The Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology (SJPI) held an Art Exhibition entitled “Art Meets Industry”, at the Courtney Blackman Grande Salle of the Toms Adams Financial Centre, Bridgetown, on the 15th October, 2019. The exhibition showcased the talent of students and guest artists in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the SJPI. Mrs. Shona Onyekwe, Acting Head of the General Studies Division was the Master of Ceremonies.

Principal, Mr. Ian Drakes welcomed the guests and remarked, “We are in the business of human resources, and through this exhibition our students are showing us what is possible, as we prepare them for the world of work and to become entrepreneurs.” He also revealed that there was a commitment by the Management to modernize and transform the Institution. Principal Drakes highlighted the training undertaken by instructors in several emerging technologies and the modern equipment acquired for implementing these programmes.

Mr. Sherwood Mc Caskie, Acting General Manager of the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation, delivered the keynote address. He traced the history of the SJPI from its inception and commented that there were many essential features in every Barbadian home that can be credited to the technical and vocational training technicians received at the SJPI.

Mr. Mc Caskie and Principal Drakes joined in cutting a ribbon to officially open the exhibition. Ms. Paula Williams, one of the organizers of the event delivered the vote of thanks.

Featured artist for the evening, Mr. Kevon “Von” Hall, gave a live painting demonstration. He explained that he was painting from childhood and expressed pleasure at the work on display. Those in attendance were equally impressed by the ambiance of the event and the quality of the exhibits. They voiced that it was time that the country was aware of the good work that the SJPI was doing and marveled at the creativity and the variety of media on display. The exhibition which featured photographs, drawings, paintings and mixed media was open to the public from October 16- 19, 2019.