Meet the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination

Since opening, the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination (EBCCI) has sought to redefine the artistic spirit of the people through academic and outreach programmes.
 
The Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination (EBCCI) named in October 2006 was officially opened in December that year, and its stage christened by the theatrical production The Redemption of Sista Dinah, in tribute of National Hero Rt. Excellent Errol Walton Barrow after whom the Centre was named. 
 
What we do!
The EBCCI is the creative arts centre of the University of the West Indies’ Cave Hill Campus, its mission to educate in the arts was firmly established as it introduced the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Arts programme of Theatre, Dance and Film and the minor in music in September 2007 with thirty students.
 

Master in Arts Creative Arts- Studio Arts, Arts Educator & Arts Entrepreneur
Four years after opening, the EBCCI launched the Master of Arts programme to fuel the industry of the creative arts instilling skills in arts management and administration, mastering of craft and extending the arts specialty into school curriculum.
 

Annual Calendar
Our Calendar of Events includes:
  • the International Diaspora Arts Festival and
  • the Kaleidoscope End of Semester Presentations, showcase by the faculty and students amid a year-long potpourri in dance, theatre, music, film and visual art exhibitions often featuring noted guest artists and
  • the annual Heroes Productions, a series of plays written by Hilary Beckles to commemorate the lives of Barbados’ National Heroes
 
Award Winning Student Performances
Students enrolled in visual and creative arts programmes continue to rise above expectations with award winning performances at the national and regional level in Dance, Drama, Music and more recently Film.  They continue to receive awards and high commendations for their performances; and they have also appeared at CARIFESTA X with Kamau Brathwaite’s Odale’s Choice in Georgetown, Guyana in 2008. 
 
 
Film Revolution
Since opening the EBCCK  has revolutionised film in Barbados, hosting several film exhibitions; the EU Film Festival, the Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase and the weekly EBCCI Film Club, showcasing student and local work. The EBCCI is currently in the post production phase of the film Sweet Bottom, an exciting new feature-length film, produced and directed by Professor Gladstone Yearwood, Director of the EBCCI and an award winning filmmaker.
 
 
Literary Journal - BIM: Arts for the 21st Century
The Centre is home to the revived literary Journal BIM: Arts for the 21st Century Magazine published in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, and which heralds noted Caribbean intellectual George Lamming as its patron editor.
 

International, Regional and Local Outreach
Over the past five years, the EBCCI has been at the forefront of the university’s international outreach forging relations with:
  • the People’s Republic of China
  • the Federative Republic of Brazil
  • the Republic of Cuba
  • the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
  • the United States of America
  • the European Union
  • India
 
The Centre’s research thrust has fostered collaboration with areas of industry that complements the arts such as the Regional Heritage Tourism Conference and the first ever national think tank on Creativity and Innovation. As an arts centre much of our research is practice-led. Engaging young people in arts is part of our primary mission, our programming spearheads research such as the hosting of  Imagine Youth Summer Arts Programme and  the UNDP Youth In Programme, specifically in Journalistic Communication, the EBCCI the implementing partner, is working with the Government of Italy, CARICOM and the UNDP, to further the skills of young filmmakers aged 15 to 29 years.
 
As the Creative Arts Centre, the Errol Barrow Centre works closely with local arts and cultural agencies of Barbados, primarily the National Cultural Foundation and the Ministry of Culture, Family and Sports.


The Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination
Phone: (246) 417-4776 Fax:(246) 417-8903 Email: ebcci@cavehill.uwi.edu