Introducing First Saturdays: Hard Road to Travel

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Beginning in March 2020, the National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ) will be hosting a film series entitled First Saturdays, which will be held on the first Saturdays of March, April, May and June of this year. This film series has been initiated as a part of the public programming associated with the Jamaica Jamaica! exhibition, which opened to the public on February 2, 2020 and is scheduled to close on June 28, 2020.  

The NGJ will commence the film series on Saturday March 7, 2020 with the documentary film Hard Road To Travel: The Making of the Harder They Come, by Jamaican film-maker Chris Browne. Hard Road To Travel explores the two-year journey undertaken by Jamaican film-maker Perry Henzell to film and release the iconic 1972 film The Harder They Come, for which Henzell was both director and co- writer alongside Trevor Rhone. The documentary highlights the struggles of Jamaica’s early film industry, while simultaneously providing a lens through which a period of Jamaican music can be explored and interpreted. Chris Browne’s own filmography includes another outstanding Jamaican feature film, Third World Cop (1999), as well as his more recent Ghett’a Life (2011). 

The film screening of Hard Road To Travel: The Making of the Harder They Come is scheduled to commence at 1:30pm. Attendance to the event is free of cost and is open to the public. Visitors are also being encouraged to view the Jamaica Jamaica! exhibition prior to the beginning of the film. For further details, contact the National Gallery of Jamaica at (876) 618-0654, (876) 922-1561 or (876) 922-1563.

Last Sundays November 24, 2019 to ft. 6 Films

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The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programming for November 24th will feature a film screening in association with Jamaica Film and Television Association (JAFTA).

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Flight directed by Kia Moses and Adrian McDonald and produced by Tashera Lee Johnson

As usual Last Sundays admission is free though we are inviting donations for the Bahamas Hurricane Relief in light of the severe damage that was done to parts of the archipelago during hurricane Dorian. JAFTA is a non-profit association that represents the interests of the Film & TV industry of Jamaica inclusive of marketing Jamaican productions on the international scene.

We will be screening the following 6 films:

  • Passage directed and produced by Kareem Mortimer
  • Code directed by Sarah Manley and produced by Darin Tennent
  • Origins directed by Kurt Wright and produced by Noelle Kerr
  • A Broken Appointment directed and produced by Kaleb D’Aguilar
  • Trust directed by Jason Evans and produced by Renée Cesar
  • Flight directed by Kia Moses and Adrian McDonald and produced by Tashera Lee Johnson

Doors will open to the public from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The screening will begin at 1:30 p.m. As is customary on Last Sundays, guided tours are free, but contributions to the Donations Box located in the Coffee Shop are appreciated. These donations help to fund our Last Sundays events. The National Gallery’s Gift Shop and Coffee Shop will also be open for business.

Last Sundays: Lupus Awareness Month

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The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programming for the month of May will be the last opportunity to view mark The 25th Art of Reggae Exhibition. It will also feature a screening of the film The Lupus Life and special musical by performances by Evad Campbell and Roshane Wright.

May is Lupus Awareness Month and as part of its observances the National Gallery in partnership with The Music House, will be screening the short documentary film The Lupus Life. Directed by Kevin Jackson the film will offer our audience a glimpse into the daily struggle with the oftentimes invisible disease lupus. Following the film there will also be musical performances by former and current students of The Music House: Evad Campbell and Roshane Wright.

Born and raised in Kingston, Evad Campbell is a keyboardist, musical director, arranger and soundtrack producer. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, with a goal to contribute to the further development of Jamaica’s musical industry. Campbell returns to Jamaica regularly during his breaks from his studies to work with local groups such as Ashe and the UWI Panoridim Steel Orchestra.

Former president and advisor for the RD Drummers, Roshane Wright is a professional percussionist, playing for various artists and performing arts groups such as Jamique Ensemble, Apollo Tafari and L’Acadco: A United Caribbean Dance Force. He has received numerous awards for his drumming and arrangements and is preparing to further his studies at the Humber College in Toronto, Canada.

The National Gallery of Jamaica will be open from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, with the entertainment beginning at 1:30 p.m. As per usual on Last Sundays, admission is free, but contributions to our Donations Box, located in the lobby, are appreciated. These donations help to fund our in house exhibitions and our Last Sundays programming. The National Gallery’s Gift Shop and Coffee Shop will be open for business.

Last Sundays April 28, 2019 to Screen Blowin’ In The Reggae Wind

The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programming for April 28, 2019 will feature a film screening of Blowin’In The Reggae Wind. On view will be The 25th Art of Reggae Exhibition, displaying the winner and top 100 entries for the International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC) and a tribute to Lawrence Edwards.

