Last Sundays: March 30, 2014, featuring TRIAD and Religion and Spirituality

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The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for March 2014 is scheduled for Sunday, March 30, from 11 am to 4 pm.

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, which continues until April 27, 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 featured performance for the day, which starts at 1:30 pm, will be an excerpt from the dance production TRIAD, which was choreographed by Kim-Lee Campbell, a full-time dancer and choreographer and a final year student in the BFA programme in Dance Performance and Choreography at the Edna Manley College. Campbell is the first recipient of the Institute of Jamaica’s Rex Nettleford Memorial Scholarship Award (2013) and her works have been featured in Jamaica Dance Umbrella, the annual University Dance Society Season of Dance and Danceworks. She is also the Project Director for a performing arts community development programme Yaad Arts in the August Town community.

TRIAD, which will be performed by Sophia McKain, Simone Harris and Nneka Staple, explores the similarities between three women who face sexuality-based discrimination, because of their style of dress. The three women take the audience on a journey through movement; exposing issues of love, their fears, anger, frustrations, anxiety and the many emotions that surface within the minds of the discriminated. The dance implores us to remember that we are all humans. Focused on understanding the body, mind and spirit connection; this piece is a holistic interrogation. The movement vocabulary for TRIAD evolves from a base of hatha yoga postures, abstracted and fused with Caribbean folk nuances, and encompasses a contemporary modern style. The movement writes to unique percussion soundscapes layered with the vocals of Sweet Honey in the Rock and poetry. TRIAD is a final year production that will be performed in full at the School of Dance, Edna Manley College on May 9, 2014.

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Last Sundays, February 23, 2014: Featuring Chrome and Religion and Spirituality

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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.

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Last Sundays, January 26, featuring “Explorations II: Religion and Spirituality” and Gabriella Reno with Samuele Vivian

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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

Last Sundays, December 29, 2013 – featuring Nexus

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The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sunday programme for December is scheduled for Sunday, December 29, 2013, 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 featured performance on Sunday, December 29 will be a by Nexus Performing Arts Company and will start at 1:30 pm. The Nexus Performing Arts Company was formed in 2001 by Hugh Douse, Artistic Director, a voice tutor at the Edna Manley College School of Music, singer, actor, conductor, songwriter, and a former Director of Culture in Education. The award-winning group has a broad musical repertoire that draws on Gospel, Negro Spirituals, Semi-classical, Popular music including Reggae and Showtunes, African and Classical music of the European and African traditions.  Their December 29 performance will be on themes related to our present Religion and Spirituality exhibition. Continue reading

Last Sundays: November 24, 2013

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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.

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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.

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Last Sundays: October 27, 2013, featuring A Hand Full of Dirt and New Roots

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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.

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