This video by young Jamaican film maker Storm Saulter, director of the feature film Better Must Come, vividly documents the excitement of the Young Talent V opening function on May 16, 2010.
Posted with permission from Storm Saulter (and with thanks!)
Sections of Young Talent V – the exhibitions by Ebony G. Patterson, Oliver Myrie, Dion “Sand” Palmer, Christopher Harris, and Caroline “Sardine” Bops — have been held over until August 28.
The following is an overview of our plans for the remainder of the calendar year:
Michael Elliott - Loa Arise (2010) - Michael Elliott is one of the 14 young artists featured in Young Talent V
Young Talent V (until July 10): Last chance! If you have not yet seen it, or wish to see it again, next week is your last chance to see the exhibition in its entirety. Selections from the exhibition will however stay on view until the end of August.
Art on the Waterfront (July 12 – 30): The MultiCare Foundation and the NGJ are staging their annual art summer camp for children. Studio sessions will be held at nearby Studio 174 but the programme makes extensive use of the NGJ’s resources, by means of tours, gallery games and studio projects inspired by the art on view on in the permanent and temporary exhibitions. The programme is designed for children and teens from 6 to 18 years old and a limited number of spaces are still available. The participation fee is $ 1,000 per week.
2010 National Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition (July 25-August 28, 2010): The NGJ’s annual collaboration with JCDC opens to the public on Sunday, July 25 at 3 pm and remains on view for one month. As has become customary, admission fees to the NGJ are waived for the duration of this exhibition (tour fees still apply). This juried exhibition comprises a youth and adult section and attracts multiple medals and prizes, including a prize of the public. Visitors to the exhibition can participate in the voting for the latter from July 25 to August 7. Continue reading
Note: Slides 1 to 9 were digitized from negatives, slides 10 to 12 are digital photographs.
This is the first in a series of slide shows on the Young Talent V exhibition, featuring the work of Ebony G. Patterson.
Leasho Johnson - The Product (2010), detail of installation
Have you seen Young Talent V? Or have you followed it on our blog and on Facebook (where we will soon publish more information and photos)? We would love to get your feedback and to start a vigorous online discussion on the exhibition and its implications. So, we want to hear from you. Here are some of the questions on which we would love to get your responses.
– What is your personal response to the exhibition?
– Which artists and works in the exhibition do you find most outstanding and why?
– The exhibition includes work in traditional painting media but also in new media such as digital photography and video animation, which are increasingly important in contemporary art production. How do you view this shift in media?
– Much of the work in the exhibition challenges conventional notions of “good taste” and “high art.” How do you feel about the NGJ’s move in this direction?
– What is the significance of this exhibition to the development of art in Jamaica?
– What are the implications of this exhibition for the NGJ?
– What does this exhibition tell us about contemporary Jamaican society and culture?
– Should we organize an international tour for this exhibition?
– What are your views on the exhibition design and installation?
And of course you can also comment on any other topic relevant to the exhibition. Please use the “leave a comment” function.
Ebony G. Patterson - Cultural Soliloqui (A Cultural Object Revisited), 2010
Invitation Young Talent V
In 1985, Jamaica hosted the International Youth Conference and the World Youth Festival of Arts, which was known locally as JAMFEST 85, a project chaired by then Senator Olivia “Babsy” Grange, who is now the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture. As part of this programme, the NGJ staged an exhibition called Young Talent 85, which featured the work of the young Jamaican artists Petrine Archer, Tony Bag, Larry Brown, Colin Christ, Omari Ra, Valentine Fairclough, Livingston Lewin, Hylton Plummer, Khalfani Ra, Basil Watson and Jan Watson. Young Talent 85 was an exciting exhibition which exposed a moment of significant energy and innovation in contemporary Jamaican art, especially the new expressionist painting that emerged in the mid 1980s.