The NGJ is pleased to announce that it will be open to the public every last Sunday of the month, from 11 am to 4 pm, starting on June 24. There will be special programming and free tours on each of these Sundays, to be announced on a monthly basis.
On June 24, visitors will have the opportunity to view our new Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds Gallery, which was reinstalled with assistance from Tourism Enhancement Fund; to participate in free tours of the permanent collection; and at 1 pm to participate in a public discussion titled “Intellectual Property and Creativity in Jamaica” which is staged in association with the Kingston on the Edge (KOTE) festival and Visual & Performing Arts Jamaica (VPAJ).
The new Kapo Galleries, which were reinstalled as part of the reorganization of our permanent exhibitions which was started in 2007, will include selections from the Larry Wirth Collection and John Pringle Collection, two specialized collections of Kapo’s work, as well as a Kapo painting and sculpture from the Aaron and Marjorie Matalon Collection. Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds is one of Jamaica’s best known Intuitive artists and was a Zion Revivalist leader.
The public discussion, the first of a series on the subject to be staged by VPAJ and KOTE, will examine the meaning of Intellectual Property, whether the current copyright system is an asset or constraint to creativity as well as where the line should be drawn for Intellectual Property use versus protection. The following resource persons will participate: Herbie Miller (Director/Curator, IoJ’s Jamaica Music Museum); Joan Webley (Manager of Copyright & Related Rights Directorate, JIPO); Chris Muir (UWI – Mona Information Technology Services); Christopher Edmonds (Owner of Zincbeats, a music and media distribution and publishing company); Bruce Hart (independent film maker); and Veerle Poupeye (Executive Director, National Gallery of Jamaica). The discussion will be interspersed with video clips, and live and recorded music performances including by Seretse Small, Omar Francis and Christopher Edmonds.
Tours of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibitions, the new Kapo Galleries included, will start at 11:30 am and 3 pm, respectively, and there will be a special children’s activity tour which will start at 1 pm. Participation in these tours is on a “first come, first served” basis and the maximum number of participants in each tour is 30.
Admission, tours and other gallery activities are free on June 24 but contributions to our donations box are welcomed. Our gift and coffee shops will be open for business. Donations and gift and coffee shop revenues play an important role in the funding of our programmes.