ON SHOW: Minister of National Diversity and Social Integration Rodger Samuel, costume designer Peter Minshall and museum curator Steve Ouditt discuss one of the works on exhibition at the launch of The Museum Room Project at the Office of Institutional Advancement at The University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine campus. –Photos: VERDEL BISHOP

Tools

UWI sets up museum

Making room for art appreciation

By Verdel Bishop verdel.bishop@trinidadexpress.com

Iconic, historical works by some of Trinidad and Tobago’s creative icons spanning over three decades are on exhibition at the Office of Institutional Advancement at The University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine campus.

The exhibition, titled the Museum Room Project, which examines the works of artists Carlisle Chang, Luise Kimme, Wendy Nanan, Jackie Hinkson and Peter Minshall, is a project in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Advancement, the National Museum and Art Gallery and UWI and is described as a significant catalyst for art appreciation and the sharing of art. 

The Museum Room Project, which was launched on April 23, features the works of Joseph Cromwell Assee, Minshall, Chang, Kimme, Nanan and Hinkson.

The project, a collaborative initiative of the Office of Institutional Advancement, the National Museum and Art Gallery and UWI, was described as a significant catalyst for art appreciation and the sharing of art. 

Office of Institutional Advancement director Sharan Singh said the objective of the project is to inspire and energise the creativity of students on the UWI campus.

“Right now it is a pilot project; our job is knowledge creation and knowledge dissemination. One of the key ingredients is inspiration. This exhibition is going to inspire ideas, conversation and creativity. 

“The Museum Room is a tool to inspire the UWI and our partners for a brighter future. We are going to do that by looking at these unique historical yet unique pieces. Our history is on the walls and it is serious history. These are pieces that we can talk about; they open conversations and dialogue and, at the end of the day, they also add an aesthetic to the space. We are hoping to do something on a bigger scale. There are so many more of these pieces sitting in storage waiting for the next opportunity to be showcased,” Singh said. 

The Museum Room will be roving to other interesting spaces. “We will be rotating the work every six months; it will be expanded to other rooms and campus. It will next be moved to the office of the campus principal, which is the oldest building on the campus. We need physical space that is going to inspire ideas and creativity,” Singh said.

Singh said eventually a virtual museum will be installed. He noted that the digital entity will draw on the characteristics of a museum, in order to complement, enhance, or augment the museum experience through personalisation, interactivity and richness of content. 

“At the end of the day, our aim is to make the UWI a world-class institution. My job is to make us more globally competitive. Initiatives like this and other initiatives help to make the institution world class. We don’t only want to use visual art, whatever artistic material and resources we have

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