KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) will host its second 40th Anniversary Visual Arts exhibition in Jamaica at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts starting on Monday 14 October with a formal opening ceremony.
The Visual Arts exhibition will run from Monday 14 to Friday 18 October, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
The objectives of the Visual Arts Exhibition are to highlight the creative work of Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Visual Arts students; to expose students in the host country to what examiners consider art of a high standard; to promote Visual Arts as a feasible career choice; to showcase the work of CSEC Visual Arts students to the public and to promote CSEC Visual Arts as a CXC subject.
"Indigo" by Davardo Tyrell Smith, Raymond Gardiner High School, Turks and Caicos Islands
The Visual Arts exhibition will feature works from CSEC Visual Arts examinations over the years, including Regional Top Award winners. It will feature pieces from the eight expressive forms of the CSEC Visual Arts syllabus: Drawing, Leather Craft, Graphic and Communication Design, Painting and Mixed-Media, Sculpture and Ceramics, Fibre and Decorative Arts, Textile Design and Manipulation and Print Making.
Grace McLean, chief education officer, Jamaica; Nicholeen Degrasse-Johnson, principal of Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts; and Glenroy Cumberbatch, pro registrar of CXC will speak at the opening function.
The exhibition has been planned to coincide with the Annual Rex Nettelford Arts Conference hosted by Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, which runs from 16 to 18 October.
“The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts is pleased to collaborate with the CXC and the Ministry of Education in mounting this exhibition,” stated Petrona Morrison, director, School of Visual Arts at Edna Manley College. “CXC Visual Arts has contributed significantly to the preparation of students for entry to the programmes offered by the college. The range and quality of the work reflects the importance of CXC to the development of Visual Arts in the region.”
Dr Didacus Jules, registrar of CXC said, “Hosting the exhibition at Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts and particularly during the week of the Rex Nettleford Arts Conference makes for the ideal synergy.”
“The conference is attended by people involved in the Arts from around the world and they will have the opportunity to see the very high quality of work produced by Caribbean students,” Jules added.