Carifesta XIII Barbados 2017. Norman Centre 5pm. August 19-27th. Curated by Janice Whittle Online album https://goo.gl/photos/pV4fpctaK gV5pd9j6 Photography of Art by Corrie Scott
Online album of Fresh Milk's ‘Resonance’. A showcase of works by some of the artists who have participated in residencies or projects with the organization over the last six years. August 2017 Link to album https://goo.gl/photos/uAUJmhtUXDLmsBbKA Cover art by Evan Avery Art photographed by Corrie Scott Resonance opened on Saturday, August 19th, 2017 with a presentation about Fresh Milk’s programming and a chance to speak with some of the exhibiting artists.
Dr Adrian Richards Open Studio (by appointment please) of Contemporary Photography and selected pieces from his private collection by artists Ras Ishi, Akyem-i Ramsay, Sheena Rose and Cy Hutchinson. Oral Care Centre, Manor Lodge Complex ( opp Pricesmart), Lodge Hill. Online album https://goo.gl/photos/349g6bm6MF6CtVvW7 Art photographed by Corrie Scott
CARIFESTA XIII ONLINE ALBUMS OF EXHIBITIONS ‘HOME’ the ARTIST ALLIANCE Pop-Up Gallery Norman Centre Mall, Bridgetown, Barbados. Sat Aug 5th - Sept 2nd, 2017. Curated by Oneka Small. Link to online album https://goo.gl/photos/Ek8eVsPvbrN5b5x57 Art photographed by Corrie Scott 55 artists. Over 250 pieces of art. Open Studios studios remain accessible by appointment https://www.facebook.com/oneka.small/posts/1694618710557349 Artists Maria Stanford, Keyonne Yarde, Jared Burton, Margaret Herbert, Sian Pampellonne,Courtney Devonish, Jason Hope, Leslie Taylor, Martina Pile Zahles, Sade Payne , Selena Rebel Glam Dodson, Quo Sanura, Alison Chapman-andrews, Tracy Greenidge, Darius Etienne, Gharan Burton, Lois Crawford , Cher-Antoinette Corbin, Lorna Wilson, Natalie Atkins-Hinds, Jenny Gonsalves, Stella L. Hackett, Arthur Atkinson, Allison Callender, Corrie Scott, Jill McIntyre , Gail Pounder-Speede, Rosemary Parkinson, Akyem-i Ramsay, Ancel Daniel, Heather Dawn Scott, Wayne Hinds , Reginald Gill, Juliana Inniss, Heidi Berger, Oneka Small, Fred Odle, Adrian Richards, David Spieler, Adrian Compton, *Bill Grace, Cathy Alkins, Hershimu Akyem-I, Ann Rudder, Dwayne Gittens, Cy Hutchinson , Ras Ilix, Kraig Yearwood, Caribbean Wax Museum, Amanda Trought, Doreen Edwards, Reginald Medford, Kenneth Black, Market Ceramics. 'CONTEMPORARY STUDIO CERAMICS’ The Barn Art Centre. August 14th -27th,2017. Envisioned by Juliana Inniss. Curated by Oneka Small. Online album link https://goo.gl/photos/RAHibURvGiddgahA6 Art photographed by Corrie Scott The first of its kind, as part of the CARIFESTA fringe. Works created using a variety of clay bodies- stoneware, earthenware and porcelain. Located on the rustic grounds of Small Ridge Plantation, Christ Church, this exhibition highlighted the works of 10 ceramic makers. Adam Williams of Trinidad, Nakazzi Hutchinson from Jamaica, Gloria Chung, Ancel Daniel, Melanie D’Oliveira, Lynn Haynes, Akyem-i Ramsay, Juliana Inniss, Israel Mapp and Martina Pile Zahles from Barbados . Barn Arts Centre Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/thebarnartcentre/
MASTERS EXHIBITION – HISTORY & INFINITY’ (at 3 galleries) August 19-27th. Curated by Therese Hadchity Online album link https://goo.gl/photos/G9k4WpqGhieuR5VX9 Art photographed by Corrie Scott a. Queen's Park Gallery Featuring Stanley Greaves ( Guyana), Ras Ishi( Barbados) and Nick Whittle ( Barbados). b. Nidhe Israel Synagogue Gallery artists Ernest Breleur ( Martinique) and Petrona Morrison ( Jamaica). c. The Grand Salle Joscelyn Gardner ( Barbados) THE BARBADOS NATIONAL VISUAL ART EXHIBITION Morningside Gallery, Barbados Community College. Sat 19th -27th, 2017 Curator: Nerys Rudder. Online album https://goo.gl/photos/75TN9FtstZfkKp879 Art photographed by Corrie Scott Abstracted and non-representational works of 26 Bajan artists William Cummins, Natalie Hinds, Leslie Taylor, Alison Chapman-andrews, Cecil Webb, Jason Hope, Corrie Scott, Caroline Holder, Juliana Inniss, Anna Gibson, Kraig Yearwood, Llanor Alleyne, Versia Harris, Ricardo Skeete, Terrence Piggott, Kenneth Blackman, Ras Ishi, Akyem-i Ramsay, Cy Hutchinson, Ronald Williams , Lilian Sten -Nicholson, Wayne Hinds, Simone Asia, Joyce Daniel, Ras Bongo Congo-I and Arthur Atkinson. THE CARICOM REGIONAL VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITION Barbados Community College, Barbados. August 19th-27th,2017. Curated by Neville Legall. Link to album https://goo.gl/photos/7X7jvpDP7wZ2fN1cA Art photographed by Corrie Scott Artists from Guyana, Trinidad, Darius Etienne (Dominica), Haiti, Guadeloupe, Martinique. "Carré d'art de Guadeloupe" section curated by Nathalie Hainault. Four artists. Ronald Cyrille, Daniel Dabriou, Diane Hugé & José Man Lius ( Guadeloupe). (Will post list of artists as received)
'JOURNEY TO ONE CARIBBEAN' Caricom Exhibition. Carifesta XIII Barbados 2017. Norman Centre 5pm. August 19-27th. Curated by Janice Whittle Online album https://goo.gl/photos/pV4fpctaKgV5pd9j6 Photography of Art by Corrie Scott (36 artists) Nick Whittle; Denyse Menard-Greenidge; Edmund Gill; Arthur Atkinson; Ann Rudder; Albert Chong(Jamaica); Oneka Small; Kenneth Blackman; Alison Chapman-Andrews; Patrick "Killy"Ganthier (Haiti); Marcia Nurse; Gail Pounder-Speede; Joyce Daniel; Arlette St Hill; Sonia Tuleja; Rodney Ifill; Virgil Broodhagen, Neville Crawford; Wayne Branch; Jacqueline Hinds;Neville Legall; Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi (Suriname); Amanda Trought; David Gall; Juliana Inniss; Jason Hope; Walter Bailey; Oswald Hussein (Guyana); Rhea Small; Lian Sten-Nicholson; Ken Crichlow(Trinidad and Tobago); Brandon Saunders (Cayman Islands); Kaitlyn Elphinstone (Cayman Islands); Shane "Dready" Aquart (Cayman Islands);Simon Tatum (Cayman islands); Nasaria SuckooChollette (Cayman Islands)
‘CARIFESTART’ The Gallery of Caribbean Art. August 13th - August 31st, 2017 Curator Hazel-Ann Batson The Caribbean through the eyes of artists from Barbados and 10 other islands. Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/artgallerycaribbean/
‘RESONANCE’ Fresh Milk, St George. August 2017. Link to album https://goo.gl/photos/uAUJmhtUXDLmsBbKA Art photographed by Corrie Scott Featured artists: Simone Asia, Evan Avery, Cherise Harris, Versia Harris, Dominique Hunter, Leasho Johnson, Raquel Marshall, Oneika Russell, Shanice Smith, Ronald Williams, Anisah Wood and Kraig Yearwood. A showcase of works by some of the artists who have participated in residencies or projects with the organization over the last six years. Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/FreshMilkBarbados/
‘COME CELEBRATE 'WE' CARIBBEAN HERALDRY’ The Cathedral of St. Michael and All Angels, Bridgetown. August 17th to 27th, 2017. Exhibition of 17 Coat of Arms Banners, handcrafted by Heraldic Artist Ann Rudder displaying Flora, Fauna, History and Heraldry of Our Caribbean Community. Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ann.rudder.1
DR ADRIAN RICHARDS Open Studio (by appointment please) of Contemporary Photography and selected pieces from his private collection by artists Ras Ishi, Akyem-i Ramsay, Sheena Rose, Cy Hutchinson and more Oral Care Centre, Barbados. Fringe Event during Carifesta XIII. Barbados August 2017. Link to album https://goo.gl/photos/349g6bm6MF6CtVvW7 Art photographed by Corrie Scott
EWAN ATKINSON In the dark of the night, shadows moved furtively and yet at the speed of light and created an impromptu wall of art. http://www.theneighbourhoodproject.com Ewan Atkinson "Only in Our Imagination", Hastings "Gallery", Barbados. Carifester 2017?
