The Trinidad Guardian / Young aspiring artists are constantly searching for platforms and opportunities to showcase their creativity to the world and if they are successful they are able to marry their passion with purpose-filled entrepreneurship. The National Museum and Art Gallery acknowledges this reality and has launched an initiative to support the development of our artists by creating opportunities for their integration into the artistic community and self-advancement.

Through a partnership with the Department of Creative and Festival Arts of the University of the West Indies, the Museum and Art Gallery will exhibit the works of Final Year students of the BA in Visual Arts Programme from April 4 to 20. The exhibition, titled the UWI Degree Show, will include an Artist Talk segment on the April 13, which will be open to the public and will be free of charge.

Encouraging the students to pursue their dreams, Curator of the Museum and Art Gallery Lorraine Johnson, stated that “this exhibition will certainly bolster the confidence of our young artists as they continue to build their careers. Our space is a great hub for the artistic circle to network and serves as a valuable Launchpad for these up and coming professionals. Our doors will always be open to them.”

Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly also reaffirmed the Ministry’s role in advancing the arts fraternity in T&T, “we see the results of those who work tirelessly to promote their artistic expressions through art. We see the courage and determination in their work, and I remain humbled by the level of talent our small country continues to produce. We have so much to offer to the world, and this Ministry will continue to do whatever is necessary to ensure that the vision and flicker of light within our artists never dims.”

The National Museum and Art Gallery recently completed the Beyond Boundaries Sculpture Exhibition and through this initiative hopes to promote even more artists by providing a place with space for their talent to be on show.


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