The Federation of Visual Artists in Suriname (FVAS) aims for all stakeholders in the art section to join forces for the benefit of all concerned and to promote and stimulate visual arts, both inside and outside of Suriname.
The FVAS brings together all different individuals and groups who are actively involved in the art world of Suriname: individual artists as well as art promoters, art galleries and other institutions dealing with art.
Among the FVAS members are renowned artists as well as rising stars. In addition, art promoters, art galleries, art writers and other individuals and organizations may apply for associate membership. Ever since its foundation on October 17, 1998, the FVAS has used networking as a powerful tool to promote visual arts. Through regular e-mail updates and newsletters FVAS members are kept up to date. The FVAS website keeps the national public, as well as regional and international contacts informed of the latest news.
The financial means of the federation consist of contribution fees, donations and gifts, project sponsoring and other legally obtained funds.
Currently the FVAS has about 40+ members.
Members of the Board (since June 23, 2017)
George Struikelblok, Chairman
Patrick Tjon-Jaw-Chong, Secretary
Sancha Boksteen-Sullivan, Treasurer
Angela Salmo, Board-member
Dakaya Lenz, Board-member
Members of the Board resign after two years, but are immediately re-electable.
The Federation of Visual Artists in Suriname (FVAS) welcomes members in the following categories:
- Junior members
- Honorary members
- Associate members
Members are visual artists who are pursuing their artistic career in an active and productive way, participating in solo exhibitions or group exhibitions.
Junior members are people who plan to become a visual artist in the near future, for example art students.
Honorary members are chosen by the board, and at least two third of the votes of members attending the meeting, because of their exceptional contributions to the field of visual arts in Suriname, over a long period of time.
Associate members are those individuals or organizations who are not visual artists but who want to play an active role to support and promote visual arts in Suriname, such as educational institutions, art promoters, art galleries and art writers.
Donors are those who support the federation only through funding, and have been approved of as such by the board.
Only members have the right to vote. Junior members, honorary members, associate members and donors have an advisory role.
One can apply for for membership, as well as for junior and associate membership by filling in a form which can be obtained by contacting the FVAS.
The FVAS regulations and the FVAS by-laws are only available in Dutch and can be obtained upon contacting the FVAS.
In December 1997, at the end of the annual SURIFESTA festival, 16 Surinamese visual artists decided to participate in an art manifestation during this end of the year festival. The art manifestation became a big success and the group decided to establish the Federation of Visual Artists in Suriname (FVAS). On October 17, 1998, the FVAS was founded by six visual artists who became the first members of the board.
Glenn Fung Loy, Chairman
Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi, Secretary
Paul Irodikromo, Treasurer
Anand Binda, Member
George Ramjiawansingh, Member
Ardie Setropawiro, Member
Soon after the foundation Anita Hartmann joined the board as a member. The FVAS was approved by law on October 25, 1999. In 2005 Rinaldo Klas became the next chairman. George Struikelblok was appointed in 2013 as his successor.
From occasional group projects to much more …
Through the Federation of Visual Artists in Suriname (FVAS) approximately 40 members, living and working in Suriname, have joined forces. Most of these members are visual artists, but there are also a few art promoters and art lovers who have subscribed as associate members. What started out as individual artists who worked in group projects on an occasional basis, developed to the FVAS organizing community art projects, mostly with an educational scope. And furthermore: international projects. An example of a project in which all of this came together – international and national exchange, community art and education - is the project in and with Pikin Slee, Sipaliwini, Suriname, in 2015.
Since its foundation in 1998, the FVAS has been involved in many projects. Please find an overview of all major activities in the schedule below. Ever since the first SURIFESTA in 1997, visual artists participated together in this end of the year festival. Sometimes with an exhibition or a manifestation, but the participation could also include a national project.
In 2000 the FVAS had their first exchange program with an exhibition and dance, in Port of Spain, Trinidad. A small catalogue was published.
Another exchange program followed in 2002: ‘Without Boundaries’, in which FVAS worked together with Eject. In Eject, Ellen Ligteringen brought together artists from Suriname, the Netherlands, Columbia, Germany and The Czech Republic. A manuscript about this exchange program was published in 2002.
In 2006 the FVAS organized a seminar in co-operation with the Director of the Rijksacademie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Professor Janwillem Schrofer.
