Sunday, 22 November 2009

December Arts Happenings

December 2009 Arts Happenings
compiled by 
Corrie Scott

All information correct at time of publishing.

For easy reference  new events, receptions etc. are highlighted.

Please phone or email relevant galleries to confirm dates of events as they may be subject to change. 

Updates as news comes in may be viewed on  and also follow arts events on Facebook. Updated every few days with images and happenings.     Add your own creative photos, videos, receptions, workshops, events, information. Free.

Corrie Scott’s studio/gallery. Original fine art and photography, limited edition lithographs, prints and cards. Tel (246) 424 3965 or 233 6078, email:    for viewing appointment (as Corrie may be out painting or photographing). Website          

Heather-Dawn Scott & Corrie Scott  exhibiting in group show “Into The Season” at Tides Art Gallery from December 5th.  Their pieces may be seen on

New pieces just added collection of this popular artist’s work may be viewed on:       

This exciting new gallery in a National Trust listed building will open its doors for the first time on Thursday 3rd December. From 5.30pm – 8.30pm. The gallery has been created on the ground floor of this historic building and will be offering works by Barbadian, Caribbean and International artists. Also there will be colonial and other antique furniture and collectibles ceramics and sculpture. On the property there will also be 6 Artists Studios which will in due course be open for the public to visit and in December a beachside “Star Bar”( The Star Bar for après plage wines and canapés will open Wednesday through Saturday 5pm till 9.30pm. For more information telephone +1 (246) 234 2494 or email  to contact us for details of our classic movie evenings when you can bring your own picnic supper!)
 will open displaying sculpture and enabling late night viewing of the Galleries.
Hours Mon & Tues 10am -6pm.  Wed-Sat  10am – 10pm.

The Old Pharmacy Gallery, Speightstown, St Peter.  For further information, details and dates and gallery hours please contact Roger Chubb at Lancaster Great House    (246) 432 0458 or (246) 234 2494 or email

The Galleries, Gallery Shop and Gardens at Lancaster Great House are available for viewing (by appointment only). Please call 432 0458.

“Wind Sculptures In The Garden” Sunday December 6th 2009. 11am to 5 pm.  By Lyman Whitaker at Lancaster Great House Gallery. The exhibition continues until mid May 2010.

“Through The Eyes Of A Muse”  December 29th  2009 to January 30th 2010.  The Photography of Pattie Boyd, a collection of playful and personal photographs of some of rock music’s greatest figures together with superb photographs by Pat Booth and Bob Kiss.

The Artists Club will meet at Lancaster on 'Pot Luck Buffet & Bar' is welcomed. Bds$10.- charge for guests and non-members, which contributes towards the Club's expenses. Club member for a calendar year  Bds$50.   Bds$35.- partial membership for those who can attend six meetings or less.  Further information from Martina Pile, artists club co ordinator. Tel  432 8173  or      

For any further information regarding the Galleries at Lancaster Great House, the exhibition and lecture programmes, sponsorship opportunities for next Season’s exciting programme, please contact       or telephone 432-0458 and 234 2494.   Website        

“Independence Group Show” November 8th – December 5th. Also available is a large selection of limited editions, lithographs, and cards.
Facebook    All members are encouraged to add art, photography, videos and information on the page.
Pelican Craft Centre, Bridgetown (246) 426 4385 
website        email:

December 5th  The Tides Art Gallery is happy to announce the opening of “Into the Season”.  This vibrant group show features a variety of styles and subject matter – from portraits to still life, mosaics to jewellery.  Featured artists are Ann Dodson, Heather-Dawn Scott, Heidi Berger, Lilian Sten-Nicholson, J.A.G., Hilary Armstrong, Corrie Scott, Susan Alleyne-Forde, Juliana Inniss, Fiona Hanton, Linda Tudor, Angie Teversham, Melanie Blomgren, Jeannie Taylor, Sue Trew and Julianne Gill. “Into the Season” will run from December 5th to December 31st and offers the opportunity for wonderful original artworks to be purchased as Christmas presents that will last a lifetime. 

The Tides Restaurant, Holetown, St James. Vibrant gallery featuring local and Caribbean fine art and photography. Open 7 days a week, 9am - 11pm. Tel (246) 432 2084 or (246) 432 8356. email          website         

December 5th. Martin Superville opening reception 5.30pm at On The Wall Art Gallery at Champers Restaurant. Show ends December 12th.

Gallery at Earthworks in St Thomas

2010 desktop calendars with artwork by Vanita Commissiong are available for sale at all On The Wall Galleries (Earthworks and Champers). They make great Xmas gifts and stocking stuffers and can be mailed to Friends and Family where ever they maybe. Retail BDS$15. Wholesale prices available for orders over 12
Tel  234 9145   Website      

Every Wednesdays from 6:30pm-8:00pm if you are interested you can learn here in Barbados Sumi-e Art. This traditional art form from Japan is instructed by the Cuban artist with a contemporary flavor. If you are interested in the practice or would like to know about this art expresion, please call to 247 9530 for details or send an email to:   Leandro Soto' Studio in Prospect, Saint James  website  

December 2nd- 5th, ‘Miniatures’ exhibition with Heidi Berger, Alison Chapman Andrews and Luna Design. For more information please contact   Heidi Berger at 427-8023 or email

Monday Dec 7th- Friday Dec 11th Virgil & Karl Broodhagen 39th Annual Exhibition of paintings.

INTRODUCTORY ART CLASSES. Every Thursday from 1pm – 3pm Barbadian artist  Fielding Babb and BARP invites people to join Fielding at The Main Guard ( building with clock tower) Verandah, The Garrison for an opportunity to get creative juices flowing. People need to bring an hb pencil, a 3B pencil and a sketch pad and participate in what will be and enjoyable, enlightening and creative experience.  To confirm this and for more information please contact BARP or Fielding Babb

Encompassing all the arts with theatre, film, dance, fine art, fine art photography, the written word, workshops and much more.  For further information, contact De Carla Applewhaite at 417-4776 or email her at       

December 6th - opening of “Beginnings” - the fifth Carmichael Prize exhibition. Submissions consist of works by students and past students of the visual arts programme at Barbados Community College.
James Fort Building, Hincks Street, Bridgetown. Email           tel: 430 0054 or 432 0222 . Opening hours: Tuesday/Thursday/Friday: 10am - 4pm Wednesday: 10am - 2pm

November 1st – December 24th  FREE gift when you buy either of Corrie Scott’s limited editions (hand signed and numbered lithographs of ‘A Calm’ and ‘A Shoulder To Lean on’.)  Receive a FREE ‘Lobster Boy’ limited edition lithograph per sale. Perfect for Christmas presents.  Images and details of these lithographs may be viewed by clicking on
opposite First Caribbean National Bank, Sunset Crest. Mini gallery with local prints and artwork (and free wi fi ). 

“Collage - impressions of an island” Until Dec 31st is a local group art exhibition featuring the more recent works of some of Barbados’ best.. Seventeen artists represented in painting, ceramics, wood, coral stone, photography and multimedia, give their impressions of the island they work in and call home. Gallery hours  Sun to Sat 10 am to 6pm. The Crane Village, The Crane, St Philip. Telephone 271 2839.

(see Queen’s Park Gallery and also Frank Collymore Hall & Grand Salle below) Also Mark Welch, literary arts officer has a wonderful newsletter on the literary arts . Please email him for details.    

The Festival Art Gallery presents the  “Urban Festival” on Saturday December 5th & Sunday December 6th,   Queens Park, from 9am to 11pm. The Urban festival is designed to bring an annual event to the city.  Its primary focus is to embrace the art form, giving artists the opportunity to showcase their products, but most important the Urban Festival would be a celebration of Art, Craft, Fashion, sports and Music. Telephone 4290296  email

Art Supermarket 2009”, Open Door on Sunday 6th December 2009. from 11am to 6pm. More than 20 artists, crafts persons will exhibit quality items from $1 to $1,000  Mon – Sat, 10am to 6pm Exhibition will continue until 24th December 2009.

