Last Sundays February 24, 2019 to feature Tribe Sankofa

Last Sundays_FlyerThe National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programming for February 24, 2019 will feature Tribe Sankofa as well as tours of our current exhibition, Beyond Fashion. We will also have on display the winner and entries for the International Reggae Poster Competition in The Art of Reggae Exhibition and the five finalists of the Government of Jamaica Houses of Parliament Design Competition.

February marks both Black History and Reggae month. It is a month that acknowledges and honours the achievements of black people throughout history and despite immense racial adversity. It is also a month that celebrates reggae music and it’s contribution to the development of Jamaica, musically, culturally and economically. With this in mind this Last Sundays will feature two new exhibitions.

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The Art of Reggae Exhibition is hosted by the Reggae Poster Contest. The Reggae Poster Contest was founded in 2011 by Michael Thompson and Maria Papaefstathiou and aims to highlight reggae around the globe, create a locally based Reggae Hall of Fame museum and gain support for the Alpha Boys School.

IMG_3686The second phase of the Government of Jamaica Houses of Parliament Design Compettition is being hosted at the National Gallery of Jamaica. Patrons may view the proposals, site models and renderings of the top 5 finalists until February 28, 2019. The competition stipulates that at least 50% of each team be of Jamaican heritage or citizenship and, as such, the new House of Parliament will not only be a place where decisions regarding the Jamaican people are made, but a place created by it’s people. There is also a People’s Choice Award where citizens are encouraged to vote on the design of their choice.

8Tribe Sankofa is a performing arts collective formed by Fabian Thomas. It is a vibrant and eclectic group of multi-talented performers who combine their artistry to add an exciting new dimension to the performing arts landscape of locally and internationally. Their niche is “….borrowed and original spoken word/poetry, soulful song-styling uniquely blended with other visual and performing arts”. Tribe Sankofa has shared their unique offerings in diverse spaces including the Poetry Society of Jamaica, Bookophilia, Lignum Vitae Awards, Gungo Walk Alternative Music and Arts Festival, Arts in the Park and the Investiture of the Poet Laureate of Jamaica to name a few. In addition to multiple medals and awards at Tallawah Dramatic Arts Festival and the Jamaica Cultural Development’s Speech and Drama competitions, the collective has also staged its own productions: Black Bodies, A Tribe Ting and their signature annual production Word Soul. This Last Sundays Tribe Sankofa presents BLACKness (an every month thing) ‘A celebration of blackness, spoken, sung and felt’.

The National Gallery of Jamaica will be open from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, with Tribe Sankofa’s performance 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 exhibitions like Beyond Fashion and our Last Sundays programming. The National Gallery’s Gift Shop and Coffee Shop will be open for business.

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Last Sundays January 27, 2019 to feature Bobby Burns

Last Sundays - January 27, 2019

The National Gallery of Jamaica’s first Last Sundays programming for the year will feature Bobby Burns on January 27th, 2019, as well as tours of our recently extended exhibition, Beyond Fashion.

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Bobby Burns is a singer and songwriter whose musical career began in 1988 at the tender age of 12. He began by performing with his older brother and greatest influence, Llyod Hemmings, at shows across the island. Burns migrated to the United Kingdom in 1999 and joined a group called “The Savannas”. They secured a contract with a leading Reggae distributor, Jet Star Recordings. In 2004 Burns returned to Jamaica and has continued to pursue a musical career. He has released the titles “Caught”, “Over U” and “Sunshine”. He has also performed alongside notable names, such as “Sugar Minnott”.

Now extended until February 24, 2019, Beyond Fashion takes a deeper look at the relationship between fashion and art. It explores how they may be integrated to produce works that speak to a variety of concepts. In this exhibition there are a myriad of art forms, such as photography, quilting, installation and jewellery to name a few.

The National Gallery of Jamaica will be open from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, with the Bobby Burns performance 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 exhibitions like Beyond Fashion and our Last Sundays programming. The National Gallery’s Gift Shop and Coffee Shop will be open for business.

