Due West 2020

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National Gallery West is pleased to announce the second staging of our annual exhibition Due West, which will have its opening reception on Sunday, January 19, 2020.  Created in 2018, Due West is a submission-based exhibition which is a key part of a continuing initiative aimed at discovering and showcasing the work of artists who live in, or are from Western Jamaica.

On September 2019, a call for entries was sent out into the public inviting all artists, amateur and professional, residing in or originally from Western Jamaica, to submit their works for consideration. After the adjudication, 14 artists were selected, namely Indie Allen, Greg Bailey, Krystal Ball, Esther Chin, Andrew Duhaney, Andrea Jadusingh, Kate Moyston, David Pinto, Naomi Redway, Nathan Robb, Deon Simone, Penelope Stewart, Ivorhod Walters and Trisannia Watson. These artists are represented by a mixture of paintings, photography, audio visual art, fiber art, mixed media and sculpture.  

A returning feature of the exhibition is the People’s Choice Award, a cash prize of JA$50,000.00 that will be given to the work which receives the most votes by the viewing public. The winner will be featured on all of National Gallery West’s social media as well as in the local press.  In an effort to continue the movement in supporting the Western Jamaica artistic community, we encourage you to visit the Due West exhibition and vote!

The opening reception’s formalities will begin at 2pm sharp at National Gallery West and is free and open to the public. Come and enjoy live entertainment and refreshments while exploring the contemporary art from Western Jamaican artists. You may also get the opportunity to meet the creators behind the art and be inspired.  

Voting begins on January 19, 2020 and will continue until April 10, 2020.  Ballots are available at National Gallery West and must be submitted there. The winner will be announced on April 11, 2020.  We look forward to seeing you all!

For additional information, please visit our website, www.montegobayculturalcentre.org or contact our office at (876) 940-6402 /971-3920

 

SPIRIT OF BUDHAI OPENING RECEPTION, NOVEMBER 17, 2019

National Gallery West is pleased to present ‘Spirit of Budhai’. An exhibition which explores the works of Cuban born artist, Neville Budhai (1928-2001). National Gallery West, on November 17th, saw a slew of patrons, who were quite elated to view the artistry of a man many, remembered to be a very humble, insightful man. He created colourful interpretations of past and present Jamaican life, most of which were sublimely outlined with Indian ink and eventually saw himself as a full-fledged Jamaican.

To read more about Neville Budhai, visit our previous post.

‘SPIRIT OF BUDHAI’ OPENS ON NOVEMBER 17, 2019

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National Gallery West, the Montego Bay branch of the National Gallery of Jamaica, is pleased to present Spirit of Budhai, an exhibition which explores the works of Cuban born artist, Neville Budhai (1928-2001). The opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Sunday, November 17, 2019, at 2:00 pm

 

Remembered by several Montegonians as a very humble, insightful man who enjoyed sharing his thoughts with the many visitors to his studio, Budhai diligently painted vibrant street scenes, historical landmarks and everyday life of cities he had travelled to and lived in. His extensive studies were born only of his quest for excellence and love of his art prior to settling in Jamaica.  He was awarded a scholarship courtesy of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to study in Spain where he studied at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, and the National School of Graphic Arts Madrid Spain.  He also pursued further artistic training in Paris, France at L’École Nationale Supérieure des Arts appliqués et des métiers d’art.

 

He settled in Jamaica during the early sixties and established an art studio in the city of Montego Bay, on Fort Street. Many local and international visitors stopped by his studio to view his art on their way to other destinations in and around town and eventually, he established the Budhai Art Gallery in Reading on the outskirts of Montego Bay.  Budhai’s paintings of market higglers, houses trimmed with wooden fretwork and historical landmarks were popular across Jamaica and they were an exemplary representation of Jamaica and its environs during the 1960s.  

 

Budhai, who spent most of his adult life in Jamaica, created colourful interpretations of past and present Jamaican life and eventually saw himself as a full-fledged Jamaican. He was the co-founder and first president of the Western Jamaica Society of Fine Arts and he received the Centenary Award from the Institute of Jamaica for his contribution to the development of art in Jamaica. Budhai’s practice and career has been inspirational for several Jamaican artists and he strongly believed that  Jamaican art was a key component to the development and enrichment of Jamaican culture and heritage. 

