National Gallery Presents Young and Emerging Artists Workshops for Arts in the Park

The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to announce that it is partnering with Arts in the Park – Visual Arts Edition, a production of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sport. Arts in the Park, a series of arts and entertainment events in which the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission are also partners, takes place from Friday, May 26 to Sunday, May 28 at the National Gallery and Devon House.

For the National Gallery of Jamaica, Arts in the Park – Visual Arts Edition also forms part of the closing activities for the Jamaica Biennial 2017 and the National Gallery will be open to the public until 6 pm on May 26, 27 and 28, to give the public another chance to view this important and popular exhibition.

A key objective of Arts in the Park is to give young and emerging cultural practitioners the opportunity to interact with international and local experts in their field and to work towards tangible outcomes, in terms of professional development opportunities. To this end, the National Gallery is offering a workshop and panel discussion series that will take place on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28. Full details on the workshop and panel discussion programme can be downloaded here.

The May 27 programme, which takes place at the National Gallery on the Kingston Waterfront, starts at 10 am with a closed workshop on artist’s statements and portfolio presentations for young and emerging artists, which will take place from 10 am to noon. Though the workshop is offered free of cost, pre-registration is required and space is limited. As part of the pre-registration process, candidates are required to submit an artist’s statement and bio and a short portfolio presentation in PowerPoint format by Wednesday, May 24. Artists who are interested in participating in this workshop are urged to contact our Education Department at 922-1561/3 or info@natgalja.org.jm for registration and the registration form, with instructions for the submission of materials, can be downloaded here.

Lunch-time entertainment is at 12:30 pm by the UWI Classical and Jazz Ensemble. Light refreshments may be purchased at the National Gallery’s coffee shop.

In the afternoon of May 27, there will be two panel discussions. The first, starts at 2 pm and explores how artists can effectively interact with the local and international art market, and the second, which starts at 4 pm, examines the protocols involved in working with curators and art writers. In both discussions, special attention will be paid to best practices and common problems and misconceptions. Both panel discussions are free and open to the public but young and emerging artists are especially encouraged to attend.

On Sunday, May 28, the Arts in the Park programme shifts to Devon House, multi-spacial visual art installation that will involve exhibitions, live performances, demonstrations, fashion, and discussion co-presented by the partners in the programme. This will include a round table discussion on the Jamaica Biennial 2017, which will take place in the gazebo on the East Lawn at 2:30 pm. The entire programme at Devon House is free and open to the public.

The international guests for the workshop and panel discussion programme are: the Canadian curator and gallerist Monique Meloche, who represents critically acclaimed emerging artists such as Rashid Johnson, Nate Young, Amy Sherald and Ebony G. Patterson, through her Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago, the Jamaica-born, New York City-based art critic and museologist Seph Rodney, who writes for Hyperallergic art magazine; the Trinidadian artist, art writer and curator Christopher Cozier, who is a founding Director of Alice Yard in Trinidad and who served as a juror for the Jamaica Biennial 2017; Natalie Urquhart, a curator and arts manager from the Cayman Islands and the UK, who serves as the Director of the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, where she recently hosted Tilting Axis 3, a think tank for artists, curators and art writers from the Caribbean and beyond; and, last but not least, Jamaica’s Ebony G. Patterson, who presently divides her time between Jamaica and the USA, where she serves as professor of painting and mixed media at the University of Kentucky and pursues an increasingly successful international art career. The local panelists include Petrona Morrison (artist and retired director, School of Visual Arts, Edna Manley College), Phillip Thomas (artist and lecturer, Edna Manley College), Deborah Anzinger (artist and executive director, NLS), Taynia Nethersole (collector and attorney-at-law), and Gilou Bauer (director, Mutual Gallery).

Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Invited Artists: Omari S. Ra

Omari S. Ra is one of the invited artists in the Jamaica Biennial 2017. His work can be seen at the National Gallery of Jamaica in downtown Kingston.

