Last Sundays on January 28, 2018 to feature the EarthKry band

The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for the month of January will feature a special musical performance by the EarthKry band. Visitors will also be able to view editions V and VI in our Explorations exhibition series, Portraits in Dialogue and Engaging Abstraction. January 28 will also mark the reopening of the Kapo Galleries.

The EarthKry band, featuring keyboard player Phillip Mcfarlane, drummer Kieron Cunningham, bass guitarist Kamardo Blake and vocalist/guitarist Aldayne Haughton, continues their mission to voice the grievances of the downtrodden through their music. Drawing their inspiration from Bob Marley and The Wailers, The Beatles, John Holt, Black Uhuru and Steel Pulse, the group offers a genre-spanning fresh and universal sound. After the release of their debut album Survival at the end of June in 2017, the group embarked on a successful tour of North America and Europe spreading their message of authentic roots and culture. We welcome back to the National Gallery the EarthKry band as they embark on their Survival Winter Tour 2018.

“We are excited to go back on the road. Recording music for prosperity is important, but to play live is a different feeling and a must. Especially for us as musician, that connection that we feel with those that come to see us, is unparalleled. Each touch of our instruments carries the roots rock and reggae through vibrations directly to them. We are conscious that our music connects with people as worldwide we all go through financial hardships, personal struggles, health issues, war crisis, abuse.” – EarthKry

The EarthKry Band

Portraits in Dialogue offers an open-ended survey of the oftentimes conflicted politics of artistic portraiture in the development of Jamaican art from the 18th century to the present. Issues explored include representations of surrounding race, class, and gender, as well as the perspectives of the artist. The second exhibition, Engaging Abstraction, examines abstraction as a modern and contemporary image-making approach that deviates from the more literal and popularized representational choices practiced by artists from Jamaica, the Caribbean and its Diaspora. The significant impact of abstraction on Jamaican and Caribbean art can be seen in our collection which features numerous works of art that qualify as abstract, or at least as abstracted.

This Last Sundays will also see the reopening of the Kapo Galleries, which celebrate the work of Jamaica’s foremost Intuitive artist Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds. The newly reinstalled gallery features both sculptures and paintings from three of our collections: the Larry Wirth Collection, The John Pringle Collection and the Aaron and Marjorie Matalon Collection. The works showcase the life, interests and spiritual beliefs of this Zion Revivalist leader.

Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds – Revivalists (1969), Larry Wirth Collection, NGJ

As is now customary for our Sunday programmes, the doors will be open to the public from 11 am to 4 pm and EarthKry’s performance starts at 1:30 pm. Admission and guided tours will be free. The gift and coffee shop will also be open for business and and contributions to the donations box are welcomed. Revenues from our shops and donations help to fund programmes such as the Explorations exhibitions and our Last Sundays programming.

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Last Sundays – December 31, 2017, ft. Nexus

PARKING INFORMATION
Ocean Boulevard, which is the normal access road to drive to the NGJ on Orange Street, will be closed on Sunday, December 31, in preparation for the New Year’s fireworks that night. UDC has kindly made complimentary parking arrangements for visitors to our Last Sundays programme in the parking garage across from the NGJ main entrance, with the understanding that those who park there will leave by 4 pm (or moved to paid parking for those who are staying for the fireworks). To access the NGJ, please proceed on Port Royal Street (or Harbour Street, if coming from the West) and turn on Orange Street, where there will be crowd control barriers. Please indicate to the security guard on duty that you are a guest of the NGJ Last Sundays programme and you will be directed to the parking garage. Feel free to call us at 922-1561 or -3 if you need any assistance.

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The National Gallery’s final Last Sundays event for 2017 will take place on New Year’s Eve, Sunday, December 31 from 11 am to 4 pm, with the featured performance starting at 1:30 am. Visitors will have the opportunity to view the National Gallery’s current exhibitions, Explorations V: Portraits in Conversation and Explorations VI: Engaging Abstraction. The featured performance will be by the Nexus Performing Arts Company.

