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Professional Development Workshop
September 8, 2015 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Professional Development Workshop
Wednesday 16, September 2015
Helen May Johnstone Room, Queen’s Hall
6:00pm – Opening Remarks
Brief presentation on the Artist Registry (5-10 mins)
=> Information on our new digital interface
=> Highlight increased benefits available to registered persons (training opportunities etc.)
6:15pm – Introduction of Narcenio Gomez
Perspective of a master: Q+A with Mentor Narcenio ‘Senor’ Gomez (30 mins)
=> Discussion on his career as a designer in Carnival Arts
=> Highlight work being done in our Mentoring by the Masters programme
6:50pm – Introduction of Kishan Munroe
Perspective of a regional artist: Kishan Munroe, Bahamas [via skype/ webinar] (30 mins)
=> To underscore the importance of documenting your work (portfolio building) and representing yourself as an artist in a dynamic way in an effort to access opportunities.
7:25 PM – Introduction of Panellists
Visual Art in a broader context- Brief presentations and panel discussion
=> 10 mins for each presentation with 20 mins Q+A (60 mins)
– Clayton de Freitas: Applying artistic skills to scope of work as President of the Art Society
– Che Lovelace: Branching out as a visual artist into other areas of the creative sector
– Nadya Shah: Applying Visual Arts training to degree in Cultural and Creative Industries
– Daniella Carrington: Applying Visual Arts Training to scope of work as a Cultural Officer
8:30 PM – Wrap-up and Closing Remarks
Profiles of presenters and panellists
Narcenio ‘Senor’ Gomez
Born in the 1930s to Venezuelan parents, Narcenio Gomez better known as Señor Gomez is one of the leading wire benders (sculptors) in Trinidad and Tobago. He has been designing, bending wire and making costumes for over 50 years. His expertise has been sought after by academic institutions and cultural organisations worldwide. Mr Gomez will also share his wire bending and mas making skills in the area of Carnival Arts.
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Kishan Munroe – Biography
Kishan Munroe (born 1980, Nassau, Bahamas) is a multidisciplinary social artist, whose work agitates for social change, transcending physical and cultural boundaries while speaking to the universality of mankind.
In 2003 Kishan obtained BFA degrees in Painting and 3D Visual Effects at Savannah College of Art and Design. He went on to pursue graduate work at his alma mater on a graduate fellowship and concluded his studies in Painting in 2005. Kishan’s work has been exhibited in the Caribbean, North and Latin America. His work is included in many public and private collections and has also received numerous awards and accolades.
On the 21st of August 2008, Munroe, embarked upon a multi-media expedition entitled ‘The Universal Human Experience’ – the first ever project of this magnitude attempted by a solo artist.
Munroe charted an ambitious trek around the world, a fact-finding mission, investigating various conflicts and resolutions that have shaped cultures of opposition. This solo journey was also designed to challenge Munroe’s physical and emotional endurance as well as his ability to adapt and to empathize. Through his documentation of these socio-political issues he captures the reality of a world affected by the plight of human history while placing emphasis on the process of reconciliation as key to the redemption and sustainability of a more peaceful coexistence.
Armed with what he calls “weapons of mass progression” (his artistic tools) Munroe has shown his commitment to be an ambassador of art, as well as an activist for social change. After nearly two continuous years of documenting life in the Americas, Munroe returned home (The Bahamas), completing Phase I of his expedition.
Phase II of his project commenced in 2010, which drew into focus The Bahamas and its relationship with Cuba. Munroe crafted a multi-disciplinary, analytical project that was not only designed to function as appealing visual, audio and literature art, but which also simultaneously wrote a major part of The Bahamas’ history that had for far too long gone uninvestigated contextually. This phase of the project used the tragedy of the sinking of HMBS Flamingo in 1980 as a point of dissection, to address further historical and cultural nuances that have shaped Bahamian culture.
In 2013 Munroe was granted a solo exhibition at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, which made him the youngest artist to be awarded a national show at the institution. The revolutionary exhibit “Swan Song of the Flamingo” went on to receive international acclaim.
