As The Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival season gets closer, the creative and competitive side of Bahamian culture is truly shining through. This year, during the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, there are a variety of competition categories including best carnival group, vocal talent, and Bahamian cuisine. Also, The Art Pavilion (TAP) at Hillside Gallery will host its second annual art competition, and will feature works of local artists in the Bahamian community. The art competition, which is curated by Antonius Roberts and judged by Uli Voges, will have one artist who will be chosen as the most promising. That artist will receive funding for their artistic endeavors, be presented with a gold star award pin, and receive recognition during the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival.
Last year, three winners were chosen: Lemero Wright, Timothy Nottage and myself (Shashla Bethune – Artsy Types). We were pinned and received grants and recognition for our outstanding entries in The Art Pavilion. I appreciate the support I received from The Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival committee, Antonius Roberts’ Hillside Gallery, and the judge, Amanda Coulson, who is also a curator at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. This competition helped me to grow with my practice, as I was inspired to become more distinct and experimental with my art.
This year, I entered TAP to ensure that real fine art is a part of the program … Hello!
I would like to see this competition grow socially, and I hope that this year’s winner gets as much out of the experience as I did. So come out and support the artist of our community!
May 5th– 8th
Hillside House, Cumberland Street