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Pretty in pink

Celebrated Barbadian artist, Sheena Rose, washed the Gallery of the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination (EBCCI) in shades of #BabyPink for the recent opening of her solo show.

Sheena Rose strikes a pose by one of the pieces in the #BabyPink collection.

Sheena Rose strikes a pose by one of the pieces in the #BabyPink collection.

Artists and art lovers who gathered at the facility, based at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), were captivated by Rose’s 15-piece collection that was set aglow by soft pink lighting.

In a statement, the artist explained that #BabyPink was a commentary on her thoughts and experiences “since returning home from North Carolina, and the continuous journey of self-discovery as a black Caribbean woman.”

In brief remarks, Dr Charmaine Crawford, head of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit (IGDS:NBU), said the exhibition was an instrumental part of the Unit’s efforts to highlight and celebrate the contribution of Barbadian women, especially as the island was celebrating its 50th anniversary of Independence.

Artist Sheena Rose with head of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit, Dr Charmaine Crawford.

Artist Sheena Rose with head of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit, Dr Charmaine Crawford.

Lecturer Dr Tonya Haynes, a longtime fan of Rose’s work, said the collection extends Rose’s decided moves to confront and disrupt notions of what it means to depict Barbados through performance and visual art.

#BabyPink is one of a number of activities being staged by the IGDS: NBU under the theme Bird Hill in Baby Pink: Celebrating Caribbean Women’s Lives through the Arts. On November 18, author Naomi Jackson will deliver a public lecture themed Look Me Crosses: Writing Caribbean Women’s Lives, in Lecture Theatre One of the Roy Marshall Teaching Complex.

The following day, Dr Haynes will facilitate an artist talk with Rose at the Gallery of the EBCCI. #BabyPink runs until November 29. 

Patrons taking in the exhibition.

Patrons taking in the exhibition.

Artist Sheena Rose with one of the patrons  at the event.

Artist Sheena Rose with one of the patrons at the event.

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