It was a pleasure to have had Senior Curator, O’Neil Lawrence alongside Trinidadian Artist, Curator & Writer Christopher Cozier, Jamaican Artist Cosmo Whyte and London Based Curator & Lecturer Paul Goodwin visit and view our Marcia Biggs exhibition at National Gallery West in 2017.
Our inaugural National Gallery West exhibition, “Religion and Spirituality in Jamaican Art”, opened as part of the Centre’s official opening function on July 11 2014. Religion and Spirituality in Jamaican Art was an abridged version of the acclaimed Explorations II: Religion and Spirituality exhibition which was shown at the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston from December 22, 2013 to April 27, 2014.
Some of the art in this exhibition was intended as religious art by its makers and includes some of its main exponents – such as Kapo, Osmond Watson, Carl Abrahams and Everald Brown – but artists have also been drawn to the subjects of religion and spirituality from a more secular point of view, for instance as part of the search for iconic Jamaican subject matter. The exhibition also included examples of work that uses religious iconography as a metaphor to address other non-religious issues, whether personal or social. Given the hegemonic and counter-hegemonic roles of religions and spirituality in Jamaican history and life, it is indeed impossible to separate religious, spiritual and secular concerns and much of the art in this exhibition was deeply political, in that it questions and actively challenges racial hierarchies and power dynamics, including those that obtain in the dominant religions.
Other featured artists in this exhibition included Ebony G. Patterson, Edna Manley, Ralph Campbell, Albert Artwell and Eugene Hyde.
National Gallery West was pleased to have hosted ‘A Conversation with Nile Saulter & Storm Saulter’ in January 2019 – an artist talk, moderated by Chief Curator, O’Neil Lawrence, that explored both Nile and Storm’s work that were featured in the esteemed exhibition, ‘I Shall Return Again’, as well as a discussion about their experiences as filmmakers. The exhibition also featured works by Monique Gilpin, Leasho Johnson and Cosmo Whyte.
National Gallery West is pleased to present Surreal Black with Carla Moore. Tune in to Activist, Consultant and Influencer, Carla Moore in conversation with Assistant Curator, Monique Gilpin as they discuss topics surrounding the systemic racism faced by people of colour, and how the exhibition and its featured artists explore the physical and psychological violence that continues to plague the black body on a global scale through their works.
Surreal Black with Carla Moore premieres on July 10, 2021 @ 1pm.
National Gallery West and the National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ) are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Nathan “Natty” Robb. Mr. Robb was known for his phenomenal career as an attorney-at-law as well as his tenure as President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) advocating for the harmonious development of the Montegonian business community. He was also a long-time supporter of the development of visual arts in Western Jamaica; Mr. Robb supported initiatives dating back decades to the Western Jamaica Society of Fine Arts exhibitions to most recently the establishment of the NGJ’s Western Jamaica-based branch National Gallery West.
Mr Robb championed the gallery in several ways: promoting our various initiatives within his network and even participating as an exhibiting artist in an edition of our Due West exhibition. He also played an integral role in the development of the exhibition Michael Lester: A Montego Bay Artist working with the curatorial team to identify and negotiate critical loans of artwork that ultimately made the exhibition a success.
The staff of the National Gallery of Jamaica, its Board; National Gallery West and the Montego Bay Arts Council take this opportunity to pay tribute to a man of fearlessness, integrity and insight, who has served his community in various capacities. We are deeply saddened by this loss and would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the late Nathan Robb.
We’re back with another #MakeArtMondays post. This week we’re featuring rubber band bracelets. This is a very simple craft idea that can be shared as a gift to a friend, you could make matching bracelets or wear it as a fashion statement.
This week’s throwback features a few highlights of what our days at NGW used to look like before Covid, captured on our Instagram stories. We do miss welcoming you all and we trust that we will see you again soon!