Also in 2006, the FVAS organized the workshop ‘Vrije Grafische Technieken’ (Workshop in Graphic Art), in co-operation with the Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier (AGA) (Studio for Graphic Art in Amsterdam). In 2007, the exchange program Paramaribo – Rotterdam, ArtRoPa, was launched.
Two educational projects for art and environment were done in the period 2006-2008, main sponsors IDB and UNESCO, both in Suriname. The exhibition Colourful Friendship, Queens Gallery, Barbados resulted in an exhibition booklet, in 2010. From a more recent date is the SURIFESTA project in 2014: 'Giant Painting'. 30 Visual Artists make a giant painting for the Departure Hall, Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport, Suriname. And 2015 was the year of the ‘Pikin Slee – Paramaribo – Nederland Connection' project. An art project with exchange between artists from Pikin Slee – Paramaribo – the Netherlands. Educational program for art and environment at the elementary school. Workshop for the women's group Fiti A Wan. Workshop for the Totomboti Group. Sponsors: GEF Small Grant Programme and the Dutch Embassy, Suriname.
In 2017 a group of FVAS members participated in the art exhibition Suriname ART EXPO 2017 in Guyana.
Next to a number of smaller national art projects, mostly during the SURIFESTA events, the Federation of Visual Artists in Suriname (FVAS) organized several larger national projects, more often than not educational art projects. In the diagram below all major FVAS activities have been listed.
Art manifestation SURIFESTA 1997: mammoth painting Departure Hall, Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport, Suriname
Art exhibition SURIFESTA 1997, Surinaams Museum, Fort Zeelandia, Paramaribo, Suriname
Art exhibition on the occasion of Suriname joining the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), Paramaribo, Suriname
Seminar ‘Kunstenaar in de Samenleving’ (‘Visual Artist and Society’), Paramaribo, Suriname (manuscript)
Art manifestation SURIFESTA 1998: painting city busses, Paramaribo, Suriname
Art exhibition SURIFESTA 1998, Fort Zeelandia, Building 9, Paramaribo, Suriname
Art exhibition, Kersten, Paramaribo, Suriname
Art manifestation SURIFESTA 1999: Old and Precious, three-dimensional works of art for the homes of senior citizens, Paramaribo, Suriname
Art exhibition SURIFESTA 1999, Torarica yard, Paramaribo, Suriname
Resolution no. 1109/RP FVAS Regulations approved by the President of the Republic of Suriname
Coordination of CARIFESTA VII, St. Kitts & Nevis
Exchange program Suriname 2000 (art exhibition and dance), with Kiskadee, Port of Spain, Trinidad (exhibition booklet)
International exchange program Without Boundaries with Eject, Suriname (manuscript)
Educational exhibition SURIFESTA 2000: Suriname, van een Nederlandse kolonie tot een onafhankelijke staat (Suriname, a Dutch colony becoming an Independent country) (booklet)
Coordinating the participation of Suriname in the travelling exhibition Between Lines, CARIFORUM
Coordinating the participation of Suriname in Caribbean Biennial IV, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Exhibition, poster and brochure SURIFESTA 2001:
Coordinating the participation of Suriname in Banana Paper Exhibition, Japan
Hosting the travelling exhibition Between Lines, Suriname
Participation in the committee ‘Kunst en Cultuur Educatie’ (‘Education on Art and Culture') writing the paper, and participation in the National Congress on Education, Suriname
Launch website: www.suriname-fvas.org
Coordination CARIFESTA VIII, mural, Paramaribo, Suriname
Coordinating the participation of Suriname in Caribbean Biennial V, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Art exhibition and children's art exhibition SURIFESTA 2003, Sana Budaya, Paramaribo, Suriname
Art project ‘Coronie 2004’. Educational youth program with different small projects such as making the video-film ‘Coronie Player’. Exhibitions in Coronie and Paramaribo, Suriname
Participation in the Art4All Conference, the Netherlands
Art manifestation and exhibition SURIFESTA 2004. FVAS-SHA, Royal Ballroom Hotel Torarica, Paramaribo, Suriname. With an Artist in Action fundraising event for Soeki Irodikromo Volksacademie (People's Academy) and ‘Homage to Erwin de Vries’, celebrating his 75th birthday