The Explorations exhibition series, which was launched in 2013, explores big themes and issues in Jamaican art and features mainly works from the National Gallery Collection, which are reinterpreted in these thematic contexts. Explorations V: Portraits in Conversation examines the significance and conflicted politics of artistic portraiture in the development of Jamaican art from the 18th century to the present, looking at issues such as race, class, gender, as well as the ideas about art and the artist that are reflected in the portrait. Its counterpart, Explorations VI: Engaging Abstraction, examines the at times contentious role of abstraction in modern and contemporary art from Jamaica and the Caribbean. Abstraction became an established part of the local art practice in the 1960s but is often dismissed as alien to Caribbean culture, which has a strong focus on content and iconic local subject matter. More recently, abstraction has also found new life in the age of time-based, digital media. A special feature in the Explorations VI exhibition is the Kingston staging of David Gumbs’ Xing Wang interactive video installation, which was originally shown as part of the 2017 Jamaica Biennial at National Gallery West in Montego Bay. David Gumbs is an artist from St Martin who lives and works in Martinique.

In what is now an established Holiday Season tradition at the National Gallery, the featured performance on Sunday, December 31 will be by the award-winning Nexus Performing Arts Company. The Nexus Performing Arts Company was formed in 2001 by Hugh Douse, Artistic Director, voice tutor, singer, actor, conductor, songwriter, and a former Director of Culture in Education. The group has a broad musical repertoire that draws on Gospel, Negro Spirituals, Semi-classical, Popular music including Reggae and show tunes, African and Classical music of the European and African traditions. The performance by Nexus will take place in the exhibition galleries, presented as a musical tour, with selections inspired by the Portraits in Conversation and Engaging Abstraction exhibitions.

Admission on Sunday, December 31 will be free and free guided tours will also be offered. The gift and coffee shop will be open for business and contributions to the donations box are welcomed. Revenues from our shops and donations help to fund programmes such as the Explorations exhibitions and our Last Sundays programming.

Last Sundays – November 26, 2017 to feature Alexx A-Game

The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for the month of November will feature a musical performance by Alex Gallimore, more popularly known as Alexx A-Game. November 26 will also be the last opportunity to see the Annabella and Peter Proudlock Collection and the We Have Met Before exhibitions, which had both been extended.

Alexx A-Game’s career as a musician began as the lead singer of Di Blueprint Band, which became popular in 2012 after winning the Global Battle of the Bands competition in London. They went on to appear at major music festivals in Jamaica and toured the United States, the Caribbean, Suriname and Europe. Alexx began his solo career a few years afterwards and released his first official single, the motivational anthem A-Game Everyday. His mixed tape of the same name soon followed, and more recently he released the 10-track Real ‘N’ True Vol. 1. With his lyrical prowess, catchy hooks and witty freestyles, Alexx A-Game is making a significant mark on Jamaican music while opening up a door to international urban music. His music is inspired by Jamaican legends such as Damian Marley and Shabba Ranks as well as US and UK Hip-Hop culture.

 

The Annabella and Peter Proudlock Collection chronicles the contributions made to the Jamaican artistic community by the principals of the north coast based Harmony Hall Gallery, while displaying their personal art collection gathered over nearly fifty years. We Have Met Before, which is presented in collaboration with the British Council, features the work of Graham Fagen (Scotland), Joscelyn Gardner (Barbados/Canada), Ingrid Pollard (Guyana/ UK) and Leasho Johnson (Jamaica). The work of each of these artists creates contemporary platforms for engaging with the difficult conversations that still surround the histories and legacies of the transatlantic slave trade.

As is now customary for our Sunday programmes, the doors will be open to the public from 11 am to 4 pm and Alexx A-Game’s performance starts at 1:30 pm. Admission and guided tours will be free. The gift and coffee shop will also be open for business and the gift shop features Jamaican craft and other gift items that make wonderful Christmas gifts.

Special “First Sundays” Programme on November 5, 2017

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There will exceptionally be no Last Sundays programme for the month of October 2017, but the National Gallery of Jamaica will present a special “First Sundays” programme on November 5 instead. The programme on November 5 will feature a musical performance by Jamila Falak and visitors will also have a final chance to view the Annabella and Peter Proudlock Collection and We Have Met Before exhibitions, which are both being extended by one day for this special event. The November 5 programme is part sponsored by CB Foods.

We Have Met Before is presented in partnership with the British Council and features works by artists Graham Fagen (Scotland), Joscelyn Gardner (Barbados/ Canada), Leasho Johnson (Jamaica) and Ingrid Pollard (Guyana/ UK). The exhibition offers four distinct and contemporary perspectives on Plantation Slavery and its afterlives and the works invite the public to engage in the still pertinent and difficult conversations surrounding the subject.

