Inspirational Call for Support of Bajan Visual Artists

BARBADOS (November 27, 2010) – Barbadian artist and entrepreneur Annalee Davis believes the creative industries can earn foreign exchange for Barbados if the island created an environment which supports and acknowledges the work of visual artists.

“I believe that  visual artists can contribute to a more diversified economy and help shape the sunrise industries as strong revenue and community builders, but the complex infrastructure required to support the arts needs to be enhanced,” Davis, a Bimventures entrepreneur stated.

Through her art gallery Manipura, Davis hopes to reach out to her immediate environment, “outside of the traditional art world,” and participate in public interventions which will contribute to “free expression through community-based projects.”

“I believe in the power of our imagination to visualise new worlds. While our society becomes increasingly mechanised and computerised, and while we are pressured into being consumers, we sometimes forget our ability to be innovative,” she said. “If there ever was a time that our economies needed to harness inspired and imaginative thinking, it is now. Curious minds need to be encouraged.”

Students of Workman's Primary School who worked on the mural project with Annalee Davis (Photo: Jarrod Duncan, 2010)

Through an existing relationship with Workman’s Primary School in St. George, Manipura will collaborate with the staff and students to transform the school through a mural project. Davis explains she has particularly enjoyed working with the students and both the principal and the art teacher and wants to build a long term relationship with the school.

“The plan is to continue on the Workman’s Primary School Mural Project which includes eight murals, one for each class so that each student at the school will be involved in the process”.

An example of a knitted-flower fence Manipura hopes to introduce (Photo: Jarrod Duncan, 2010)

A second post-mural phase could include a design for the chain link fence that surrounds the primary school. “I became inspired by a project I recently saw in Denver where a community knitted  flowers and attached them to 350 metres of chain link fences surrounding a construction area. It was a refreshing solution to transform a drab public environment in such a simple way. That is what I want to do with this project – take this educational environment filled with beautiful children and make it look more like somewhere they can play, learn and be curious and imaginative.”

She hoped to get parents, grandparents of the students as well as the wider community involved in the fence  project. “It can unite people, shape a more beautiful school, build self-esteem and instill happiness.”

About Barbados Business Enterprise Corp.
Barbados Business Enterprise Corp. (BBEC) is a public/private sector partnership with the Caribbean Business Enterprise Trust (CBET) Inc. BBEC manages the Barbados Revolving Seed Capital Fund and the Barbados Entrepreneurs’ Venture Capital Fund. BBEC is a virtual organisation that focuses on promoting economic development in Barbados. The trustees of BBEC are respected Barbadian business and development experts, Sir Neville Nicholls (Chairman), Sir Stephen Emtage, Peter Boos and Hazel Highland.

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Contact: Marita Greenidge + 1 246 257-1111 / marita.greenidge@crimson-jade.com

Source: Barbados Business Enterprise Corp. (BBEC) (Via: Bevan Springer)

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