“The Caribbean is a wonderfully fertile and exciting region and there is so much to draw on ... whether it's from our physical environment, our rich history, the contemporary reality or the work of our brilliant writers and thinkers. This is what continues to inspire my Manipura line.”

There is local demand for quality Caribbean Art. This is according to internationally acclaimed Barbadian artist and entrepreneur, Annalee Davis who successfully launched her Manipura Gallery in late November last year.

The response to the Gallery launch has been overwhelmingly positive. Everyone seems to enjoy the location of the Gallery which is on a working dairy farm with a three hundred year old history. The space feels uplifting and inspirational,” said Ms. Davis

She believes that the Caribbean Art scene is ripe for success on the condition that artists develop sustainable business practice and innovative ways to interact with their art and customers/community.

We are living in unprecedented times and the customer is becoming increasingly sophisticated therefore we need to build inventive companies which is what Manipura is,” said Ms. Davis, who also noted that her fellow artists were equally supportive of her business venture.

She hopes that the growing success of Manipura will inspire other regional artists to develop their own enterprises. “Other artists have expressed their support for the Manipura venture and I think it might inspire visual artists to develop their own enterprises in whatever form that may be. There is a need for more creative ventures in Barbados as Barbadians want to support local businesses and it’s our responsibility to make our products and services more readily available, she asserted.”

Ms. Davis strongly believes the Caribbean provides the ideal atmosphere for the innovative thought and practice needed to develop sustainable artistic ventures.

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