National Gallery joins forces with Kingston Book Festival for a Special Sunday Opening – March 10th

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The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to present a special Sunday opening on March 10th and one more opportunity to see the National Biennial before it closes. As has become customary for our Sunday programmes, opening hours will be from 11am to 4pm, with free admission, tours, and children’s activities.

On March 10th, we are collaborating with the Kingston Book Festival to present a programme that includes a panel discussion on art book publishing and the launch of Claudia Hucke’s much-anticipated book Picturing the Postcolonial Nation: (Inter)Nationalism in the Art of Jamaica, 1962-1975.

The panel will include: Claudia Hucke, Kay Sullivan and David Muir, all of whom have recently published art books. Local art critic Annie Paul, journalist Tamara Scott-Williams and the National Gallery’s Executive Director Veerle Poupeye will also speak about art publishing in Jamaica, particularly the opportunities and threats to the industry. This special programme will start at 1:00 p.m.

Visitors will also be able to see the critically acclaimed 2012 National Biennial exhibition one last time – the exhibition, which was scheduled to close on March 9th, has been held over for the occasion. The permanent exhibitions, which feature prime examples of Jamaican art from the Pre-Columbian period to the 20th century, will also be open for viewing.

It should be noted that Sunday March 31st would normally have been our Sunday Opening day for March but since this day is Easter Sunday, and thus a public holiday, the National Gallery will not be open to the public then. This week’s Sunday programme thus provides an opportunity for our Last Sunday regulars to still enjoy their weekend Gallery trip and to take part in the Kingston Book Festival.

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