The Annabella and Peter Proudlock Collection features selections from the personal collection of Annabella and Peter Proudlock, who operated the celebrated Harmony Hall Gallery. Their collection spanned some fifty years, from the 1960s to the early 2010s, mainly featuring Jamaican artists, but also art and craft collected in their wide ranging travels around the Caribbean and Central America. The exhibition documents the history of the Harmony Hall Gallery which held a unique position in the development and promotion of the arts in post –independence Jamaica. 

The featured performer for November 5, Jamila Falak James studied voice, violin and upright bass at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and is an alternative Jazz/Pop/Reggae Fusion singer, songwriter, musician and bassist. The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts awarded her an Honours Recital in April 2015 and 2016, for outstanding solo performance in voice. Jamila has a very eclectic taste in music, and is inspired by singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Marley, Lianna La Havas, Beyonce, Tori Kelly, Björk etcetera. She is no stranger to the stage and has provided supporting vocals for popular local Jamaican artistes such as Denyque, the late J Capri and Cherine Anderson just to name a few.

As is now customary for our Sunday programmes, the doors will be open to the public from 11 am to 4 pm and Jamila Falak’s performance starts at 1:30 pm. Admission and guided tours will be free. Complimentary refreshments will be offered, courtesy of CB Foods. The gift and coffee shop will also be open for business.

Last Sundays on 24, 2017 to Feature Quilt

The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for September 24, 2017 will feature the Quilt Performing Arts Company. Visitors will also be able to view the We Have Met Before and the Annabella and Peter Proudlock Collection exhibitions.

The Quilt Performing Arts Company was born out of a need for a fresh, new, innovative way of creating performance art. Using Caribbean rhythms, merging poetry, music and dance, the Quilt performers have developed their own unique performance style and an evolving theatre technique. Artistic director Rayon Mclean and his team continue break boundaries and redefine performance spaces, and this time the women in the company will be quilting from their heART through music, poetry and dance. The show is called #POW- Patches of Women. This is Quilt’s third time at the National Gallery. Continue reading

Last Sundays – August 27, 2017: feat. the Annabella and Peter Proudlock Collection and Janine Jkuhl

The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for August 27, 2017, will feature the Annabella and Peter Proudlock Collection exhibition as well as a musical performance by Janine Jkuhl.

The Annabella and Peter Proudlock Collection exhibition features selections from the collection of Annabella and Peter Proudlock, who were the principals of Harmony Hall gallery in Tower Isle, St Mary. It documents some fifty years of collecting, mostly of Jamaican art but also of art and craft from elsewhere in the Caribbean and Central America. The exhibition tells the story of Harmony Hall, which holds a unique position in the history of Jamaica’s commercial galleries as it has served the local and tourist markets, and focuses on its role in the promotion of Intuitive art. And it also tells the story of a particular group of people who made their lives in post-Independence Jamaica and who were deeply immersed in the cultural and artistic developments of that moment, to which they actively contributed.

Janine Coombs, also known as Jkuhl (pronounced Jay-Cool), is an eclectic singer-songwriter and also an eclectic listener who is influenced by many genres of music. She describes herself as “a beatific musician, songwriter and singer of Classical and IndiePop.” A graduate of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Janine Jkuhl recorded her first Album, STAR GAZE, in the summer of 2009. This album consists of ten inspirational Indie-Alternative-Fusion tracks, to inspire, heal and soothe the mind and soul of listeners. Since then, Janine has written numerous songs showcasing her developing style which she calls “Jkuhl.” She has been featured in RJR 94 FM’s Music Week Acoustiks Live Concert, the Gungo Walk Alternative Music and Art festival, the French Embassy’s Fete De La Musique, the JARIA Reggae Month Show, and the MUZAK Heart and Soul Noise Talent Show at the California State University, just to name a few. She has also been a guest soloist for the Diocesan Festival Choir of Jamaica Concert Series as well as the National Choral of Jamaica’s Elijah Tour. Her single Tempted was rated in the top ten songs of May 2016 on the USA Indie radio show, The John Wayne Show, Maven FM.

Visitors will also be able to view two other temporary exhibitions consisting of selections from the National Collection: New Dialogues and Art of Independence. Doors will be open to the public from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm; the musical programme will start at 1:30 pm. As is customary, admission will be free, along with free guided tours of the exhibitions. Our Gift and Coffee Shops will also be open for business. Proceeds from these as well as contributions to the National Gallery’s donation box are, as always, appreciated and are used to help fund programmes like Last Sundays as well as our exhibitions .