A perfect complement to our most recent exhibit, the documentary, Blowin’ In The Reggae Wind (French title: Le Souffle Du Reggae) directed by Jérémie Cuvillier and co-written by Jérémie Kroubo Dagnini focuses on the global impact of Reggae music. “This documentary is an immersion into the contemporary Reggae scene, seeking to understand how and with what force this musical style continues to inspire artists around the world. This engaging story will take the audience on a journey from France to Jamaica, to ultimately end in Africa, land of origins.”

Le souffle du Reggae.

The National Gallery of Jamaica will be open from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, with the film screening beginning at 1:30 p.m. As per usual on Last Sundays, admission is free, but contributions to our Donations Box, located in the lobby, are appreciated. These donations help to fund our in house exhibitions and our Last Sundays programming. The National Gallery’s Gift Shop and Coffee Shop will be open for business.

Screening + Artist Talk: The Secret Life of Your Clothes

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On Saturday February 23, 2019 the National Gallery of Jamaica will be hosting a film screening of The Secret Life of Your Clothes as part of our programming for Beyond Fashion. Following the screening will be a related artist talk moderated by Assistant Curator and co-curator of the exhibition Shawna-Lee Tai. Participants in the Artist Talk will include Ayana Rivière, who is represented in the exhibition, and Nigerian artist Alao Omotoya.

The documentary The Secret Life of Your Clothes is a Firecrest Films Production for BBC’s “This World”, and is directed by Andy Wells and presented Ade Adepitan. The documentary is about the obroni wawu (secondhand clothing) industry in Ghana and how it has not only turned the clothes donated to charity into a profitable business, but has inversely impacted the traditional clothing industry as well as deeper cultural issues.

Ayana Rivière, born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, has a passion for clothing design. She completed a degree in Criminal Justice from Coppin University and then pursued her love for fashion. She has worked as a wardrobe stylist on numerous music videos, films, commercials and advertising campaigns within Jamaican and the Caribbean such as the [PUMA in Cuba] campaign and Idris Elba’s Yardie. Her piece Ray Ray (2018) in Beyond Fashion speaks closely to the topic of the film in a Jamaican context.

Alao Luqman Omotoya is a Nigerian artist with a BFA in painting from the University of Lagos, an MFA in printmaking from the University of Benin, and is currently doing his PhD there as well. He is a member of the Society of Nigerian Artist (SNA) and a member of the Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA). He is a Cultural diplomat in Jamaica working with the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDC), Ministry of Tourism Jamaica, and currently with Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) and Ministry of Culture.

The screening will begin at 1:30pm and entry is free to the public. As always, the Giftshop and Coffee Shop will be open for business.

Last Sundays November 25, 2018 to feature JAFTA Short Films

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The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programming for November 25th, 2018, in collaboration with Jamaica Film and Television Association (JAFTA) and Kingston Creative, will feature a JAFTA short film screening of 5 Jamaican made films as well as tours of our current exhibition, Beyond Fashion.

The Jamaica Film and Television Association (JAFTA) is a not-for-profit association geared at aiding with the development of Jamaica’s film and television industry through capacity building, developmental, collaborative and promotional initiatives.

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Kingston Creative is an initiative dedicated to developing downtown Kingston into an art district and creative hub, identifying it as the Creative Capital of the Caribbean. They bring together local artists, entrepreneurs and designers during their Artwalk, also held on a the last Sunday of the month, to bring to life the potential of downtown Kingston as a creative hub.

The screening features four past JAFTA Propella films – the supernatural drama Origins (Kurt Wright) with its unique take on cultural folklore, the colourful life lessons learnt in a patty shop and how seriously we take our mangos with the comedic One Patty (Eugene Williams) and Mango Wars (Kyle Chin); and a young woman’s learning to navigate Kingston’s public transportation system and some harassing encounters in This City of Mine (Danielle Russell).  The short film screening will also feature Kinto (Joshua Paul), a film written, directed and co-produced by JAFTA members, about a desolate young boy who embraces his identity during an unexpected act of kindness.

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Our current exhibition, Beyond Fashion, investigates the ways in which artists utilize fashion to create art and convey concepts. It looks outside of the world of commercial fashion and focuses on how a variety of themes may be expressed and embodied in art. Themes range from personal to political and artworks range from paintings to video. Beyond Fashion includes the work of artists who are experienced in fashion design, fashion photography and jewellery making. These include Marvin Bartley, Kereina Chang-Fatt, The Girl and The Magpie, Jessica Ogden, Ebony G. Patterson, Alfredo Piola, Ayana Rivière, Peter Dean Rickards, Jasmine Thomas-Girvan, Phillip Thomas, Yasmin Spiro, Seymour Lewis and Cosmo Whyte.

The National Gallery of Jamaica will be open from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, with the short film screening beginning at 1:30 p.m. As is customary for Last Sundays, admission is free, but contributions to our Donations Box, located in the lobby, are appreciated. These donations help to fund exhibitions like Beyond Fashion and our Last Sundays programming. The National Gallery’s Gift Shop and Coffee Shop will be open for business.