BCC Visual Arts students Pop Up Art Event. Sat 26th Aug, 2017 Link to album https://goo.gl/photos/gwzBa6LzxUyBsZVe7 Art photographed by Corrie Scott
LLEWELLYN XAVIER | Fondation Clement, Martinique. 'Célébration' 4 août - 27 septembre 2017 http://www.fondation-clement.org/Decouvrir-les-expositions/LLEWELLYN-XAVIER-Celebration
With CĂŠlĂŠbration by Llewellyn Xavier, Foundation Clement invites you to broaden and deepen your experience of abstract painting. Following the 50 historic museum pieces that were shown, last January, in the exhibition entitled Le Geste et la Matiere, presented in collaboration with Centre Pompidou, you are invited to discover the recent creations of Llewellyn Xavier which are part of the Caribbean abstract movement. The journey of the artist took him from St. Lucie to London, Toronto, New York and some of his work is today in prestigious collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York, MOMA, VIC and AL in London among others. Back in his native country, he devotes himself to the glorification and the sublimation of Caribbean nature through an abstraction of matter. He explores several methods of working, from a large and fluid gesture like that of Paul Jenkins to surfaces that are heavily structured by thick matter. His pictoiral practice associates certain characteristics of abstract expressionism and impressionism. At first, he uses the 'all ove'r and expression through the gesture, colour and matter. Secondly, the rendering of variation and fugitive shimmering of light by the juxtaposition of colours. The matter and above all the colour are the fundamental components of the pictorial style of Llewellyn Xavier. Dominique Brebion, commissaire de l'exposition
Queens Park House and its role in Barbadian and Caribbean Arts. Lilian Sten- Nicholson. AICA. 22-08-2017 Barbados Arts Council was founded in 1957 and originally based in Queens Park House, but had its origins in an earlier organization, the Barbados Art and Craft Society. This organization was established in July 1944 by a group of Barbadians who had graduated from overseas art academies. They had all been exposed to the vibrant art scene of early 20th century Europe and were ready to move the Barbadian art scene from the hobby-painting, ‘fancywork’ era into the realm of contemporary professionalism. The prime mover among them was Golde White who, after having graduated in art and design at the Westminster Technical Institute in 1914, travelled to Argentina and Brazil before returning home to Barbados. In the early 1920ies she relocated to British Guyana with her husband. We can get some idea of the British Guyanese art scene around 1930 from one of her letters about organizing an exhibition there. She begins by noting that “There has been no Art Exhibition for sometime in this colony, and very little is done to encourage artistic talent”. Yet, she found a great interest in art, with colonial officials, members of the leisured classes and artisans all trying their hands painting and drawing. White’s first exhibition stimulated the mounting of many others. A number of art groups - beginning with the British Guyana Arts and Crafts Society of 1931 - were formed, art classes were established and a legacy created. It was this generation of artists who produced the groundswell of Guyanese art. Hubert Moshett, Reginald Phang and Edmund Burrowes, a Bajan by birth, were early members of the group. After Golde White had returned’ home to Barbados Burrowes formed the Working Peoples Art Classes’ in 1948 and the School of Art in Georgetown is named after him . Don Locke , Stanley Greaves , Aubrey Williams and Errol Brewster were among the WPAC students and Burrowes‘ School of Art graduates who went on to have successful international careers.
On her return home in 1943 Golde White joined with a number of like minded artists and art lovers to establish the Barbados Arts and Crafts Society to, as she put it, “meet the growing need for the development of the Arts in the Community”. It aimed at encouraging and developing local talent, promoting an appreciation of all that is beautiful and stressing the importance of good design and workmanship in local crafts. The early, informal meetings were held upstairs in the Old Icehouse on Broad Street. There an agenda was developed, a constitution written and officers appointed. The BACS was launched as a formal entity in July 1944. Membership fees ranged from 60c to $5.00 per annum and Junior Members were admitted for 36c per year Golde White, Karl Broodhagen and Briggs Clarke were among the first members of its management committee, many others contributed but these three, who remained dedicated to the development of the arts, were also part of the founding team of the Barbados Arts Council more than a decade later. . Studio and office space was initially provided by the Welfare Office, then by the YMCA and finally by the Vestry of St.Michael, which offered the use of Queen’s Park House after the Combermere School had vacated it. The attic at the Queens Park House became a hub of creativity. It was used for studio work, workshops and regular classes in drawing, painting and design. The BACS held frequent exhibitions there and elsewhere, but continued to take part in the Barbados Agricultural Society’s Annual Fair in Queen’s Park. This fair had provided an annual opportunity for exhibiting art and craft since its inception. In 1951, after 7 years of activities and just before the BACS would merge with the Barbados Museum Art Department, Golde White described the organisation in a letter to the Barbados Advocate: Letter to The Editor, The Advocate Co. Ltd. Broad Street. Barbados. For Year Book, March 12th. 1951. Title of Society. The Barbados Art and Craft Society. President. Mrs. Golde White. Hon. Sec. Mrs. C. Walcott. Hon Treas. L.P Bushell. Vice-Presidents. Lady Saint. Riseley Tucker, Esq. Committee of Management. Mrs. H.W. Ince, Mrs. T. Vaughn. Mrs. H.W. Clarke, Mrs. M.P. Merrick, Mrs. Hewitt-Myring, Mrs. R.C. Springer, Mr. Briggs Clarke, Mr. C. Springer, Mr. O.S. Coppin, Mr. K.R. Broodhagen, The Resident Tutor, Extra Mural Dept. U.C.W.I. (Co-opted).
‘The Barbados Art and Craft Society was founded by Mrs. Golde White in July 1944 to meet the growing need for the development of the Arts in the Community. It aims at encouraging and developing local talent, promoting an appreciation of all that is beautiful and stressing the importance of good design and workmanship in local crafts. It has a headquarters and Studios in the attic at Queen’s Park House provided by the Committee of the Vestry of St.Michael. Here and elsewhere regular classes in drawing, painting and design are held, while classes in handcraft are organized as and when demand and funds permit. Exhibitions of all classes of art and craft work are organized at frequent intervals and contributions are sent from several West Indian Territories. Membership fees range from 60c to $5.00 per annum and Junior Members are admitted for 36c per year.’ Yet, all was not well with the Queens Park House and its facilities: there were a constant calls for repairs and upgrades’ less we loose this architectural treasure” to time and termites. There was also an ongoing search for alternative exhibition spaces - the BACS faced the same challenges of suitable venues the early 20th century that we have today, and was constantly experimenting with new locations The Drill Hall at the Garrison, The Barbados Museum, The Challenor Stand at the Kensington Oval and many others served to mount local exhibitions. Admission was not free – 1 s for adults and 6d for children and members of the association was a standard charge. Robert McLeod handed over $80 from the gate at the end of his solo show, not a bad take considering that the average price of a painting was $20 and the total sales from most shows averaged $200300. Most of the BACS work was done by volunteers, but the British Council offered financial and logistic assistance. This co-operation intensified when the BACS established and maintained connections with the artists of other Caribbean islands. The West Indian Exhibitions The BACS mounted five ‘Annual West Indian Exhibitions’ at Queens Park House between 1944-51. Golde White reconnected with her friends of the Guyanese art scene through the recently established Guyana Art Group. She also approached the newly formed Antigua Art Group and the Trinidad Art Society with proposals for an Annual WI Exhibition.
