“Explorations IV: Masculinities” Opens at the National Gallery on December 6

The Explorations IV: Masculinities exhibition will open at the National Gallery of Jamaica on Sunday, December 6, 2015. The exhibition is the fourth edition of the National Gallery’s critically acclaimed Explorations series, which examines major themes and issues in Jamaican art and culture. The guest speaker at the December 6 opening will be Michael Bucknor, Senior Lecturer, Public Orator and Head of the Department of Literatures in English at the University of the West Indies, Mona. Dr Bucknor has written extensively on gender issues in the arts and has also contributed an essay to the exhibition catalogue. Explorations IV: Masculinities will be on view at the National Gallery until March 5, 2016.

Explorations IV: Masculinities explores how masculinities – and the use of the plural is deliberate – have been represented in Jamaican art and visual culture. In doing so, the exhibition also explores how various masculine roles and identities, and the perceptions that surround them, have evolved in the Jamaican context. Organized thematically, the exhibition includes work by artists from the eighteenth century to the present, such as Philip Wickstead, Josiah Wedgwood, Isaac Mendes Belisario, Edna Manley, Alvin Marriott, Albert Huie, Osmond Watson, Barrington Watson, Colin Garland, Rose Murray, Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds, Everald Brown, Omari Ra, Phillip Thomas, Ebony G. Patterson, Leasho Johnson, Wade Rhoden, Peter Dean Rickards, Cosmo Whyte, and Vermon “Howie” Grant. Masculinities is designed to encourage productive and respectful debate on what is, after all, a subject area of major social and cultural urgency in contemporary Jamaica.

At the opening function on Sunday, December 6, doors will be open from 11 am to 4 pm and the opening function will start at 1:30 pm. DJ Biko will provide music. Admission will be free on that day but donations are gratefully accepted. The gift and coffee shop will be open for business, and the gift shop is fully stocked for the Holiday season, with a variety of art reproductions and cards, craft and gift items, and books, including the Explorations IV: Masculinities catalogue. Proceeds from the gift and coffee shop and donations received help to fund programmes and projects such as the Masculinities exhibition.

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Last Sundays, November 29, 2015 – featuring Recent Acquisitions and GiRL

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The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for November 29, 2015 will feature an exhibition of Recent Acquisitions and a special musical performance by GiRL.

The Recent Acquisitions exhibition features a selection of the National Gallery’s acquisitions since 2012, featuring artists such as Marlon James, Fitz Harrack, Milton George, Olivia McGilchrist, Rex Dixon, Cosmo Whyte, Berette Macaulay, Sand, Avagay Osbourne, Howie, Kereina Chang-Fatt, and others and includes works from the Guy McIntosh Donation, a group of eighty works received in 2011, as a gift from the late gallerist and collector Guy McIntosh. The selections reflect the National Gallery’s recent efforts to address gaps in its permanent collection, particularly with regards to textile and fibre art, contemporary photography, and art by young artists and women.

GirlGiRL, whose birth name is Shanique Brown, is a singer and actress who praises the entertainment industry in her home country Jamaica for her experience. After being trained at the Ardenne High School in both acting and singing she was then ushered into both industries by her mentors Ian Hird, Suzanne Beadle and Dwayne Morris and has been growing ever since. She has won numerous awards at all levels of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission in both areas and was recently awarded by the University of Technology for her accomplishments thus far in the performing arts. She is not just a singer and actress but also a writer, composer and arranger of music for herself and others. GiRL is a lover of music and as such does not confine herself to any one genre; she however has a soft spot for soul. Her set at the National Gallery will reflect her eclectic musical interests and will include original songs and covers.

As is now customary for Last Sundays, the doors will be open to the public from 11 am to 4 pm and the GiRL performance will start at 1:30 pm. Admission and guided tours will be free. Contributions to our donations box are, however, always welcomed and help to fund our Last Sundays programming. The gift and coffee shop will also be open for business and the gift shop is fully stocked with a fine selection of Jamaican-made art, craft and other gift items for your Christmas shopping!

Christmas Shopping at the NGJ Gift Shop

Are you in search of the perfect holiday gift to show your family and friends that you care? Look no further than the National Gallery of Jamaica Gift Shop, which offers a wide selection of fine gift items to suit every personality and budget.

Send Holiday wishes and New Year cheer with our exclusive greeting cards featuring iconic works of art from the National Gallery’s permanent collection. This season, we are excited to offer three new popular Jamaican artworks from our national collection as Christmas cards, available with pre-printed holiday greetings or blank. The new cards feature artwork by celebrated Jamaican artists Gaston Tabois, Albert Huie and Colin Garland. These artists have created beautiful visualizations in paint that depict the Jamaican landscape, people and imagination.

Intuitive (self – taught) artist, Gaston Tabois’ Road Menders (1956); Albert Huie’s Noontime (1943) and the centre panel of In the Beautiful Caribbean (1974) by Colin Garland are the works selected. We are also pleased to offer Red Set Girls, and Jack-in-the-Green (1837) by pre-twentieth century artist, Isaac Mendes Belisario, courtesy of The Hon. Maurice W. Facey and Mrs. Valerie Facey collection.

Also new in our Gift Shop are impressive masks created by the multi-dimensional artist, Nakazzi Hutchinson and matted colour as well as black and white photographs by fine art photographer, Donnette Zacca, who was awarded the Silver Musgrave Medal this year by the Institute of Jamaica.

