Festival Art Gallery – Oistins Fish Festival: 3,4 & 5 April {PAID ADVERTISEMENT}

Within 2 years, the Festival Art Gallery will become known as the place where both Barbadian residents and tourists alike can view and purchase attractively priced quality art. The artist will be the primary beneficiaries and realise a more constant income.”

That’s according to the founders of what is a mobile art gallery, Kathy Yearwood and Artlette St. Hill who founded the Gallery, which had its first showing at the Oistins Festival last year. Dr. Dan Carter, Chairman of the Oistins Festival Committee, enthusiastically welcomed them on board with the NCF recommending a grant from the Arts & Sports Fund and 38 artists exhibited their works. Their second exhibition was mounted at the Bridgetown Market where 22 artists exhibited.

This year, the Gallery brought the exhibit to the Annual Flower Show at Balls in January where 39 artists exhibited and 18 pieces of art were sold. It then went on to the Holetown Festival last month where 40 artists showed and 26 pieces sold making it a highly successful showing for both the artists and the Gallery.

The idea is to bring as many Barbadian artists to the public as is possible to give them badly needed exposure. Also, as Barbadians in general are not accustomed to going to art galleries, it is an opportunity for the artists to educate viewers to the various styles and techniques which make their works what they are.

Both founders of the Gallery have extensive backgrounds in the visual arts. When Kathy Yearwood went up to London to the Barbados High Commission in 1995 for 13 years, she was responsible for bringing many Barbadian artists to the UK public in dozens of shows put on over the period. When she moved back to Barbados 2 years ago, she saw missed opportunities for so many artists here in Barbados who did not have the opportunity to show their works at galleries.

Arlette St. Hill, a visual artist and art educator in Barbados also saw this need so they teamed up and, as they say, the rest is history.



Where is the Festival Art Gallery going from here? Oistins Festival this Easter Weekend, April 3,4 & 5 and then on to the Bridgetown Festival this summer.

Its goal is not over yet, since this Gallery is not only to continue bringing art and artists to the public at festivals but to approach corporate and institutional sponsors to bring the Gallery to their venues for special events that they may be hosting as a way to show how they support the visual arts in Barbados.

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  1. Great work ladies!

  2. I sure hope the Authorities clean up that burnt out rumshop (LR`S)…Its a real eyesore and a disgrace to the Oistins Community and Barbados as a Tourist destination. It has been vandalized, and is now a health risk as well.

  3. Great idea! Love seeing a creative mind work and gain success!!!!!! Hope it continues to grow!




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