Beyond Fashion: Extended!

The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to announce that our most recent exhibition Beyond Fashion has been extended until February 24th, 2019. This decision was a result of the exceptional reception we received from you, our patrons.

Beyond Fashion takes a deeper look at the relationship between fashion and art and how they may be integrated to produce works that speak to a variety of concepts. In this exhibition there are a myriad of art forms, such as photography, quilting, installation and jewellery to name a few.

Thank you greatly for the support we have received and, if you have not seen Beyond Fashion as yet, we highly encourage you to do so.

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Last Sundays December 30, 2018 to feature Nexus Performing Art Company

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Last Sundays December 30, 2018

The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programming for December 30th, 2018 will feature the Nexus Performing Arts Company as well as tours of our current exhibition, Beyond Fashion.

To top off the year the award-winning Nexus Performing Arts Company is back for what has become a tradition for our December Last Sundays performance. The Nexus Performing Arts Company was formed in 2001 by Hugh Douse, Artistic Director, voice tutor, singer, actor, conductor, songwriter, and a former Director of Culture in Education. The group has a broad musical repertoire that draws on Gospel, Negro Spirituals, Semi-classical, Popular music including Reggae and show tunes, African and Classical music of the European and African traditions. Join them as they take us on a lyrical tour of the exhibition full song, dance and theatrical performance, a truly festive way to close 2018.

Nexus Performing Arts Company

The Beyond Fashion exhibition features artists who utilise, or have included, elements of fashion in their practice. The selected artworks convey ways that art may push beyond the everyday understanding of fashion and to delve into a variety of topics, which range from the socio-economic to the historically political. Beyond Fashion includes the work of artists who are experienced in fashion design, fashion photography and jewellery making. These include Marvin Bartley, Kereina Chang-Fatt, The Girl and The Magpie, Jessica Ogden, Ebony G. Patterson, Alfredo Piola, Ayana Rivière, Peter Dean Rickards, Jasmine Thomas-Girvan, Phillip Thomas, Yasmin Spiro, Seymour Lewis and Cosmo Whyte.

The National Gallery of Jamaica will be open from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, with the Nexus performance beginning at 1:30 p.m. As per usual on Last Sundays, admission is free, but contributions to our Donations Box, located in the lobby, are appreciated. These donations help to fund exhibitions like Beyond Fashion and our Last Sundays programming. The National Gallery’s Gift Shop and Coffee Shop will be open for business.

Beyond Fashion: Artist Talk Dec 15, 2018

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Photograph: Michelle Jorsling

The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to present the first of two Artist Talks for its current exhibition Beyond Fashion on Saturday, December 15 starting at 1:00 pm. Beyond Fashion seeks to explore the capacity for fashion themed or influenced art making to reflect and interrogate complex personal and societal histories. The exhibition also questions the supposed distinctions between art and craft. These concepts will be explored in the context of this exhibition during this session.

The discussion will be moderated by the exhibition’s lead curator O’Neil Lawrence and the panelist will include exhibiting artists Phillip Thomas, Yasmin Spiro as well as researcher, indigo dyer and artist Lucille Junkere. The panel discussion is free and open to the public. Persons in attendance will also have an opportunity to view the Beyond Fashion exhibition which will close on January 15, 2019.

Gallery Mentions: The Guardian

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Screenshot from The Guardian article “A local’s guide to Jamaica: 10 top tips”

The National Gallery of Jamaica was mentioned in The Guardian’s article, alongside other notable local venues, in A local’s guide to Jamaica: 10 top tips. Mention was made of our collection of both historical and contemporary art as well as our recent collaboration with Kingston Creative’s Artwalk for our Last Sundays events.

Last Sundays November 25, 2018 to feature JAFTA Short Films

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The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programming for November 25th, 2018, in collaboration with Jamaica Film and Television Association (JAFTA) and Kingston Creative, will feature a JAFTA short film screening of 5 Jamaican made films as well as tours of our current exhibition, Beyond Fashion.

The Jamaica Film and Television Association (JAFTA) is a not-for-profit association geared at aiding with the development of Jamaica’s film and television industry through capacity building, developmental, collaborative and promotional initiatives.

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Kingston Creative is an initiative dedicated to developing downtown Kingston into an art district and creative hub, identifying it as the Creative Capital of the Caribbean. They bring together local artists, entrepreneurs and designers during their Artwalk, also held on a the last Sunday of the month, to bring to life the potential of downtown Kingston as a creative hub.

The screening features four past JAFTA Propella films – the supernatural drama Origins (Kurt Wright) with its unique take on cultural folklore, the colourful life lessons learnt in a patty shop and how seriously we take our mangos with the comedic One Patty (Eugene Williams) and Mango Wars (Kyle Chin); and a young woman’s learning to navigate Kingston’s public transportation system and some harassing encounters in This City of Mine (Danielle Russell).  The short film screening will also feature Kinto (Joshua Paul), a film written, directed and co-produced by JAFTA members, about a desolate young boy who embraces his identity during an unexpected act of kindness.

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Our current exhibition, Beyond Fashion, investigates the ways in which artists utilize fashion to create art and convey concepts. It looks outside of the world of commercial fashion and focuses on how a variety of themes may be expressed and embodied in art. Themes range from personal to political and artworks range from paintings to video. Beyond Fashion includes the work of artists who are experienced in fashion design, fashion photography and jewellery making. These include Marvin Bartley, Kereina Chang-Fatt, The Girl and The Magpie, Jessica Ogden, Ebony G. Patterson, Alfredo Piola, Ayana Rivière, Peter Dean Rickards, Jasmine Thomas-Girvan, Phillip Thomas, Yasmin Spiro, Seymour Lewis and Cosmo Whyte.

The National Gallery of Jamaica will be open from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, with the short film screening beginning at 1:30 p.m. As is customary for Last Sundays, admission is free, but contributions to our Donations Box, located in the lobby, are appreciated. These donations help to fund exhibitions like Beyond Fashion and our Last Sundays programming. The National Gallery’s Gift Shop and Coffee Shop will be open for business.

Giftshop: Christmas Cards and More

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Who’s on your Christmas card list this year? Visit the National Gallery Gift Shop today for high quality and affordable holiday greeting cards that will help you to keep in touch with loved ones near and far.

This holiday season, the NGJ Gift Shop offers 24 holiday greeting cards options, featuring richly printed reproductions of paintings and photography selected from the National Art Collection.

Our 2018 selection has works by modern Jamaican artists Carl Abrahams, Michael Lester, Karl Parboosingh, Allan ‘Zion’ Johnson, Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds, Gaston Tabois, Barrington Watson and Osmond Watson. The selection also includes pre-twentieth century and turn-of-the-century artists Isaac Mendes Belisario, Adolphe Duperly and Sons, as well as, Joseph Bartholomew Kidd.

These artworks, which have continually captured the hearts and imaginations of visitors to our museum, portray riveting and exquisite depictions of beautiful landscapes, cityscapes and portraits.

Ceramic vases by Andranique Morgan

• Ceramic pieces by Andranique Morgan

The National Gallery Gift Shop also offers an assortment of fine, Jamaican-made merchandise, including: jewellery, prints, paintings, photographs, postcards, handcrafted woodwork items, T-shirts, ceramics, aromatic spa products and home décor.

There is something for everyone!

We are 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.

The Gift Shop plays an important role in supporting the education and exhibition programmes of the National Gallery of Jamaica and your patronage is very much appreciated.