Twenty-three year old Barbadian Taisha Carrington is the winner of the National Monument Competition which was held to determine the winning design for the structure that will be built at the Garrison Savannah. It will be unveiled on the night of November 29 in what promises to be a moving ceremony.

Taisha is described as ‘aptly versed in all disciplines of fine art’. Her current works, which often address social issues, are said to be an

Taisha Carrington accepting her prize from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.

Taisha Carrington accepting her prize from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.

exploration of imagery and media with a hint of architectural design. This exploration is revealed in her design for the monument and shows the level of research undertaken. Her love for Barbados also shone through.

Taisha’s love for art started from the time she was three years old and continues to grow. A graduate of Combermere School, she was the CXC CAPE Art and Design top performer locally and second overall in the region. She was also one of the top ten performers regionally in Geometrical and Mechanical Engineering Drawing (GMED).

Following her graduation in 2011, she went on to Barbados Community College where she completed an Associate Degree in Visual Art with Distinction. In 2013, Taisha began her Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) at PrattMWP – one of the top U.S. fine art & design colleges, where she was named ‘Freshman of the Year.’ Additionally, Taisha was awarded the Alfred H. Wardle prize for most outstanding student in her major (jewellery design) and the Easton Pribble Memorial Award for the college’s most outstanding student at the end of her sophomore year.

The former Miss Barbados World 2011 is equally passionate about her country and how she can contribute to what it has to offer and describes herself as a conceptual artist.

Taisha is due to complete her BFA at Pratt Institute in 2018.