The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for February 2014 is scheduled for Sunday, February 23, from 11 am to 4 pm.
The Last Sundays performance, which will exceptionally start at 1 pm, will be by the steel band Chrome. Chrome presents steel pan music at its most pure, using very minimal percussive enhancement, and lets you truly hear and enjoy the beauty and versatility of the steel pan. The group is less than a year old and has performed for weddings, corporate and private events. All the members of Chrome are seasoned members of UWI Panoridim Steel Orchestra, of which Chrome is a spin-off project. A uniquely Caribbean instrument type and musical genre, steel pan music is most closely associated with Trinidad Carnival, and it is in this spirit that we decided to invite Chrome at this time of the year.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to view the National Gallery’s acclaimed Explorations II: Religion and Spirituality exhibition, which explores the role of religion and spirituality in Jamaican culture and history, by means of 68 works from the NGJ collections, some of them well known and others only rarely exhibited. The exhibition includes work by artists such as Osmond Watson, Edna Manley, Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds, Carl Abrahams, Everald and Clinton Brown, Renee Cox, Ebony G. Patterson, Gloria Escoffery, Norma Rodney-Harrack and Omari Ra. The exhibition is part of a new series that explores important themes in Jamaican art and the National Art Collection and the first edition was Explorations I: Natural Histories, which was staged in April to June 2013.
The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for January – the first such monthly event for 2014 – is scheduled for Sunday, January 26, from 11 am to 4 pm.
Visitors will have the opportunity to view Explorations II: Religion and Spirituality exhibition, which features sixty-eight works from the National Art Collection and explores the role of religion and spirituality in Jamaican culture and history. The artists featured include Osmond Watson, Edna Manley, Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds, Carl Abrahams, Everald and Clinton Brown, Renee Cox, Ebony G. Patterson, Gloria Escoffery, Norma Rodney-Harrack and Omari Ra. The exhibition is part of a new series that explores important themes in Jamaican art and the National Art Collection and the first edition was Explorations I: Natural Histories, which was shown in the first half of 2013.
The Last Sundays performance, which will start at 1:30 pm, will be by singer Gabriella Reno, featuring Samuele Vivian on guitar. Gabriella Reno is a singer, songwriter and rebelliously opinionated individual, who sings about the complexity of love. Her sweet smoky songs defy genre with elements of R&B, pop, reggae and rock and her emotional delivery connects easily with any crowd. She is scheduled to perform at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival 2014, where she will share the stage with Toni Braxton and Chrisette Michele. She is also working on her first album As the Sea, in which the sea provides a metaphor of life which is unpredictable and constantly moving. Master guitarist Samuele Vivian was born in Vicenza, Italy and attended the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz, Austria. He collaborates with artists and Grammy Award winners such as Buena Vista Social Club, Antonio Sanchez, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Damian and Stephen Marley. He presently lectures in modern guitar and jazz improvisation at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. Samuele’s second album Aurora was released in January 2014 and presents a fusion of Mediterranean guitar with Jazz and Jamaican music influences. Continue reading
The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme continues on November 24, 2013, with a full and exciting programme of activities for the day. Doors will open from 11 am to 4 pm.
The programme will start at 11 am with a gallery – based yoga class, titled ‘Yoga and Art in Motion,’ presented by Nadine McNeil (Universal Empress) and inspired by Matthew McCarthy’s Put Dis on Page 2 installation, which was featured in the recently closed New Roots exhibition. A contribution of JA$1000 is required from participants and full proceeds will go to the National Gallery’s outreach programme. Participants should also bring a yoga mat for the class.
The next programme item will be the launch of the latest edition of the Jamaica Journal, Volume 34, No. 3, at 1:30 p.m. The Jamaica Journal is the flagship publication of the Institute of Jamaica and features a range of research and review articles related to history, the arts and science.
The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme continues on Sunday, October 27 with a screening of Russell Watson’s feature film, A Hand Full of Dirt (2010). Visitors will also get the opportunity to view the New Roots: 10 Emerging Artists exhibition, which has been extended to November 2. Doors will open from 11 am to 4 pm.
New Roots features work in a variety of new and conventional media by 10 artists under 40 years old, namely Deborah Anzinger, Varun Baker, Camille Chedda, Gisele Gardner, Matthew McCarthy, Olivia McGilchrist, Astro Saulter, Nile Saulter, Ikem Smith, and The Girl and the Magpie.
As a special feature for Sunday, A Hand Full of Dirt will be screened at 1:30 pm. The film tells the story of what happens when each of the men in the Redman family – father, grandson and son – is faced with the choice of securing his own future or repeating the betrayals of the family’s past. Archie Redman is a middle aged man burdened by the weight of an unfulfilled life. He rises reluctantly each day to face a large, empty house, his wife, having left him and his son away at university. Thousands of miles away, Archie’s son Jay faces worries of his own. He is stuck in immigration limbo, essentially penniless in a cold, unforgiving city but unable to legally work until his father pays off his substantial debt with the school. As the year ends and the holiday season arrives, Archie and Jay will find the walls closing in on them. The key to their salvation seems to lie with one man, family patriarch Ben Redman, and his plot of hard–won plantation land.
The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for September is scheduled for Sunday, September 29, 2013, from 11 am to 4 pm.
Visitors will have the opportunity to view New Roots: 10 Emerging Jamaican Artists and the permanent galleries will also be open. New Roots features work in a variety of new and conventional media by 10 artists under 40 years old, namely Deborah Anzinger, Varun Baker, Camille Chedda, Gisele Gardner, Matthew McCarthy, Olivia McGilchrist, Astro Saulter, Nile Saulter, Ikem Smith, and The Girl and the Magpie. The exhibition samples some of the most dynamic and innovative directions in the Jamaican art world, by artists who are questioning conventional understandings of art and the artist while presenting a socially engaged perspective on contemporary Jamaican society.
The featured performance on Sunday, September 29 will be by Shady Squad. The brothers Matthew and Conroy Richards, who are the Shady Squad leads, will be performing a duet, dancehall style, and their performance will start at 1:30 pm. The internationally acclaimed Shady Squad has won several major dance competitions, including the 2010 and 2011 World Reggae Dance award and they placed second in the inaugural season of Dancin’ Dynamites in 2006.
As is now customary, admission to the NGJ will be free on Sunday, September 29 and free guided tours and gallery-based children’s activities will be offered. The gift and coffee shop will be open for business and contributions to the donations box are welcomed. Revenues from our shops and donations help to fund programmes such as the New Roots exhibition and our Last Sundays programming.
DJ Afifa Aza
DJ Afifa Aza is performing at our Last Sundays event today, with a sound selection which responds to the questions raised by the New Roots exhibition. Below is the statement she submitted to accompany her performance:
“I was going to die, sooner or later, whether or not I had even spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silences will not protect you…. What are the words you do not yet have? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence? We have been socialized to respect fear more than our own need for language.
I began to ask each time: ‘What’s the worst that could happen to me if I tell this truth?’ Unlike women in other countries, our breaking silence is unlikely to have us jailed, “disappeared” or run off the road at night. Our speaking out will irritate some people, get us called bitchy or hypersensitive and disrupt some dinner parties. And then our speaking out will permit other women to speak, until laws are changed and lives are saved and the world is altered forever.
Next time, ask: What’s the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it’s personal. And the world won’t end.
And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don’t miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party, because, as I think Emma Goldman said, ‘If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.’ And at last you’ll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.”
― Audre Lorde
What silences does our art speak? A compilation of ideas desires and feelings inspired Audre Lorde, Pussy Riot and Wangari Maathai. Continue reading