The promised National Art Gallery has moved a step closer to becoming a reality and it will provide local artists with another place to display and sell their art.
Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, made the disclosure as he spoke recently at the opening of the Celebrating 60 art exhibition held at Barbados Arts Council, Pelican Village.
“.…The Barbados National Art Gallery will soon be realized. The identified location is Block A at the Garrison,” he said.
“What is required now are the funds to outfit the building and transform it into the National Art Gallery. Once the National Art Gallery is completed, Government owned exhibition space would be accessible to local artists.”
Lashley said the development of a national art gallery would lead to an increased number of galleries becoming available to artists and would allow more exhibitions being held during the year.
“We expect that this would result in an increased number of galleries which are available to our artists which would in turn lead to an increased number of exhibitions being held throughout the year,” he said.
In addition, the Minister said the development of the National Arts Gallery would allow for the employment of staff members who are well versed in the artistic landscape.
Lashley also lauded the stellar contribution that the Barbados Arts Council has made to the creative landscape of Barbados over the last 60 years.
“As I look around at the exhibitions on display, I see a reflection of the outstanding work that the Barbados Arts Council has achieved and the role it has played in the creative industry and in the development of many of our visual artists over the past 60 years,” he said.