Barbados Art Vacations
Barbados is a good place to visit to find some talented artists inspired by the magic of tropical life in creative and visual art.
Therefore we have compiled a comprehensive guide of visual and creative art for you to enjoy while you are in Barbados, so in alphabetical order let us tell you about the many places that you can go to appreciate local art and craftsmen.
Bagatelle Great House is a great example of Barbadian architecture, and is now open as a restaurant. From time to time the old living quarters upstairs hold art exhibitions. Please call (246) 421-6767 for further information.
Barbados Gallery of Art is located at the Garrison Savannah in St. Michael. It can be found opposite the Barbados Museum. The gallery displays over 300 paintings from Barbados and the wider Caribbean. They also have regular temporary exhibitions of international art. Here you will find paintings, sculptures and prints.
The Barbados Museum is located at the Garrison Savannah in St. Michael. There are many galleries in the museum covering the history of Barbados, but there is also one gallery dedicated to old Barbadian paintings and prints that are worth a visit.
Chalky Mount is located in the Scotland District of Barbados, in the parish of St Andrew. Here you will find the island’s only mountain – Mount Hillaby. In the area of Chalky Mount there is a lot of clay and so you will find a handful of potters working in the area. These potters make mugs, pots and jugs, which are all available to buy at a very good price.
Constant Gallery is located just off Highway 4 in the parish of St. George in the middle of the island. This gallery specialises in fine art for floors and walls. Here you can buy sculptures and Persian rugs. You need to call and make an appointment on (246) 429-2654.
Daphne’s Sea Shell Studio is found in the parish of St. Philip, just north of Sunbury Plantation House. Here you will find a delightful selection of hand painted seashells and various other crafts that make nice presents to take home as gifts for friends and family. The studio is open from Monday to Friday from 9am until 5pm and from 9am until 4pm on Saturday.
Earthworks is located in the parish of St. Thomas with a commanding view over the sugar cane fields. A trip to Earthworks is a must for any visitor to Barbados; this family run business makes Caribbean pottery unlike any other, with a vibrant colorful Caribbean flair.
Here you can buy plates, bowls and vases or even have a bathroom sink made to order. You can witness the potters at work in the factory, take a tour of the gift shop and relax in the restaurant with a breath taking view.
Here you will also find one of the island’s three ‘On the Wall Art Galleries’, where you can appreciate and purchase some of the finest Caribbean paintings. It is open Monday to Friday from 9am until 5pm and from 9am until 1pm on Saturday.
Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination is located at the University of the West Indies campus. The centre is to provide an ongoing outlet for fine art, theatre, and music. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 10am until 4pm. Please call (246) 417-4776 for further information.
Gallery of Caribbean Art is especially dedicated to the work of Caribbean artists from as far north as Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba and as far south as Barbados and Guyana.
The exhibition changes regularly as it show cases paintings, sculptures and photography. The work is shown at the Northern Business Centre, Queen Street, Speightstown on the west coast and in the lobby of The Hilton Hotel on the south coast.
Gang of Four Gallery is located at The Cottage, Springvale Plantation in the parish of St. Andrew. They have a constant rotation of art displayed. Please call (246) 438-7883 for opening times and latest exhibitions.
Lancaster Great House is located on the west coast in the parish of St. James and boasts an impressive collection of art, which is now open for public viewing from Monday until Friday from 9am until 4pm. By appointment you can also visit at weekends by calling (246) 432-0458.
National Festival of Creative Art (NIFCA) is a celebration of all up and coming creative artists in Barbados. The festival is held throughout the month of November and show cases song, dance, poetry, writing and art. For further information please click on the link below and read the full article on NIFCA.
Number 17 Art Gallery is located at Pavilion Court in Hastings in the parish of Christ Church on the south coast of the island. This is the personal studio of local artist Corrie Scott. Here you will find fine art and photography displayed. There are prints and cards available to buy at very reasonable prices. Please call (246) 424-3965 to make an appointment.
On the wall art galleries can be found at three locations in Barbados and they are at Champers Restaurant on the south coast and at The Restaurant at Southsea, in St. Lawrence Gap also on the south coast and finally at Earthworks Pottery in St. Thomas in the middle of the island.
Pelican Craft Centre is located in Bridgetown, next door to the Bridgetown Port in the parish of St. Michael. Here you will find a craft village with workshops, studio’s and shops selling the goods that are made right there on the complex. There are some wonderful unique and original pieces that can be picked up at the Pelican Craft Centre and it is one of the places that you must visit while visiting Barbados.
Queens Park Gallery is located in Queens Park in Bridgetown in the parish of St. Michael. The gallery is operated by the National Cultural Foundation, and showcases different artists at different times. The gallery is open from Monday to Saturday from 9am until 6pm. Please call (246) 427-2345 for the latest exhibition information.
Tides Art Gallery is located at the Tides Restaurant on the west coast in the parish of St. James. Here you will find a display of fine art and photography from Barbados, Trinidad and St. Lucia. The gallery is open every day of the week from 9am until 11pm.
Walker’s World is a great place to shop for art and crafts from all over the world; they have some unique pieces and is a great place to find gifts to take home.
You can find their main store, which is over two floors at the end of St. Lawrence Gap on the south coast is open seven days a week from 9am until 5pm. They also have a smaller location at the Chattel Village in Holetown on the west coast, which is open from 9am until 5pm Monday until Saturday.
Their warehouse for larger pieces of furniture is located at Edgehill, St. Thomas and is open from 8am until 4pm from Monday until Friday and from 9am until 5pm on Saturday.