A report from Loop Barbados.
See home through new eyes this month as Norman Centre hosts a Home Pop up experience in collaboration with Artist Alliance Barbados.
Launched August 5, the gallery will be open until September 2.
The ‘Home’ August Pop–Up Gallery will explore and feature specific rooms in our homes and what may be considered art within them. The multi-location experience will feature the living room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom and display the diversity of tastes and styles of visual imagery to be found in Barbadian homes.
Facility Manager for Norman Centre Lesley Norvel expressed delight about the installations. “We at Norman Centre are pleased to present the work of up to 30 of Barbadians’ finest artists in this innovative way. This, we think continues to cement our prime location and facility as a freely accessible hub of art and culture in Bridgetown.”
Spokesperson and coordinator for the AAB and the August gallery, Oneka Small, explained that the concept of the experience is for Barbadians to take a second look at what they have in their homes and what constitutes art.
“For example The Verandah – under the familiar Bajan phrase – Ever so welcome- Please call first. Typically, Barbadians do not open their homes to non-members of their families. The Verandah becomes the place of interaction with our guests. The Art in this section reflects the beauty outside – pretty gardens and flowers but also questions our ideas of beauty,” said Ms. Small.
In addition to the Pop Up Experience, Norman Centre will also play host in the celebration of the CARICOM Exhibition of CARIFESTA XIII under the theme “Journey to One Caribbean”.
The work selected examines the journey made by so many of Caribbean ancestors from the continent of Africa, India, the Middle East, Europe, China and South America. It will span a mix of media, from installations, sculpture mixed media and paintings by over 20 of the region’s finest established and emerging artists.
Noted Curator Janice Whittle explains that the Exhibition, which begins on August 19, has its origins in the “Journey’ exhibition at the Queen’s Park Gallery in May 2007 to commemorate the Bi-centenary of the Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.
”Journey into One Caribbean” will celebrate our ancestral cultures and the changes that now make up the contemporary Caribbean. Each selected artist gets to the nitty-gritty of what makes us special seen through our own eyes,” said Ms. Whittle.
Some of the regional artists in the exhibition, which will take up three store spaces in Norman Centre, include Haiti’s Philippe Dodard, Jamaica’s Albert Chong and Barbados’ Joyce Daniel.