Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: Jamaica wants cultural exchange with Guyana
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Title: Jamaica wants cultural exchange with Guyana
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Publisher: Sunday Chronicle
Publication Date: 9/10/1972
Subject: Carifesta (1st : 1972 : Guyana), Festivals - Caribbean Area
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: South America -- Guyana -- Georgetown
Funding: Support for the development of the technical infrastructure and partner training provided by the United States Department of Education TICFIA program.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00199957
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA I 1972

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The Sunday Chronicle, September 10, 1972

wants cultural

exchange with Guvana

Jamaica is anxious to develop a cultural ex-
change in the field of art and sculpture with Guy-
ana. And in order to boost such an exchange
Jamaica is offering facilities for the development
of Guyanese art.

Speaking at a press confer
ence yesterday morning, Mrs
Edna Manley, veteran artist
and sculptor and a member o
the Board of Management o
the Jamaica School of Art
and Crafts, and Mr. Kar
Craig, Principal declared: "We
were bowled over by Guyanesi
Mrs. Manley who stressed
that she was not here as thi
mother of Jamaica's Prinx
Minister but as "an artist in
my own right", said there was
a tremendous need to "free
ourselves from the influences
of outside".
Mr. Craig said they would
prefer to see more Guyanese
and West Indian studying art
at the Jamaica School of Arts
of the Jamaica Institute. "It
would be cheaper than going
to Europe or North America."
Mr. Craig said he had spoke
to Guyana's High Compis-
sioner in Jamaica and suggest-
ed that this Government could
offer scholarships to Guyanese
to study art at his schooL
Mr. Craig and Mrs. Manley
said there was need for Guy-
anese work to be more pub-
licised and purchased so that
artists and sculptors can earn
a living.
Both Jamaican artists said
they would like to have a rep-
resentative exhibition of Guy-
anese art in Jamaica and in
return would send a Jamaican
sculpture exhibition as part of
the exchange programme.
"If we are to succeed in
this Caribbean cultural ex-
change, I would like to see ar-
tists from Guyana resident in
Jamaica working and studying
as well," Mr. Craig. said.
At the press conference held
hours before an exhibition of
Jamaican painting was opened
at the Guyana Agricultural
and Commercial Society Read-
ing Room ,he said there was
need for an organisation to be
set up to promote Guyanese
Although Georgetown is
more beautifully laid out for
the development of art, the
impression created by Aubrey
Williams' mural at Timehri
.was not continued in the city.
"You have big buildings like
Bookers, Pegasus and so on
which can help to show off
the beautiful works of Guyan-
ese artists," Mr. Craig de-

Mrs. Manley explained that
the current Jamaican exhibi-
t tion is small because the bulk
Sof the work is on show in Ja-
f maica at the Jamaica Festival
Sand in the Atlanta Festival.
I Emphasising the importance
e of art in the educational pro-
e cess, Mrs. Manley said works
of art cannot really be trans-
Slated in words and for this
e reason they are sometimes not
understood and consequently
S She urged that people
e should make efforts to appre-
ciate all forms of art because
it is something done by
Mrs. Manley, expressed the
view that since Greece and
Rome, no other area has had
any magic but the Caribbean
and said Caribbean artists
Scan help peoples of the area
to free themselves from the
part influence by releasing
this magic.
She said that there is need
for 'image' artists willing to
probe deep into our folklore
and legends, unafraid of the
ugliness of our history, and
come up with some of the
magic which is undoubtedly
in the Caribbean.

Revising Guyana after
15 years, Mrs. Manley said
that she was very impressed
by the progress made by
Guyanese painters and wish-
ed to see a greater attempt
made to familiarise the Guy-
anese public with work of art
done by Guyanese artists.
She recounted how she
treasured a piece of sculpt-
ure of a mother and child
presented to her as a gift
from a Guyanese when she
visited the country then. She
parted with it only recently
when her granddaughter made
a special request for it as a
gift on the occasion on her


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One of the highlights of Friday night's international presentation was that
of the Kingston, St. Vincent Chorale. They are singing the song about two
gay lovers (holding hands in background) who were refused permission to
wed by the girl's parents. Theiboy came to Guyana, brought back gold,
even in his teeth, and they lived happily ever after.

Mrs. Edna Manley, artist, sculptor and a member of the Board of the Ja-
maica Institute is seen here with two members of the Rastafarl band from.
Jamaica now here for CARIFESTA.

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