FESTIVAL ART GALLERY BRINGS BARBADIAN ART TO CROP OVER WITH EXHIBITIONS AT BOTH NORMAN CENTRE ON BROAD STREET & BRIDGETOWN MARKET (Paid Advertisement)
The Festival Art Gallery founders Arlette St Hill and Kathy Yearwood have taken their mobile art to Crop Over with an exhibition of works by Barbadian artists at the Norman Centre in Bridgetown. The opportunity to showcase Barbadian art in the heart of Bridgetown during Crop Over was made possible by the Management of Norman Centre who offered premier exhibition space on the Centre’s 1st floor.
The Festival Art Gallery opens 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday and 9am to 2pm on Saturday. The exhibition continues until August 14th. The Festival Art Gallery is also at the Bridgetown Market Saturday and Sunday July 30th and 31st and Monday August 1st.
Beginning in 2009, the idea of The Festival Art Gallery is to take the work of Barbadian artists outside of the art galleries to the public in public spaces. Founders of this mobile art gallery have mounted exhibitions of works by over 50 Barbadian artists at all of Barbados’ annual festivals – Oistins Fish Festival, the Flower Show at Balls Plantation, the Holetown Festival and the Bridgetown Market. In June 2010 the Gallery was asked by the National Cultural Foundation to take an exhibition to the Commonwealth Ninth Women’s Affairs Meeting at Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Conference Centre. This exhibition was undoubtedly the most comprehensive exhibition of women artists held in Barbados, highlighting not only well known but also emerging artists.
Founders of The Festival Art Gallery have extensive backgrounds in the visual arts. When Kathy Yearwood accompanied her husband to London where he was Deputy High Commissioner in 1995, she was responsible for bringing many Barbadian artists to the UK public in dozens of shows. When she moved back to Barbados two years ago, she saw missed opportunities for so many artists here. Arlette St Hill, a visual artist and art educator in Barbados also saw this need so they teamed up and The Festival Art Gallery was established. In their words “within 2 years The Festival Art Gallery becomes known as the place to view and purchase attractively priced quality art for Barbados residents and tourists alike; the artists will become the primary beneficiaries with the success of the gallery.”
For more information on The Festival Art Gallery and the mobile exhibition schedule contact Kathy Yearwood at 429-0296 / 258-6196 or Arlette St Hill at 436-8547 / 234-5998.