Update: The Jamaica Biennial

The National Gallery of Jamaica wishes to update all our audiences that there will be some changes to the NGJ’s Jamaica Biennial exhibition. Moving forward, we shall be dividing the Biennial into two separate exhibitions. Both will occur every two years, on alternate years.

The first exhibition will be held every two years in the Summer and will be similar in structure to the current Jamaica Biennial. It will be called The National Gallery Summer Exhibition.

It will involve:

  • A call to all Jamaican and Jamaican Diaspora Artists for the open submission of works which will be juried
  • A jury of Curators and other Art Professionals will select works for exhibition
  • Inclusion of the Invited Artists list
  • This exhibition will have competitive elements and prizes
  • As the name suggests, the first staging of this exhibition will be in Summer 2019.

The second exhibition will be called the Kingston Biennial:

  • This exhibition will be curated by either one Curator or a small group of Curators selected from a local and an international pool of professionals with knowledge of contemporary Caribbean Artistic developments. The Curator[s] will select the artists to be involved as well as possible themes for the exhibition and work with the artists to develop a cohesive exhibition.
  • This exhibition will be staged in multiple locations in Kingston to form part of a city-wide art and culture experience.
  • Artists from Jamaica as well as the Jamaican and Caribbean Diaspora will be considered for this exhibition.
  • The first Kingston Biennial is scheduled to open in December 2020.

If there are any questions, please contact the National Gallery of Jamaica.


Beyond Fashion: Extended!

The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to announce that our most recent exhibition Beyond Fashion has been extended until February 24th, 2019. This decision was a result of the exceptional reception we received from you, our patrons.

Beyond Fashion takes a deeper look at the relationship between fashion and art and 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.

Thank you greatly for the support we have received and, if you have not seen Beyond Fashion as yet, we highly encourage you to do so.


Beyond Fashion: Artist Talk Dec 15, 2018

Beyond Fashion Artist Talk

Photograph: Michelle Jorsling

The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to present the first of two Artist Talks for its current exhibition Beyond Fashion on Saturday, December 15 starting at 1:00 pm. Beyond Fashion seeks to explore the capacity for fashion themed or influenced art making to reflect and interrogate complex personal and societal histories. The exhibition also questions the supposed distinctions between art and craft. These concepts will be explored in the context of this exhibition during this session.

The discussion will be moderated by the exhibition’s lead curator O’Neil Lawrence and the panelist will include exhibiting artists Phillip Thomas, Yasmin Spiro as well as researcher, indigo dyer and artist Lucille Junkere. The panel discussion is free and open to the public. Persons in attendance will also have an opportunity to view the Beyond Fashion exhibition which will close on January 15, 2019.

Upcoming: Barrington: A Retrospective (January 8-April 14, 2012)

The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to present Barrington: A Retrospective, an exhibition of more than 250 paintings, drawings and original prints by Jamaican master artist Professor the Hon. Barrington Watson, OJ. The exhibition is scheduled to open on January 8, 2012 and its main part will be on view at the National Gallery until April 14, with smaller annex exhibitions at the Bank of Jamaica and the Olympia International Art Centre, both in Kingston. The guest speaker at the January 8 opening function will be Sir Shridath Ramphal, GCMG, OCC, OE, OM, former Commonwealth Secretary-General and Chancellor of the University of the West Indies. The exhibition is the first on the NGJ’s calendar of events for Jamaica 50.

Self-Portrait, 1987, Collection: Michael Lee Chin

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Currently on View

Mallica "Kapo" Reynolds - Rising Table (Revival Table), 1972, John Pringle Collection, NGJ

While preparing for our next major exhibition, the Barrington Watson Retrospective which is scheduled to open on January 8, 2012, the National Gallery is pleased to present the following temporary displays:

The John Pringle Collection: The John Pringle Collection is a recent major donation of 23 paintings by Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds by the estate of John Pringle, Jamaica’s first Director of Tourism and the founder of the famed Round Hill resort. The collection, which had its inaugural exhibition at the Montego Bay Civic Centre in May-June of this year, is on view in its entirety at the National Gallery in Kingston until mid November, after which selections will be included in the new Kapo Galleries, which will reopen towards the end of the year. The catalogue of the John Pringle Collection is now also available for sale in our gift shop. The repatriation and exhibition of the John Pringle Collection have been funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund.

Ebony Patterson - Di Real Big Man, 2010, Collection: NGJ

Selections from the Permanent Collection: On view in the central lobby, mezzanine and circulating areas of the National Gallery are selections from our permanent collection, with works of art in various media from the 1960s to the present, by major Jamaican artists such as Carl Abrahams, Ebony Patterson, Cecil Baugh, Renee Cox, Ralph Campbell, Bryan McFarlane, Kapo, Osmond Watson, Milton George, Everald Brown, Albert Artwell, Hope Brooks, Norma Rodney Harrack, Gloria Escoffery, Peter Wayne Lewis, Karl Parboosingh, and Eugene Hyde. This temporary exhibition includes selections from our ceramics collection, our contemporary art and Intuitive holdings, the Eugene Hyde prints in our collection, Milton George’s Pages from my Diary, as well as a thematic display on religion in Jamaican art. Not to be missed, this exhibition includes several less known but important works from our collection that are not normally on long term public view.

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NGJ to Host Barrington Watson Lecture on October 13

Barrington Watson - Washer Women (1966), Collection: National Gallery of Jamaica

The National Gallery of Jamaica, in association with the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and on the occasion of the Rex Nettleford Arts Conference, is pleased to present a public lecture by Jamaican Master Artist Professor the Honourable Barrington Watson, CD, OJ on Thursday, October 13. The lecture will start at 2 pm and is held at the National Gallery of Jamaica, 12 Ocean Blvd, Block C, Kingston (entrance on Orange Street). Professor Watson will speak about his life and work and his views on art in Jamaica. The lecture is free and open to the public and all interested persons are cordially invited.

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