In 2014, The Senate of The Bahamas, under the leadership of Sen. the Hon. Sharon Wilson (President) identified Munroe’s work as being exemplary of a new standard of cultural intervention and historical documentation. On these merits Munroe was afforded another prestigious honor in being the first Bahamian artist granted the opportunity to exhibit artwork within the Upper House of Parliament. Until then the only paintings to ever grace the walls of the Senate building or the House of Assembly were limited to that of European portraits of British monarchs.
Kishan Munroe is based in Nassau Bahamas but continues to work within other societies around the world using his creative resources as a catalyzing tool for social intervention.
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Clayton De Freitas
Clayton de Freitas, artist, was born in Trinidad in 1962, and grew up in the city of Port Of Spain among Victorian styled homes known as Gingerbread houses. Clayton has been a lover of the arts since childhood
For many years, Clayton resided in the Netherland Antilles, on the islands of St. Maarten and Saba where he was involved in several activities such as teaching Creative Writing full time at both primary and secondary levels and Art at all levels from Grades 1 through 6. He was also responsible for developing a social studies teaching programme for primary schools. During his stint in the Antilles, he exhibited for a foreign group exhibition in Eustatius.
Years later, when Clayton returned to Trinidad, he continued to immerse himself in social work with drug rehabilitation programmes and the Twelve Steps Group with prisoners. He also taught Art Therapy and Anger Management techniques at all prisons in Trinidad.
Clayton exhibited many times both at solo exhibitions and in conjunction with other renowed artists in Trinidad and Tobago. This water colorist is known for painting vintage home and nature scenes in his unique style paints from very large panels to miniatures.
Clayton, over the years, has remained true to the art of water colours. His collections, year after year, ring nostalgia, of places and time long gone that are but a memory to many. His work has been sold not only throughout the Caribbean, but his pieces reside in collections in both North America and Europe.
One interesting dimension to Clayton’s talent is that, although visually impaired, Clayton paints without glasses. The art of perspective calls for the use of both eyes and this Clayton has defied!
Clayton has been involved with the curatorship of art shows in Trinidad. Of special mention, he was asked to curate the charity auction of fine art works in aid of Port Of Spain’s restoration of Roman Catholic Cathedral.
The artist has also been involved in the carnival creations working with Brian Mac Farlane, one of the Trinidad’s most successful carnival band leaders.
Currently, Clayton is the President of the Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago, and also the Public Relations Chair.
Che Lovelace has been working as an artist over the last 15 years. After participating in two ‘young artists’ exhibitions in the late 1980s organized by Aquarela Gallery. He entered the L’École Régionale d’Arts Plastiques de la Martinique (Regional School of Fine Arts, Martinique) in 1991 and received a scholarship from the French government. He studied there for three years. Lovelace has had several solo exhibitions.
He has been involved in several group exhibitions internationally, including two ground breaking shows that featured important artists of Latin American and the Caribbean: these were the exhibitions “Caribe. Exclusion, Framentacion y Paraiso” at the Meiac Museum, Spain in 1998 and the 2001 exhibition “The Politics of Difference” which toured several museums in South and Central America as well as Europe.
His work has been exhibited at several regional Bienales, including the Santo Domingo Biennale and the VI Biennale de Pintura in Cuenca, Ecuador. The Gasworks Gallery in London also presented a body of his painting produced during a residency with the INIVA (International Institute of Visual Arts), London in 1999, after he was awarded the UNESCO-ASCHBERG Artist Bursary. His work was included in the 3rd Valencia Biennale 2007 at the Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia, Spain. Che Lovelace lives and works in Trinidad.
Nadya Shah is an Associate Professional on the Cultural Industries Team at the Culture Division, Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism. She holds a Master’s in Creative and Cultural Industries from King’s College London along with a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts & Cultural Enterprise Management, and a B.A in Visual Arts with a minor in Cultural Studies from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. Nadya is also a creative producer and visual artist and has worked in the creative industries for a number of years with entities such as the National Museum and Art Gallery, the trinidad + tobago film festival, and the DeciBel Entertainment Conference. She also works in film and art and has exhibited her own creative work locally and regionally.
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Daniella Carrington is a Cultural Officer I at the Culture Division at the Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts (Special) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts and Cultural Enterprise Management from the University of the West Indies. Daniella has experience in photography, curating and a keen interest in museum culture. She aspires to making valuable contributions to Arts and Culture in Trinidad and Tobago through her professional and personal endeavours.
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