Antigua and Barbuda announces the first edition of its Art Week

From April 16 to 22, 2023, art, music, film and dance will take over the paradisiacal islands under the motto "Culture in colour"

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For a week, the landscape will be filled with live music along with impressive art displays; there will also be dancers dressed in typical costumes in the national monuments, and, in addition, the public will have the opportunity to take a brush to participate in interactive painting encounters by outstanding artists.

The Minister of Tourism of Antigua and Barbuda, Charles Fernández, states: "Antigua and Barbuda Art Week showcases the wide variety of proposals that local artists have to offer. Painters, musicians, sculptors, poets and dancers, among others will participate. "Art Week seeks to attract public attention nationally, regionally and internationally. In the meantime, we continue to fill our calendar with new and exciting events with the aim of promoting our culture."

Some of the events that will take place during Antigua and Barbuda Art Week are:

ABAW School Art Competition: The competition will offer primary and secondary school students the opportunity to participate in Antigua and Barbuda Art Week. Students between the ages of 9 and 16 may submit new or existing artworks inspired by the theme "Culture in Color." The works will be evaluated by a highly prestigious jury and the selected artists will be presented during the event. The registration period for the contest ends on April 7.

ABAW Opening Night and Art Show Presentation: The ABAW Art Show will open on April 16 at the Boom in Gunpowder House, English Harbour, and will be on view throughout the week. On display at the exhibition is a unique collection of works by Antigua and Barbuda artists, curated by some of the islands' foremost personalities, including visual artist Emile Hill. Among the works on display, art lovers will be able to appreciate the proposal of the contemporary artist Heather Doram.

Walking Tours and Studio Visits: During the week, visitors will be able to see the artists in their studios as they create their work. Some of the places you can visit are: Zemi's Art Gallery by Stephen Murphy (Redcliffe Quay), Guava De Art (Redcliffe Quay), Cedars Pottery by Michael and Imogen Hunte (Buckleys), Fig Tree Studio Art Gallery (Fig Tree Drive) , Edison Liburd's Edison Arts Gallery (All Saints), Rhythm of Blue Art Gallery (English Harbour), and Sarah Fuller's Pottery (Dutchman's Bay). Several Antigua and Barbuda restaurants will also display works by artists, including Papa Zouk (St. John's), Ana's on the Beach Restaurant and Art Gallery (Dickenson Bay), Copper and Lumber Store Hotel (English Harbour), Abracadabra (English Harbour) and The Art Café (Barbuda).

Cinema under the stars: On April 19, at Garrot Blacks, English Harbour, you can enjoy films made by film producers from Antigua and Barbuda.

Sample of ABAW artists: There will be a special event on April 21. New and emerging musicians as well as literary artists will perform at Ana's on the Beach Restaurant and Art Gallery. Presentations will be announced shortly.

ABAW Paint, Sip & Eat: Antigua and Barbuda Art Week will end with an immersive paint and sip art experience. On April 22, the public will be able to get up close and personal with the best artists from the islands and have the chance to pick up the brushes, choose the colors and create their own under the guidance of artist Gerron Farquharson, at Greencastle Ranch. 

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