We Have Met Before and Proudlock exhibitions extended!

The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to announce that due to popular demand we are extending the Annabella and Peter Proudlock Collection and We Have Met Before  exhibitions to November 26, 2017.


Institute of Jamaica Research Symposium

On Friday, November 3, 2017, the Researchers and Curators Committee of the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) will be hosting the Annual IOJ Research Symposium 2017, to be held at the IOJ’s Lecture Theatre, 10 – 16 East Street, Kingston. Registration will begin at 9:30 am and is open to the public at no charge. The symposium features a series of presentations from IOJ divisional representatives on a variety of research areas pertinent to the work of the Institute as well as the wider local cultural landscape and infrastructure. The National Gallery of Jamaica will be represented by Mr. Dwayne Lyttle, Curatorial Assistant in the NGJ’s Education Department.

For this year’s symposium, the presentations will be made under the theme Research, Museum Education and Outreach. In today’s world, museums make important interventions in the field of education and community development, though this is not generally recognized by the wider community in Jamaica. Given the current focus on financial sustainability, research (especially within the museum space) is dismissed as being academic and not contributing to the overall wellbeing of society. Within the institutional structure of the IOJ, research and education outreach is integral to the IOJ fulfilling its mandate as cultural and educational space. Presentations will focus on the ways in which research and education outreach contributes to and enriches the conceptualization of IOJ exhibitions and displays, and educational programming associated with the national collection.

The IOJ Researchers and Curators Committee cordially invites the public to attend the symposium to listen and our presenters, as well as to enliven the follow-up discussion segments.


Special “First Sundays” Programme on November 5, 2017

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There will exceptionally be no Last Sundays programme for the month of October 2017, but the National Gallery of Jamaica will present a special “First Sundays” programme on November 5 instead. The programme on November 5 will feature a musical performance by Jamila Falak and visitors will also have a final chance to view the Annabella and Peter Proudlock Collection and We Have Met Before exhibitions, which are both being extended by one day for this special event. The November 5 programme is part sponsored by CB Foods.

We Have Met Before is presented in partnership with the British Council and features works by artists Graham Fagen (Scotland), Joscelyn Gardner (Barbados/ Canada), Leasho Johnson (Jamaica) and Ingrid Pollard (Guyana/ UK). The exhibition offers four distinct and contemporary perspectives on Plantation Slavery and its afterlives and the works invite the public to engage in the still pertinent and difficult conversations surrounding the subject.

The Annabella and Peter Proudlock Collection features selections from the personal collection of Annabella and Peter Proudlock, who operated the celebrated Harmony Hall Gallery. Their collection spanned some fifty years, from the 1960s to the early 2010s, mainly featuring Jamaican artists, but also art and craft collected in their wide ranging travels around the Caribbean and Central America. The exhibition documents the history of the Harmony Hall Gallery which held a unique position in the development and promotion of the arts in post –independence Jamaica. 

The featured performer for November 5, Jamila Falak James studied voice, violin and upright bass at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and is an alternative Jazz/Pop/Reggae Fusion singer, songwriter, musician and bassist. The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts awarded her an Honours Recital in April 2015 and 2016, for outstanding solo performance in voice. Jamila has a very eclectic taste in music, and is inspired by singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Marley, Lianna La Havas, Beyonce, Tori Kelly, Björk etcetera. She is no stranger to the stage and has provided supporting vocals for popular local Jamaican artistes such as Denyque, the late J Capri and Cherine Anderson just to name a few.

As is now customary for our Sunday programmes, the doors will be open to the public from 11 am to 4 pm and Jamila Falak’s performance starts at 1:30 pm. Admission and guided tours will be free. Complimentary refreshments will be offered, courtesy of CB Foods. The gift and coffee shop will also be open for business.