The GAB and AAG responded with enthusiastic sharing of works and ideas, the initial Trinidadian response was, however, somewhat reserved, but Bertha Higgins, president of the Antigua Art Group and Golde White carried on a lively exchange of letters and exhibitions. With the assistance of the Colonial Education Departments and the British Council the BACS also connected with nascent art groups in St Vincent, St Lucia, Grenada and Dominica The initial responses from these departments were, at first, polite denials of the existence of any local art, that there was ‘no art, nor any interest in art’ in any of the territories. This notion was consistently challenged by Golde White and eventually they all offered to, at least, enquire and finally find and support artists and the formation of local art groups. This embryonic state of existing talent culminating in the birthing of a new art-movement is recorded in correspondence, signed ‘I remain, Madam, your obedient servant’ from the colonial officials and in more informal and frequent exchange of ideas, active pursuits and immediate responses from Golde White and Bertha Higgins of the Antigua Art Group and many letters starting with apologies for “not responding sooner” from just about everyone else. The Trinidad Art Society also participated with Sybil Atteck ( one of the prime movers) , MP Alladin and Geoffrey Holder among the exhibitors from Trinidad. Further to West Indian Exhibitions, which were held a t Queens Park House. there were a number of exchange exhibitions at a rate, which has not been seen before or since. The British Council facilitated the shipping and mounting of the Exhibitions through the Colonial Office. In those days, before independent nation-states were formed, art and artists could move freely between the islands as there were no customs duties or and other barriers to take into consideration During this period there was a close relationship and cooperation between artists in the Southern Caribbean and it bore fruit in many ways. Bertha Higgins, founder of the ‘Antigua Art Group’[ wrote: “Mrs White had asked if I have discovered any ‘primitive artists’. The work of Cecil Adams is decidedly his own effort. He was never taught and the piece he has sent was on yellow cotton with house paints. There are two or 3 other boys of our group who do similar work.”
One of these ‘boys’ was Arnold Prince from St Kitts, who held his first solo show at Queen’s Park House , then went on to become an Associate Professor at the Rhode Island School of Art and Design and receiving a Lifetime Award (National Treasure) for his contribution to the US Arts. Trinidadian Geoffrey Holder, who had his international debut in these exhibitions, made his name as a dancer choreographer, painter and stage designer in NY. Dunstan St.Omer of St.Lucia, later Knighted for his work, was introduced to the international scene at the West Indian Exhibition at Queens Park House. Queen’s Park House has been a vibrant centre for the arts of Barbados and the wider Caribbean for the past 90 years, with intermittent breaks for restoration and refurbishments Thus Barbados Arts Council, was based in Queens Park House from its inception, until one of the restorations forced a ‘temporary’ move to The Pelican Village, where it has remained since. The NCF , under Elombe Mottley in the 1980ies, resurrected the house as a cultural space with the refurbishment of the Art Gallery and the Daphne Joseph-Hackett Theatre. It remained a hub of cultural activity until 2011, when it was yet again closed for refurbishment and for the past six years Queens Park House has been crumbling and empty, but for a thriving population of bats and rats. Thanks to the staging of ‘Carifesta’ this historic and cultural treasure has not been ‘lost to time and termites’ , but restored to its role as a prestigious Centre for the Arts. Lilian Sten http://www.lilianstenartstudio.com/ Member of AICA ( International Art Critics Association) . Currently working on "Our very own"-the History of Barbados Arts Council' to be published in 2017. "My experiences, in life and in art, have all served to nurture my main mission, the one that truly defines me: I am a painter."
“De pans was playing When George dead dat nite Beatin’ the dark with notes so sweet Dat de dead man dead twice dey say, He close he eye. He breathe he last, People say: “Oh God, George gone”, But den de pan hit a high He open he eye, say ”Pan fadder!’ Den dead to hell and gone away. Ah fittin ‘ death for Sugar George, for he was a man, ah real man, And more than dat, ah steelban’ man”* * “Pan Father” Oil o canvas. 1996 31'' x 32 ''. I was working on a series of paintings for “Drums of Heaven”, an exhibition to be held at the '1234' Gallery in Port of Spain,Trinidad. As sometimes happens: I was staring at a blank canvas and it stared back at me - for much too long. So I left it, propped up against the open balcony door in my studio, and went downstairs to have something to eat. And then I listened to a recording of Paul Keens-Douglas wonderful poem ”Sugar George”. in which he tells the story of the life and death of a legendary pan man, ‘Despers ‘ steelband in the background, giving wings to his words with their music, the pans soaring and dipping , singing with joy and sobbing with grief:
I returned to my studio. The blank canvas still blank, but now afternoon shadows were playing on the surface, shadows suggesting form. The shadows turned into this portrait of a man listening to his inner music, as all real musicians do, -always- everywhere. “Pan Father” It came through my hand. * For the full poem read "When Moon Shine", poems by Paul KeensDouglas, or listen to the recording of "Sugar George" on 'You Tube 'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtYB_QjEsDc
RONALD CYRILLE Ronald Cyrille is a young artist of Guadeloupean and Dominican heritage who practices painting, street art, sculpture, drawing, performance and other artworks. After completing his Master of Art (2012), he has shown work in several group and solo exhibitions. In 2012 he was announced the winner of the Prix Start, Conseil Départemental de la Guadeloupe, in Visual Arts. Born to a Dominican mother and a Guadeloupean father, Ronald Cyrille, nicknamed “Black Bird”, is a 33-year-old artist.
â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;SUMMER SHOW' at The Frame & Art Gallery July 1st - August 31st Featuring Llanor Alleyne, Versia Abeda Harris, William Cummins, Corrie Scott, Lorna Wilson, Bethany Pile, Jean Blades, Rosemary Parkinson, Ronald Williams, Tanya Foster, Alexandra Hanschell, Rasheed Boodhoo, Simbah PilĂŠ, Melanie Blomgren, Hilary Armstrong, Mario Holder, Rosalie Chiara. Curated by Kelly Hammack Gibson Millhouse, St Michael, Barbados (246) 271-6509 https://www.facebook.com/Frameartco/ www.frameartco.com
'Summer Show' exhibition at Frame & Art Gallery. July 1st - August 31st. Album showing some of the work being exhibited. https://www.facebook.com/pg/Frameartco/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1094332020666717 Featuring Llanor Alleyne, Versia Abeda Harris, William Cummins, Corrie Scott, Heather-Dawn Scott, Lorna Wilson, Bethany Pile, Jean Blades, Rosemary Parkinson, Ronald Williams, Tanya Foster, Alexandra Hanschell, Ahmad R Boodhoo , Simbah PilĂŠ, Melanie Blomgren, Hilary Armstrong, Mario Holder, Rosalie Chiara. Curated by Kelly Hammack Gibson Millhouse, St. Michael (246) 271-6509 https://www.facebook.com/Frameartco/
EWAM ATKINSON In the dark of the night, shadows moved furtively and yet at the speed of light and created an impromptu wall of art. http://www.theneighbourhoodproject.com "Only in Our Imagination", Hastings "Gallery", Barbados. Carifester 2017?
