Jamaica Biennial 2017: Call for Submissions – Juried Section

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WE ARE PLEASED TO INFORM ARTISTS THAT THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 5 PM LOCAL TIME. NO FURTHER EXTENSION CAN BE GRANTED, SO PLEASE SUBMIT URGENTLY IF YOU HAD MISSED THE ORIGINAL DEADLINE.

The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to invite submissions for the juried section of upcoming Jamaica Biennial, which will now be held from February 26 to May 28, 2017 and will thus be the Jamaica Biennial 2017.

The Jamaica Biennial, previously known as the National Biennial, is the National Gallery’s flagship biennial exhibition. Designed to encourage the development of art in Jamaica and its local and international exposure, the Jamaica Biennial includes works of art in all media and genres by a wide variety of artists who enter the exhibition through the jury system or by special invitation. The juried section is open to all artists resident in Jamaica and of immediate Jamaican descent, irrespective of residence. While thus mainly focused on the Jamaican and Jamaican Diaspora artists, the exhibition now also includes a select number of specially invited Caribbean and other international artists. The exhibition will be shown at the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston; National Gallery West in Montego Bay; and other venues to be announced.

The new deadline for submissions by juried artists is now Monday, December 12, 2016. Relevant documents can be downloaded here: the Jamaica Biennial 2017 brochure, and the Jamaica Biennial 2017 – entry form. Please email <info@natgalja.org.jm> or call (876) 922-1561 or -3 if you have any questions or need to discuss your submission.

Letters to the invited artists are being dispatched.

Electronic submissions should be sent to <info@natgalja.org.jm>, directly or, in case of large files, via a reliable file transfer service such as WeTransfer. Please use “Jamaica Biennial 2017” and the name of the artist in the subject header for all electronic submissions.

Call for Submissions: Digital

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Submissions for the DIGITAL exhibition have now closed. We are very excited about the number and quality of submissions we have received – it will be a very interesting exhibition. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by March 13 the latest.

The National Gallery of Jamaica is inviting submissions to its Digital exhibition, which will open on Sunday, April 24, 2016 and run until July 2, 2016.

Digital media has arguably been the fastest growing field in contemporary visual art and an area of major innovation and experimentation, with many applications in related areas such as music videos and fashion photography. In photography, which has become a dominant medium in contemporary art, digital photography and printing are now the norm. New possibilities emerge constantly, for instance in the field of 3D printing. The Caribbean has been no exception and many younger artists are engaging and exploring new media such as animation, GIFs, video installations, digital illustration, computer graphics, web based art, and so forth. This exhibition celebrates digital art forms in all digital media, from digital photography to multimedia installations, produced by artists based in the Caribbean and its diaspora and also encourages the development and recognition of such media in the Caribbean context. From the submissions received, up to thirty will be selected by the National Gallery’s curatorial team to be shown in the Digital exhibition. An illustrated exhibition catalogue will be published.

Eligibility: Open to artists resident in the Caribbean and Caribbean nationals residing elsewhere. There are no restrictions of age. Collaborative submissions involving more than one artist are permitted.

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