National Gallery West, the Montego Bay branch of the National Gallery of Jamaica, is pleased to present the Caribbean in Motion: Improving Lives through Artistry and Animation, an exhibition of work by Caribbean animators, which is presented in Jamaica in association with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Caribbean in Motion will be on view at National Gallery West from October 2 to November 20, 2016.
Caribbean in Motion was organized as a partnership between the IDB and the Animae Caribe Caribbean Animation Festival and earlier this year shown at the IDB Cultural Center in Washington, DC. The exhibition highlights some of the most captivating and imaginative animation and illustration in the Caribbean today, including works by Makesi Aquan, Danielle Blaize, Mathew Hudson, Alison Latchman, Anieph Latchman, Wendell McShine, Khia Poitier, Ansar Sattar, Steven Schmid and Marlo Scott. Caribbean in Motion explores the multifaceted social and economic benefits generated by the animation industry, underscoring the importance of nurturing a vibrant creative economy. Animation, the art of illustrating video sequences, has huge potential as both a business and an art form that supports sustainable social and economic development in the Caribbean. While the IDB has organized and hosted several exhibitions of Caribbean art over the years, Caribbean in Motion is the first such exhibition to be toured in the Caribbean region. The exhibition was curated was produced by the IDB’s Office of External Relations, which seeks to leverage creativity and the creative industries to futher the IDB’s mission of improving lives. The IDB’s curator will be leading curatorial tours of the exhibition on its first day, October 2.
Caribbean in Motion will be on view at National Gallery West during FOROMIC, Latin America and the Caribbean’s most important annual event on microfinance and entrepreneurship, which will take place at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from October 24 to 26, 2016. FOROMIC is a space for business and financial innovations, and in particular a platform for microfinance, which has demonstrated that serving low-income households and small businesses is possible, sustainable and profitable. The cultural industries are an important area of focus at FOROMIC. FOROMIC is supported by the IDB and staged in association between the IDB Multilateral Investment Fund and the Jamaican Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.
Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region. The city of Montego Bay has been the beneficiary of IDB support under its Emerging and Sustainable Cities programme, which focuses on “citizen security, mobility, emergencies and natural disasters management, connectivity, citizen participation, and integrated operation and control centers.” It is therefore all the more fitting for the historic Caribbean in Motion exhibition to be have its Caribbean premiere in Montego Bay.
National Gallery West is located at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre, Sam Sharpe Square in central Montego Bay. Opening hours are from 9 am to 5 am from Tuesdays for Sundays. For admission rates and tour information, please visit the Montego Bay Cultural Centre website.