Writers Clinic has moved to a new home at the Queen’s Park Gallery. It is held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second and third Saturday of every month. Don’t miss out on this free opportunity to engage with and gain objective critique from your peers, nimbly hosted by experienced facilitator, Nailah Imoja. Bring your work and come.
Queen’s Park Gallery is in Queen’s Park on Constitution Road. Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm Monday to Saturday. Tel - 427-2345

A monthly programme is produced of all lectures, music and theatre events . To receive it by email or post please email Fran Wickham at            or   Sharon Jones at     

The 2009 Fine Craft Festival – 5th December, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
Monday to Saturday, 9am. to 5pm. and Sundays 2pm. to 6pm.  St. Ann’s Garrison, St. Michael , Tel: 1-246-427-0201/ 1-246-436-1956  Fax: 1-246-429-5946  email

There are theatre happenings, workshops, lectures and events. For more information please contact:   Shaunelle Durham  shaunelledurham@hotmail.cob    Tel: 426-2858, ext.5262 or 5259 

The island paradise of Barbados will be hosting an exciting art event in February 2010.  This is a special Early Bird invitation to all ‘ en plein air’ artists, art groups and communities, artists, arts aficionados, art workshop instructors and art suppliers to participate in this event which will involve ‘en plein air’ excursions around the island, various art workshops, an Art Expo and Exhibition and all combined  with the beautiful and friendly ambience of Barbados and its many cultural attractions.   New Website  
To receive event details for artists, organizations or companies please send an email to      or tel Suzanne Phillips +1 (246) 427 8771

Richard Alleyne
and Don Small “Past from Past to Future”.  The exhibit runs until 4th. December.

Sunday 6th December 2009 at 5.30pm Catherine Forter Chee-A-Tow opens ‘Compositions’ her 4th show at the gallery. The exhibit runs until 7th. January 2010

Northern Business Centre, Queen Street, Speightstown, St. Peter, Barbados Tel: (246) 419-0858. Opening hours Monday - Friday 9.30am to 430pm. Saturday 9.30am to 2pm

Conference: Caribbean Curatorship and National Identity, Nov 30th through December 2nd.  For details, registration & hotel rates visit the website for the National Art Gallery Committee  Caribbean Curatorship and National Identity is an examination of how history is interpreted and heritage is shaped by communal memory for audiences, old and new, local and foreign. The topic allows for a broad array of issues to be examined in intensive consultation through a regional symposium and master classes to be developed in Barbados between November/December, 2009, in conjunction with the Museums Association of the Caribbean (MAC), the National Art Gallery Committee (NAGC), the International Curators Forum (ICF) and the International Council of Museums (ICOM). While on island the visiting delegates are invited to a reception in their honour at The Barbados Arts Council Gallery ( )  and will also be treated to a day tour and lunch organized by fine art photographer Leslie Taylor ( Barbados) and Asif Khan ( British Arts Council).

Barbados National Art Gallery one step further. The National Art Gallery Act 2007 came into being October 1st by proclamation signed by C. Straughan Husbands, Governor General for Barbados. This event signals significant progress toward the actual National Art Gallery and the specific responsibilities within the law which will be the remit of the National Gallery.

Visit   -  website for the National Art Gallery Committee in Barbados. The site includes ArtistNet, the database of Barbadian visual artists; a click on ‘Artists’ will take you there.  Joscelyn Gardner has recently joined ArtistNet.  ArtistNet is a FREE NAGC service for artists. Visual artists are invited to post their profile and images on ArtistNet; for artists already on ArtistNet, you may wish to update your profile and images from time to time.