Last Sundays December 30, 2018 to feature Nexus Performing Art Company

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Last Sundays December 30, 2018

The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programming for December 30th, 2018 will feature the Nexus Performing Arts Company as well as tours of our current exhibition, Beyond Fashion.

To top off the year the award-winning Nexus Performing Arts Company is back for what has become a tradition for our December Last Sundays performance. The Nexus Performing Arts Company was formed in 2001 by Hugh Douse, Artistic Director, voice tutor, singer, actor, conductor, songwriter, and a former Director of Culture in Education. The group has a broad musical repertoire that draws on Gospel, Negro Spirituals, Semi-classical, Popular music including Reggae and show tunes, African and Classical music of the European and African traditions. Join them as they take us on a lyrical tour of the exhibition full song, dance and theatrical performance, a truly festive way to close 2018.

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The Beyond Fashion exhibition features artists who utilise, or have included, elements of fashion in their practice. The selected artworks convey ways that art may push beyond the everyday understanding of fashion and to delve into a variety of topics, which range from the socio-economic to the historically political. 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 Nexus performance 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 exhibitions like Beyond Fashion and our Last Sundays programming. The National Gallery’s Gift Shop 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.

Last Sundays October 28, 2018 to feature Rik Jam

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The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programming for October 28th , 2018 will feature a performance by reggae artiste Rik Jam as well as tours of our current exhibition, Beyond Fashion.

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This month’s performer, the talented Rik Jam, was born and raised in Fletcher’s Land, Kingston, Jamaica. He developed a love of reggae music as child and discovered his talent for it while taking part in church with his mother. During high school, he was encouraged to join the music band by a friend who noticed his aptitude and has been pursuing music since. Rik Jam hopes to bring joy to people through his music both locally and internationally.

The Beyond Fashion exhibition looks at a selection of artists who work with, or have incorporated, elements of fashion, its creative processes and outcomes as a part of their practice. The artworks featured portray experimentation outside the boundaries of everyday fashion and the capacity for fashion themed art making to delve into topics of the personal and the political. 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 musical performance 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.

“Beyond Fashion” Opening this Last Sundays ft. Quilt

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The National Gallery of Jamaica will be opening its newest exhibition Beyond Fashion for the September Last Sundays featuring guest speaker SiiM (Michelle Simone Clarke) and a theatrical performance by Quilt.

Beyond Fashion examines the works of artists who have incorporated elements of fashion and it’s creation into their practice. It explores the capacity for fashion themed art making to delve into topics of the personal and the political, as well as providing a vehicle for experimentation and expression that goes beyond everyday fashion. Beyond Fashion includes the works of artists that have experience in fashion design, fashion photography and jewellery making.

The exhibition includes the works of 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.

Our Guest Speaker SiiM (Michelle Simone Clarke) is an architecture graduate from the University of Toronto who fell in love with fashion after her travels to East and Southeast Asia and Australia. After returning to Jamaica her line became known locally and regionally through her Butterflies & Hummingbirds collection, inspired by the lightness, colour and freedom of the tropical animals. SiiM currently consults as a Creative Director and her team has worked on events such as FASHIONBLOCK, International Reggae Day, Jamaica Carnival, America’s Next Top Model, The Wray and Nephew Contender and many others for over a decade.

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Quilt performing at the National Gallery of Jamaica

No strangers to the National Gallery of Jamaica, the Quilt Performing Arts Company was born out of a need for a fresh, new, innovative way of creating performance art. Using Caribbean rhythms, merging poetry, music and dance, the Quilt performers have developed their own unique performance style and an evolving theatre technique. Artistic director Rayon Mclean and his team continue break boundaries and redefine performance spaces. The group’s main focus is to provide pieces with a strong social message that forces audiences to think and reflect, feel, laugh, and learn.

Doors will open to the public from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The formalities by will begin at 1:30 p.m. As is customary on Last Sundays, admission is free, but contributions to the Donations Box located in the Coffee Shop 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 also be open for business.