Exploring Spirituality in Jamaica – a Presentation by Bernard Jankee, April 24 @ 11 am

Everald Brown - Instrument for Four People (1986), Collection: NGJ

Everald Brown – Instrument for Four People (1986), Collection: NGJ

The National Gallery of Jamaica and African-Caribbean Institute/Jamaica Memory Bank present:


by Bernard Jankee, Director, African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/Jamaica Memory Bank

Thursday April 24, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Free Admission

The presentation focuses on the cosmology and manifestations of spirituality in Jamaica, with special reference to the materials in the collections of the African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/Jamaica Memory Bank. This collaborative effort forms part of the National Gallery of Jamaica’s Explorations II: Religion and Spirituality exhibition and public education program and is free to the public.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to view the National Gallery’s acclaimed Explorations II: Religion and Spirituality exhibition, which explores the role of religion and spirituality in Jamaican culture and history, by means of 68 works from the NGJ collections, some of them well known and others only rarely exhibited. The exhibition includes work by artists such as Osmond Watson, Edna Manley, Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds, Carl Abrahams, Everald and Clinton Brown, Renee Cox, Ebony G. Patterson, Gloria Escoffery, Norma Rodney-Harrack and Omari Ra. The exhibition is part of a new series that explores important themes in Jamaican art and the National Art Collection. Religion and Spirituality is scheduled to close on April 27.

The Exploring Spirituality presentation is part of the Institute of Jamaica’s Open House programme.


Last Sundays: New Roots Opens on July 28


National Gallery of Jamaica to Present New Roots: 10 Emerging Artists

The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to invite you to its summer show, New Roots: 10 Emerging Artists. The exhibition will open on Sunday July 28th and features work by Deborah Anzinger, Varun Baker, Camille Chedda, Gisele Gardner, The Girl and the Magpie, Matthew McCarthy, Olivia McGilchrist, Astro Saulter, Nile Saulter and Ikem Smith. Though some of these artists already have an exhibition history, locally or abroad, all are relatively new to the local art world and under 40 years old. In keeping with its mandate to identify and support new and young artists, the NGJ is excited to unveil a show that will surprise, challenge and hearten the arts community and broader society.

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Monthly Sunday Openings Starting June 24

The NGJ is pleased to announce that it will be open to the public every last Sunday of the month, from 11 am to 4 pm, starting on June 24. There will be special programming and free tours on each of these Sundays, to be announced on a monthly basis.

On June 24, visitors will have the opportunity to view our new Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds Gallery, which was reinstalled with assistance from Tourism Enhancement Fund; to participate in free tours of the permanent collection; and at 1 pm to participate in a public discussion titled “Intellectual Property and Creativity in Jamaica” which is staged in association with the Kingston on the Edge (KOTE) festival and Visual & Performing Arts Jamaica (VPAJ).

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Offset: Art Publishing in the Caribbean

The National Gallery of Jamaica in association with ARC Magazine and Caribbean InTransit is pleased to announce Offset: Art Publishing in the Caribbean, the joint launch of ARC Magazine Issue IV and the second issue of the new academic publication Caribbean InTransit. This event will take place at the National Gallery of Jamaica on Saturday, December 10, from 1:30 pm to 4pm.

To introduce the launch, the NGJ has developed a discussion panel that will focus on the opportunities and challenges involved in art journal publishing across the Anglophone Caribbean and its Diaspora. The panel includes the editor and co-founder of ARC Magazine, Holly Bynoe, Marielle Barrow, founder and director of Caribbean InTransit, Keino Senior and Carol “Annie” Hamilton, editors of the new Edna Manley College journal Jonkunnu, Kim Robinson, editor of Jamaica Journal and Annie Paul contributing editor of Small Axe; the panel will be moderated by Veerle Poupeye, executive director of the National Gallery of Jamaica.

The panel and launch, which will be followed by a reception, will be held at the National Gallery of Jamaica, which is located at 12 Ocean Blvd, Block C, Kingston (entrance on Orange Street). The event is free and open to the public.  Copies of ARC IV, Caribbean InTransit 2 and back issues of both publications will be available for purchase.

This event is sponsored, with kind support, by the National Gallery of Jamaica, George Mason University and the Ministry of Culture of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

UPDATE 21/12/2011: Video footage and sound-recording now available:

Sound cloud – Opening statements

Video of Q&A – part I:

Video of Q&A – part II

Event photos

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Invitation – 2011 National Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition

The forty-eighth annual staging of the National Visual Arts Competition & Exhibition will take place on Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at the National Gallery of Jamaica.

Mrs. Kay Anderson, Lecturer at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts will deliver the feature address at the opening ceremony and declare the exhibition officially open to the public. The exhibition, which represents the combined efforts of the JCDC and the National Gallery, will feature 107 award winning works by experienced and emerging artists.

The art on display will include a new collection of award winning Jamaican photographs, drawings, paintings, videos, ceramics, collages, sculptures and mixed media works created by 76 artists.  The works have achieved medals, merit certificates, certificates of participation and sectional prizes.

The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) and Claro have come back on board as sponsors of the programme.  The public will have the opportunity to select their favourite artwork to help determine the winner of the Viewers’ Vote Prize through text voting provided by Claro from July 17-30.

Interested persons can view the work at the National Gallery until August 20, Tuesdays to Thursdays -10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Fridays -10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Saturdays between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Meanwhile, the Traveling Showcase across the island featuring the top awarded artworks from this year’s competition will begin on September 27 and culminate on December 9.