Happy International Museum Day

Today we celebrate museums—spaces that facilitate learning about history, culture and heritage, as well preserve cultural objects and information.

In Jamaica we have a variety of museums that each cater to their own niche. At the National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ) we focus on Jamaican and Caribbean art and related material. These artworks can come in a number of mediums, such as paintings, sculptures, digital works and more. We also house a small library centred around art as well as other related documentation to preserve our cultural knowledge for generations to come.

The NGJ falls under the Institute of Jamaica (IoJ) and is one of the many museums they are parent to.

Other museums within the IoJ are:

Closed: May 11, 2022

The National Gallery of Jamaica will be closed today, Wednesday May 11, 2022 due to current water lock offs as a result of the industrial action by the National Water Commission. The NGJ took the decision to remain closed as the health and safety of our staff and public is a priority. We will keep you updated regarding any changes and extend apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Announcing the Kingston Biennial Artists

The Board and Management of the National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ) are pleased to announce the June 26, 2022 opening of Kingston Biennial: Pressure. The biennial – the gallery’s flagship art event – is curated this year by David Scott, Nicole Smythe-Johnson, Wayne Modest and O’Neil Lawrence.

Lawrence the NGJ’s Chief Curator, outlined that this type of contemporary art exhibition is meant to produce change. “While the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic have adjusted timelines and artistic focus, the theme seemed particularly prescient. The world has been under pressure. Alongside disruptions and traumas, the recalibrations and the pivoting, there has also been opportunity for a new era of collective self-reflexivity and a desire to focus on what really matters.”

The Kingston Biennial, which will run until December 31, 2022, is anticipated to be ambitious, both in its scale and the volume of works that will be featured at the National Gallery’s downtown location.

“It is this type of pressure that is both generating and dissenting,” according to the exhibition’s lead curator, David Scott. “It is an inspiring human resource, and historically it has been deeply fertile ground for some of the most brilliant works of Jamaican cultural achievement.” Twenty-Four (24) Jamaican born and descended artists were invited to focus on the thematic notion of “pressure”. In response, works were created ‘at home’ by: Greg Bailey, Camille Chedda, Katrina Coombs, Ricardo Edwards, Laura Facey, CD, Monique Gilpin, Christopher Irons, Marlon James, Phillip Thomas, Matthew McCarthy, Omari Ra, Oneika Russell. And they will arrive from Australia: Robin Clare; Trinidad: Roberta Stoddart, Jasmine Thomas-Girvan the United Kingdom: Kaleb D’Aguilar, Hurvin Anderson and the United States: Simon Benjamin, Alicia Brown, Nadine Hall, Satch Hoyt, Leasho Johnson, Arthur Simms, Nari Ward.

Roxanne Silent appointed Acting Senior Director

Ms. Roxanne Silent (Acting Senior Director, NGJ)

The National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Roxanne Silent as its Acting Senior Director.

With vast administrative experience and procedural knowledge of the Gallery from her working in the in the post of Director – Finance and Administration, as well Board Secretary and in her substantive post as Records & Information Officer (Registrar), Ms. Silent has a deep understanding and sense for the NGJ’s mission and needs. With her fulsome knowledge of the organization over her 26-year tenure as well as the skill set developed over that time, she is well equipped to lead the NGJ.

In her new position as Senior Director, previously defined as Executive Director, Ms. Silent will fulfill all the roles and responsibilities therein. She undertakes this post at an important time as we prepare for the opening of Kingston Biennial on June 26th 2022 and celebrations for Jamaica’s 60th anniversary to begin.

The Board of the National Gallery of Jamaica, the Institute of Jamaica, and the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport look forward to Ms Silent’s leadership and the knowledge that she brings to the post.