ANDRE WILLIAMS firstname.lastname@example.org www.andrewilliams.com
RIVENIS BLACK http://rivenis.net/ http://diskordiacomic.blogspot.com/
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HEIDI BERGER www.heidiberger.com
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VANITA COMMISSIONG www.onthewallartgallery.com
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Sunday August 27th at EBCCI Gallery, UWI. A tribute to our own Louise Parris. "A star has ascended, we continue to carry her light'Black Lives Matter' A visual display held as part of the UWI Carifesta 13 symposium under the theme Reparations & Caribbean Identities:-Presents A tribute to Louise Parris a true daughter of the soil, Barbados's first native female conservator, on Sunday August 27th 2017 at the art gallery of the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination from 3-6 pm. For persons wishing to acquire the last pieces of work from her hands there will be a limited selection of pieces available for purchase. This is the grand finale of the exhibition and we invite you to attend."
"COME CELEBRATE 'WE' CARIBBEAN HERALDRYâ&#x20AC;&#x153; Exhibition of 17 Coat of Arms Banners. August 17th to 27th. Handcrafted by Heraldic Artist Ann Rudder International Applique Textiles. At The Cathedral of St. Michael and All Angels, Bridgetown. Contact 228-5868
Photography Ricky Jordan
Our heartfelt thanks to Henry Fraser, who, as ever, supported the arts in his inimitable manner. . THINGS THAT MATTER: Art at CARIFESTA: The Soul of the Caribbean Sir Henry Fraser. “Art is the soul of the people” – Anonymous “Art is the tree of life” - William Blake “The art of a people is a true mirror to their minds” - Jawaharlal Nehru “The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilisation” – Frank Lloyd Wright The artists of Barbados have risen to the challenge of CARIFESTA magnificently. The many exhibitions and events, some apparently organised at short notice, are impressive, and will provide locals and visitors alike with the richest banquet of Caribbean visual arts in a lifetime. As many of these great efforts have come together quickly, without much publicity in the general media, I want to devote this column to some of the really exciting things that no one with a soul should miss. There are several signature exhibitions: first the Journey to One Caribbean - CARICOM Exhibition, featuring artists from across the Caribbean, on the top floor of the Norman Centre on Broad Street. Opening yesterday it runs until the 26th, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. It builds on a theme explored by curator Janice Whittle in an exhibition in 2007 to commemorate the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. For CARIFESTA XIII she has expanded the idea of the gifts of the different cultures of the Caribbean and how we have grown into one Caribbean, unique and wonderful. The exhibition examines different aspects and influences of Caribbean life through the art of Juliana Inniss, Ken Crichlow (Trinidad), Killy (Haiti), Albert Cheong (Jamaica), Arthur Atkinson, Virgil Broodhagen and Denyse Menard-Greenidge (Barbados) and Nasaria Suckoo Chollette(Cayman Islands). Near-by is the Photography Exhibition on the Wickham-Lewis Boardwalk – a novel display of enlarged photos, 3 feet by 2 feet, protected by Perspex and mounted on the lamp posts. It’s curated by Harclyde Walcott and includes photographers from around the Caribbean, and it’s sponsored by the Port Authority, the NCF and Cot Printery. The proximity of these two major shows is great. It would be wonderful if Broad Street, from the corner of Prince William Henry Street to Parliament could be a pedestrian way for at least a part of the day, e. g. from 4 to 8 pm, to take advantage of the art and bring people into the area. Imagine an after-work scene with a buzz of people enjoying the art and snacking from vendors in the Square or dining at the Waterfront and
Tomorrow, Monday the 21st, The Barbados National Exhibition of CARIFESTA XIII has the official opening with artist talks and screenings immediately after, and it runs until Sunday the 27th. It’s at the Morningside Gallery, Barbados Community College (BCC) and the curator is Nerys Rudder. I understand it features contemporary artists – both established such as Joyce Daniel and younger artists such as Rupert Piggott, Russell Watson, Caroline Holder and Versia Harris. Also at the BCC is the CARICOM National Exhibition, in the Science Block & Morningside Gallery … until the 26th. A most interesting show, I expect, is the Masters Exhibition – History & Infinity, at the Queen’s Park Gallery, and I understand also at the Grand Salle of the Central Bank and the Synagogue Gallery. These three venues provide a nice walk between sites. They are three points on a heritage walking tour between the Synagogue, the Masonic Lodge and Queen’s Park House. It opens this evening and runs until the 26th. But also of enormous interest are the many events classified as “Fringe” events. First, “Home”, described as the August Pop-up Exhibition, at Norman Centre. This is curated by the inimitable Oneka Small, Curator Extraordinaire, who has already performed miracles with amazing shows at Manor Court and Massy’s in Warrens; exhibitions which amaze and inspire, and echo and magnify the constant cry - our forty year-long pleas and prayers - for a National Gallery. Then there is a series of events at the young, creative Barn Art Centre at Small Ridge Plantation in Christ Church: first a Studio Ceramics Exhibition, from the 14th until the 27th , featuring ten ceramicists - Adam Williams of Trinidad, Nakazzi Hutchinson from Jamaica (and Barbados), Gloria Chung, Ancel Daniel, Melanie D’Oliveira, Lynn Haynes, Akyem Ramsay, Juliana Inniss, Israel Mapp and Martina Pile Zahles from Barbados - works in a variety of clay bodies - stoneware, earthenware and porcelain, curated by Oneka Small. (Open 10 to 5 daily.) There is also a mural project at the Barn, where a forty foot mural will be a spontaneous community effort, throughout CARIFESTA, directed by our brilliant local muralist Don Small. There will be three artist talks, scheduled for today at 10 a.m., Wednesday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. while another community event is called “Bring ya monkey and come” – you’re invited to bring your monkey jars to add to a display of this unique feature of old Barbadian culture, illustrating the variety in the work of our potters over the years.
The Barn Arts Centre is dedicated to promoting and developing .art-based learning, by providing a unique learning environment for diverse audiences, and a range of art based programs. The founders are Jo-Anne Johnson and Juliana Inniss. Jo Anne started doing ceramics as a hobby in 1982 and has operated a ceramics studio since 1987, providing services, supplies and teaching for people to do slip casted ceramics as a hobby. Juliana, after graduating from University pursued her passion for art through ceramics, developing skills in many techniques, including, most recently, Raku. An exciting exhibition will be the display of heraldry by our uniquely gifted heraldic artist Ann Rudder at the Cathedral of St. Michael and All Angels. “Come celebrate ‘we’ Caribbean Heraldry” is the title, and 17 magnificent coat-of-arms banners are exhibited, “proudly displaying flora, fauna, history and heraldry of our Caribbean Community”. The North is not to be outdone, and the Gallery of Caribbean Art features 11 Caribbean artists in a group show – artists from Antigua, Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Trinidad. And there’s more. I’m disappointed, though, that almost everything appears to end by the 27th – it’s just one week to explore this banquet of riches. And what about our many other cultural treats, beyond the scope of this column … music, dance and theatre, literature, poetry and culinary arts? Will there be time to explore and sample them all? And to imbibe the work of our Tini-bagonian, Jamaican and other Caribbean friends? Our recent explosion of local writers, the creativity of the journal Poui, the resurgence of BIM magazine, and many beautiful books – fiction such as Facing North by Theo Williams and autobiography such as Down Danesbury Gap by Austin Yearwood – all deserve to be shared. A really big one that springs to mind is the magnificent Barbados Bu’n Bu’n, by Rosemary Parkinson. Rosemary’s prodigious output spans the culinary arts, photography, visual art and writing, AND spans the Caribbean, from Barbados to Jamaica. This book and its author is quite extraordinary and the epitome of the fusion of Caribbean art and cultures. Following her award winning Caribbean Culinaria and the award winning Nyam Jamaica, Barbados Bu’n Bu’n has been celebrated with Best Cookbook of the Year, Best Self-Published Book, Best Historical Recipes, Best Self-Published Book in the World and other awards! So will our splendid books on food and cuisine, our traditional gastronomic treats and our award winning Barbadian chefs feature in a big way this week? I do hope so.
