For the last 24 years, Barbadians have enjoyed the masterpieces created by visual artists, both newcomers and veterans, at the Courtney Blackman Grande Salle at the Tom Adams Financial Centre headquarters of the Central Bank.
This year, that exhibition will take on a new dimension, as the former Crop Over Visual Arts Exhibition has now become the Crop Over Visual Arts Festival.
The festival element will take place on Saturday, June 30, starting at 10 a.m. The National Cultural Foundation’s Officer in charge of Visual Arts Rodney Ifill, said “This year, we will be introducing an Art Walk, stretching from Queens Park to the Church Village Green here at the Central Bank. Some 45 artists will be taking part in this festival, and we will have four booth spaces in Church Village Green and six in Queens Park. Our artists will be displaying art, craft, jewellery, and will also be demonstrating weaving, basketry and ceramics techniques. There will also be a tuk band walking around, and we will have ‘busking’ going on, along with other forms of musical entertainment.”
Chief Executive Officer of the NCF Cranston Browne added, “This festival will also allow Barbadians to discover their ‘inner artist’ and add their own creativity to a mural that will later adorn the Central Bank’s surroundings.” He also lauded the Central Bank for the 24 years they have sponsored the Visual Arts Exhibition and encouraged other businesses to follow the bank’s lead and purchase more local artwork. “This exhibition sensitizes Barbadians to the talent we have here, and as we continue to keep our cultural and creative industries at the forefront, festivals like this will be essential components of the cultural industry. I urge Barbadians to support our artists and explore art’s economic potential, and I hope the private sector will get on board and purchase pieces to display in their offices the way the Central Bank does.”
Speaking on behalf of the Central Bank, Manager of the Frank Collymore Hall Fran Wickham-Jacobs, expressed similar sentiments to Browne and noted this year’s theme was Memories – From Then Till Now. She also revealed that the bank had recently signed another three-year contract with the NCF to continue sponsoring the event.
Following the Art Walk on June 30, Barbadians will get the opportunity to see the artwork on display from July 1 to August 4 at the Central Bank. Admission is free of cost to both the exhibition and the Art Walk. (DH)