The Guyana Visual Arts Competition has made a good start
By Alim Hosein
Alim Hosein is a linguist, lecturing in the Department of Language and Cultural Studies in the School of Education and Humanities at the University of Guyana. He is a critic of literature and the fine arts, a commentator on cultural studies and an artist who has produced paintings and published drawings. He has served as Head of the academic department at UG and in many other capacities at a national level, including at Carifesta, the Inter-Guianas Cultural Festival, the National Drama Festival and The Guyana Prize for Literature.
The Guyana Visual Arts Competition is a new event, but is a resurrection of the National Exhibition of the Visual Arts which ceased nearly two decades ago. This is also an expansion and a development of the nature and scope of that event, which was primarily an exhibition since there was only one prize, competed for by painters and sculptors alike.
By the time you read this, the judging process in the first Guyana Visual Arts Competition (GVAC) would already be underway. The judges have three days to complete their task, so the process will be completed early in the coming week. Five judges, two from overseas – one is a Guyanese – are judging the entries received.