3 Band Gallery Hop
The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts presents the Three Band Gallery Hop on Saturday 25th June 2016. The tour begins at the National Museum and Art Gallery at 4.00pm and will include visits to The Art Society of T&T, Medulla Art Gallery and De Legacy House of El Tucuche (Leroy Clarke’s personal studio space).
The Three Band Gallery Hop is a pilot project that will bring interested members of the public to visit three visual art spaces in and around Port of Spain. This vision of this project is that of developing audiences for visual art, educating the public about our local artistic landscape and exposing established and developing talent to international curators.
About our featured galleries
THE NATIONAL MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY
The National Museum and Art Gallery was established originally as the Royal Victoria Institute (RVI) in 1892 in commemoration of the Jubilee of Queen Victoria and as part of a general British Colonial policy to build cultural institutes throughout the Commonwealth. This is a geneal museum and has a permanent collection of over 10,000 items. This museum has a unique mission- to foster public awareness, understanding and enjoyment of Trinidad and Tobago’s Human and Natural Heritage through the collection, preservation, research, presentation and interpretation of significant and representative collections of that heritage. Read more here
THE ART SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Established in 1943, the Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago seeks to nurture, promote, protect and advocate for visual artists and visual arts in Trinidad and Tobago. It is the oldest established art organisation in the Caribbean and is a registered non-profit organisation.
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MEDULLA ART GALLERY
Medulla Art Gallery has been established to carry on and develop the traditions of Aquarela Galleries. Medulla, as the name implies, will provide a core space for art education with public participation through exhibitions, forums and workshops. Geoffrey MacLean, Martin Mouttet and Isabel Brash hope to use Medulla to demonstrate art, not only as a social expression, but also as a medium for therapy and growth. Medulla seeks to produce and promote exhibitions and ancillary events of established and emerging artists. Medulla also seeks to engage with and educate the public including teachers, students, private and corporate collectors, investors, sponsors, art enthusiasts and media through the development of new innovative programs and initiatives, workshops, artist talks, critical analysis etc. Partnering with other cultural institutions and organizations on collaborative projects is another important goal. Other services offered by Medulla are exhibition installation, appraisals, acquisitions, documentation, advice on conservation restoration and collection management.
DE LEGACY HOUSE OF EL TUCUCHE
De Legacy House of El Tucuche is a museum located in Wellsprings, Cascade, Trinidad, owned by the Elder Chief Ifá Ojé Won Yomi Abiodun, better known as Leroy Clarke. The philosophy upon which De Legacy is founded is as multidimensional as its structure. The fundamental theme of the House of El Tucuche, according to Clarke, “is to preserve my work and also to make them accessible for study and research. [Unfortunately] our people are not archival bent, neither are we concerned as to how we be viewed by posterity. Simply put, we are not a very caring people. We have failed to preserve the best of ourselves.” Clarke has created a place from which to exhibit and sell his work, as well as pass on his legacy to future generations. He claims that the “space simultaneously functions as a medium, which he hopes, will permit dialogue aimed at encouraging exchanges between icons and aspiring thinkers.”
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