Much of the beautiful craftwork found in Barbados is created from the island's sustainable natural resources, such as clay, wood, palm leaves, bamboo, leather and shells. With these basic elements, local artisans are able to fashion their works of pottery, batik, jewellery, baskets and woodcarvings.
Perhaps the biggest testament to the growth of Barbadian artistry is in the number of art galleries found on the island as well as the numerous craft fairs and festivals, most notably: The Holetown Festival Street Market in February; the Oistins Fish Festival Street Market at Easter; the Crop Over Festival's Bridgetown Market in August; and the Barbados Museum Annual Craft Fair in December.
Held annually beginning mid-March in the magnificent gardens surrounding the 17th-century Holders House in St. James, Holders Season is the West Indie's premier arts festival and features innovative new works and internationally renowned artists, together with performances of opera, theatre, jazz and blues.
Galleries and Craft Centre