National Gallery joins forces with Kingston Book Festival for a Special Sunday Opening – March 10th

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The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to present a special Sunday opening on March 10th and one more opportunity to see the National Biennial before it closes. As has become customary for our Sunday programmes, opening hours will be from 11am to 4pm, with free admission, tours, and children’s activities.

On March 10th, we are collaborating with the Kingston Book Festival to present a programme that includes a panel discussion on art book publishing and the launch of Claudia Hucke’s much-anticipated book Picturing the Postcolonial Nation: (Inter)Nationalism in the Art of Jamaica, 1962-1975.

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Last Sundays: December 30, 2012

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The monthly “Last Sundays” programme continues at the National Gallery of Jamaica on December 30, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visitors will be able to view the 2012 National Biennial, which features 126 works by 86 artists, as well as our permanent exhibitions, which provide an overview of Jamaican art from the Taino to the present.

The 2012 National Biennial is a temporary exhibition that reflects a healthy diversity of themes, styles and approaches, from the conventional to the experimental and comprises of work in a variety of media including: painting, sculpture, collage, illustration, assemblage, installation, ceramics, photography, video, animation and textiles.

Artists participating in the biennial qualify for the coveted Aaron Matalon Award, which will be presented during the Sunday opening, to the artist, who in the opinion of the jury members of the Exhibitions and Acquisitions Committee of the National Gallery has made the most outstanding contribution to the biennial. “The Aaron Matalon award will be announced at 12 noon,” stated Dr. Veerle Poupeye, Executive Director of the National Gallery.
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Last Sundays: NGJ will be open on August 26, 2012

UPDATE:  Due to the anticipated bad weather associated with Tropical Storm Isaac, this event has been cancelled. We regret the inconvenience.

We’re open this Sunday, August 26, from 11 am to 4 pm – free admission, free tours (donations are however welcome and our gift and coffee shop will be open).

This is also your last chance to see the 2012 National Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition.

Regular tours will start at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3 pm and a special children’s activities tour at 2 pm.

Sunday Opening Hours – July 29

As part of its new initiative to be open to the public every last Sunday of the month, the National Gallery will again be open on Sunday 29, from 11 am to 4 pm.

Visitors will be able to view National Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition and the National Gallery’s permanent exhibitions, the newly reinstalled Kapo Galleries included. Free guided tours of the exhibitions and collections will start at 11:30 am, 1 pm and 3 pm, respectively, and there will be a special children’s activity tour which will start at 2 pm. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Peacemakers Mento Band, which will perform from 2 to 3 pm.

Admission, tours and other gallery activities are free on July 29 but contributions to our donations box are welcomed. Participation in these tours is free but on a “first come, first served” basis and the maximum number of participants in each tour is 30.

Our gift and coffee shops will be open for business. Donations are welcomed and, along with gift and coffee shop revenues, play an important role in the funding of our programmes.

Monthly Sunday Openings Starting June 24

The NGJ is pleased to announce that it will be open to the public every last Sunday of the month, from 11 am to 4 pm, starting on June 24. There will be special programming and free tours on each of these Sundays, to be announced on a monthly basis.

On June 24, visitors will have the opportunity to view our new Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds Gallery, which was reinstalled with assistance from Tourism Enhancement Fund; to participate in free tours of the permanent collection; and at 1 pm to participate in a public discussion titled “Intellectual Property and Creativity in Jamaica” which is staged in association with the Kingston on the Edge (KOTE) festival and Visual & Performing Arts Jamaica (VPAJ).

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