In February 2009, as part of the planned events marking the Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, the National Art Gallery Committee in Barbados invited curator David A. Bailey MBE to organise a series of symposiums and exhibitions that explore visual art in the Black Diaspora.
A number of leading scholars, curators and artists who have made key contributions in this area were invited to Barbados to participate in a dialogue with the local/regional Caribbean community. The programme included a symposium, exhibition and film screenings.
These events was part of the Black Diaspora Visual Arts (BDVA) programme. BDVA was initiated in 2008 as a collaboration between the National Art Gallery Committee in Barbados and ICF with the aim of strengthening regional and international networks in the arts and creating expanded opportunities for artists, art students, curators, writers and the wider public to engage with contemporary art of the Caribbean and wider diaspora.