UPDATE: PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SUBMISSION AND OPENING DATES HAVE CHANGED. PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK FOR THE CURRENT INFORMATION.
The NGJ is pleased to announce the Jamaica Biennial 2014 exhibition, which is scheduled to open on November 14, 2014 — the NGJ’s fortieth anniversary date — and which will close on March 14, 2015. This is the first notification for the exhibition. There have been several major changes to the exhibition and the submission rules – please read the attached Biennial brochure 2014 very carefully; the entry form can downloaded here.
About the Biennial
In 1977, NGJ inaugurated the Annual National Exhibition, which in its twenty-five year run established itself as the premier national art exhibition in Jamaica. In 2002, the Annual National Exhibition was converted into the National Biennial to favour a stronger exhibition, giving artists more time for the development of ideas and work. Effective 2014, the Biennial has been renamed as the Jamaica Biennial.
For the staging of the 2014 Jamaica Biennial, the NGJ will be keeping many aspects of the established framework for previous Biennials but with some important changes to create a more dynamic Biennial that both acknowledges the growing regional and international networks that Jamaican artists participate in and supports the best of local art production. We are considering other entry options for future biennials but for now the entry process remains essentially the same: Jamaican artists may participate by either special invitation or the jury process. In addition, however, selected international and regional artists will be invited to do special projects during the exhibition. There will also be a call for proposals for National Gallery West, our new extension in Montego Bay, which will be open to Jamaican artists. The Biennial will open on November 14, 2014 to coincide with the Gallery’s 40th anniversary and also to better position it on the international art calendar.
The 2014 Jamaica Biennial will be a multi-venue exhibition comprised of three sections, Legacies, New Ground and Special Projects. These will represent the broad array of Jamaican art as well as important works from the region, its diaspora and relevant international artists.
- Legacies: An exhibition of work by senior Jamaican artists and those who work more traditionally, whether invited or juried.
- New Ground: An exhibition of contemporary Jamaican art from both emerging and established artists, whether invited or juried.
- Special Projects: A series of smaller self-contained exhibitions by specially invited regional and international artists, as well as a project from a Jamaican artist selected from the call for proposals for Montego Bay.
Call for Proposals – National Gallery West, Montego Bay
The National Gallery is seeking proposals from Jamaican artists, artists’ collectives, and/or cura-tors, whether living locally or abroad, for its 2014 Jamaica Biennial, National Gallery West Special Project. National Gallery West is the NGJ’s new satellite space opening in June 2014 at the old Montego Bay Civic Centre on Sam Sharpe Square. The exhibition will run from No-vember 23, 2014 – March 19, 2015. For further instructions, please read: Montego Bay call.
All entries for the Juried Section of the 2014 Jamaica Biennial, all installation and performance proposals by juried or invited artists, and all proposals for National Gallery West, Montego Bay, must be received at the NGJ by Friday, September 12, 2014, along with completed and signed entry forms
All other entries for the Invited Section of the 2014 Jamaica Biennial must be received at the NGJ by Friday, October 3, 2014, along with completed and signed entry forms
No late entries will be accepted.