The challenge came from CXC’s Assistant Registrar, Cleveland Sam, on (Monday 12th March), as he gave brief remarks at an opening ceremony for the Caribbean Examination Council’s (CXC) C.S.E.C Visual Arts Exhibition, at Port Zante.
Sam said that there is a major shortcoming in this area, not only in St. Kitts but across the entire region, because there is no continuing focus on the arts.
Sam further revealed that at least one young person, who is a product of CXC’s music programme, is now continuing with his music career and now works with international singing superstar ‘Adele’.
Sam opined that he would be delighted to see a CXC visual arts student become the biggest animator in Hollywood.
Minister of Education, Nigel Carty shared a similar sentiment, as that of the CXC official, when he stated, although one is proud of the work done by the students, he believes we are not as proud of visual arts, as enough success is not seen throughout the subject area.
Carty added, that Kittitians and Nevisian really need to improve in this subject area and he went on to say that he believes that this exhibition can really help in this regard, by allowing the students to see the standard that is required of them, at the CXC level, and to also build the interest among them to continue the practice, whether as a career or a hobby.
He also commended CXC for choosing St. Kitts and Nevis for hosting the exhibition this year and also commended local coordinator for the Visual Arts Event and Education, Mrs. Blondell Franks and her team; for putting this exhibition together.
Carty then proceeded to cut the ribbon to symbolically open the display to the general public; before him and other top officials who were present, were given a tour of the exhibition.
On exhibit were various artworks in different forms and styles, which included 3D sculptures drawings, paintings, collages and many others.
One impressive piece of work that caught everyone’s attention was a peacock sculpture, which was done by a student of the Cayon High School, for his May /June 2012 exams.