Sunday, 5 July 2015

'THE FESTIVAL ART GALLERY' ... CULTURE ON THE MOVE IN BARBADOS


'The Festival Art Gallery' was formed in 2009 by Kathy Yearwood and Arlette St. Hill.  
It is a mobile gallery displaying the work of more than fifty Barbadian artists. 

The activities and paintings in this post give an idea of the sweat and pride that accompany the work of the organizers and the artists who contribute to the Gallery.  It also attempts to capture the mobility, variety and liveliness of 'The Festival Art Gallery'.




The idea came about because of the lack of space for artists of all levels to showcase their work. It was also a way to take art to the locals who might not normally be exposed to art galleries.

It all started when Kathy found herself in England with her husband who was the deputy High Commissioner.  Unable to work at that time, she decided to promote Barbadian artists in England.

She would return to Barbados periodically, collect art from Barbados and then return to England where she would show Barbadian artists' work at her home, at the Barbados High Commission, in galleries or any location she could find.


Art enthusiasts enjoy the exhibition and ambience at the'Art Splash Gallery'


Paintings on display at the 'Art Splash Gallery'

What follows is a sample mix of the rustic outdoor 'buzz' that is 'The (Mobile) Festival Art Gallery', in Barbados.  They are everywhere!


'Festival Arts Gallery' tent in front of the Bank of Nova Scotia,  Bridgetown, during City Fest.; part of the Crop Over Festival

Kathy Yearwood
Kathy Yearwood and Patricia Browne setting up the gallery 'walls' 

Patricia Browne


 'Market Scene' by Andy Pierce

Lorna Wilson proudly displays one of her paintings.









Kathy and Lorna chatting under the 'Festival ...' tent 

Kathy Yearwood is making an artistic point ...
Kathy now runs the mobile Gallery, assisted by Patricia.  The Festival Gallery is set up every Saturday at the Hastings Farmers’ Market which is situated at the Art Splash Gallery. 
Here there are art classes, farmers' market, a cafe and an inside gallery that is rented weekly to different artists and groups.


Patricia Browne (left) and a visitor from Venezuala, in the Gallery tent
The Festival Art Gallery's idea of mobility, of accessibility, of exposure; of bringing the art to the people is quite refreshing. It creates an avenue for cultural expression that meets people where they are and encourages them to nurture that expression.

'The Festival Art Gallery' can also be found at most festivals and many other events in Barbados. These include 'The Holetown Festival','Oistins Fish Festival', 'The Bridgetown Crop Over Festival' , as well as events such as various flower shows at Balls Plantation and many more locations around Barbados. 

Contacts for more information: 

patriciabrownebarbados@outlook .com
kathyyearwood@hotmail.com
Phone: 1-246-436-9776

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Thank you for sharing this very interesting venture Kathy and Patricia; a slice of Barbados!  
If you're already there or planning a trip to Barbados any time soon, be sure to locate and visit this spot; 'The Festival Art Gallery'.  Purchases are always welcome, of course!
Support the local artists and the authentic artistic culture of Barbados!

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