Artists and cultural producers are invited to meet with David A. Bailey Wednesday July 30th at 10 a.m. in the Art History Room, Division of Fine Arts, Barbados Community College ? Morningside Campus when he will present his proposal for a multi-sited exhibition in Barbados to coincide with a major international conference to be held in November 2008. At this session Bailey will familiarize the audience with his own projects and curatorial approach, and then will discuss the conception for the November event and the application procedures.

On July 30th, 2008 the NAGC will launch an open call to for proposals from ALL local artists and cultural producers ? with a special encouragement for collaborative proposals for artworks from any medium located in a variety of public sites in Bridgetown, ranging from Jubilee Gardens, the Post Office, Frank Collymore Hall to the shop front windows in Cave Shepherd. We would also like to encourage applicants to come up with suggestions of their own sites.


As part of the planned events marking the Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, a two-stage series of symposiums and exhibitions will explore visual culture in the Black Diaspora. A number of leading scholars, curators and artists who have made key contributions in this area will be invited to Barbados to participate. It is envisioned that such an event will providing an opportunity for the Barbados art community and wider local audience to participate in the forums; and will present contemporary Barbadian art and artists to a panel of distinguished experts in related fields.

The first event was held in March 2008 where artist/curator David A Bailey presented a two-day symposium at the Barbados Community College for visual artists and film makers. The first day focused on Re-Imagining the Black Art Renaissance and the second day focused on The Black Moving Cube, Black Figuration & the Moving Image. The presenters were curators and artists – Trevor Schoonmaker, Horace Ove, Campbell, and Teka Selman, the symposium was chaired by David A Bailey.

The second event of the Black Diaspora in the Visual Arts series will be a conference in November 2008, in Barbados. The conference takes as its starting point with the Stuart Hall essay Three Historical Moments in the Caribbean Diaspora In Relation To the Visual Arts. The essay offers a conjunctural analysis of three ?moments? in the post-war black visual arts in the UK. The main contrast identified is between the ?problem space? of the artists?the last ?colonials?? who came to London after World War Two to join the modern avant-garde and who were anti-colonial, cosmopolitan and modernist in outlook, and that of the second generation ? the first ?post-colonials? ? who were born in Britain, pioneered the Black Art Movement and the creative explosion of the 1980s, and who were anti-racist, culturally relativist and identity-driven. In the work of the former, abstraction predominated; the work of the latter was politically polemical and collage-based, subsequently embracing the figural and the more subjective strategy of ?putting the self in the frame?. This generational shift is mapped here in relation to wider socio-political and cultural developments, including the growth of indigenous racism, the new social movements, especially anti-racist, feminist and identity politics, and the theoretical ?revolutions? associated with them. The contemporary moment?less politicized, and artistically neo-conceptual, multi-media and installation-based?is discussed more briefly.

The November conference will explore some of these themes in Hall?s paper but will focus more on a contemporary Caribbean context looking at local, national and international issues such as: the returning artists? experience, the history of art in the Caribbean and the last 15 years of Caribbean initiatives such as CCA7, Havana and Carifesta.

To respond to the Call for Proposals, applicants must submit a CV with a 500 word statement about their work, why they have chosen a particular site and how their work will resonate in that site. Visual or digital examples of your work, no more than 10 images, should be submitted on a CD or DVD with your statement. We will accept moving image pieces no longer than 10 minutes in length.

The deadline for responses is 4pm 27th August 2008. Submissions should be sent via email to David A. Bailey at Hard copies or accompanying materials (DVD?s, catalogues etc.) can be delivered to the National Art Gallery Committee,

Ministry of Community Development and Culture, Bay House, Bay Street, St.Michael. The announcement of proposals accepted will be made in mid-September 2008.

David A Bailey has been working as an artist/curator for 20 years and is currently based at Autograph the Association of Black Photographers. As a curator he has an international reputation and a commitment and investment in a variety of issues on the themes of history, race and representation that are embedded within the following curatorial projects, for example:

  • The Critical Decade: Black British Photography during 1990-92.
  • Race representation and the Diaspora with the exhibition MIRAGE: Enigmas, On Race, Difference & Desire at the Institute of Contemporary Arts 1995.
  • The question of art historical movements and racial intervention with the Rhapsodies in Black: Art from the Harlem Renaissance at the Hayward Gallery in 1997.
  • Thematic issues with the exhibition Veil in 2003 and the current human rights public memorial project Remember Saro-Wiwa the Living Memorial 2005 – 2007.
  • Race, film and spectacle with the Black Moving Cube project for the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol and London 2006.
  • Curatorial developments with the launch of the International Curators Forum at Venice, Documenta and Munster in 2007
  • In June 2007 he was awarded an MBE for his services to the visual arts.
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