“In Retrospect: 40 Years of the National Gallery of Jamaica” Opens on August 31

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The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to present the In Retrospect: Forty Years of the National Gallery of Jamaica exhibition, which is opening on Sunday, August 31, 2014 and marks the beginning of the Gallery’s fortieth anniversary programme.

It is indeed forty years ago this year, on November 14, 1974 to be precise, that the National Gallery opened its doors at Devon House and the institution, which in 1982 moved to the Roy West Building on the Kingston Waterfront, has grown significantly since then. As it presently stands the National Gallery of Jamaica is the oldest and largest national art museum in the Anglophone Caribbean and its reach and size was further expanded recently with the opening of National Gallery West at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre.

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Last Sundays: July 27, 2014, featuring the Free Willies Band

ngj_Sunday_Opening_Jul_27_2014-01The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for July 2014 is scheduled for Sunday, July 27, from 11 am to 4 pm.

The featured performance, scheduled to start at 2 pm, is by the acclaimed Free Willies band, with Omar Francis as the lead singer and guitarist. They will play from their repertoire of reggae, rock and blues. The focus of the programme will be our permanent exhibitions, which has been supplemented with a temporarily reinstallation of the AD Scott Collection, a major donation to the National Gallery in 1999 by one of the pioneering art collectors of the post-independence period. Free tours and children’s activities will be offered, with a special focus on themes related to Emancipation and Independence in our collections, in keeping with the upcoming national observations.

As is now customary for Last Sundays, admission to the NGJ will be free on Sunday, July 27, and the guided tours and children’s activities will also be free. Our 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 our exhibitions and our Last Sundays programming.

Last Sundays, June 29, 2014 – KOTE: featuring Anything With Nothing, Aisha Davis

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The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for June 2014 is scheduled for Sunday, June 29, from 11 am to 4 pm, and is presented in association with Kingston on the Edge (KOTE), Jamaica’s first urban arts festival.

The focus of the programme will be the Anything with Nothing: Art from the Streets of Urban Jamaica exhibition, which will close on July 11, but the permanent exhibitions will also be open for viewing. Anything with Nothing features the work of ten street artists from the Corporate area and Spanish Town, with work specially created for the exhibition and photo-documentation of their street art, namely: Kemar Black, Anthony Brown, Cleaver Cunningham. Vermon “Howie” Grant, Ricardo “Ricky Culture” Lawrence, Donavon “Danny Coxon: McLeod, Dion “Sand” Palmer, Michael Robinson, Andrew “Designer Ice: Thomas, and T. Earl Witter. In-depth guided tours of the exhibition, presented by members of the National Gallery curatorial staff, will be offered at 12 noon, 1 pm, and 3 pm and interested persons should meet at the National Gallery front desk at those times.

Aisha Davis

Aisha Davis

The featured performance, scheduled to start at 2 pm, is by Aisha Davis. A singer, song writer, dancer and actress, Aisha has toured internationally and has had the opportunity to share the stage with acts such as Kymani Marley, Cocoa Tea, Alborosie, Shaggy, Jimmy Cliff, and Shaba Ranks, exciting fans with her soulful vocals and dance moves.When not on the road touring the world, she spend her time in the studio working with some of Jamaica’s finest producers such as Tony Kelly, Bobby Digital, Donovan Germaine, Steven ‘Lenky’ Marsden, Kirk ‘Kirkle dove’ Bennett, Ward 21 music, just to name a few, and she has recently collaborated on songs with Anthony B and Grammy award winner Bounty killer.

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Poet Laureate Mervyn Morris, featured for Last Sundays

Professor Mervyn Morris, O.M., Poet Laureate

Professor Mervyn Morris, O.M., Poet Laureate

The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to present an exciting and varied Last Sundays programme for May 25. In addition to the opening of the new exhibition Anything with Nothing: Art from the Streets of Urban Jamaica, the programme will feature a poetry reading by Jamaica’s new Poet Laureate, Professor Mervyn Morris, O.M. There will also be musical performances by Pentateuch and Ackee & Saltfish.

The poet and literary scholar Mervyn Morris was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and studied at the University College of the West Indies and as a Rhodes Scholar at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He has taught at the University of the West Indies since the 1960s and is now Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing & West Indian Literature.

Morris has published several volumes of poetry, including: Examination Centre (1992); On Holy Week (a sequence of poems for radio, 1993); The Pond (revised edition, 1997); Shadowboxing (1979) and I been there, sort of: New and Selected Poems (2006). In 2009, Morris was awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit, and in 2014, he was appointed the Poet Laureate of Jamaica – the first Jamaican poet to be so honoured since independence in 1962. On May 25, Professor Morris will read a selection from his poetry inspired by the street art represented in the Anything with Nothing exhibition.

Pentateuch

Pentateuch

Pentateuch, which was formed in 2009 at the Edna Manley College, has emerged as a major new voice on the Roots Revival scene and engaging anthems such as Black Face have provided them with an enthusiastic and rapidly growing following. The name Pentateuch represents the first five chapters of the Bible and was also chosen to symbolize its five members, Kevor “Vor” Williams on lead vocals, Brady “Jah Bradez” Robinson on drums, Andrew “Worm” Ayre on bass, Andrade “Dradi” Bowen on keyboards and Garth “Duckie” Forester on guitar.

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“Anything with Nothing: Art from the Streets of Urban Jamaica” Opens at the National Gallery on May 25

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Anthony Brown – Janice (photo: Olivia McGilchrist)

The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to present Anything with Nothing: Art from the Streets of Urban Jamaica, an exhibition of street art from Kingston and environs. The exhibition will open at the National Gallery on May 25 and will remain on view until July 11.

Anything with Nothing, which was curated by National Gallery Chief Curator Charles Campbell and Assistant Curator, Monique Barnett-Davidson, will feature specially commissioned work by ten of Jamaica’s notable street artists, as well as photographic and video documentation of art in inner city communities, the artists and the making of their work. Highlighting phenomena such as memorial murals, the valorization of community and political heroes, and Rastafari-influenced works, the exhibition seeks to recognize these murals as an important artistic and social phenomenon that has a major impact on the visual culture of the island and the communities in which they reside.

Michael Robinson - Selassie (photo: Olivia McGilchrist)

Michael Robinson – Selassie (photo: Olivia McGilchrist)

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Last Sundays – April 27, 2014: Last Chance to See Religion and Spirituality

ngj_Sunday_Opening_April_27_2014_WEBThe National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for April 2014 is scheduled for Sunday, April 27, from 11 am to 4 pm.

The focus of the April Last Sundays programme will be the Explorations II: Religion and Spirituality exhibition, which closes at the end of that day, but the permanent exhibitions will also be open for viewing. The Religion and Spirituality exhibition explores what is arguably one of the most important subjects in Jamaican art and, since it consists entirely of works from the National Gallery collection, provides viewers with an opportunity to view well-known and less frequently exhibited masterpieces of Jamaican art in a new context, while provoking discussion and reflection. 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 and Norma Rodney-Harrack.

In-depth guided tours of the exhibition, presented by members of the National Gallery curatorial staff, will be offered at 12 noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm and interested persons should meet at the National Gallery front desk at those times. A special children’s programme consisting of a “treasure hunt” in the Religion and Spirituality exhibition will also be offered, starting at 1 pm.

As is now customary for Last Sundays, admission to the NGJ will be free on Sunday, March 30, and the guided tours and children’s activities will also be free. Our 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 Religion and Spirituality exhibition and our Last Sunday programming.

Click here to read more about the Explorations II: Religion and Spirituality exhibition.