So many other Caribbean artists excel in several areas … Harclyde Walcott in art, photography and theatre, Patrick Foster in art and theatre, Akyem in painting and sculpture, Nakazzi Hutchinson in painting and ceramics But as the great architect Frank Lloyd Wright said, the mother art is architecture, and with the continuing dereliction of our UNESCO site’s built treasures, we’ve missed the boat on that score – sadly. But that’s another story. Giving thanks: For being spared by the upstart Hurricane Harvey, who tried to break the rules and stray from the beaten path. Professor Fraser is Past Dean of Medical Sciences, UWI and Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology. Website: /http://www.profhenryfraser.com
Professor Henry Fraser Professor Henry Fraser, GCM, BSc (Physiology), MBBS, PhD (Pharmacology), FACP, FRCP, is a Bajan (Barbadian), born in the parish of St. John on June 25, 1944. Professor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies, with parallel careers in Architectural History and as writer, artist, public orator and TV presenter. Professor of Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology, and recently retired Dean of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies; Founding Director of the Chronic Disease Research Centre, and of the Hypertension Clinic, QEH; author and co-author of more than 100 peer reviewed medical and scientific publications on Medical Education, Drug treatment, Epilepsy, Hypertension, Obesity, Stroke and many other subjects; Weekly Sunday Sun columnist for five years on "Health and the Environment". Current Sunday Advocate Column “Things that matter.” Public Orator, Cave Hill Campus (1992 – 2010) and National Public Orator since 1998. Architectural historian: Author and / or co-author of some 8 books on architectural history and heritage, including recent third edition of Historic Houses of Barbados and A - Z of Barbados Heritage; new book Barbados Chattel Houses, published in November 2011; Researcher, script writer and Presenter of CBC-TV films Treasures of Barbados, and other documentaries , including Health Promotion. Chairman of Task Force for nomination of Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison as a World Heritage Site Past Chairman of the Barbados Tourism Advisory Council, President Emeritus, Barbados National Trust, Chairman, Sentinel Committee, BNT, and Vice Chairman of the National Chronic Non-Communicable Disease Commission (NCN-CDC), 208-2011. Married to Dr. Maureen Skeete Fraser, Consultant Dermatologist; son Robert (Engineer) m. to Erika McAslan, with children Mimi and twins Ben and Luke.
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The Barbados Museum and Historical Society is pleased to present Caribbean Pioneer Artists, a fringe event for CARIFESTA XIII. Caribbean Pioneer Artists through to Sept 30th. FREE entry to exhibition for Barbadians with ID. Curated by Allison Callender, this exhibition highlights Caribbean pioneer artists in the Museum and National Cultural Foundation collections, with some works having been donated from artists who exhibited as part of CARIFESTA IV in 1981. Caribbean Pioneer Artists spans from the 1940s â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1990s, and includes pieces by Edna Manley, Karl Broodhagen, Aileen Hamilton, Clifford Hobbs, Llewellyn Xavier, Golde White, Agar, Mary Armstrong, Briggs Clarke, Harold Connell, Francis Garner, Stephen Haweis, Geoffrey Holder, Robert J. Macleod, Rene Martin, James Messiah, Ivan Payne, Norma Talma, Cynthia Villet, Oscar Walkes, Hector Whistler, significant artists who helped shape the visual environment of the Caribbean. Ranging from portraiture, still life and landscape paintings to abstract collages, sculpture and ceramic works, the artistic diversity in the collection reflects the multiplicities of Caribbean identities. This exhibition provides a rare chance to engage with some of the most important visual works in the 20th Century Caribbean canon, and explore the development of creative practice by our pioneer artists. Caribbean Pioneer Artists is in celebration of the CARIFESTA tradition of showcasing regional unity through the arts.
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GREENWICH ART & ANTIQUES Art by Rosemary Parkinson, Antiques by Hilary Knight Exhibition continues daily: Mon- Fri 10am - 4.30pm. Saturday 10am-1pm.
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"From our deepest, darkest histories, Caribbean art and artists heal us. Ernest Hemingway might say they help make us “strong at the broken places”. This promise of hope and healing is our enduring birthright as Caribbean nations. We are, after all, as Walcott so rightly declares, “the people on whom the light falls”. Annalee Babb My thanks to Annalee Babb for allowing me to post this from her presentation. Full presentation attached as a file. MAPPING THE CULTURAL INDUSTRIES: LESSONS LEARNT Annalee C. Babb, Ph.D. Presentation at the Cultural Policy Workshop CARIFESTA XIII Symposium Sunday, August 20th, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Mapping the Cultural Industries: Lessons Learnt Annalee C. Babb, Ph.D. Presentation at the Cultural Policy Workshop CARIFESTA XIII Symposium Sunday, August 20th, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. When I was asked to present at this Symposium, my first thought was simply to outline the pathway and the process our team is using to map the creative and cultural industries in Barbados. Yet, the story, or at least my part in it, didn’t start in early 2017 with us being chosen to capture useful information on who is doing what in the sector, and with what results. As a young Ph.D. student in Boston, during the summer of 2001 I came home to deliver my first academic presentation here at the Cave Hill Campus. It was titled Strangers to Ourselves: Re-envisioning ‘Caribbean Culture’ In a [Global] Socio-Political Economy. It was inspired by a passage from VS Naipaul’s A Way in the World … I cannot really explain the mystery of ... inheritance. Most of us know the parents or grandparents we come from. But we go back and back, forever; we go back all of us to the very beginning; in our blood and bone and brain we carry the memory of thousands of beings. ... We cannot understand all the traits we have inherited. Sometimes we can be strangers to ourselves. Sixteen years ago, as I studied the revolution in digital technologies and its implications for small developing countries working to make telecommunications services more affordable and efficient, Naipaul’s words spoke to me, as they do today, of the potential deficit Barbados faces as we advance toward what some call a global knowledge-based society … where technological innovation is helping to transform people’s lives at rates and in ways difficult to control. Sometimes, Naipaul reminds us, we can be strangers to ourselves. What good is access to sophisticated digital technologies, products, content, and services – for the most part crafted and controlled by other people in other places – if we in Barbados continue to sidestep the significant effort required to nurture and diffuse our own creative and cultural value? Where do other people’s innovations leave us if we continue to struggle with who we are, unsure of what we have to offer? Where do they leave us if other people in other places are the ones reaping the bulk of the wealth new innovations and creative activities generate? Where do they leave us if our content and creations are not seen, or are considered to be of indeterminate or uncertain value? Where do they leave us if we give our creative and cultural development only fleeting, fickle consideration?
The answer for me is quite simple. They leave us on the receiving end of social, political, economic, and cultural enslavement. They leave us poor of pocket as we spend hard-earned dollars to acquire the products of other people’s imaginations. They leave us impoverished of heart, mind, and spirit, our children and young people aimless, drifting, lost, reflecting the mirror images of other nations and states. Yet, today, 16 years after that first scholarly presentation, I find myself back at the Cave Hill Campus … speaking to a different audience, perhaps, but watching Barbados crack and crumble under the weight of the same stubborn issues. What must we as Barbadians do to fully unmask and share – on mutually beneficial terms – the creative and cultural beauty that is our gift to the world … because that’s why we’re here today, isn’t it? We talk about cultural policy, tempted to use fancy words, complex models, and impressive statistics, but what does it mean? What is cultural policy … at its core? What is its aim, its objective? A policy is simply an agreed course of action to get from one point to another. Cultural policy is about identifying ways to recognise, honour, develop, and promote our unique cultural heritage. It is about having a shared vision of what the Barbados of the future will look like … how it will make room for itself in the world. It is about supporting our creative offspring – our artistic sons and daughters – in ways that sow the seeds of their success and create an enabling environment for all our people to move forward, to flourish and, ultimately, to endure. But in the years since I delivered my first academic presentation on this campus, Barbados does not appear to me to have advanced much in these regards. It appears, in many ways, to have retreated … and if our creative and cultural industries are blossoming, they do so in spite of the fault lines or cracks we, as Barbadians, too often seem content to keep hidden. Which is why this mapping exercise is so important … and why I believe BCIDA and the Ministry of Culture have shown tremendous courage in choosing our team to play a lead role in its realisation. To tell the truth, I still am not sure how I, of all people, ended up here.
