Art A[u]ction for Haiti – Press Release

John Dunkley, Three Spanish Jars (n.d.)

The Art A[u]ction for Haiti Committee, in association with the Edna Manley Foundation, the National Gallery of Jamaica, Hi-Qo Galleries, Harmony Hall, the Mutual Gallery and Art Centre, and Roktowa, is pleased to present: Art A[u]ction for Haiti, a fundraiser to assist with the recovery of the Haitian art world.

This collaborative effort is the initiative of concerned members of the Jamaican Art community who are responding to not only the physical devastation of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on the 12th of January 2010 but also to the cultural and economic losses. Many are aware of the physical destruction and loss of life that occurred as there has been widespread coverage in the media. There has however been very little coverage on the devastation to Haiti’s cultural sector.

The Haitian art world suffered great losses in the earthquake. Museums and art galleries were extensively damaged, among them Port-au-Prince’s historic Centre d’Art, which in the mid 20th century launched Haitian art into the international arena, which was completely destroyed. The Haitian art collection at the College de Saint Pierre was also devastated, as were the famous murals of the Holy Trinity Cathedral. The devastation has also affected the artists’ collectives of the Haitian capital, most of which operate in the inner-cities and provide much-needed income for the artists and their communities. Continue reading

Art A[u]ction for Haiti

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The production and sale of art has, since the mid 20th century, been an important source of income for Haitians of all walks of life. Inevitably, these activities have been severely disrupted by the recent earthquake, to the cultural and, not to be overlooked, economic detriment of those involved. Art A[u]ction for Haiti is a benefit auction to assist with the reconstruction of Haiti’s art world, spearheaded by the Edna Manley Foundation, hosted by the NGJ and supported by a wide range of stakeholders in the Jamaican art world.The proceeds will go to the revival of the historic Centre d’Art, whose landmark building was almost completely destroyed, and the sculptors of the Grand Rue, an inner-city community arts project.

Artists and collectors are invited to contribute works to this fundraising auction, as outright donations or on a commission basis. The deadline for submissions has been extended to Saturday, April 3. Contact the persons listed on the flyer for more information and to make arrangements for your contribution.

The auction preview will take place from April 14 to 18 and the auction itself will be held on Sunday, April 18, starting at 3 pm. Look out for more information on this event soon.

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Edna Manley Memorial Lecture 2010

Alissandra Cummins

Alissandra Cummins – “Reconstructing Identity: Memory, Museums and the Making of Meaning in the Caribbean Context.”

The Edna Manley Foundation, in association with the National Gallery of Jamaica and the Edna Manley College, is pleased to present the 2010 Edna Manley Memorial lecture, “Reconstructing Identity: Memory, Museums and the Making of Meaning in the Caribbean Context” by Alissandra Cummins. The lecture will take place at the National Gallery on Friday March 5, starting at 12:00 noon.

This year’s distinguished guest speaker, Alissandra Cummins, is an internationally acclaimed authority on Caribbean heritage, museum development and art. She is Director of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society and Chair of the National Art Gallery Committee of Barbados. Ms. Cummins is as well, since 2004, President of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), the UNESCO body with responsibility for museums, and has served UNESCO in various other high-level capacities, including as President of the International Advisory Committee of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme and (2007-2009) and as Chairperson of the Financial and Administrative Commission of its Executive Board.

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