it is another blazing hot and humid day along the streets in
Belize's metropolis Belize City. Tour guides are awaiting the
passengers from the cruise ships to be ferried in to the dock
in the tourism village, while individual-travellers wait for
their boat to take them over to Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye
next door at the Marine Terminal. Car horns are blaring at the
policeman who desperately tries to maintain some semblance of
control of the traffic at the old swing bridge with his whistle.
In the middle of all this daily turmoil, at 91 North Front Street,
is the building that houses the Image Factory Art Foundation.
Stepping inside takes you into another world.
Image Factory was formed as a non-governmental organization
in 1995. Since its inception the factory has held over thirty
exhibitions dealing with art and culture. The art store and
bookshop are located in the front of the building. Here art
from over twenty Belizean artists is on display and for sale.
In the back of the building are the art studio and the gallery.
The gallery space is utilized for exhibitions, performances
and cultural presentations, and public access is free. In the
studio space inside the Image Factory artists produce works,
a printing press is located in the studio for linocuts, woodcuts
and dry point etchings.
philosophy of the Image Factory is to provide space for a variety
of exhibits that will express the dynamism and eclecticism of
Belizean cultural life. Emphasis is also placed of exhibiting
international shows with the view of engaging a wider discourse
about world culture.
Factory also promotes artists by creating catalogues of their
individual works. Currently the Factory is spearheading a reference
book about Belizean visual art. The Image Factory Art Foundation
surely is worth a visit!