Press Release: NGJ Presents Kingston Biennial 2022: Pressure

Kingston, Jamaica (June 13, 2022): –

From Sunday, June 26, 2022 to Saturday, December 31, 2022, the National Gallery of Jamaica presents Kingston Biennial 2022: Pressure, in association with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment & Sport. The exhibit will feature artworks by 24 local and diaspora artists.

The Biennial exhibition will form part of the Jamaica 60th Diamond Jubilee and is a celebration of the Jamaican idiom, “pressure,” and the positive and negative ways in which it has shaped Jamaican society.
“From daily living, relationships and even in sporting events, pressure is at the heart of what ultimately makes Jamaicans a notable force in so many global arenas. As we emerge from a global pandemic, it will be interesting for gallery attendees to see how the psychological and emotional pressures of lockdowns and restrictions have and will continue to shape artistic representations, throughout this year’s Biennial and for years to come.” O’Neil Lawrence, Co-Curator, Pressure.

More details about the exhibition:
Kingston Biennial 2022: Pressure, Sunday, June 26, 2022 to Saturday, December 31, 2022

  • Grand Opening – Sunday, June 26, 2022 | 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Event Entry Type: Open to Public
    • Mask-Wearing: Mandatory
    • Maximum venue capacities will apply
    • All official government health & safety protocols will be enforced.
  • Featured Local & Diaspora Artists:
    • Hurvin Anderson
    • Greg Bailey
    • Simon Benjamin
    • Alicia Brown
    • Camille Chedda
    • Robin Clare
    • Katrina Coombs
    • Kaleb D’Aguilar
    • Ricardo Edwards
    • Laura Facey
    • Monique Gilpin
    • Nadine Natalie Hall
    • Satch Hoyt
    • Christopher Irons
    • Marlon James
    • Leasho Johnson
    • Matthew McCarthy
    • Omari Ra
    • Oneika Russell
    • Arthur Simms
    • Roberta Stoddart
    • Phillip Thomas
    • Jasmine Thomas-Girvan
    • Nari Ward
  • Event Associates & Sponsors
    • Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment & Sport.
    • CHASE Fund
    • Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Jamaica
    • Tourism Enhancement Fund
    • Grace Kennedy Group
    • AC Hotel Kingston – Official Hotel Partner
    • Berger Paints Jamaica Ltd.

A division of the Institute of Jamaica
An Agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment & Sport
The National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ) located at 12 Ocean Boulevard, Downtown, Kingston is the largest and oldest public art museum in the English-speaking Caribbean. A division of the Institute of Jamaica (Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport), it currently operates from two locations in the capital city Kingston and Montego Bay. The custodian of Jamaica’s National Art Collection, its holdings boast a comprehensive aggregation of early, modern, and contemporary Jamaican works of art, as well as artwork produced by other Caribbean and international artists. Since its establishment, the museum has continually advanced its public offerings, which include active exhibition and engaging education programming, Gift and Coffee Shops, as well as Facilities Rental offerings. Its developments and success have reflected its mission: “To collect, research, document and preserve Jamaican, other related Caribbean art and related material to promote our artistic heritage for the benefit of future and present generations.”



Virtual Last Sundays to ft. Emily Ruth and Evad Campbell

On Sunday June 28, 2020, the National Gallery of Jamaica will once again present its virtual Last Sundays programme on our YouTube channel and Instagram account. This second video in our online series will premiere at 1:30pm.

This month we will be featuring musical performances by Emily Ruth and Evad Campbell.  The programme will include brief interviews from the opening of our current Jamaica Jamaica! exhibition. Originally launched at the Philharmonie de Paris in 2017,  the exhibition explores the origins of Jamaican music, its development and its rise to international acclaim. 

Born in Manchester, Jamaica, Emily Ruth comes from an artistic family and had developed a love for the performing arts at an early age. Having devoted much of her life to music and dance, Emily went on to complete a Master’s degree in Applied Music Psychology at Roehampton University in London. Her main focus is teaching piano, cello and group music for young children at The Music House and creating music programmes for individuals with developmental challenges. She is currently a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jamaica (POJ) as the principal cellist; is the choir director and a pianist at Hope United Church and plays for functions across the island.

Evad Campbell is a keyboardist, musical director, arranger and soundtrack producer born and raised in Kingston. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA., and recently received the Berklee Achievement Scholarship Award which recognizes students who have demonstrated Academic, personal and professional success while at the college. During school breaks, he returns to Jamaica and works with groups such as the Ashe Company, UWI Panoridim Steel Orchestra, Bethel Steel Orchestra and his childhood music school, The Music House

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