E.R. Burrowes School of Art opens exhibition features work from Diploma, Certificate Students

(Georgetown, August 18, 2017) – In a simple but significant ceremony held today at the Umana Yana, E.R. Burrowes students from the Graduating Class of 2017 having completed their students have put on display the items they have worked during their tutelage at the art school.

On display are works of art including ceramics, painting, textile and graphic design from 14 full time and part-time Diploma and Certificate students.

Today’s exhibition was declared open by the Deputy Permanent Secretary, Mr. Steve Ninvalle who highlighted the students’ tenacity and perseverance which saw them successfully completing their studies.

DPS Ninvalle commended the E.R.Burrowes School of Art for churning out students who will no doubt make a tangible contribution to Guyana’s cultural and artistic tapestry but to national development as well.

In his remarks, Mr. George Struikelblok – External Examiner noted that through the pieces of art he was able to see a lot of Guyana’s culture. With regards to the scope of work, he emphasized the importance of connectivity with the wider art-world. This, he posited, is critical for the development of art and cultural engagements. Connecting and networking with other artists also promotes exposure and makes artists more aware of new techniques being developed.

During his deliberations, Struikelblok urged the students to stay focused so that they can put Guyana on the map. Additionally, it is important for artists to do research.

Burrowes’ Director of Studies, Mrs. Genell Hamilton-Younge, indicated that the school is committed to fulfilling its mandate which is to foster the development of students through the teaching of skills, exposure to the arts, and the provision of an environment in which students mature into artists.

Mrs. Hamilton-Younge admitted that while the task seemed herculean, the guidance of the dedicated instructor’s students was challenged to do their best and exceed the expectations.

While reminiscing on the school’s motto touted by its Administrator, Mr. Ivor Thom which is ‘E.R. Burrowes has started the conversation, so you can join’ Hamilton-Younge called on the students, art enthusiasts and supports to join in developing strategies and policies which will not only enable students to secure scholarship and exchange programmes but make available capacity building opportunities for art educators.

 

(By Tekia Hanover)

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