St Lucia: A Visual Arts Exhibition opened at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College on Thursday, May 26, 2022. The exhibition showcased works of art from artists around St Lucia under the theme “Stories of Courage in the Americas: Resistance to Slavery and Unity against Racism”.
The exhibition was the result of a Visual Arts Competition launched in April as part of observances of People of African Descent in the Americas and in remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade by the Organisation of American States (OAS), who collaborated with the College to put on two major activities.
The exhibition also received significant support from MeCurator led by Buki R Cahane, who brings her years of experience working with artists, understanding their work and drawing on her knowledge and awareness of current art practices to this exhibition.
The exhibition showcased more than 40 pieces of work in painting, digital art, craft, sculpture, photography and mixed media. The submissions have been made by artists of age as young as 14 years, along with more established artists.
Renowned artists Alwyn St Omer, Finola Jennings-Clark, Kirk Elliott, Naja Simeon, Urmie Persaud and Calixte George Jr served as judges for the competition. Participants won monetary prizes and other attractive prizes from M&C Group of Companies, The Body Holiday St Lucia, Bay Gardens Resorts, The Landings St Lucia, Jade Mountain, KFC, and Oasis Restaurant. The College also received significant support from LUCELEC, St Lucia Distillers and Blue Waters.
The Visual Arts Competition and exhibition followed the first activity held in a lecture delivered by Dr Keith Nurse, Principal of the College, on the topic “Carnival and the Black Atlantic: Festivals, Social Movements and Diasporas”.
The exhibition would be open to the general public from 9 am to 4 pm on Thursday, May 26, and Friday, May 27, at the SALCC Innovation Hub in the Morne Campus.