In another life, I was a member of the Barbados Foreign Service. But I quit to continue my studies. One of my professors thought he understood why. He was of the view that diplomats are creatures who excel at keeping things hidden. I, on the other hand, have a sometimes-unfortunate tendency to shine a bright light into the hidden places, seeking enlightenment and growth. I am many things … a diplomat is not one of them. Despite the best efforts of my Foreign Service mentors, I fear I did not take in much of the learning. As if that isn’t bad enough, I chose as my partner for this mapping exercise Mr. Mark Elliott, a UK national and a creative himself … a filmmaker who built a cutting-edge digital and creative cluster called DigitalCity in the North of England by speaking what he calls ‘the brutal truth’ to people in positions of power. One of his favourite sayings is “you can have what you want … or you can have excuses!” I chose Mark because of his professional experience and proven record of success. But I also chose him because of his distance, so to speak, from Barbados. Last year was the first time he visited. He knew very little about the country before then, and though he has come to love Barbados, he has no vested interest in the social, political, economic, or cultural choices we make. While we attended every meeting, interview and focus group session as a team, Mark analysed the survey findings and wrote the first draft of the final report. I edited for accuracy, grammar, punctuation, readability, and cultural nuance. But I made it a point not to censor or amend the substance of what Mark has written and the recommendations he has made. I believe they are on point. Ultimately, while it is tempting for a small vulnerable economy like Barbados to look wholly inward for home-made solutions so as to maintain the illusion of control, or to look solely outward because that is what former colonies tend to do, I believe the most effective strategy combines the best Barbados has to offer with external ideas and energy that reflect what we are trying to achieve. And knowing what Mark accomplished at DigitalCity, I believe the same principles can be applied in Barbados with a high probability of success. Principles like getting things right from the start; realism about what creatives are confronting; speaking truth to power; setting highly ambitious goals but balancing them with practical, targeted solutions; the relentless pursuit of excellence rooted in a culture committed to continuous improvement.
Clearly, mapping Barbados’s creative and cultural industries is not a one-off activity that begins and ends with this project. What we are doing now is to be treated as a critical step in the continuous capture of information that will lead to a sharper, more comprehensive understanding of the sector’s overall needs and impacts … whether those impacts are felt in the economy or in the wider society Mark and I are committed to these principles. They are embedded in our work. When we invited Dr. Allyson Leacock, a former head of the National Cultural Foundation, to join our happy band of disruptors, she fit right in … and no one who knows her should ask the reason why! In agreeing on the tools we would use for the mapping, we settled on a comprehensive online survey, focus group sessions, one-on-one and group interviews, and targeted feedback using the 300-strong database BCIDA provided. We interfaced directly with statutory corporations, government ministers and ministries, , policymakers, the Parliamentary Opposition, business support organisations, artists’ bodies, membership organisations, individuals and businesses in the creative community. We designed a comprehensive set of questions for the online survey and put them up on SurveyMonkey, an Internetbased platform that provides survey hosting, data collection, and data analysis that can be customised to fit user requirements. We ended up with 50 questions divided into several sections … ‘getting to know you’, ‘skills’, ‘space and infrastructure’, ‘business support and networking’, ‘money, markets, and employees’, and ‘plans for the future’. Then it came time to launch the survey and encourage members of the creative community to make their voices heard … and that’s when we hit a snag. The survey is too long, we were told. And anyway, the community won’t take part if there are questions about money, markets, and employees. We don’t trust the Government, some said. It isn’t interested in us. It’s only mapping the sector now because it is looking for ways to get more money out of people. Frankly, I was caught a little flat-footed at the depth of hostility we initially encountered. But we have a secret weapon in Dr. Allyson Leacock, who knows Barbados’s creative and cultural community intimately from her years at the Frank Collymore Hall, the NCF, and CBC. She and I sent out a mass of personal emails and made phone calls until our fingers went numb. We engaged through social media … LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter. I even joined Facebook after years of committed resistance because it is the virtual space where a majority of Barbados’s creative community gathers. We also made it a point to meet face-to-face with respected creative and cultural influencers. We went to events: meeting people, chatting over food and libations, in person, on WhatsApp … we listened.
We also explained that we designed the survey so people could answer whatever questions and sections they chose, leaving out any that made them uncomfortable. We promised to maintain confidentiality, speak the truth – no matter how brutal –, faithfully represent the views shared with us, and circulate a copy of the draft report to a select few for feedback before formally submitting to Government, which we have already done. The idea is to ‘get it right the first time’ … or as right as it can be the first time. Our final commitment, which we expect to honour on October 4, is to present our findings and further refine them at a validation workshop with the wider creative community. And here’s a secret. Internal company surveys generally get a response rate of 30-40%, while external surveys like ours manage 10-15%. A database the size of BCIDA’s, streamlined at about 300, might be expected to get between 30 and 45 responses. We received 150 responses to the survey … a response rate of 50%. To my mind, that is nothing short of astonishing, given the obstacles we faced at the beginning. So, what lessons would I like us to take from this experience? Government’s focus at this stage should not be on what the sector contributes in terms of taxes, jobs, or foreign exchange. As I said to the group of Ministers with whom we met, 100% of nothing is still nothing. If Government chooses to focus on economic contribution to the exclusion of finding creative ways to support the day-by-day, personby-person, business-by-business development of the sector, it will further erode people’s trust and, more worryingly, drive the sector farther underground by stifling clusters of promising creative activity. There are individuals and businesses in Barbados quietly operating at world-class levels in terms of ideas, creativity, and innovation … but many don’t know it. Back in 2007 during my early days as CEO of Invest Barbados, we invited an expert to help us understand the nature of the Barbados Brand. He met with several people, including AJA who, in a casual aside, said something to me that resonates to this day: “You know Kamau says people who believe Barbados has no rivers don’t know what dey talking ‘bout, right? … Barbados has plenty rivers. Iz just dat our rivers run underground.” A casual, almost throwaway comment, but the deep wisdom it revealed is absolutely priceless. Barbados has plenty rivers, but they flow underground.
There is a vibrant, gifted, highly motivated community of people in Barbados breaking new ground every day in the exploration and refinement of their respective art forms. But in too many cases, these rivers of inventiveness and inspiration flow underground, hidden beneath the surface of Barbados’s creative and cultural landscape. This is because Barbados, in many ways, is broken, forcing underground multiple streams of creativity with the potential to erupt in unproductive ways if pent-up pressure builds without artful release. Sixteen years ago, I sought to understand the challenges to Barbados’s development of the revolution in digital technologies by peering through the lens of Caribbean writers and poets – some of the region’s most prolific and gifted innovators. I believed then, as I believe now, that the Caribbean’s gift to the world is a natural ability to blend its disparate parts into a unique, creative whole. As Caribbean people have done in endless forms of artistic expression, so too we have the ability to mix and mingle, blend and intermingle, innovating within our wider social, political, economic, and cultural landscape. And, perhaps most importantly, as Derek Walcott reminds us, what is broken can be mended. Through the arts and culture, we have the power to make ourselves whole … Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole. … It is such a love that reassembles our African and Asiatic fragments, the cracked heirlooms whose restoration shows its white scars. … And if the pieces are disparate, ill-fitting, they contain more pain than their original sculpture, those icons and sacred vessels taken for granted in their ancestral places. Antillean art is the restoration of our shattered histories …. From our deepest, darkest histories, Caribbean art and artists heal us. Ernest Hemingway might say they help make us “strong at the broken places”. This promise of hope and healing is our enduring birthright as Caribbean nations. We are, after all, as Walcott so rightly declares, “the people on whom the light falls”.
