The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for August is scheduled for Sunday, August 25, from 11 am to 4 pm.
Visitors will have the opportunity to view the Gallery’s latest exhibition, New Roots: 10 Emerging Jamaican Artists, along with selections from our permanent collections, from the Taino to the contemporary. New Roots, which opened to an enthusiastic capacity crowd on July 28, features work by 10 artists under 40 years old — Deborah Anzinger, Varun Baker, Camille Chedda, Gisele Gardner, Matthew McCarthy, Olivia McGilchrist, Astro Saulter, Nile Saulter, Ikem Smith, and The Girl and the Magpie – in a variety of media, ranging from painting, photography and jewellery to video and animation. The exhibition features some of the most dynamic and innovative directions in the Jamaican art world which questions conventional understandings of art and the artist and present a compassionate and socially engaged perspective on contemporary Jamaican society.
The featured performance on Sunday, August 25 will be by DJ Afifa Aza, who will present a music selection inspired by the New Roots exhibition. Sound artist Afifa, who is a regular collaborator with visual and new media artists, is co-founder of SO((U))L, a creative experiment in the development of alternative community spaces that promote discovery and exploration of music, art, culture, social justice, equality and self-reliance. The SO((U))L community has a physical home at the “HQ” in Stony Hill, St Andrew and a strong online presence on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.
As is now customary, admission to the NGJ will be free on Sunday, August 25 and free guided tours and gallery-based children’s activities will be offered. The gift and coffee shop will be open for business and contributions to the donations box are welcomed. Revenues from our shops and donations help to fund programmes such as the New Roots exhibition and our Last Sunday programmes.