 

The opening reception of Spirit of Budhai at the National Gallery West is free and open to the public. All are cordially invited to attend. The exhibition will be on view until January 12, 2020. National Gallery West is located at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre, Sam Sharpe Square.  Opening hours are: Tuesdays to Sundays, from 9am – 4:45pm. Admission fees apply on regular days. For more information Call: 876-940-6402, Email: montegobaycc@gmail.com, Website: montegobayculturalcentre.org 

Due West Call for Artist Submissions DEADLINE EXTENDED to November 8, 2019

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Robin Clare – Dancehall Duel, 2018 detail.


National Gallery West is pleased to announce its Call for Artist Submissions for the second edition of the Due West exhibition. This exhibition is part of our continuing initiative which aims to discover, promote and showcase the work of emerging and established artists from Western Jamaica.

*The Call for Due West is open to both amateur and professional artists working in one or more of the following media:

Painting
Drawing (including Pastel & Watercolours)
Original
Print Collage
Photography
Sculpture (including Assemblage)
Installation
Ceramic
Fibre Art
Audio Visual
Performance

ELIGIBILITY:

Entries will be accepted only under the following conditions:

The exhibition is open to all artists resident in or originating from Western Jamaica.
Artists must be 18 years of age or older

Artists may submit up to two (2) works in total
All works must have been completed within the past three (3) years
Size restrictions for paintings and other two (2) dimensional works:
Maximum height: 100 inches
Maximum width: 90 inches
Submissions open: September 10, 2019
DEADLINE EXTENDED: NOVEMBER 8, 2019

*Notification of selection: November 23, 2019

Final submissions should be appropriately framed or mounted.

Works will be accepted Tuesdays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning November 24 , 2019
EXHIBITION

Opening date: January 19, 2020
AWARD:
– People’s Choice Award – A Cash prize of $50,000.00.
This prize will be given to the artwork featured in the Due West exhibition that receives the most votes from
visitors to the exhibition.
Address: Montego Bay Cultural Centre, Sam Sharpe Square
Contact us at: +1 (876)550-4817
If ALL fields in the application form are not completed the entry will NOT be considered by the jury

APPLY ONLINE:  https://forms.gle/fewYtRChs5yYLTvD8

Due West Call for Artist Submissions

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Robin Clare – Dancehall Duel, 2018 detail.


National Gallery West is pleased to announce its Call for Artist Submissions for the second edition of the Due West exhibition. This exhibition is part of our continuing initiative which aims to discover, promote and showcase the work of emerging and established artists from Western Jamaica.
The Call for Due West is open to both amateur and professional artists working in one or more of the following media:

Painting
Drawing (including Pastel & Watercolours)
Original
Print Collage
Photography
Sculpture (including Assemblage)
Installation
Ceramic
Fibre Art
Audio Visual
Performance
ELIGIBILITY:

Entries will be accepted only under the following conditions:

The exhibition is open to all artists resident in or originating from Western Jamaica.
Artists must be 18 years of age or older

Artists may submit up to two (2) works in total
All works must have been completed within the past three (3) years
Size restrictions for paintings and other two (2) dimensional works:
Maximum height: 100 inches
Maximum width: 90 inches
Submissions open: September 10, 2019
Deadline for submissions: October 31, 2019

Notification of selection: November 13, 2019

Final submissions should be appropriately framed or mounted.

Works will be accepted Tuesdays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning November 14 , 2019
EXHIBITION

Opening date: January 19, 2020
AWARD:
– People’s Choice Award – A Cash prize of $50,000.00.
This prize will be given to the artwork featured in the Due West exhibition that receives the most votes from
visitors to the exhibition.
Address: Montego Bay Cultural Centre, Sam Sharpe Square
Contact us at: +1 (876)550-4817
If ALL fields in the application form are not completed the entry will NOT be considered by the jury

APPLY ONLINE:  https://forms.gle/fewYtRChs5yYLTvD8

Jamaican Art: The 1970s

NOW OPEN FOR VIEWING:

Jamaican Art of the 1970's


 

The 1970s in Jamaica was a period of dramatic social and cultural change. The years following Independence saw Jamaicans contemplating and in many cases challenging the status quo. The artwork on display offers an unflinching perspective on the social unrest that marked the decade but also shows the growing influence of reggae music, Rastafari and Revivalist religious practises on society. The influence of more varied exposure to artistic trends such as abstraction are also evident in the work of artists who along with their contemporaries, sought to challenge their audiences’ expectations of Jamaican artists.

There was also an increased presence of the work of the Jamaican self-taught artists in the social domain due to exhibitions such as the Self-Taught Exhibition series staged by the Institute of Jamaica and culminating in the National Gallery’s 1979 exhibition Intuitive Eye which helped to properly contextualize their work. These artists played a pivotal role in the development of what many Jamaicans now view as our national visual identity and helped to propel the vibrant creative community found in Jamaica and its diaspora today.

