National Gallery Presents Young and Emerging Artists Workshops for Arts in the Park

The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to announce that it is partnering with Arts in the Park – Visual Arts Edition, a production of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sport. Arts in the Park, a series of arts and entertainment events in which the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission are also partners, takes place from Friday, May 26 to Sunday, May 28 at the National Gallery and Devon House.

For the National Gallery of Jamaica, Arts in the Park – Visual Arts Edition also forms part of the closing activities for the Jamaica Biennial 2017 and the National Gallery will be open to the public until 6 pm on May 26, 27 and 28, to give the public another chance to view this important and popular exhibition.

A key objective of Arts in the Park is to give young and emerging cultural practitioners the opportunity to interact with international and local experts in their field and to work towards tangible outcomes, in terms of professional development opportunities. To this end, the National Gallery is offering a workshop and panel discussion series that will take place on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28. Full details on the workshop and panel discussion programme can be downloaded here.

The May 27 programme, which takes place at the National Gallery on the Kingston Waterfront, starts at 10 am with a closed workshop on artist’s statements and portfolio presentations for young and emerging artists, which will take place from 10 am to noon. Though the workshop is offered free of cost, pre-registration is required and space is limited. As part of the pre-registration process, candidates are required to submit an artist’s statement and bio and a short portfolio presentation in PowerPoint format by Wednesday, May 24. Artists who are interested in participating in this workshop are urged to contact our Education Department at 922-1561/3 or for registration and the registration form, with instructions for the submission of materials, can be downloaded here.

Lunch-time entertainment is at 12:30 pm by the UWI Classical and Jazz Ensemble. Light refreshments may be purchased at the National Gallery’s coffee shop.

In the afternoon of May 27, there will be two panel discussions. The first, starts at 2 pm and explores how artists can effectively interact with the local and international art market, and the second, which starts at 4 pm, examines the protocols involved in working with curators and art writers. In both discussions, special attention will be paid to best practices and common problems and misconceptions. Both panel discussions are free and open to the public but young and emerging artists are especially encouraged to attend.

On Sunday, May 28, the Arts in the Park programme shifts to Devon House, multi-spacial visual art installation that will involve exhibitions, live performances, demonstrations, fashion, and discussion co-presented by the partners in the programme. This will include a round table discussion on the Jamaica Biennial 2017, which will take place in the gazebo on the East Lawn at 2:30 pm. The entire programme at Devon House is free and open to the public.

The international guests for the workshop and panel discussion programme are: the Canadian curator and gallerist Monique Meloche, who represents critically acclaimed emerging artists such as Rashid Johnson, Nate Young, Amy Sherald and Ebony G. Patterson, through her Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago, the Jamaica-born, New York City-based art critic and museologist Seph Rodney, who writes for Hyperallergic art magazine; the Trinidadian artist, art writer and curator Christopher Cozier, who is a founding Director of Alice Yard in Trinidad and who served as a juror for the Jamaica Biennial 2017; Natalie Urquhart, a curator and arts manager from the Cayman Islands and the UK, who serves as the Director of the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, where she recently hosted Tilting Axis 3, a think tank for artists, curators and art writers from the Caribbean and beyond; and, last but not least, Jamaica’s Ebony G. Patterson, who presently divides her time between Jamaica and the USA, where she serves as professor of painting and mixed media at the University of Kentucky and pursues an increasingly successful international art career. The local panelists include Petrona Morrison (artist and retired director, School of Visual Arts, Edna Manley College), Phillip Thomas (artist and lecturer, Edna Manley College), Deborah Anzinger (artist and executive director, NLS), Taynia Nethersole (collector and attorney-at-law), and Gilou Bauer (director, Mutual Gallery).

Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Invited Artists: Omari S. Ra

Omari S. Ra is one of the invited artists in the Jamaica Biennial 2017. His work can be seen at the National Gallery of Jamaica in downtown Kingston.

Omari Ra was born in 1960, in Kingston, Jamaica. Ra (also known as “Afrikan”) studied painting at the Jamaica School of Art (now the Edna Manley School of the Visual Arts) and graduated in 1983. Ra’s work provides provocative, satirical commentaries on the historical and contemporary issues that have shaped the African Diaspora. Currently, the Head of the Painting Department at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Ra also holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth. He has exhibited widely locally and internationally, participating in exhibitions such as the 1995 Johannesburg Biennial, and the Annual National and Biennial exhibitions in Jamaica. In 2004, he was awarded the Aaron Matalon Award for his entry in the 2004 National Biennial, and in 2011, Omari Ra was awarded the Silver Musgrave Medal by the Institute of Jamaica. He lives in Kingston, Jamaica.

Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Invited Artists: Khalfani Ra

K. Khalfani Ra – Post White: the end of HIStory, Fukuyama’s Failure – for Yosef ben-Jochannan (n.d.)

Khalfani Ra‘s work is on view in the Jamaica Biennial 2017 at the National Gallery of Jamaica until May 28.

K. Khalfani Ra was born in 1958, in Kingston, Jamaica. He was educated at the Jamaica School of Art where he received a Diploma in painting, 1983 and spent a year in Zimbabwe on a Commonwealth Fellowship. Ra has been a regular exhibitor locally and overseas: recent shows include Infinite Island (2007) at the Brooklyn Museum and the National Biennial 2014 at the NGJ. In 2004, Ra received a Purchase Award in the National Gallery of Jamaica’s National Biennial. His work tends to be provocative, targeting issues of the perception of blackness, sexuality and religion, and attacking the creolization of the Jamaican narrative. He lives in Kingston, Jamaica

Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Invited Artists: Winston Patrick

Winston Patrick – Growth (2017)

The Jamaica Biennial 2017 continues until May 28, 2017. The work of Winston Patrick can be seen at the National Gallery of Jamaica on the Kingston Waterfront.

Winston Patrick was born in 1946, in Clarendon, Jamaica. Patrick attended the Jamaica School of Art where he attained a Diploma in Sculpture 1966. He also attended the National Academy of Fine Arts (1966) and the School of the Brooklyn Museum of Art (1969), in New York. Since the late 1970s he has exhibited extensively both locally and abroad. He is best known for his exquisitely carved, tactile woodcarvings that make simple but powerful statements in space. Patrick lives in Kingston, Jamaica.

Winston Patrick – Monument To…. (2017)

Mother’s Day Sale


Your Mother deserves the best and the best place to shop for her special gifts is the National Gallery Gift Shop. We have a wide variety of fine Jamaican made gift items that will help you to show your appreciation and put a smile on her face. For this coming Mother’s Day, we are offering 15% off purchases JA$4,000 and over, plus a FREE gift. What are you waiting for? Visit us today for this exciting promotion which runs from May 11 – 13, 2017.

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. Gift shop sales support Jamaican artists and help to fund the programmes of the National Gallery.

Tribute to David Marchand (1944-2017)

David Marchand (photo: Chloe Walters-Wallace)

On Tuesday, we received the sad news of the passing of David Marchand, just short of what would have been his seventy-third birthday. Marchand was one of the most unique Jamaican artists, legendary for his eccentricity (and at times bellicose personality) but even more so for his brilliant, quirky visionary paintings and assemblage boxes. The National Gallery of Jamaica’s pay tribute to him and his unique body of work.

David Marchand – Double Censored (2001)

David Marchand was born in Old Harbour, St. Catherine, in 1944. He studied art in New York City in the 1960s but he found that the city had too many distractions and returned to Jamaica. His first solo exhibition was at the Contemporary Artists Association Gallery on Oxford Road in 1970. He briefly worked for a local advertising industry but soon retreated from formal employment to focus on his art and, arguably, to live life on his own unconventional terms. In recent decades, his studio and home was in Runaway Bay, St Ann, where he shared space with a large number of cats in the burnt-out shell of what must once has been a glamorous beachfront residence, a family property.

David Marchand – The Necklace (n.d.)

Marchand’s “big break” as an artist may never have come, as he frequently lamented, but his artistic work was well respected in the local artistic community and he had the support of several loyal friends and collectors. The producer and art collector Maxine Walters was arguably his greatest champion and her daughter, the film-maker Chloe Walters-Wallace, has been working on a documentary on Marchand and his work, titled Tsunami Scarecrow. The title of the documentary refers to Marchand’s often-told vision of a major tsunami, approaching not from the sea in front of his home, as one would have expected, but from over the hills behind him—a cataclysmic event that would have destroyed the island of Jamaica and perhaps the rest of the world. The title also refers to his unusual appearance—a thin, scarecrow-like figure with wild, wiry hair.

David Marchand – Star and Star’s (n.d.)

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