The National Cultural Foundation (NCF) is calling on persons to donate unused items to the Artists Material Bank, which is aimed at supporting the economic growth and development of creative entrepreneurs in Barbados.
The initiative, which has as its theme Sustainability, Ecology, Generosity and Partnership, was launched virtually on August 5 on the NCF’s website and social media platforms, to assist artists who may be experiencing financial difficulty during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Persons are encouraged to donate any unused material they may have to the Queen’s Park Gallery after which they would be redistributed to artists who are in need of such raw materials.
Individuals are asked to bring items such as jewellery, baskets, old tablecloths in good condition, curtains, paint, broken vases and any other items which may be useful to the Visual Arts community. Artists will be able to collect items free of cost.
Explaining the rationale behind the Artists Material Bank, Chief Cultural Officer, Andrea Wells, stated: “With the tourism sector still inactive, this is a great time for creatives to experiment, innovate, and produce in preparation for the upcoming Christmas and tourist seasons, which are both important markets for Barbadian artists.
“I want to relieve the stress on many artists and facilitate the creation of new work”, Mrs. Wells added, while giving the assurance that the project would not be a one-off from the NCF.
Persons interested in making donations may do so at the Queen’s Park Gallery Wednesdays to Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, persons should email firstname.lastname@example.org.