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Business Monday:Call for artists to look for avenues to export work
THE18th Crop Over Visual Arts Exhibition has been officially opened and there is a call for artists to export some of their work.
A top official of the Central Bank of Barbados which is playing a pivotal role in the exhibition, believes artists ought not to limit themselves to these shores but rather they must look for avenues to export their work.
“We salute you the artists, we urge you to continue to strive for excellence in all that you create, we implore you not to limit yourselves to these shores but to produce work that is exportable,” said Ms Sadie Dixon, Bank Secretary/Legal Counsel at the official launch of the Exhibition.
According to her, “We embolden you to dream big and let us continue in all facets of our national life to punch above our weight. I have certainly caught the festival fever and I trust that you have too! And if this exhibition is indicative of the standard of the festival, we can look forward to the sweetest Crop Over Festival 2012.”
She said that these past few months have been filled with exciting heritage and historical events in Barbados.
“We proudly embraced the designation and inscription of historic Bridgetown and its Garrison as a World Heritage Site and we reflected upon and recognised the significance of this historic event and its importance for our beloved island,” according to Ms. Dixon.
The Central Bank of Barbados is a partner in the process and the recently refurbished Masonic Lodge Building, which will house a Museum dedicated to commerce in Bridgetown, numismatics, education and free masonry, and is an enduring testament to our commitment to heritage and to culture, the official said.
“I am delighted to advise you that the building is now complete and that we are currently in the process of outfitting the Museum. The first phase of this outfitting project will be completed by September of this year.
“As sponsors for eighteen years of this seminal event, we have witnessed the growth and gusto of our local artists. We once again salute and honour their sterling efforts and are thrilled to host and sponsor this Crop Over Visual Arts Exhibition 2012.”
Dixon said that the Central Bank of Barbados is encouraged by the fervour of the National Cultural Foundation in ensuring that this eagerly anticipated annual event is well supported and well organised and she know that the artists are also motivated by the commitment of the NCF.
She pointed out that each year the NCF adds a unique and fresh touch to the Exhibition and this year is no exception. This year’s innovation will see the competition being held over three different core exhibition sites and you will hear more about this later in the programme.
Dixon stated that the Central Bank of Barbados’ commitment to the arts, culture and now heritage is well cemented.
“Indeed, our Governor and his wife are ardent supporters of the arts in its varied manifestations. And by extension, this passion and support for the visual arts has been embraced by us, the staff of the Central Bank,” she said.
The official added that love of and participation in the arts continue “to be part of our psyche and we encourage our people to become intimately involved in all aspects of the arts and, in particular, in this annual event by touring the exhibition and by attending an interpretative session with the effervescent and very knowledgeable Ms. Arlette St. Hill”.