These individuals stop to appreciate a piece of art during the recent Art Exhibit held as part of the NCU 2016 Homecoming celebrations.
and Chairman of the Southern Regional Health Authority, Wayne Chen, has
encouraged Jamaican artists to maintain their creativity and hope despite the
challenges they face as there is great potential to be found in the art
industry. Mr Chen was speaking as the Guest Speaker at the Visual Art Exhibit, held
recently as part of the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) 2016 Homecoming celebration.
his address Mr Chen said, “People will remember us by our creativeness. They
are going to remember us by the work we do. They are going to remember us by
every piece of art that we created.”
also spoke of Northern Caribbean University’s reputation in Visual Arts, “NCU
has already created its reputation in terms of craftsmen…I believe that this
institution in its own uniqueness can add a unique voice in the Art Industry,”
said that the day to day life of an artist, trying to sell his works of art,
was often a struggle.
“There is great artistic potential. There is a
body of artists, but they struggle because we are not buying the art and we are
not paying the prices that we ought to pay. Jamaican artists are very cheap but
if you go to anywhere else in the Caribbean whether to Cayman or Bahamas you
pay in US dollars. So, Jamaican art from that perspective is good for the
purchaser but it is hard on the producer.”
encouraged artists and potential artists present at the exhibit to keep striving.
of you who are artists in the audience don’t give up, keep hope, keep being
creative. Potential artists (I count myself among that lot at this late stage
of life), don’t give up.”
“We have the opportunity and responsibility to
encourage our visual artists to create that lasting memory, that lasting
reminder, that lasting legacy for our country and our people,” said Mr Chen.
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