Omari Ra was born in 1960, in Kingston, Jamaica. Ra (also known as “Afrikan”) studied painting at the Jamaica School of Art (now the Edna Manley School of the Visual Arts) and graduated in 1983. Ra’s work provides provocative, satirical commentaries on the historical and contemporary issues that have shaped the African Diaspora. Currently, the Head of the Painting Department at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Ra also holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth. He has exhibited widely locally and internationally, participating in exhibitions such as the 1995 Johannesburg Biennial, and the Annual National and Biennial exhibitions in Jamaica. In 2004, he was awarded the Aaron Matalon Award for his entry in the 2004 National Biennial, and in 2011, Omari Ra was awarded the Silver Musgrave Medal by the Institute of Jamaica. He lives in Kingston, Jamaica.

Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Invited Artists: Khalfani Ra

K. Khalfani Ra – Post White: the end of HIStory, Fukuyama’s Failure – for Yosef ben-Jochannan (n.d.)

Khalfani Ra‘s work is on view in the Jamaica Biennial 2017 at the National Gallery of Jamaica until May 28.

K. Khalfani Ra was born in 1958, in Kingston, Jamaica. He was educated at the Jamaica School of Art where he received a Diploma in painting, 1983 and spent a year in Zimbabwe on a Commonwealth Fellowship. Ra has been a regular exhibitor locally and overseas: recent shows include Infinite Island (2007) at the Brooklyn Museum and the National Biennial 2014 at the NGJ. In 2004, Ra received a Purchase Award in the National Gallery of Jamaica’s National Biennial. His work tends to be provocative, targeting issues of the perception of blackness, sexuality and religion, and attacking the creolization of the Jamaican narrative. He lives in Kingston, Jamaica

Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Invited Artists: Winston Patrick

Winston Patrick – Growth (2017)

The Jamaica Biennial 2017 continues until May 28, 2017. The work of Winston Patrick can be seen at the National Gallery of Jamaica on the Kingston Waterfront.

Winston Patrick was born in 1946, in Clarendon, Jamaica. Patrick attended the Jamaica School of Art where he attained a Diploma in Sculpture 1966. He also attended the National Academy of Fine Arts (1966) and the School of the Brooklyn Museum of Art (1969), in New York. Since the late 1970s he has exhibited extensively both locally and abroad. He is best known for his exquisitely carved, tactile woodcarvings that make simple but powerful statements in space. Patrick lives in Kingston, Jamaica.

Winston Patrick – Monument To…. (2017)

Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Invited Artists: Petrona Morrison

Petrona Morrison – Selfie (2017), video still

Petrona Morrison‘s video installation Selfie (2017), is part of the Jamaica Biennial 2017 exhibition at the National Gallery of Jamaica, where it can be seen until May 28. It explores the social dynamic, conventions and anxieties around the “selfie” culture.

Petrona Morrison was born in 1954, in Manchester, Jamaica. Morrison studied at MacMasters University in Ontario, Canada, where she attained a BA in Fine Arts and at Howard University, Washington, DC, where she gained her MFA. She recently retired as the Director of the School of Visual Art at the Edna Manley College. Morrison is best known for her work in installation and multimedia art that explores personal and political issues and the intersections between those two. She has exhibited locally and internationally and has participated in several artists’ residencies, including Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1994-1995 and at CCA7 in Trinidad in 2002. Morrison was awarded the Silver Musgrave Medal in 1997 and the Gold Musgrave medal in 2014. She lives in Kingston, Jamaica.

Petrona Morrison – Selfie (2017), video still

Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Invited Artists: Els Meyns

Els Meyns – Horn of Plenty (n.d.)

The illustrated mixed media sculpture by Els Meyns is on view at the National Gallery of Jamaica until May 28 as part of the Jamaica Biennial 2017.

Els Meijns born in 1945, in Wormerveer, The Netherlands. She attended the Gooise Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Laren and the Brooklyn Museum Art School in New York. She also studied art restoration at the Nacional de Conservación, Restauración y Museología (CENCRM) in Havana, Cuba. Meijns lectured part-time at the Jamaica School of Art and later became a full-time lecturer at the institution. She has actively exhibited in Jamaica, Netherlands and the USA and has executed many sculpture commissions locally. Her abstract and representational sculptures in various media can be found in public and private collections worldwide. She currently lives and works in St Mary, Jamaica.