Annalee C. Babb, Ph.D. Chief Executive Officer ACB Knowledge Consultants Inc. E-mail: email@example.com URL: www.acbkci.com
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“Come with me. Experience pipes that stan’. Boards that jukk. Jars that are unripe monkeys. Frogs that whistle de tune of a band tucked and a goose on four legs that doan mess with a perky gutter. Hucksters and markets. Farmers and food. Secret recipes deep inside Miss Harriet Boyce and Mrs Jones…man dem gots a mobba-ton o’ tings gine on! Meet Miss Carnetta and she bush fuh medicine; and de pork dat is fat but does like to swan ‘roun a Bridgetown street while sugar an okra-mush hit de artsy-fartsy theatre in Christ Church wrapping up de gap, while reggae swarms ovah de bar hold up wid boisterous wild boars! Music and love. Leh muh show you how to sip on swank with sunsets and full moons but Lawd, as You is my Shepherd, help muh to mekk de people dem beware of donkeys of steel ‘cause Shaggy Bear gots Miss Sally in de pot and she wining an’ dancing to she own tune. Follow me closely when Crop Over done an ‘Kissmuhwillwill’ mount he rums in a shop at Sweet Bottom, happy as breadfruit in a pickle when truff be known. I gine show how a one an two muss dance cuz a cutter ent a cutter wid’out Cuzz, and how the taste of jam dat is jelly sweet cause de peppah hot! Buh wait…I cyan’t forget we gots a cake made with fish in a pot dat bucks. An’ salt baths fuh Sunduh pork too, caw Miss Clarke seh one should’ah nevah eat an forget always remembering an eyeful en a bellyful although, we does know she born a lickmout! So follow de adventure as I turn to history. Great houses and chattels. Bussa & Rachel. National pride. Fish that fly and one dat snaps on anudder called jack. Learn that coucou is not a bird but does eat nice wid a cat dat lives in de sea. Doan tell a soul buh I even teach ’bout lobsters wearing slippers, and tamarind with balls, an bitches black an sweet, men dat does drink beers in banks. Believe you me – BARBADOS BU'N-BU'N gine spill de proverbial beans.. caw I ent known fuh keeping no secrets.” Now as an E-BOOK: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MXVDSI7 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MQT867S https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N0NZZIM https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N6E056V
Historic Bridgetown Photobook The executive of BPS is making this appeal to you for your support for the attractively photographed and well scripted Historic Bridgetown Photo Book which has been produced by some of our members. This book was conceived to relate and commemorate the history of our capital city for the benefit all, including visitors to Barbados. It is also a fitting tribute to Bridgetown on this islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s achievement of 50 years of independence. The book currently exists in electronic form and your support is needed to move the project to the next stage of printing. At our AGM held on January 28th. most of the members present agreed to buy one or more copies, in advance, for themselves and as gifts for family and friends overseas. I appreciate the support of those persons, but as we need to print a minimum of 100 copies in order to keep the cost under $100.00 BDS per copy, we are appealing to the wider membership for your support of this project. Please indicate your desire to purchase copies of the Historic Bridgetown photobook in advance by filling out and submitting the completed form below as soon as possible. I thank you for your support in making this project a full reality for your own enjoyment and the benefit of all who will come in contact with it now and in the future. Sincerely, Patrick Richardson, President, BPS RESPONSE FORM ADVANCE PURCHASE OF HISTORIC BRIDGETOWN PHOTO BOOK Date: Name: Email address: Number of copies required at $99.95BDS: ------ Total amount: $------------------------BDS I will pay by - Cash------. Cheque-----. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------You may mail this completed form along with your cheque to Barbados Photographic Society, P.O. Box 5075 Warrens, St. Michael by March 31st. I thank you for your cooperation and support for the printing of the Historic Bridgetown photobook. Patrick Richardson President - BPS
VERSIA HARRIS “I’ve been accepted into an MFA program at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, USA; I will start in September this year. Most of the funds for me to go have been accounted for, however, there are some extra costs that I still have to acquire. I am selling these limited edition prints to help. If you are able, please purchase one.. or two.. or all! No, seriously any support you can offer would be so appreciated. Even if you can’t, I hope you still enjoy these on-screen images – I must say, though, that the physical is much better You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details about payment methods and shipping options. All questions are welcome. Thank you!” Versia
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THE BARN ART CENTRE The Barn Art Centre. A new art space. "We are offering approximately 650 sq. ft. of space for short term rentals for art and craft related workshops, classes, events, summer camps, yoga, etc., in an old plantation yard at Small Ridge in Christ Church. Juliana Inniss - 231-0335 Jo Anne Johnson - 253-8702 Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Created in 2016, The Barn Arts Centre is dedicated to the promotion and development of art-based learning. Our mission is to provide a unique learning environment for diverse audiences to experience a range of art based programs. The Centre provides a space for the community and local resource persons to offer and conduct classes and workshops in painting, drawing, pottery, and textiles. We are dedicated to providing an environment that is meaningful to the arts in Barbados. Located on the breezy Small Ridge Plantation in Christ Church, (just ten minutes away from Sheraton Centre. The Barn Arts Centre offers an escape from the quickening pace of life. Here you can be immersed in an environment that fosters your creativity. Our 570 square foot studio is equipped to provide more than adequate space to conduct a variety of classes and workshops. The studio is well lit and ventilated and can comfortably accommodate up to 15 persons. We offer a variety of opportunities for learners, including exhibitions, artist lectures, and single workshops, as well as adult and youth classes. Our artistic programming continues to be essential to our goal of inspiring creativity, fostering self-discovery, and nurturing an appreciation of the arts. The Founders of The Barn Arts Centre are Jo- Anne Johnson and Juliana Inniss. Jo Anne started doing ceramics as a hobby in 1982 and has operated a ceramics studio since 1987, providing services and supplies to people who wished to do slip casted ceramics as a hobby. She has taught many different finishing techniques to her students and learnt many more through experimenting, and trial and error. Juliana has been working with pottery and ceramics since 1992. She began by hand-painting local pottery with bold and colourful designs. After graduating University she made the decision to pursue her passion for art through the medium of ceramics. Juliana has worked with a number of techniques such as casted ceramics, handbuilding, surface decoration and raku firing. Juliana was first introduced to Raku in 2006 during a two week residency in St. Thomas USVI, with this exposure Juliana began mixing her own glazes, constructed her own kiln and has been Raku firing since then. https://www.facebook.com/thebarnartcentre/
ABOVE BARBADOS Have a look at the higher resolution image (and zoom around) at http://www.abovebarbados.com/sites/default/files/batts_rock_panorama.jpg Would you believe this is a reduced/resized image - the original is double the width/height! Above Barbados offer high-definition aerial photography and video, packages available from $500BDS. Contact Above Barbados today on 231-9583 to discuss your requirements and let us get those stunning shots from a new perspective! Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AboveBarbados Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AboveBarbados Join us on Google+ https://plus.google.com/+AbovebarbadosPhotography
ICIL PHILLIPSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Theatre Eyes Very up to date on both local theatre and overseas happenings. Link here https://www.facebook.com/groups/354529934596080/964541386928262/
THE FESTIVAL ART GALLERY At Hastings Farmers Market, Artsplash, Hastings, Ch Ch
EVERY Saturday The Festival Art Gallery is a mobile art gallery showing in excess of 50 local Barbadian artists who are painters, ceramic artists, sculptors and photographers. Bringing Art To The People email@example.com om
'The Coral Stone Village Meeting' by Philip King Each piece which has been positioned and topped with other pieces of coral stone. In rows. The front row close to the sea appear to be 'the elders' as they have a little more space between themselves and the 'people'. Created by an Philip King who lives up by Cave Hill. who comes during the week to Batts Rock Bay to build these 'meetings' of coral. It is ever evolving as some are vandalised or the sea knocks them down.
