Call for Entries: New Dates for the 2014 Jamaica Biennial

Patterson, Ebony - Bush Cockerels - small

Ebony G. Patterson – The Observation (Bush Cockerel) — A fictitious History, video installation (detail), National Biennial 2012

The National Gallery of Jamaica wishes to announce the new dates for the 2014 Jamaica Biennial.

The Jamaica Biennial, previously known as the National Biennial, is the National Gallery’s flagship biennial exhibition. Designed to encourage the development of art in Jamaica and its local and international exposure, the Biennial It includes work in all media and genres by a wide variety of artists who enter the exhibition through the jury system or by special invitation. The juried section is open to all artists resident in Jamaica and of immediate Jamaican descent, irrespective of residence. While thus mainly focused on the Jamaican and Jamaican Diaspora artists, the exhibition now also includes a select number of specially invited Caribbean and other international artists. As another new feature, there is also a call for special Biennial project proposals for National Gallery West at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre.

The Biennial will now be open to the public from Sunday, December 7, 2014, with the opening reception on Sunday, December 14, 2014. The new deadline for submissions by juried artists is now Friday, October 17, 2014 and for the invited artists, the new deadline is Friday, November 7, 2014. Letters to the invited artists are being dispatched.

Relevant documents can be downloaded here: The Biennial Guidelines Brochure 2014, The Call for Proposals for National Gallery West , and the Jamaica biennial 2014 – Entry Form. Please email <> or call (876) 922-1561 or -3 if you have any questions or need to discuss your submission.

Electronic submissions should be sent to <>, directly or, in case of large files, via a file transfer service such as Dropbox or Hightail.


Duane Allen – Entrapment (2012), mixed media installation – National Biennial 2012


Jamaica Biennial 2014 – First Call

Ebony G. Patterson - The Observation (Bush Cockerel) — A fictitious History, video installation (detail), National Biennial 2012

Ebony G. Patterson – The Observation (Bush Cockerel) — A fictitious History, video installation (detail), National Biennial 2012


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.

Chung, Andrea - Come back to yourself

Andrea Chung – Come Back to Yourself (2012), collage – National Biennial 2012

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.

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Call for Entries: National Biennial 2012

Artists are invited to submit entries for juried section of the 2012 National Biennial exhibition, which will open on Sunday, December 9, 2012, in the following categories:

Painting, drawing (including pastel and watercolour), original print, collages, photography, sculpture (including assemblage), installation, ceramic, fibre art and video

The exhibition is open to all artists resident in Jamaica and Jamaican artists living abroad. Artists can submit up to two works.

Works submitted must be properly framed and/or mounted. Installations must be submitted in the form of a detailed proposal that includes the overall dimensions, a ground plan, any special technical requirements (such as video equipment) and sketches or photographs of the work in progress. All works entered should have been completed since September 2010 and only one work may have been previously exhibited. Selection of the work to be exhibited will be made by a jury panel appointed by the Board of the National Gallery of Jamaica. Selected artists may be considered for the Aaron Matalon Award, which is granted to what is deemed the best entry by a single artist.

Entries will be accepted starting September 19, at the National Gallery, 12 Ocean Boulevard, Kingston Mall. The closing date for entries is Friday, October 19, 4 pm.

Artists submitting works from overseas may submit digital images of the proposed work(s) but, if selected, must make their own transport and Customs clearance arrangements. Works should NOT be consigned to the National Gallery.

Entry forms and regulations may be collected from the National Gallery or downloaded here:

NB 2012 – juried forms

NB 2012 – brochure

For  hard copies of these documents and more information, please contact us at: 876-922-1561 or -3 or 876-618-0654 or -5; fax: 876-922-8544 or via email at

(Note: invited artists will be contacted directly by the National Gallery)

Image credit: detail of Laura Facey, Plumb Line (2010). Facey was the winner of the 2010 Aaron Matalon Award.

Call for Entries – 2012 National Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition

Dwight Larmond – Wi and Dem (2011, mixed media) – 2011 Bronze medal and Claro’s Viewer’s winner

We are hoping that this year’s National Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition will be extra-special, as part of our Jamaica 50 observation.

Click Here to Download Entry Form & Rules

The National Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition is our annual cooperation with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission.

Call for Entries: National Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition 2010

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Prepare to submit work for the 2010 National Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition! The exhibition includes a youth section and selected participants are eligible for medal awards and sectional prizes. Categories accepted: ceramics, fibre arts, painting, photography, sculpture, assemblage, video art and works on paper. Entry forms will be available shortly.

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