Since 1996, the Women in Art Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago has been in existence with the aim of helping women explore, discover and develop their art techniques, and also assist all young, aspiring artists in Trinidad and Tobago, both boys and girls.
Founded by artist Fraulein Rudder, the Women in Art Organisation was launched with twenty-five members on the 20th of July, 1996 at Normandie Hotel, St. Anns, with artist Leroy Clarke delivering the feature address.
The organisation now boasts an increasing number of over one hundred and twenty members, comprised of art teachers, professionals, amateurs and aspiring artists in Trinidad and Tobago, with women artists from other Caribbean islands indicating their desire to join and participate in the Women in Art Organisation’s grand, annual exhibition.
Read more about the Women in Art Organisation’s history and outstanding achievements.
History of the Women in Art Organisation
The Women In Art Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago was founded by artist, Fraulein Rudder on 18th July, 1996. She saw the need for women artists to be brought to the fore and have more exposure; thus creating an awareness of their contribution to the arts. By exploring, discovering and developing techniques, and exhibiting with the Annual Women In Art exhibition, this has been achieved over the last sixteen years under her leadership. The organization also encourages young aspiring artists through the Biennial Art Competition for Fifth and Sixth Form Art students, which was introduced in 1998 and has been quite successful through the years.
The Aims and Objectives of the Women in Art Organisation
- An annual exhibition of “Women in Art”.
- To provide for the promotion and appreciation of art.
- Hosting workshops and seminars for members and aspiring artists. To organise art exhibitions both locally and abroad.
- To connect with women art groups abroad; eg. Women in the Arts Museum of Washington DC (nmwa.org).
- Field trips to locations of aesthetic interest; eg. Lopinot, Asa Wright Nature Centre, La Vega, Wild Fowl Trust, Botanical Gardens, etc.
The Women in Art Organisation’s Annual Exhibition
(In pic: Pat Bishop delivering opening speech at first exhibition at Hotel Normandie.)
This exhibition, introduced in July 1997, has been quite successful through the years in acheiving a greater awareness of the talents of our women in the arts. It is an avenue for them to display their work in the diverse forms of visual arts, in categories such as painting, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery, fabrics, etc. And thus create an awareness of the diverse contribution our women make to the arts. Learn more about the Women in Art Organisation’s Annual Exhibition.