ON THE WALL ART GALLERY On The Wall Gallery at Champers A charming gallery and throughout the restaurant at Champers Restaurant, located on Accra Beach, Rockley, Christ Church has been fully renovated. Monday - Friday Noon-4pm and 7pm-11pm . Please call for weekend hours. 246 234 9145 Champers gallery is accessible during Restaurant hours. Actual gallery operations are 12noon to 4pm and 7 pm to 11 pm all year November to April On The Wall Gallery At Earthworks. Earthwork continues to be the mainstay of our operations as we continue to add new lines to our already eclectic mix of hand made crafts, jewellery and fine art. Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm Saturday 9am - 1pm Closed Sunday Vanita Comissiong
tel 246 234 9145
FRANGIPANI ART GALLERIES 1. Sugar Cane Club, Maynards, St Peter,Tel. 422 5026, Ext.5037 2. Savannah Hotel, The Garrison, St M.Tel. 228 3800, Ext. 3823 3. Almond Beach Resort. Heywoods, St. Peter.Tel. 422 4900, Ext. 5864 All galleries open every day except Sundays from 9am to 5pm, closed for lunch 1 to 1.30 pm., with the exemption of Almond which is open on Sundays also. firstname.lastname@example.org www.frangipani-art.com
THE FRAME & ART COMPANY & GALLERY Millhouse, Canewood • St. Michael, BB 11005 • Phone (246) 271-6509 • Cell (246) 266-9432
Fresh Milk supports excellence in the visual arts through residencies and programmes that provide Caribbean artists with opportunities for development and foster a thriving art community. Founded in 2011, the organization offers professional support to artists from the Caribbean and further afield. Fresh Milk seeks to stimulate critical thinking and cultivate excellence in contemporary visual art. Its goal is to nurture artists, raise regional awareness about contemporary arts and provide Caribbean artists with opportunities for growth, excellence and success. Website: http://freshmilkbarbados.com Facebook: http://facebook.com/FreshMilkBarbados Twitter: http://twitter.com/FreshMilkBdos Instagram: http://instagram.com/freshmilkbarbados Youtube: http://youtube.com/FreshMilkBarbados Tumblr: http://freshmilk-books.tumblr.com
THE CRANE GALLERY The Crane Gallery is the centre piece of the historic Crane Resort and hosts the work of an eclectic mix of established and up-and-coming Barbadian artists. For more information call 423-6220 or email email@example.com.
Tides Gallery Tides Restaurant Balmore House, Holetown, St. James Tel : (246) 432-2084 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BAC Gallery Schedule 2017 (Subject to change. Please call the Gallery to confirm) All Work must be at the gallery 3 days before opening July 04 - July 15 Rental July 17 - August 04 Guest Curator Show Aug 07 - August 19 Available for Rent Aug 21 - Sep 09 One Love (President invites show) Sept 11 - Sep 23 Available for Rent Sept 25 - Oct 07 Little Gems Oct 09 - Oct 28 Dr.Raymond Maughan rental Oct 30 - Dec 02 Independence Group Show Dec 04 - Dec 30 Christmas Group Show Executive of the Barbados Arts Council 2017-2018. President Neville Legall 1st Vice President Markley Clarke 2nd Vice President Raymond Maughan Past President Rasheed Boodhoo Hon. Secretary Patricia Browne Assistant Secretary Jill McIntyre Hon. Treasurer Allan Ashby Alex Daniel Floor member Larrie Belgrave Floor member Virgil Broodhagen Floor member Wayne Collymore-Taylor Floor member Glenroy Jordan Floor member The Barbados Arts Council Gallery is available to rent at cost of $150.00 per week. (Non Members $300.00) Please apply to the President of the BAC
BARBADOS ARTS COUNCIL BAC Gallery, #2 Pelican Craft Centre, Bridgetown (246) 426 4385 thebarbadosartscouncilgall email@example.com
Museum of parliament The Museum is open on: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Guided tours are conducted subject to availability. Barbadian students with ID have free admission to the Museum. http://www.barbadosparliament.com /page.../show_content/59
BLACK ART STUDIOS Durants Village, Holder's Hill St. James www.facebook.com/oneka.small
Purple Palm is a local business supplying homes and businesses with the highest quality Print and Mirror furnishings. Using the artwork of many local artists in Barbados and the Caribbean plus work from around the world. We have been supplying to the hotel and villa industry for ten years, including prestigious clients such as Sandy Lane, Coral Reef, The Crane Beach Resort, Sugar Cane Club and Sandridge among others. We have also supplied numerous private villas, and work closely with local interior designers. Being directly affiliated with a 40,000 sq ft framing factory our prices are very competitive. Appointments to view our gallery at Rockley Resort can be made through Paul Hoad or Karen McGuire. 246-2332173 firstname.lastname@example.org
THE ARTSPLASH CENTRE Paint * Draw * Create & Have Fun! email@example.com www.artsplashbarbados.com
To boldly and brilliantly pursue the adventure in everything artistic and to be a vital and uncommon cultural force in Barbados. www.artsetcbarbados.com
FRANK COLLYMORE HALL AND GRAND SALLE www.fch.org.bb
A monthly programme is produced of all lectures, music and theatre events . To receive it by email or post please email fchmail.com or tel 436 9083 or 84
Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination, UWI For further information, contact De Carla Applewhaite at 417-4776 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cavehill.uwi.edu/ebcci
Our Mission To fuel the development of culture through training, research and the creation of opportunities in cultural industries. The Role of the NCF The NCFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two major roles are: developmental and commercial. In its developmental role, the Foundation uses culture as a tool for national development fostering and supporting the various art forms and new cultural products. In its commercial role, the Foundation is responsible for the promotion, production and hosting of cultural festivals and associated events that are considered economically viable or socially acceptable. A key part of this function now includes the responsibility for the staging and execution of major governmental and national events. In addition, as culture becomes more pivotal to national and international policy, the National Cultural Foundation continues to re-assess its responsibilities in light of all its functions. FUNCTIONS of the NCF are: To stimulate and facilitate the development of culture generally To develop, maintain and manage theatres and other cultural facilities and equipment provided by Government To organize cultural festivals Assist persons interested in developing cultural expression. OBJECTIVES of the NCF are: To provide opportunities for Barbadian artists/artistes to showcase their talents with the end result being an increased demand for local work To educate Barbadians concerning their heritage To offer Barbadians and visitors alike a high quality product that informs, educates and entertains To equip our cultural workforce with technological skills and training to excel in their particular art forms To strengthen the local cultural product and in the process increase profits to the shareholders To create high quality products that will be competitive on the local, regional and international markets To maximize the role of the cultural sector in the tourism industry Rodney Ifill, Cultural Officer Visual Arts 424-0909 ext.234 email@example.com www.ncf.bb Annette Nias Cultural Officer - Film and Photography 424-0909 Ext 238 firstname.lastname@example.org
BARBADOS MUSEUM AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY www.barbmuse.org.bb
BARBADOS MUSEUM AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY SHOP www.barbmuse.org.bb
QUEEN’S PARK GALLERY
Queen's Park Gallery Queen’s Park. Bridgetown
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FRAMING YOUR ART FINE ART FRAMING LTD, Pelican Industrial Park, Bridgetown, Barbados - (246) 426-5325 FAST FRAME FACTORY, Dayrell’s Road, St Michael (246) 426 9994 firstname.lastname@example.orgZ FRAMING STUDIO At the Best of Barbados Head Office, Welches Plantation, H’way 2A
THE FRAME & ART COMPANY Millhouse, Canewood • St. Michael, BB 11005 • Phone (246) 271-6509 • Cell (246) 266-9432 ART SUPPLIES THE ART HUB James Fort Building, Hincks Street, Bridgetown, St. Michael. Tel: 436-2950Monday - Saturday 8.30am - 5.00pm (Easy access to parking by the old Heliport Pad) LAURIE DASH, Bay Street, Bridgetown.
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