This exhibition features a selection of 13 paintings and sculptures from the National Gallery of Jamaica’s Collection. Artworks created by Winston Patrick, Gloria Escoffery; Intuitives Mallica Kapo Reynolds and St. James’s very own Albert Artwell just to name a few are featured in this exhibit.

This exhibition is now open for viewing and closes October 13, 2019.

Our opening hours are as follows:

Tuesdays – Sundays
9am – 4:45pm

Looking forward to your visit!

MBCC Summer Youth Workshop 2019

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National Gallery West would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to making this year’s Summer Youth Workshop a success! Throughout the 2 week period, Monique Gilpin from NGW along with Kerry-Ann Watson from NMW crafted an edutainment workshop which merged art and history. We thank them for their continued support in helping to inspire future generations to create more.

We would also like to thank our 2 Guest Teachers – Isis Harris who shared her expertise in jewellery making as well as Tyane Robinson who not only delivered fantastic Jamaican folklore but also encouraged the students to craft their own tales.

Thank you to Chief Michael Grizzle from the Flagstaff Heritage Center who allowed us to experience the history of Flagstaff and the Maroon population there.

Lastly, thank you to the St. James Municipal Council, the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and the hardworking staff here at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre.

See You Next Year!

‘Affirmation’ – Artist Talk

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National Gallery West will be hosting its third Artist Talk to accompany its current exhibition, ‘Affirmation‘ on Saturday, July 6, 2019, starting at 2 pm. Moderated by the exhibition’s assistant curator Monique Gilpin; this conversation will include featured artist, Kimani Beckford, alongside guest panellist, Dr Shani Roper, Director at Liberty Hall: The Legacy of Marcus Garvey. The discussion will open dialogue about ‘Affirmation‘ and how that translates through Kimani’s works as well as speak on how the ideology of Marcus Garvey with respect to black representation and black pride, black agency and how it has manifested itself in the works of Kimani Beckford.

 

The Artist Talk will be held inside National Gallery West located at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre and all are invited to attend. We look forward to seeing you there.

Affirmation

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National Gallery West and the Montego Bay Cultural Centre in association with the The Dean Collection 20 St(art)up presents the Affirmation exhibition, featuring a selection of ten (10) works by Kimani Beckford opening on May 19, 2019.

Launched in May 2018, The Dean Collection 20 St(art)ups was established to support visual artists by providing funds to aid in their career development through the staging of their own exhibitions as well as aiding their participation in art fairs or other group shows. Open to artists worldwide Swizz Beatz worked with a curatorial team of over a dozen people to select 20 artists, each of whom would receive a grant of $5000. In June 2018 the winners were announced and Jamaican artist Kimani Beckford was one of the 20 selected. Beckford went on to stage his first solo exhibition entitled Affirmation at the Jamaica Conference Centre in partnering with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission to showcase 30 paintings. This exhibit at National Gallery West is a selection of ten of those paintings and serves to further the Dean Collection 20 St(art)ups, the drive which exposed Beckford’s work to a larger audience.

Beckford’s paintings are his attempt to subtly pay homage to Black icons, as a reminder of their presence and recognition in contributing to what he calls “Affirmation – the preservation of our presence through imagery”. Youth and afrocentricity are represented in an auspicious way through his medium of choice. Magnifying the confidence and ambition of his subject matter contrary to the quintessential poor portrayal of black imagery.

The May 19 opening reception for the Affirmation exhibition at National Gallery West, commences at 2pm with guest speaker, artist and lecturer at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Phillip Thomas.  The reception is free and open to the public and all are cordially invited to attend. The exhibition will continue until July 2019. 

National Gallery West is located at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre, Sam Sharpe Square. Opening hours are: Tuesdays to Sundays, from 9 am to 5 pm. Admission fees apply on regular days.

Visual Arts Workshop – How to Best Prepare for an Art Exhibition

National Gallery West is pleased to present a one day Visual Arts Workshop on ‘How To Best Prepare for an Art Exhibition’.

Preparing for any exhibition is not an easy task. It requires ensuring that particular steps are covered before submitting your art portfolio.

This workshop promises to give insight on key factors jurors look out for when judging submissions for an exhibition, gallery criteria and presentation of works.

All are welcomed to join us on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre from 10 am – 2pm.

For more details, Call (876) 550-4817 or send us an email: montegobaycc@gmail.com