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Seychelles to mount visibility campaign for local artists

Seychelles to mount visibility campaign for local artists ( Seychelles is working to open new doors in the world of photography and in the visual arts domains. The Ministry of Tourism and Culture in collaboration with its National Arts Council remains conscious of the need to continuously work with the artists to have art galleries to exhibit their works. “It is clear that we are seeing new skills by some young budding artists as it is also clear that known artists are becoming more creative and innovative in their output. This is why we worked to organize the Arts Festival 2012 as a clear example of a new platform for the promotion of Seychelles creative industry. We hope that enticing artists to demonstrate their creativity in the visual and performing arts will increase their visibility and get more of their works on the market,” Minister Alain St.Ange, the Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture said.

“We saw at the Carrefour des Arts, the gallery administered by the National Arts Council, that they were showcasing a collection of photography in the exhibition mounted for the Arts Festival. These fascinating close up snapshots collection of faces from Soudan by Soukup Vacalv displayed along other collections from Jean Francois Aglae with his “water dripping from the hill’’ shot and Alain Abel’s colourful snapshots of “Victoria market” amongst others. This photography exhibition “Klendey” is free, and we opened it to the public to ensure everyone can see and appreciate the talent we have in Seychelles,” Minister St.Ange said.

It was Jimmy Savy, the Chief Executive of Seychelles National Arts Council who guided the Seychelles Minister for Culture, Mr. Alain St.Ange, through the collection of photos being exhibited. The Minister admired the remarkable exhibits by local artists. He said that he is impressed with the local talents portrayed in the “Carrefour des Arts exhibition.”

From the “Carrefour des Arts,” Minister St.Ange headed to the “Kaz Zanana” arts gallery where he was welcomed by George Camille, one of Seychelles well-established artists. George Camille’s collection of mixed media paintings feature among the “Aqualic,” cross stitching, papers on canvas, conventional paintings, and sculptures on display.

Works of art of other renowned artists such as Christine Payet, Alex Ernest, and Marie Mai Marie decorated the gallery’s interior rooms. The imposing wooden sculpture of Robert Alexis created the perfect fusion between visual arts and craft works, the latter being an industry with a promising future for Seychelles. George Camille explained that the artists “were given an open theme to work on for this exhibition,” which was also opened during the Arts Festival. He said that “Seychelles needs a place where artists can showcase their exhibits.”

Minister St. Ange said that he remained committed to ensuring that visual artworks become more visible in Seychelles.

“Visual arts should be used as a marketing tool for Seychelles to entice visitors on what is happening in the country. A more aggressive visibility campaign is needed to promote Seychelles’ artistic works,” said Minister St.Ange.

PHOTO: Minister St. Ange viewing Arts Exhibition of Carrefour des Arts and Kaz Zanana / Photo from Seychelles Ministry of Tourism & Culture


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