The fuss and bustle at the grounds of The Barbados Museum recently created a scene reminiscent of an art collector’s shopping paradise; a market for things Barbados.
The Museum came together with the National Cultural Foundation and the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation to host the event, entitled Craft Works, celebrating Barbadian Arts and Culture, as part of the prelude to official opening of the 2014 Crop Over Festival.
“We are basically celebrating the best in Barbadian craft and culture,” Barbados Museum and Historical Society’s Marketing Officer Janelle Edwards said.
Noting that the museum had been hosting a fine craft exhibition on its grounds annually in December, she said the decision to add the market was taken to expose the works of more Barbadian craftspeople.
“This is little different and we sought sponsors . . . we partnered with the NCF and the BIDC to do something during the Crop Over season . . . . This event is something that we hope will happen every year in partnership with NFC and the BIDC.”
“BIDC was responsible for pooling together the artisans because we wanted the very best, and the NCF, Barbados Museum and BIDC worked together collaboratively on the marketing . . . so that Barbadians and visitors would know about it.”
Though sales were not spectacular for most artisans, the event proved to be an ideal meeting place for makers, sellers and buyers of things Bajan.
“We have the artisans specialising in textiles . . . basketry, visual arts, leather craft, wood works, ceramics, and paintings,” Edwards explained to Bajan Vibes during the event, noting there was also a literary corner, a kids entertainment zone and a food court featuring local Barbadian foods.
“In addition to the artisans, we also have persons doing Bajan confectionery, as well as Bajan condiments. So you can get your pepper sauce, your jams, any of that. Bajan fishcakes, sugar cakes, any of the old time snacks you can also purchase.”