NGJ Announces the Return of the Writivity Workshop

The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Education Department announces the return of its signature educational workshop, WRITIVITY. The workshop will run from Monday, August 15 to Thursday, August 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily.

Developed in 2015 the WRITIVITY workshop is geared toward Grade 10 – 11 students who are preparing to sit the Visual Arts examinations for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC). The main goal of WRITIVITY is to assist students with the development of their visual arts reflective journal, which is a key component of CSEC’s School Based Assessment (SBA) submission. By participating in this programme, students will be taught how to properly prepare entries for their journal, analyse art pieces and conduct art-related research within sessions that utilize primarily the NGJ’s art collection and document resources (especially online resources). This year’s workshop will be held in association with the NGJ’s exhibition, Kingston Biennial “Pressure”, which opened on June 26, 2022, and will be used to introduce the participants to a selection of contemporary art produced by some of Jamaica’s most exciting visual artists. 

Registration for the WRITIVITY workshop is free and as a result, there is limited space for participants. Interested persons should contact the National Gallery’s Education Department by Friday, August 12, via the following telephone numbers: 876 922 – 1561/3 (Lime landline), or 876 618 – 0654/ 5 (Digicel fixed line) or via email at info@natgalja.org.jm.

All activities for WRITIVITY will be held at the National Gallery of Jamaica. Refreshments will be provided for the participants from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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NGJ Hosts Members of the Caribbean Court of Justice

From left to Right: O’Neil Lawrence, Chief Curator, NGJ, Roxanne Silent, Senior Director (Acting), The Hon. Mrs. Justice Marva McDonald- Bishop; The Hon. Mr. Justice Adrian Saunders – President, Caribbean Court of Justice; The Hon. Miss  Justice Carol Edwards; The Hon. Mr. Justice Bryan Sykes, Chief Justice of Jamaica; The Hon. Mr. Justice Patrick Brooks, President, Jamaica  Court of Appeal & Senator the Honourable Thomas Tavares-Finson, O.J., C.D., Q.C., J.P., President of the Senate and Chairman of the National Gallery of Jamaica.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022, NGJ’s Senior Director (Acting), Roxanne Silent, and Chief Curator, O’Neil Lawrence welcomed and provided a guided tour of the Kingston Biennial 2022: Pressure exhibition to The Honourable Mrs. Justice Marva McDonald- Bishop, The Honourable Mr. Justice Adrian Saunders – President, Caribbean Court of Justice, The Honourable Miss  Justice Carol Edwards, The Honourable Mr. Justice Bryan Sykes, Chief Justice of Jamaica, The Honourable Mr. Justice Patrick Brooks, President, Jamaica  Court of Appeal, who were all guests of Senator the Honourable Thomas Tavares-Finson, O.J., C.D., Q.C., J.P., President of the Senate and Chairman of the National Gallery of Jamaica.

NGJ Welcomes Ministers of Republic of Namibia on Official Visit

From left to Right: Roxanne Silent, Senior Director (Acting), NGJ, Hon. Dr. Itah Kandjii-Murangi, Minister of Higher Education, Innovation & Training, Republic of Namibia, Hon. Christine //Hoebes, Minister in the Presidency, Republic of Namibia, O’Neil Lawrence, Chief Curator, NGJ & Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, Jamaica.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022, NGJ’s Senior Director (Acting), Roxanne Silent, and Chief Curator, O’Neil Lawrence welcomed and provided a guided tour of the Kingston Biennial 2022: Pressure exhibition to Namibian Ministers the Honourable, Christine //Hoebes, Minister in the Presidency (representing the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation) and the Honourable Dr. Itah Kandjii-Murangi, Minister of Higher Education, Innovation & Training, both of the Republic of Namibia. The Ministers were also greeted and accompanied by Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade and Senator the Honourable Thomas Tavares-Finson, O.J., C.D., Q.C., J.P., President of the Senate and Chairman of the National Gallery of Jamaica.

“I am delighted to welcome Ministers //Hoebes and Kandjii-Murangi who are here to participate in the Inaugural Meeting of the Jamaica-Namibia Joint Committee as well as our Jamaica60 celebrations. Since one of the focal areas of their visit is culture, we intend to immerse our special guests in Jamaica’s vibrant spirit, through our performing arts, including music and dance, which they will experience at the Grand Gala. Today, I’m particularly pleased to accompany our Namibian sisters on their tour of our National Gallery to experience some of Jamaica’s visual arts treasures, including the Pressure exhibition which is part of our Diamond Jubilee celebrations.”

Kingston Biennial 2022: Pressure, Film Screening Series [PART 1/4]

RECAP & ANNOUNCEMENT:

Friday, July 29, 2022 marked the successful opening of Part 1 of the 4-Part Kingston Biennial 2022: Pressure Film Screening Series, curated by Storm Saulter, with venue at Official Hotel Partner, AC Hotel Kingston.

Following films ‘Fever Dream’ by Nile Saulter, and ‘Sprinter’ by Storm Saulter, a deep-dive into each of the films, their respective themes, challenges, and breakthroughs was led by Mrs. Isis Semaj-Hall and featured a cameo by ‘Sprinter’ actor, Kadeem Wilson during the Q&A segment. At the end of the filmmaker’s panel discussion Storm highlighted that the next films to be aired on Friday, August 26th, are exciting to him as they are both Jamaican Premieres.

An honour to have these films showcased under the Pressure theme, we invite you to take part in this very special upcoming screening. Be sure to mark Friday, August 26th on your calendars, with RSVPs being taken as early as Sunday, August 21, via Eventbrite only.

Kingston Biennial 2022: Pressure is an art exhibition at the National Gallery of Jamaica, featuring the works of 24 local and diaspora artists around the Jamaican idiom ‘Pressure.’

Kingston Biennial 2022: Pressure, Film Screening Series

UPDATE: THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT… No tickets remaining.

Filmmaker Storm Saulter joins the team of Kingston Biennial 2022: Pressure, as film curator and host of this special film screening series which starts Friday, July 29, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

Join us at venue AC Hotel Kingston as short and feature length filmmakers showcase AND discuss their works, selected around the ‘Pressure’ theme. Swipe for the full schedule of screening dates and films. We are truly excited to extend the Kingston Biennial to include this film series.

RSVP for this unique experience via Eventbrite ONLY (Link in bio).

Kingston Biennial 2022: Pressure takes over the Innovation Gallery of AC Hotel Kingston this Friday…