In an effort to keep you, our patrons, more informed of what’s to come, the National Gallery of Jamaica has released its 2023 Exhibition Calendar. There are two scheduled exhibitions to look forward to for the remainder of the year and they are Narrative Evolutions —an NGJ curated exhibition which opens this month— and The Face Us —a submission based exhibition which is slated to open in December.
The National art collection is a continuing narrative of developments in Jamaica’s social, economic and cultural life. The NGJ inherited the core of its collection from the Institute of Jamaica upon its inception in 1974 and the majority of its subsequent acquisitions have been made through generous donations from collectors and artists.
The exhibition Narrative Evolutions is primarily constituted of donations made 2018-2022 and will contextualize a selection of the NGJ’s recent acquisitions alongside previous acquisitions. The juxtaposition of these works illustrates the gallery’s mandate for its collection to comprehensively represent the evolving realities of Jamaica and its Diaspora.
The Face of Us
The NGJ Open Call 2023 exhibition invites Jamaican artists to compete for a chance to showcase their visual works via a group exhibition. The title of this year’s open call – The Face of Us – is a prompt intended to encourage aspiring exhibitors to use Portraiture as the main image approach.
It is anticipated that the Artists will create and submit portrait works that express the personal and social responses of Jamaicans to the cultural and economic realities of life as Jamaicans within the last three years; whether in local or international contexts.
We look forward to what is in store for the remainder of 2023 and will post further details on both exhibitions soon. Keep an eye out for updates here on our blog and all of our social media platforms.