Sunday, 12 June 2011

PM BRUCE GOLDING: 'Jamaica's cultural industries possess tremendous reservoir of potential'

EN BLOC: Golding addresses the gathering before declaring the art exhibit opened.

According to PM Bruce Golding, Jamaica’s cultural industries represent a vast reservoir of potential that can help the country move forward.

In declaring open the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Caribbean-American Art Exhibition at the IDB art gallery in Washington DC on Tuesday, June 7, Golding elaborated, “If you look at how world trade is moving from product to services and to more exotic areas of endeavors, the creative industries represent one important area that we will now have to pay more attention to.” Added Golding: “Jamaica is blessed in that we have impacted the world in many ways with our culture, art, music and dance, while being able to just sat back and bask in that glory.”

While lauding the work of the artists, Golding also commended the IDB for sponsoring and supporting this art exhibition which features nine of Jamaica’s outstanding artists. He said that the IDB was not only assisting countries financially but was also now assisting by promoting and exposing Jamaica’s artists to the international world.

The exhibition entitled “A Jamaican Presence in the About Change” consists of nine contemporary Jamaican artists. They are Gerard Hanson, Charles Campbell, Margaret Chin, Laura Facey, Marlon James, Michael Parchment, Ebony P. Patterson, Onika Russell and Phillip Thomas.

“The exhibition is a project implemented by the World Bank art programme in collaboration with Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Cultural Center and the art Museum of the Americas of the Organization of American States (OAS). The initiative comprises a series of exhibitions representing Latin America and the Caribbean that is being held in various venues in and around Washington DC," said director and curator of the IDB Cultural Centre, Felix Engel.

Mr. Engel pointed out,too, that the Jamaican artists whose works are on display (through July 31) are focused on the dynamic contemporary art scene of Jamaica. “The timing of this exhibition coincides with the 90th anniversary of the founding of the IDB Cultural Centre, and we are so pleased that we are featuring nine works of outstanding Jamaican artists at this time in our history."

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