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.


As part of our programming for Black History Month, the National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ) will be hosting a special event on Saturday February 17, 2018, at 1:30 pm entitled 21ST Century Kapo. Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds is considered to be Jamaica’s foremost Intuitive artists; and the newly reinstalled gallery features a selection of sculptures and paintings from the Larry Wirth Collection, the John Pringle Collection and the Aaron and the Marjorie Matalon Collection. The works in these galleries showcase the broad subject matter and iconography that Kapo explored and highlight the cultural significance of this artist.

The Kapo Gallery – which is one of only two NGJ galleries that are dedicated to single artists – was reopened on January 28 after being closed for almost a year; 21st Century Kapo will give the public an opportunity to learn more about this artist and engage in a discussion of his legacy and relevance to Jamaicans today.

21ST Century Kapo will feature a special screening of the archival film, Kapo the Artist, which first aired on BBC TWO in 1986. In it Kapo speaks about his life and work as an artist and Revivalist leader, it features commentary by Dr. David Boxer, Professor Rex Nettleford and Ambassador Dudley Thompson among others. The screening will be followed by a short, candid discussion between Dr. Clinton Hutton, Professor of Caribbean Political Philosophy, Culture and Aesthetics (University of the West Indies, Mona) and NGJ Senior Curator, O’Neil Lawrence.

Attendance to 21ST Century Kapo is free of cost and is open to the public. Visitors are being encouraged to view the newly reinstalled galleries prior to the beginning of the discussion.

Last Sundays – January 25, 2015, feat. Smallman, The Solitary Alchemist and the Jamaica Biennial 2014

Last Sunday 25 2015-01-01The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme continues on Sunday, January 25 with a screening of two films: Smallman: The World My Father Made (2013) and The Solitary Alchemist (2010). Visitors will also have the opportunity to view the main exhibition of the Jamaica Biennial 2014. Doors will be open from 11 am to 4 pm and the film screening starts at 1:30 pm.

The Jamaica Biennial 2014 exhibition, which opened on December 7 and continues until March 15, can be seen at the National Gallery of Jamaica, which houses the main exhibition, with satellite exhibitions at Devon House and National Gallery West in Montego Bay and one project, by Bahamian artist Blue Curry, on the streets of Downtown Kingston. The exhibition features Jamaican artists, both local and from the diaspora, and, for the first time, also specially invited artists from elsewhere in the Caribbean. One of the National Gallery’s largest and most popular exhibitions to date, it has already received significant acclaim as a landmark exhibition, which provides exposure to the diversity of contemporary art from the Caribbean region and its diaspora and serves as a platform for new development. Among the artists in the exhibition are the winners of the 2014 Biennial’s two awards: the Aaron Matalon Award winner Ebony G. Patterson (at Devon House); and the co-winners of the inaugural Dawn Scott Memorial Award, Camille Chedda and Kimani Beckford, whose work can be seen at the National Gallery of Jamaica.


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The films that will be screened on January 25, Smallman and The Solitary Alchemist, were both directed by Mariel Brown whose documentary film Inward Hunger: The Story of Eric Williams recently won the Best Local Feature Film jury prize at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, and has been screened in London, England; Kingston, Jamaica; Florida, USA and Port of Spain, Trinidad.


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Smallman: The World My Father Made, a short film, tells the story of John Ambrose Kenwyn Rawlins an ordinary Trinidadian of modest means. He was a great father, grandfather and husband; an obedient public servant. Yet the most vivid part of his life was lived in a small workshop beneath his house. In there, at the end of his workday, he made things. From simple push toys to elaborate 1/16th scale waterline battle ship models and dockyards, miniature furniture and dolls houses, he painstakingly constructed everything from scratch, sometimes spending upwards of a year on a single model. The film is an exploration of the worlds both real and imagined that Kenwyn Rawlins made, as remembered by his son Richard Mark Rawlins, who is also one of the specially invited artists in the Jamaica Biennial 2014.

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Still from Smallman

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National Gallery West Premieres ‘The Price of Memory’ in Montego Bay

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The Montego Bay Cultural Centre and National Gallery West are pleased to present the Montego Bay premiere of the documentary ‘The Price of Memory,’ a documentary film by Karen Marks Mafundikwa, on Saturday, October 18, starting at 7 pm, at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre, Sam Sharpe Square. The film maker will be in attendance to introduce the film and to answer questions afterwards. Admission will be free but donations in support of the Montego Bay Cultural Centre programmes will be gratefully accepted.

Filmed over the span of eleven years, ‘The Price of Memory’ explores the legacy of slavery in the UK and Jamaica and the initiatives and debates surrounding reparations. The film starts in 2002, with Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Jamaica as part of her Golden Jubilee celebrations, when she is petitioned by a small group of Rastafari for slavery reparations. The film traces this petition and the first reparations lawsuit to be filed in Jamaica against the Queen, while interweaving stories of earlier Rastas who pursued reparations and repatriation in the 1960s. The filmmaker travels to the UK, exploring the cities which grew wealthy from slavery and the British monarchy’s legacy of slavery, and follows the debates about reparations in both the Jamaican and British parliaments. ‘The Price of Memory’ premiered at Pan African Film Festival 2014 in Los Angeles and was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the upcoming Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival 2014 in late September. The Jamaican premiere was at UWI-Mona on September 7 and the film received a standing ovation from the capacity audience.

Karen Marks Mafundikwe is Jamaican filmmaker who originates from Montego Bay and the opening scene of ‘The Price of Memory’ is set on Sam Sharpe Square. She holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism and Anthropology from New York University and an MSc in International Development from the Tulane University School of Law. Mafundikwa is also credited with another  documentary feature ‘Shungu: The Resilience of a People’ (2009 which won the Ousmane Sembene Award at the Zanzibar International Film Festival 2010 and Best Documentary, Kenya International Film Festival 2010.

All interested persons are cordially invited to attend the Montego Bay premier of ‘The Price of Memory’ on October 18. This event also launches the National Gallery West/Montego Bay Cultural Centre film programme.