Art in the Bank


For four days only, Barbadians and tourists will get an opportunity to view one of the island’s most important art collections.

The display, to be held in the Grand Salle, in the Tom Adams Financial Centre, is free to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, Thursday, October 3, until Sunday, October 6. On the weekend the exhibit will be extended until 11 p.m.

The showcase is an added feature of the Central Bank of Barbados to its weekend City Nights at Frank Collymore Hall.

Speaking to Barbados TODAY this afternoon, art consultant for the bank, Denyse Menard–Greenidge, said it was the most significant collection because it showcased award-winning pieces.

The artwork was part of the reserve accumulated by the bank in its 19 years of sponsoring Crop Over exhibitions and being involved in the cultural industries.

The exhibition was last held in 2008 and Menard–Greenidge reported it was well attended; so she expects this year will be no different. It is estimated more than 1 000 persons will view it, with several doing so after they have enjoyed City Nights – The Concert on Saturday and Sunday.

The display is divided into two sections –– contemporary and traditional –– and features the works of 26 artists, who would have either won the Governor’s Award or the Purchase Award.

Pieces include paintings –– with traditional Barbadian themes like the Landship, landscapes, chattel houses, stiltmen and Shaggy Bear; sculptures; and new media, including narrative work.

The entire collection could not be displayed because of its size but Menard–Greenidge said the pieces selected were those which “spoke” to persons, and she reiterated her call for the public to go see it.

Frank Collymore Hall manager Fran Wickham, who also spoke with Barbados TODAY, too called on all Barbadians to visit the hall to view the works.

Though she said those pieces would not be for sale, she implored guests to make it their duty to support the artistes, and as a result the island’s coffers, through the cultural industries.

“The selection is a good representation of the art of Barbados, and we hope everybody will come out to see the art. They should also take this opportunity to purchase work from these artistes, as it can generate income regionally and internationally. We want to keep artists producing,” she said. (KC) 

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