CPTC to host 30th anniversary exhibition
Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
The work of some of Jamaica's best artists and artisans will be on display at the Creative Production and Training Centre (CPTC) from November 25-29. The exhibition, dubbed 'Creations 2: An exhibition of Fine Jamaican Art', forms part of the CPTC's week of celebrations marking 30 years of existence.
The exhibition, which will be staged at the Wycliffe Bennett Television Studio at the CPTC on Arnold Road in Kingston, will feature the works of Albert Huie, Carl Abrahams, Colin Garland, David Boxer, George Rodney, Osmond Watson, Alexander Cooper, Ralph Campbell, Edna Manley, Norma Harrack, Jag Mehta, Phillip Supersad, Cecil Ward and Donnette Zacca, among others. Their pieces will be available for sale and the event's curator, Ms Gilou Bauer, anticipates tremendous support for the event.
Gary Neita, manager at JamVision within the CPTC, echoed Bauer's sentiments, and said the CPTC was eagerly looking forward to the exhibition. "We are really excited about 'Creations 2' and looking forward to the launch here in our television studio. This art exhibition is in some ways a reprise of the 'Creations on Canvas' and 'Potters Clay' exhibitions, which we staged quite successfully in 2011," Neita said. "For our 30th anniversary, we have included the digital arts and will be showing some powerful photographic images by an outstanding group of photographers; it will be a tour de force of the fine arts. Now at the same time, we are introducing our TV studio as a unique and very accessible exhibition space for artists to consider; especially those who need the floor space, studio height and dedicated lighting that only we can offer."
Daily viewing will be from 12 p.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the Saturday.
In keeping with the CPTC's mandate to educate and expose Jamaica's youth to local culture, several secondary schools and tertiary institutions in the Kingston 5 area will be specially invited to view the exhibition. Throughout the week, the CPTC will also present an exhibition on the work and achievements of the organisation over the past 30 years.
During its three decades, the CPTC has built a reputation as a supporter of Jamaica's culture and heritage, and has marked the achievements of notable Jamaicans with its annual Cultural Medal of Honour, which pays tribute to icons including Louise Bennett-Coverley, Olive Lewin, Rita Marley, Lorna Goodison, Professor Edward Baugh, Sir Willard White, Ralston Nettleford, Jimmy Cliff and Wycliffe Bennett.
It has also staged free public concerts like the Festival of the Drums, at Emancipation Park, an event featuring performances of drummers and dancers from Jamaica, South Africa and Colombia, that have attracted thousands of Jamaicans.