WritivityBeginning from August 10 to August 14, 2015, the National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ) will be hosting a five-day journal workshop, titled WRITIVITY, for students preparing to sit Visual Arts examinations for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC). The workshop is being coordinated by the NGJ’s Education Department as a part of its summer programming.

WRITIVITY will focus on guiding students through approaches to developing the reflective journal, which is a key component of the School Based Assessment (SBA) submissions for CSEC Visual Arts. The reflective journal typically requires students to document, in pictures and in text, the progression and development of their SBA artworks as well as the associated research. WRITIVITY aims to assist the students’ understanding about how to approach this task, by utilizing the NGJ’s’s permanent collections as points of reference for critically assessing works of art and artists, in order to create different types documentation about them. The workshop also aims to familiarize the participants with the research resources of the Education Department, which manages a small but unique collection of exhibition catalogues and various art-related books and other documents.

Activities for the WRITIVITY workshop will be held daily from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at the NGJ, 12 Ocean Boulevard, Block C, Kingston Mall (entrance on Orange Street). Interested persons should call or email the NGJ in order to register. The workshop is free of cost but space is limited, so applicants are encouraged to register as soon as possible. For more information, please contact the National Gallery’s Education Department at 922-1561 / 3 (Lime landline), or 618-0654 / 5 (Digicel fixed line). Emailed queries should be sent to



The National Gallery of Jamaica is staging another educational event associated with its New Roots: 10 Emerging Artists exhibition, namely a tour of the exhibition with five of the participating artists, namely Deborah Anzinger, Varun Baker, Camille Chedda, Nile Saulter and Ikem Smith, who will each talk about their work. This event is scheduled for Thursday, October 31, starting at 2:30 pm.

New Roots features work in a variety of new and conventional media 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. The exhibition samples some of the most dynamic and innovative directions in the Jamaican art world, by artists who are questioning conventional understandings of art and the artist while presenting a socially engaged perspective on contemporary Jamaican society.

Thursday’s artists’ tour of New Roots is free and open to the public. The New Roots: 10 Emerging Artists is closing on November 2, so this event also represents one of the last opportunities to view the exhibition. For more information, see:

Barrington Watson – Out of Many, One People (1962)

Barrington Watson - Out of Many, One People (1962), whereabouts unknown

His Grace Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, and Mrs Sentamu visited the NGJ, and its current Barrington: A Retrospective exhibition on Saturday, January 28. Among the many things they viewed, were a text panel and preparatory drawings for Out of Many One People (1962), a lost painting by Barrington Watson. On the next day, Archbishop Sentamu made reference to the painting as a metaphor for Jamaican society in his sermon at the Webster Memorial Church in Kingston. Archbishop Sentamu’s visit to Jamaica was associated with the Jamaica 50 observations. Below we provide you with further information on Barrington’s Out of Many One People painting.

“Out of Many, One People shows people at a bus stop, waiting to take the bus into the future. There are many people, young and old, middle class and working class, black, white, Indian and Chinese”

–  Barrington Watson

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