To celebrate International Womens Day , The Saint Lucia Arts & Cultural Society (London) in partnership with ‘The Images of Black Women in Film Festival’ collaborated to curate an exhibition of artwork by some of Saint Lucia’s most outstanding Women artists.
With the support of The High Commission for Saint Lucia, this unique celebration was hosted at the High Commission building in London’s, South Kensington.
Nigel Allyson Ryan, Chair of The Saint Lucia Arts & Cultural Society said, “ The five artists who participated are all fantastic examples of the quality and standard of art across many genres that is being produced in St. Lucia and at a time when the creative industries are the fastest growing sector in the world, it was exciting to work with exponents who capture the essence of the arts through their different disciplines.
Davina Lee, St. Lucia’s foremost filmmaker, Fiona Compton , Frederique Rapier and Dani Devaux, all photographers with an international client list and a superb repertoire of work and Shay Cozier, a prolific painter who suffered a stroke some years ago epitomizes the therapeutic value of painting through her work.
We are all very proud and grateful for the support of our High Commission as it provides a much needed platform for our emerging and established creative exponents. I hope one day to work with our other Commissions in New York and Toronto to develop a network of similar platforms St. Lucian artists internationally”.
The event was extremely popular with standing room only for the first public viewing of Davina Lee’s film, ‘The Coming of Org’. The two London based artists Fiona Compton and Frederique Rapier spoke about their work, their inspiration and their excitement about the potential opportunities they foresee through the development of St. Lucia’s new Ministry for Creative Industries.
Both women work as photographers in the corporate sector in the UK as well as having a passion for producing beautiful images of St. Lucia and St. Lucian people on film art and commercial use also. Dani Devaux has worked for Vogue magazine and many international clients.
Frederique Rapiers images included the St. Lucian models Mala Bryan and Tania Biscarlet in scenes from the Balembouche Estate promoting high quality jewelry designed by St. Lucian designer Anitanja Lawaetz.
Dani Devaux’s images were from an intimate collection of studies of Derek Walcott painting at his home studio. ‘The Coming of Org’ by Davina Lee will be a part of The Images of Black Women in Film Festival 2013 in London during April and May.
Mrs. Leah Longville, a St. Lucia attendee, said “I felt tremendous pride in the High Commission for opening the doors to enable the audience to see such innovative work, and also took pride in the fact that my two guests who were not St. Lucian enjoyed the evening, and left with a very positive image of St. Lucia. I would urge the High Commissioner to ensure that such events happen on a regular basis, as it informs both St. Lucians and non-St Lucians alike to the cultural richness and diversity of our island home.”