Next year’s installment of the Caribbean Arts Fair will seek to expose more local art students to the region’s creations.
“We are disappointed that no groups of students came. We made it free for them and we tried to reach out and make it clear we wanted groups of students to come…,” director of the recently-concluded art show, Anderson Pilgrim told Barbados TODAY last Friday.
“This is an opportunity like no other. There is no art museum in the country and now we have one for five days and the artists are here as well, so they can engage with the artists.”
He added that the organisers of the event, now in it’s third year, tried to reach out to the schools, including tertiary institutions this year, but would try harder next year to ensure their participation.
Overall, Pilgrim reported the response was “wonderful,” adding that both visitors and locals had been coming to the Spirit Bond Mall to view the works from 40 artists, representing 13 Caribbean countries.
During the week-long event, there were also screenings of Caribbean movies hosted by CaribBEING. The Caribbean Arts Symposium featured artist and cultural entrepreneur Danny Simmons, curator Amy Kisch and Dr. Ademola Olugebefola of the United States Virgin Islands. (LW)