The Gallery of Caribbean Art: Where Expression and Tradition Blend
Nestled in historic Speightstown, St. Peter, The Gallery of Caribbean Art treats visitors to a mind-blowing excursion with a breathtaking backdrop, intricate architecture, Bajan culture and traditional cuisine.
It is certainly not a coincidence that the scenic second largest town in Barbados was chosen as home to what has now become one of the Caribbean’s most prestigious art galleries, praised by international, regional and local art aficionados.
In recent years, Speightstown has undergone a renaissance of sorts. The quaint town is once again active and vibrant while still maintaining its unique colonial charm. Much of the character of this humble town can be found in its architecture and in its people.
The sidewalk is dotted with vendors offering fresh fruits and vegetables. The jetty is often bustling with fishermen unloading their fresh catch of the day. Residents can be found engaging in loud, animated and dialect conversations at the popular esplanade while friendly sales staff beckon from modern shops and restaurants. Pristine beaches also found on this side of the island offer a less crowded and busy atmosphere than on the south and west coasts.
The Gallery of Caribbean Art easily lends itself to the inimitable character of this resurgent town by adding an intriguing dimension that exposes visitors to the best of Barbados and the wider Caribbean in an unforgettable but often forgotten oasis.
A revolving annual calendar of exciting exhibitions by artists, sculptors and multi-media expressionists from Haiti and Cuba in the north to Barbados and Guyana in the south consistently reveal the enormous creativity of well known, little known and unknown Caribbean artists.
For all its similarity in style and technique, Caribbean art boasts distinctive differences between countries and cultures which easily identify the origin and extraordinarily special details of each region.
The Gallery of Caribbean Art has grown into a carefully curated treasure trove of over 120 pieces of evocative, engrossing and engaging interpretations of artistic genius reflecting every facet, hue, narrative and fascinating element of what is entirely the Caribbean.
Over the last three decades, Caribbean artists have established themselves on the global landscape as competitive forces with which to reckon. The Gallery is central to this evolution and revolution of regional art while firmly placing the Caribbean on the map in this genre.
Whether you are an art connoisseur or amateur, when visiting Barbados, your itinerary must include a visit to The Gallery of Caribbean Art—and by extension Speightstown—to immerse in a cornucopia of delightful experiences in one charming space and place.
The Gallery is always in high demand by regional artists wishing to exhibit their latest work and it is already heavily booked throughout 2018 promising yet another exciting year of visually stimulating collectables.
Stop by the Northern Business Centre, Queen's Street, Speightstown, St. Peter; weekdays from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm where a highly trained, knowledgeable and helpful curator will make your journey a richly rewarding experience, as well as, an exclusive shopping pleasure. You are guaranteed great value and priceless memories.
For more information, visit their website at The Gallery of Caribbean Art to preview available pieces.