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.

THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF JAMAICA
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.”

END OF RELEASE

Happy International Museum Day

Today we celebrate museums—spaces that facilitate learning about history, culture and heritage, as well preserve cultural objects and information.

In Jamaica we have a variety of museums that each cater to their own niche. At the National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ) we focus on Jamaican and Caribbean art and related material. These artworks can come in a number of mediums, such as paintings, sculptures, digital works and more. We also house a small library centred around art as well as other related documentation to preserve our cultural knowledge for generations to come.

The NGJ falls under the Institute of Jamaica (IoJ) and is one of the many museums they are parent to.

Other museums within the IoJ are:

Closed: May 11, 2022

The National Gallery of Jamaica will be closed today, Wednesday May 11, 2022 due to current water lock offs as a result of the industrial action by the National Water Commission. The NGJ took the decision to remain closed as the health and safety of our staff and public is a priority. We will keep you updated regarding any changes and extend apologies for any inconvenience caused.