The National Gallery Gift Shop offers an assortment of fine, Jamaican-made merchandise, including: jewellery, prints, paintings, photographs, postcards, handcrafted woodwork items, T-shirts, ceramics, aromatic spa products, and home décor, which are designed and produced by local artists, designers and crafts producers. Revenue earned from the Gift Shop helps to support the National Gallery of Jamaica’s education and exhibition programmes.

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.

Silver Musgrave Medal for Art: Donnette Ingrid Zacca

The National Gallery of Jamaica wishes to congratulate Donnette Zacca on her Silver Musgrave Medal, which was awarded today, and we are pleased to reproduce the award citation:

“The Institute of Jamaica recognizes Donnette Ingrid Zacca for outstanding merit in the field of Art”

“Born in St James in 1957, Donnette Zacca’s sojourn into photography began when she acquired her first camera while a ninth-grade student at the Mount Alvernia High School in Montego Bay. As a young country girl with a camera, she was driven to explore and discover a myriad of outdoor spaces – a practice that continues to this day as she travels to various locations across the island to capture scenes of natural beauty and sometimes otherworldly intrigue. She also produced portraiture, though mainly as a means of earning pocket money to support her new hobby.”

“From 1976 to 1980, Zacca attended the Jamaica School of Art, which is now part of the Edna Manley College, where she attained a Diploma in Art Education and Graphic Design. During these studies, she excelled in Photography, experimenting with a variety of shooting and printing techniques, including how to superimpose multiple photographic images within the same composition. After graduating, she continued her explorations, eventually developing an image-making technique of her own which she has called ‘marbling’.”

“In the late 1980s, she continued her photographic education, beginning with a course on Basic Architecture and Archaeological Photography, offered in Port Royal by the University of London (1987 – 1988). From 1988 to 1989, supported by scholarship from the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID), she attended the University of Cincinnati where she undertook studies in alternative and advanced photographic techniques. From 2000 to 2004, she pursued and acquired a Master of Fine Arts degree at the Maryland Institute College of Art.”

“Donnette Zacca has been exhibiting as a fine art photographer since the mid-1980s. Notable exhibitions in which she has maintained a consistent presence include the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) National Photographic Competitions and the Annual National and Biennial exhibitions of the National Gallery of Jamaica. She has also held a number of solo exhibitions, most memorable among them the Issues in Fertility exhibition at the Mutual Gallery in 2008. Her work is well represented in private as well as public collections.”

“Additionally, Donnette Zacca has contributed her photographic expertise to many national organizations, including the National Environmental and Planning Agency (NEPA) and the Jamaica Environmental Trust (JET). She has received important commissions, including the creation of twelve stamps for the Jamaica Postal Service in 2003, which featured White Sorrel and historic and modern buildings in Jamaica.” Continue reading


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Every Saturday, for the month of November 2015, the National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ) will be hosting a workshop series entitled “Saturday Art-Time: the Parents’ Edition.” Co-ordinated by the NGJ Education Department in recognition of November as Parents’ Month, the workshop series will serve as a means of creating awareness for parents and their families, regarding the use of art museums and exhibition spaces for recreation, expression and cultural interaction.

The workshop series is a spin-off from the Saturday Art-Time child art programme, which is currently on hiatus until 2016. Through the programme – which has had over five hundred youngsters registered since 2009 – a number of families have come to value the work of the NGJ; particularly in providing an outlet for their children’s artistic expressions, as well as to engage them with an integral aspect of their cultural heritage, through the museum’s national collection of Jamaican art.

With this in mind, the NGJ would like to provide a broader range of parents with an opportunity to become a part of a vibrant and growing cultural community, and to foster the development of a museum-going culture in Jamaica in the process. Participants in the workshop series will learn how to make their family visit to any art museum, gallery or exhibition fun and educational, by engaging their child in simple activities that will excite as well as inspire.

The Saturday Art-Time: Parents’ Edition, will take place on Saturdays, November 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th. Cost of registration is JA$600.00 per workshop or JA$2000.00 for the entire series. The workshop duration on each day will be from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. For further information, please contact the NGJ at 9221561/3 (Flow landline), or 618-0654/5 (Digicel fixed line). Emailed queries should be sent to info@natgalja.org.jm.

Last Sundays, October 25, 2015, featuring Michael Sean Harris

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The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for October 25, 2015 will feature the Young Talent 2015 exhibition and a special musical performance by Michael Sean Harris.

Young Talent 2015, which continues until November 14, seeks to provide national exposure to new and emerging artists and to stimulate the development of Jamaican art in the process. Young Talent 2015 features ten artists under forty years old, namely: Greg Bailey, Alicia Brown, Katrina Coombs, Di-Andre Caprice Davis, Monique Gilpin, Domanie Hong, Howard Myrie, Richard Nattoo, Avagay Osborne, and Cosmo Whyte.

Michael Sean Harris has been an active and central member of the local and global music community for many years, as not only a member of The Little People and Teen Players Club, but also as a founding member of the Ashe Caribbean Performing Arts Ensemble. He has toured the U.S.A., the Caribbean and the U.K. with these groups and has also toured Europe in numerous lead vocalist roles; having also lent his smooth and rich voice to performances with Leo Sayer, Petra Berger Cheb Mami and Patricia Kaas. As a solo performer, Harris has touched the souls of audiences with a seamless merging of traditional folk, classical, popular and contemporary music of many regions of the world; infused it with a sensibility all his own.

As is now customary for Last Sundays, the doors will be open to the public from 11 am to 4 pm and the Michael Sean Harris performance starts at 1:30 pm. Admission and guided tours will be free. Contributions to our donations box are, however, much appreciated and help to fund exhibitions such as Young Talent 2015 and our Last Sundays programming. The gift and coffee shop will also be open for business.