Culture in Colour
EXPERIENCE THE ARTS DURING ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA ART WEEK
In Antigua and Barbuda, art, music, film and dance and will take over the twin-island paradise for seven days as a new festival, Antigua and Barbuda Art Week (ABAW) gets set to take place from April 16 – April 22, 2023 under the vibrant theme, ‘Culture in Colour’.
Live music and spoken word will fill the air, colourful and poignant displays of Antigua and Barbuda art will dot the landscape, dancers in bright, cultural wear will burst out at national landmarks, and inspired spectators will pick up paint brushes for interactive painting sessions with featured artists during the week.
Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Tourism, The Honourable Charles Fernandez says, “Antigua and Barbuda Art Week showcases the range of work that Antigua and Barbuda artists have to offer, from painters, musicians, sculptors, poets, dancers and more. Art Week brings increased national, regional and international attention to their talent, as we continue to fill out our destination calendar with new and exciting events that promote our culture”.
Features of the inaugural Antigua and Barbuda Art Week hosted by the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority include:
The ABAW Schools’ Art Competition: The Schools’ Art competition provides an opportunity for students within the primary and secondary schools to get involved in Antigua and Barbuda Art Week. Students in primary and secondary school ages 9 – 16 years are invited to submit new and existing works of art in the medium of paint to the competition, inspired by the theme ‘Culture in Colour’. Works will be judged by a panel of esteemed judges, and select artists featured during the Antigua and Barbuda Art Week. The entry deadline for the competition is April 7. For further information contact the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority on 1 268 562 7600.
Antigua and Barbuda Art Week Art Exhibition: The ABAW Art Exhibition will open to the public on April 17 at the Boom at Gunpowder House, English Harbour and will run until April 22, 2023. Artwork will also be on display at the V.C Bird International Airport. The exhibition will feature a unique collection of work from over 15 artists in Antigua and Barbuda curated by some of Antigua and Barbuda’s noted art personalities to include visual artist Emile Hill. Amongst the fine pieces on display at the exhibition, art-lovers will be drawn in by the exceptional work of Antigua and Barbuda’s leading contemporary artists Heather Doram MFA GCM and Mark Brown. Fashion pieces by Antigua and Barbuda designers to include House of Argent, Taotm, and Nicoya Henry Designs will also be on exhibit.
The Full List of Exhibiting Artists are:
Self-guided Art Walks and Studio Tours: During the week, visitors will be able to view the artists in their studios as they create their own art. Featured spots include: Zemi’s Art Gallery (Redcliffe Quay), Guava De Art (Redcliffe Quay), Gilly Gobinet Art (Fitches Creek) Margrie Hunt (Buckleys), Jan’s Studio & Gallery (Buckleys), Fig Tree Studio Art Gallery (Fig Tree Drive), Edison Liburd’s Edison Arts Gallery (All Saints), The Boom at Gunpowder House, Rhythm of Blue Art Gallery, and the National Sailing Academy – special exhibit (English Harbour) and Artsy Yaadie (Barbuda). Various restaurants around Antigua and Barbuda also exhibit artist work, including Papa Zouk (St. John’s), Ana’s on the Beach Restaurant and Art Gallery (Dickenson Bay), Abracadabra (English Harbour) and The Art Café (Barbuda).
Movies under the Stars: Being held on April 19, at Garrot Blacks, English Harbour, enjoy films created by Antigua and Barbuda’s film producers. Event start time: 7:30 p.m. The featured film for the evening will be ‘The Skin’ by independent Caribbean film producers HAMA productions.
ABAW Artist Showcase: Antigua and Barbuda Art Week will include a special artist showcase on April 21. The Artist Showcase will spotlight new and emerging musicians and spoken word artists at Ana’s on the Beach Restaurant and Art Gallery. Featured artists are: Arlen Seaton, AnnieTheVoice, Janine Jarvis, Fayola Aisha, Jay Abnormal, Biig Dogg plus more!! Event start time: 6:00 p.m.
ABAW Paint, Sip & Eat: Antigua and Barbuda Art Week concludes in Antigua with an immersive sip and paint art experience. On April 22, get up close and meet with Antigua and Barbuda’s top artists, gather inspiration from their work then get your hands on paint brushes, select your colours and create your own masterpiece guided by artist Gerron Farquharson – Mr. Sip and Paint at Greencastle Ranch. Tickets EC$160. Event start time: 6:30 p.m. Tickets available for purchase at the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority. Tel 1 268-562-7600
BarbudanGo Heritage Awareness Race – Run or Cycle: The purpose of the awareness race taking place on April 16, 2023 is to bring remembrance of our historical culture, educate our people on parts of our history and heritage. Contact # 268 780 7773
Afro Fusion Community Dance Workshop: taught by Allyson R. Trunzer, on April 17, 5pm-6pm at Fisheries Outdoor Complex. FREE. All ages welcome!
Art Hop: meet 3 artists working in their studios at Barbuda Emblem (T: 268 728 4567), Art Cafe (T: 268 726 9118) and Artsy Yaadie (T: 268 722 2921) all located on google maps. Call whatsapp / ahead for your best experience.
Steel Band Performance: Barbuda’s live steel band (directed by Everett Thomas) on Thursday, April 20th at 6:30pm
at Uncle Roddy’s Restaurant. Call Uncle Roddy’s Restaurant at 268-720-2555 for reservations.
Sip & Craft: Join Odelia Deazle of Barbuda Emblem on April 21 for a special Sip & Craft event hosted at the store location in Codrington. Call 268 728-4567 to book your spot.
Artists Unite: Art, Photography & Jewellery Exhibition on April 22 and 23, 2023 by fine artist Artsy Yaadie, photographer Mohammed Walbrook and Artisan Odelia Butler. Come out and show your support for this diverse and talented trio at Uncle Roddy’s Restaurant from 2pm to 8pm.
Spoken Word: Listen to the flow of the spoken word artist Empress Authentic at Uncle Roddy’s Restaurant on April 22 at 3:30 pm
Barbuda’s Sip and Paint: Join Caribbean artist, Artsy yAAdie for a special Sip & Paint Event on Saturday April 22nd at Uncle Roddy’s Restaurant, Barbuda! Get colorful and creative while enjoying light hors d’oeuvres and special drinks offers. Event duration is from 2pm to 3:30pm. Cost is $30.00 USD per person, and includes the use of all art supplies. Participants must pre-register prior to the event.
To register, please call Artsy yAAdie at 268-722-2921.
Celebrity Sip & Paint: The who’s who of Barbuda will show their support for the arts on April 23, 2023 by painting their own pieces and donating them for auction to help fund art programs. This event hosted by Allyson T Trunzer and Artsy Yaadie at Uncle Roddy’s Restaurant from 2 – 3:30pm
A Cool Ensemble: Come listen to the ever-smooth “Acoolensemble”- Saxophonist at Uncle Roddy’s Restaurant on April 23 and EVERY Sunday at 6:00 p.m. Call Uncle Roddy’s Restaurant at 268-720-2555 for reservations.
WE VALUE OUR PARTNERS & SPONSORS
The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority extends heartfelt thanks to our partners and sponsors, who have come on board to make the Antigua and Barbuda Art Week, a success.
Antigua and Barbuda Art Week and artists in Antigua and Barbuda can be followed on social media using the hashtag: #ArtinAntigua, #ArtinBarbuda, #AntiguaBarbudaArtWeek and on the Facebook group: Art in Antigua and Barbuda