CPTC hosts successful Creations 2
Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
Creations 2: An Exhibition of Fine Jamaican Art, which was part of the Creative Production Training Centre's (CPTC) week of celebrations marking 30 years of existence, has been described as a resounding success by the organisers and artists.
Staged at the Wycliffe Bennett Television Studio at the CPTC on Arnold Road, St Andrew, initially from November 25 to 29, the exhibition featured the works of more than 40 artists and artisans, including 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.
The CPTC was cautiously optimistic about staging the exhibition. However, having seen the public response, the organisation has been encouraged to stage similar events in the future. "It was a tentative foray into establishing our television studio as an alternative space in which to exhibit fine arts, digital arts and other forms of the visual arts. So we thought it went very well. It has proven that we are on to something and encouraged us to do more," said Gary Neita, manager of JamVision at the CPTC.
Neita said despite persistent rain that week, art lovers turned out in appreciable numbers, prompting the CPTC to extend the duration of the exhibition. "Art lovers came out during the week and even during the rains over the weekend. One family came as early as 7:30 on Saturday morning, so we extended it by three days to accommodate the many requests we got," he said.
"It was especially heartening to see the interest and enthusiasm of art students from schools in the area when they met and questioned some of the artists like Dr David Boxer and Donovan Fairweather, whose works were on display."
The CPTC's use of the Wycliffe Bennett Television Studio for the exhibition created welcome new space for artists to display their work. "It's the best space right now for artists. There are very few spaces in Kingston for us and not many galleries. To have an alternative space that's open to the public is good. The lighting we had on our works is unavailable anywhere else," said multidimensional artist Mazola Wa Mwashighadi.
Mwashighadi also expressed an appreciation for the works on display. "The selection was very good - from young ceramists like Victoria Silvera to the current artists and the masters like David Boxer and Carl Abrahams, whose works resonated with me as an artist. Youngsters see and create differently, so I am very glad that students came to see it and realise the opportunities that art can offer them," Mwashighadi said.
Several of the artists were also impressed at the public response. "I thought it was a wonderful exhibition. There are not many outlets remaining for artists like myself to display our work, and so this was a welcome idea by the CPTC," said Fairweather, a ceramist, whose works exhibit a strong, masculine, Afro-centric quality. He had two pieces on display, 'Unity In the Diaspora' and 'Breast'.
Fellow ceramist Victoria Silvera said being able to have her works on display gave her a sense of belonging. "It was a wonderfully thought-out space, and I felt honoured to show my work in the same space as Carl Abrahams, Hope Brooks and Phillip Supersad. I felt a sense of ritual and theatre from the drumming and the way the artists were presented to the guests at the launch. It gave me a sense of belonging and made me feel very much at home," Silvera said.