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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


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: