Visiting Cuban artists Adislen Reyes, Luis Camejo, Mario Gonzalez and Cuban curator Chrislie Perez spent a day at Northampton University Fine Arts Department which has the largest printmaking facility in the UK. The artists had an interesting exchange with students and tutors there.
Catriona Leahy, Printmaking tutor at Northampton University Fine Arts commented: “From a student point of view the Cuban artists provided great insight into what work is being created in Cuba today. The most striking difference I can see between the Cuban experience from an educational point of view is the support afforded to the arts in nurturing and developing them which is harder in the UK where there is an emphasis on a technology and maths based academic pathway and less emphasis on the arts which are not seen as a sustainable career or as contributing to society. This is grossly false. We all know how beneficial to society and to young people the arts are. I praise and commend the Cuban system for supporting art at a young age and for their state supported galleries.”