Glenn Fung Loy resigns as chairman of FVAS and Rinaldo Klas becomes the new chairman
Art exhibition, Torarica, Paramaribo, Suriname
Presentation about the Art4All Conference, in cooperation with NAKS (African Surinamese Cultural Organization), Paramaribo, Suriname
Art event SURIFESTA 2005: ‘Art in 't Vat’, 20 visual artists are making paintings on canvas 2.6 x 24 metres. Erwin de Vries paints his special 't Vat table
Organizing a seminar in collaboration with the Rijksacademie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Presentations by Prof. Janwillem Schrofer, Paramaribo, Suriname
Writing the concept for Visual Art and executing this concept at CARIFESTA IX, Trinidad & Tobago
Workshop ‘Graphic Art’, in collaboration with Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier (AGA), Suriname (booklet)
‘Living Art Show’, SURIFESTA 2006, Paramaribo, Suriname
Educational Project for Art and Environment, main sponsor IDB, Suriname
Launch of the exchange program Paramaribo-Rotterdam: ArtRoPa
George Struikelblok, first Artist-in-Residence at Duende, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Fundraising event SURIFESTA 2007: ‘Culinary Art evening’. Fundraising for the Volksacademie (Peoples Academy), Suriname
Art event SURIFESTA 2007: ‘Lichtjes monument en lichtjeswedstrijd’ (Light monument and competition to make light installations), Suriname
Educational Project for Art and Environment, main sponsor UNESCO, Suriname
Kurt Nahar and Steve Ammersingh, Artists-in-Residence at Duende, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Art event SURIFESTA 2008: ‘Blokjes’ exhibition, Suriname
Ravi Rajcoomar and Roddney Tjon Poen Gie, Artists-in-Residence at Duende, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Exhibition of the works of art for the ‘World Expo Shanghai 2010’, Chamber of Commerce building, Paramaribo, Suriname
Preparing and coordinating the national concept design for the ‘Suriname Booth’ in the ‘World Expo Shanghai 2010’, assignment by Directoraat Cultuur, Paramaribo, Suriname
Launch ‘Suriname Design Network’
Exhibition Colourful Friendship, Queens Gallery, Barbados (exhibition booklet)
Body-painting Sana Budaya Dancers, National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
Art exhibition at the first ‘Suriname Heritage Festival’, Open Air Museum Fort Nieuw Amsterdam, Commewijne, Suriname
Monument ‘De Gapuro’ at Landing, Nieuw-Amsterdam, Commewijne, Suriname, in connection with the first ‘Suriname Heritage Festival’
Coordination of Visual Art at the Inter-Guianas Cultural Festival, assignment by Directoraat Cultuur, Suriname
Art exhibition at the second ‘Suriname Heritage Festival’, Open Air Museum Fort Nieuw Amsterdam, Commewijne, Suriname
Art project ‘Artist Talk’, main sponsor Directoraat Cultuur, Suriname
‘Artist Talk’ at the National Art Fair. ‘Work in Process’, and evenings of presentations and discussion, Paramaribo, Suriname
Art event SURIFESTA 2012: ‘Painting as a Joy4all’, Paramaribo, Suriname
Coordination preparing the Visual Art exhibition within Carifesta XI, Suriname
‘Painting as a Joy4all’ at the National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
Rinaldo Klas resigns as chairman. George Struikelblok becomes the new chairman
‘Artist Talk’ in Nickerie. Installation of 5 works of art in the public space. Workshops for children and adults, Nickerie, Suriname
Art exhibition SURIFESTA 2013: Functional Art, Paramaribo, Suriname
Coordination and the making of the Visual Art Exhibition of Suriname in Santiago de Cuba during Fiesta del Fuego 2014
Art event SURIFESTA 2014: 'Giant Painting'. 30 Visual Artists make a giant painting for the Departure Hall, Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport, Suriname
Pikin Slee – Paramaribo – Nederland Connection'. Art project with exchange between artists from Pikin Slee – Paramaribo – the Netherlands. Educational program for art and environment at the elementary school. Workshop for the women's group Fiti A Wan. Workshop for the Totomboti Group. Sponsors: GEF Small Grant Programme and the Dutch Embassy, Suriname
Art exhibition and print workshop SURIFESTA 2015, Suriname
Art exhibition Suriname ART EXPO 2017, Guyana