For further information contact the NAGC at   +1 (246) 310 2700 or  

Three dimensional artist Rafza Nehaul invites you to join her on any Tuesday between 10am-3pm (or by appointment). Rafza is a multi media and mixed media artist who works with organic materials and is environmentally sensitive. The studio/gallery, 6, Brighton Beach.  Tel   421 8188  or email

Sarah's Chelsea Dinners, resume on 3 Friday nights a month. Most of the art on the walls is for sale, although most people are more engaged in the lively social life at these events. This will soon include occasional readings, performance art, salons, and happenings, courtesy of certain literary suspects, some of the more antic patrons, and Sarah herself. For further information, email .

The Cottage , Springvale Plantation .St.
Andrew . tel 438 7883. 

Tuesdays at
6:30pm at Treasure Beach Hotel at the General Manager’s cocktail reception. Curated by Terry Scott Clarke. For further details and enquiries Tel: (246) 417 5757 Mobile: (246) 239 2693 Email:          

Sculpture and fine art (by appointment only),
Christopher Robinson (246) 429 2654 and 232 7830. email:           

FRANGIPANI ART GALLERY,  W 422 5026, ext.4950, or by email.      Sugar Cane Club, Hotel and Spa, St. Peter. phone (246) 422 5026 

November 29th 5.30pm – 7.30pm. One night show curated by National Cultural Foundation. Group show of artwork that has been exhibited overseas.
Pelican Craft Centre, Princess Alice Highway, Bridgetown 

A GALLERY, Royal Westmoreland, St James

FINE ART FRAMING LTD, Pelican Industrial Park, Bridgetown, Barbados - (246) 426-5325 

FAST FRAME FACTORY, Dayrell’s Road, St Michael (246) 426 9994 

Art Supplies. Stretched canvases ranging from 14”x10” to 30”x24”; acrylic paint, tear off palettes, painting boards, sketch books & sketchpads, portfolios, matboard, black & white only & presentation boards in two sizes. 
BAC (Barbados Arts Council) members will receive between 10% off art supplies on presentation on their membership card.
Art Den # 437 1019, ask for Marcia, Sandra or Elsa, email      

Art supplies. BAC (Barbados Arts Council) members will receive between 5% - 10% off most art supplies on presentation on their membership card. tel: 432 2328  mobile: 266 5016
email:           163 Amaryllis Row,
Cordia Avenue, Sunset Crest, St James

Do you have an event that you want everyone to know about? Then list your Event on the Totally Barbados Events Calendar and let us help you generate more public awareness of what’s going on in Barbados at any given time. Simply click on the below link to Submit An Event” at no cost to you and be a part of our Monthly Events Calendar; one of the largest event calendars for Barbados! No event is too big or too small - simply fill in all relevant information such as the date, time and descriptions of each event to let it be known throughout Barbados and across the World Wide Web.         

Blog imparting opinions and uncovering Barbadian and Caribbean  Arts and News. ( Daily Reviewer Best Of The Web Top 100 Blogs)       . Congratulations to Bajan Reporter who has been a wonderful patron to the arts in Barbados by giving all art forms exposure in his blog and so helping our culture get out there.

Bajan Reporter currently operates a Web-Magazine ( ) which in the brief span of 3 years has jumped from 200 to 1,300 readers a day without direct promotion, rather than allow such an opportunity slip to the wayside - has taken steps to make room for Advertising on the online publication.  Bajan Reporter is not seeking to list astronomical rates as seen on other sites... Instead has a reasonable structure for banners, towers, blocks and text ads, etc. And a pay plan - if you book a full year now and pay up front get FIFTEEN (15) months of ad space! Budget deal allows half now and half again at six months earning 13 (THIRTEEN) months of ad space. The site will soon be completed and will be available for viewing.

An unofficial viewpoint.  Interesting blog that covers Caribbean events and Barbados’ monthly arts happenings    

Marc Menard . Art Classes on Saturdays. All Year Through. Tel - 828-7869/432-0762