Jamaica Biennial 2014 – Meet the Team!

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The Jamaica Biennial 2014 is managed by a small but hardworking team, that consists mainly of permanent NGJ staff but also includes special project staff and a varied corps of volunteers. In this post, we introduce the members of the curatorial team, presented in alphabetical order:

Monique Barnett-Davidson is the acting Assistant Curator in the Education Department, National Gallery of Jamaica. Her duties include providing lead supervision and coordination for gallery-based education programmes and research activities as well as contributing to the execution of curatorial projects. She supervises the provision of as well as conducts guided tours of the National Gallery and contributes research-based articles to the National Gallery’s online blog space. Prior to joining the Gallery, Barnett-Davidson attained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in 2007. She also gained experience in art education as a design arts and visual arts teacher for three years at the secondary school level and worked with the Multicare Foundation as an art tutor for four years. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Heritage Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

Cristal Clayton is a graduate of the Mico University College where she studied Visual Arts Education. During Cristal’s third year of study she interned for a semester at the National Gallery of Jamaica where she assisted the curatorial staff to set up the Barrington Watson’s Retrospective exhibition, during this period she became familiar with the rudiments of exhibition design and display. She currently works as Curatorial Assistant at the National Gallery of Jamaica, with duties such as conducting tours, research assistance and exhibition set up, she is also an assistant coordinator for the Saturday Art Time program. As recreation Cristal enjoys singing and doing ceramics works with particular interest in creating functional and decorative household pieces. She is also a youth leader for her church organization and deeply involved in outreach and evangelism.

O’Neil Lawrence received a BA in English Literature and Sociology from the University of the West Indies (Mona) and a Diploma in Visual Communication from the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. He is an M.Phil. student in Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies (Mona) and his research interests include race, gender and sexuality in Caribbean and African Diasporal art and visual culture. He is also an artist who has been exhibiting his photography locally and internationally since 2004. O’Neil Lawrence is acting as Senior Curator at the National Gallery of Jamaica, where he has worked on exhibitions such as Natural Histories (2013), New Roots (2013), Religion and Spirituality (2013-2014), and In Retrospect: 40 Years of the National Gallery of Jamaica (2014). He also has curatorial oversight of the National Gallery’s new Montego Bay branch, National Gallery West. Continue reading

Last Sundays: February 24, 2013 – Black History Month


The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to present its Last Sundays programme for February 24 in celebration of Black History Month. We are collaborating with the Jamaica Association of Dramatic Artists, to present a programme of movement, music and dramatics that pays tribute to the National Gallery’s visual art space, Reggae month and Theatre.

This special programme will start at 1:30 p.m. and will be presented in various parts of the Gallery, featuring performances by Ruth HoShing, Oliver Mair, Jerry Benzwick, Tribe Sankofa, the Quilt Performing Arts Company, Hilary Nicholson and others.

Visitors will also be able to see the critically acclaimed 2012 National Biennial exhibition and a special performance art piece by Ebony G. Patterson, which is featured for the last time before the Biennial closes on March 9. The permanent exhibitions will also be open for viewing.

As is now customary, the National Gallery is open every last Sunday of the month, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with free admissions and tours as well as special programming in the afternoon.