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The National Art Gallery Committee [NAGC] in Barbados West Indies was established in 1998 by the then Minister of Education, Youth Affairs and Culture, The Hon Mia Mottley under the Chairmanship of the Director of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society.

Developments leading up to the establishment of the National Art Gallery Committee

1997  Art in Barbados: What kind of Mirror Image? published. Authors Alissandra Cummins, Allison Thompson and Nick Whittle

1997 AICA (International Association of Art Critics) established Southern Caribbean Chapter

1998  AICA Southern Caribbean Symposium held in Barbados during August on the theme Caribbean Art Criticism: Fashioning a Language - Forming a Dialogue.

1998  Exhibition of works from the publication Art in Barbados: What kind of Mirror Image?  at the Barbados Museum & Historical Society, 28 August to 30 October 1998

Accomplishments of the NAGC since inception
Years 2001 - 2002

  • Meetings held with cultural groups and agencies to discuss relationships with a future National Art Gallery
  • Identification of the site of the National Art Gallery at The Garrison, Building Block ‘A’ currently occupied by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).
  • Documentation of works in the National Collection and the Barbados Gallery of Art.
  • Site visits and reviews held with all government ministries, institutions and statutory boards housing National Collection works.
  • 1st Annual Exhibition Work In Progress held at Queen’s Park Gallery during Cultural Heritage Month in collaboration with the National Cultural Foundation May 2001.
  • New work by Barbadian artist Felix Haynes discovered.
  • Conservation workshops held for painting and sculpture.
  • Panel discussion held on curatorship with AICA Southern Caribbean.
  • Care and Handling Kits prepared for all government ministries and statutory boards housing National Collection works.
  • Reports prepared for Government on conservation requirements for National Collection works.
  • Support provided for the CARIFORUM traveling exhibition of Caribbean artists.
  • Support provided for the Barbados entry to the 4th Biennial, Dominican Republic 2001.
  • Collaboration with AICA Southern Caribbean on discrete projects.
  • Works from the National Collection shown in the community at the Read-In Programme sponsored by the National Cultural Foundation.
  • Historical and contemporary works acquired of art including the first photographs.

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