A group of Surinamese artists, with help from the CARICOM Secretariat and Governments of Guyana and Suriname, will be visiting Guyana April 19-21 to host an Art Expo. They are from the Federation of Visual Artists Suriname (FVAS). The exhibition will last for three days from 10:00 hrs – 17:00 hrs at Umana Yana on Main Street in Georgetown and is titled ‘SURINAME ART EXPO 2017’.
This exhibition is part one of an exchange programme between Suriname and Guyana in the field of Visual Art. The second part of the exchange will be a return visit of Guyanese artists to Suriname.
Work by artists Anand Binda, Robbert Enfield, Glenn Fung Loy, Soeki Irodikromo, Sri Irodikromo, Dakaya Lenz, Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, Ardie Setropawiro, George Struikelblok, Sancha Sullivan, Manuela Tjin A Soe, Patrick Tjon and Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi will be showcased at the event.
The Federation of Visual Artists in Suriname and the Suriname Art Expo 2017, are supported by the Department of Culture of the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Suriname and the CARICOM Secretariat.
The CARICOM Secretariat acted as a liaison between the Governments of Suriname and Guyana and provided technical advice and promotion for the event. Speaking to the reason behind the Secretariat’s involvement Deputy Programme Manager Culture, Ms. Riane De Haas, pointed to an excerpt from a CARICOM paper which she said explained it best.
This arts exchange programme fits within the framework of the Community’s Strategic Plan 2015-2019: ‘Repositioning CARICOM’. Culture is seen as a pillar for building economic and social resilience, as well as strengthening CARICOM identity and spirit of the Community. Culture is a unifying force in regionalism and important to the success of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy. Culture promotes social cohesion and inclusiveness and contributes to wealth creation and the reduction of poverty.
The Federation of Visual Artists in Suriname is an art organization based visual artists and art promoters. Founded in 1998, today the FVAS is networking both on local as well as international level. The FVAS has initiated, organized and participated in many art exhibitions, art events and festivals, educational projects on art and environment, and other community art projects.
For the past five years, the focus of the FVAS has mainly been on national community art projects and international exchange programmes. Because of the interest in international exchange, the FVAS initiated an exchange programme with neighbouring country Guyana.