The Grenadian art scene, art residencies, and the 3rd International Art Camp of Haiti

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A post by Peter Jordens.

Now Grenada reports that Suelin Low Chew Tung and Andrea McLeod will be representing Grenada at the 3rd International Art Camp of Haiti, to be held in Pétionville in November 2014. The Grenadian artists look forward to fostering artistic and cultural partnership with close to 40 participating Haitian and international artists. To raise funds to offset their travel expenses, Sans Souci Arts Studio recently (October 14-18) hosted an exhibition of work by Low Chew Tung and McLeod at the Grenada National Museum. The exhibition was called Orevwa Grenada and also included work by Haitian painter Prensnelo (Jean Renel Pierre Louis), who had participated in an extended cultural and visual art residency in Grenada hosted by Low Chew Tung and the Caribbean Art project (CAp).

Over 50 persons attended Orevwa Grenada’s opening reception, including Minister for Culture Senator Brenda Hood, President of the Grenada Arts Council Oliver Benoit, art teachers, members of the local art community and art enthusiasts. Erik Johnson, architect, artist and co-founder – with Meg Conlon – of CAp, spoke briefly about the state of art in Grenada and the benefit of attending art residencies. On the state of art in Grenada, Johnson said, “It is limited and parochial; and some of the causes are due to geographical isolation, technical limitations and, until recently, the idea that we don’t need to be anything more than what we are. This is compounded by the lack of an institutional body that promotes Grenadian artists abroad. I ask myself, what happened to the recognition garnered by artists like (John) Benjamin and (Canute) Caliste, who are now almost forgotten names. Residencies are a good way of addressing some of the shortcomings of the Grenadian art scene. There is cultural and intellectual exchange. There is assimilation of different techniques and skills, culminating in a wider network of artists to overcome the geographical isolation.” In conclusion, Johnson said, “… these people [Low Chew Tung and McLeod] through their commitment and effort, deserve our support in developing their skills and in exhibiting Grenada. They are our cultural ambassadors.”

The full articles, which include background information about Suelin Low Chew Tung and Andrea McLeod, can be read at http://nowgrenada.com/2014/10/residencies-address-grenadian-art-scene-shortcomings and http://nowgrenada.com/2014/10/two-grenada-artists-haiti.

The 3rd International Art Camp of Haiti is sponsored by Promart Haiti and Patrick Cauvin and takes place at l’Hôtel Ibo Lélé, Pétionville, Haiti, from November 19 to December 3, 2014.

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