Panel Discussion “We Have Met Before, Revisited” On Friday, October 13 @1:45pm

The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to present the panel discussion We Have Met Before, Revisited, which will take place at the National Gallery on Friday, October 13, 2017, starting at 1:45 pm. The discussion is presented as part of the Edna Manley College’s Rex Nettleford Arts Conference 2017, for which the National Gallery serves as a partner institution. The panel discussion will be chaired by Nicole Smythe-Johnson, Independent Curator. The panellists are: Moji Anderson, Lecturer, Sociology, Psychology and Social Work, Faculty of Social Sciences, UWI-Mona; Olayinka Jacobs-Bonnick, British Council Country Director, Jamaica; Leasho Johnson, Jamaican artist in We Have Met Before; and Herbie Miller, Director, Jamaica Music Museum, Institute of Jamaica.

The panel discussion is part of the programming for We Have Met Before, which on view at the National Gallery until November 4, 2017 and which is presented in collaboration with the British Council. The exhibition explores a group of contemporary and artistic interpretations of legacies of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and chattel slavery in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. Each of the four featured artists – Graham Fagen (Scotland), Joscelyn Gardner (Barbados), Leasho Johnson (Jamaica) and Ingrid Pollard (Guyana/England) – delves into archival material, popular culture and personal perspective to develop and substantiate visual iconographies that present actual and imagined narratives about the African enslaved and their descendants. Combined, their work invites new perspectives and dialogues on what is well-established subject in Caribbean art. We Have Met Before is presented in collaboration with the British Council.

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Take Home Jamaican Art for Christmas!

Miniature Shanties by Eddie Harris

The National Gallery Gift Shop is an integral part of the National Gallery of Jamaica experience. Just like the museum, the gift shop allows visitors to discover and learn about appreciating Jamaican art. It is the ideal place to shop for your Christmas gifts and to support Jamaican artists and the National Gallery in the process.

The gift shop has a great selection of goods and gift items for every taste and budget, with decorative accessories and art, as well as exclusive jewellery, made by local designers. We also have a wide selection of books on Jamaican and Caribbean art and culture, as well as many high quality publications developed by the Gallery staff of art historians and designers over the years, and children’s books. We also carry a large selection of art reproduction posters and greeting cards, many of which feature works of art from our collections.

Ceramics by Andranique Morgan

The National Gallery Gift Shop regularly updates its offerings and we are pleased to introduce some of our newest products. Handmade coin purses, clutches and backpacks created by Edna Manley College graduate Khristina Godfrey under her Heavymannaz brand are show stoppers. There are also miniature vernacular shacks and shanties of the island made by Eddie Harris, who was recently featured by the Observer as part of Design Week.

New publications in the gift shop include, “Usain Bolt: Legend,” by the Gleaner Company (Media) Limited and “Dewdrop” by Courtney Hogarth. Leonia McKoy and Andranique Morgan have added great products to our ceramics collection and Carol Campbell, Reve, The Girl and the Magpie, and Purple Jade have supplied exquisite new jewellery designs.

Handmade Clutch by Khristina Godfrey/Heavymannaz

There’s always something new at the gift shop so visit us today and support brand Jamaica, with your purchase of a unique, one-of-a kind gift item that will show your loved ones that you care. Revenue earned from the Gift Shop helps to support the National Gallery of Jamaica’s education and exhibition programmes.

The Gift Shop is open Tuesdays to Thursdays, from 10 am to 4:30 pm and on Fridays from 10 am to 4 pm. On Saturdays, 10 am to 3 pm and every last Sunday of the month from 11 am to 4 pm.

Ceramics by Leonia McKoy

We Have Met Before – E-Catalogue Publication

The exhibition We Have Met Before: Graham Fagen, Joscelyn Gardner, Leasho Johnson and Ingrid Pollarda collaboration between the National Gallery of Jamaica and the British Council, is accompanied by an e-catalogue publication. This publication was edited by Melanie Archer and was designed by Kriston Chen. It contains commissioned essays by Tiffany Boyle and Shani Roper, along with forewords by Olayinka Jacobs-Bonnick, Annalee Davis and Juliet Dean, and Veerle Poupeye and O’Neil Lawrence. The We Have Met Before e-catalogue can be found here. The exhibition opens tonight at 6:30 pm and continues until November 4, 2017.