The E.R Burrowes School of Art held an exhibition at the Umana Yana, Kingston last evening, showcasing the creative works of nine graduating female students. This is the first time that the graduating class is all female.
Minister within the Ministry of Education, Department of Culture, Youth and Sport, Nicolette Henry taking a look at one of the sculptures on display at the Burrowes School of Art exhibition
The one-day exhibition showcased drawings, paintings, sculptures, textile designs, ceramics, leather craft, graphic designs and photography.
Minister within the Ministry of Education, Nicolette Henry congratulated the students for the dedicated work they have put into their creative pieces. The Minister noted that art tells a story and challenges one’s imagination. “Art allows people to express themselves and communicate with others, in other words, art ties people together,” the minister stated.
Minister Henry pointed out that art pieces can be regarded as the soul and spirit of the artist. “Art draws the outsiders into the work of the artist and gives them the tools to help them understand how the artist thinks and feels,” the Minister opined.
Some paintings on display at the Umana Yana at the Burrowes School of Art exhibition
The Minister urged the artists to pay keen interest in what they do, be observant of their environment and capture and convey the atmosphere, characteristics and details of scenes.
Administrator of the school, Ivor Thom said that many people are unfamiliar with the institution’s complexity and dynamism. Thom said that merely looking at the creative works displayed is testimony to what the school is doing.
“We make art, we appreciate art, we study art because nothing else speaks to us the way art does; intuitively, emotionally and intellectually,” Thom explained.
Some of the leather work displayed at the Umana Yana at the Burrowes School of Art exhibition
Additionally, Thom pointed out that artists have the power to change peoples’ perception of life and therefore they must consider the role they have to play in a developing society.
Thom stated, “We (artists) freeze moments and time so that those (who) come after us can look at our art and through our art understand what used to be.”
Present at the art exhibition was Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Education Department of Culture, Youth and Sport Alfred King among other invitees. The students are expected to have their graduation exercise shortly.