Month: November 2020

#MakeArtMondays | Collage

This week’s #MakeArtMonday craft is a collage. A collage is a piece of art that incorporates a variety of materials. It often involves gluing things like paper (newspaper or magazine clippings), cloth, or found objects onto a canvas or board and incorporating that into a painting or composition. Another fun craft to create using materials around the home. Get creative and have fun!



#MakeArtMondays | Kaleidoscope

This week’s #MakeArtMondays craft is a kaleidoscope. It is an optical device consisting of mirrors that reflect images of bits of coloured glass in a symmetrical geometric design through a viewer. Endlessly rotating the device changes the loose fragments into different mirrored designs!

*Parental supervision required.

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#TBT | Opening Reception of ‘Spirit of Budhai’

Today’s throwback features highlights from the Opening Reception of the ‘Spirit of Budhai’ exhibition which opened on November 17, 2019. The exhibition explored the works of Cuban born artist, Neville Budhai (1928-2001) which was curated by National Gallery West’s very own Assistant Curator, Monique Gilpin as her first major curatorial project.

The opening reception saw a slew of patrons who were quite elated to view the artistry of a man many, remembered to be a very humble and insightful individual . 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.

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#TuesdayTips | Mental Health Awareness

#TuesdayTips ● We are in an era where we are infront of a screen for extended periods of time which can be stressful. Between online learning and zoom meetings, it is good to take breaks. Make time to step away from cyberspace. Get some fresh air. Check in with yourself.

Artwork: Neville Budhai, ‘Dwelling House, Hart & Barnett Street, 1972 detail.

#MakeArtMondays | Piggy Bank

This week’s craft is a piggy bank. A piggy bank is the traditional name of a coin container; usually used by children to collect loose change. Here, we’ve used recycle materials to create it. This would be very useful in saving a few dollars towards shopping for the upcoming Christmas season! Do enjoy creating this old time favorite!

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#TBT | Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke’s visit to NGW

Today’s #TBT features highlights from Congresswoman Yvette Clarke’s tour of ‘Explorations 3 – Seven Women Artists’ Exhibition at National Gallery West.

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, who has Jamaican roots, visit was at the invitation of the then President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Gloria Henry. She was invited to be the key-note speaker at the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (MBCCI) Annual Banquet at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay in November 2015.

Clarke, who serves New York’s Ninth District (Brooklyn) and sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee, had discussions on energy, manufacturing, tourism and cyber crimes with various local stakeholders, took some time to visit National Gallery West at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre to take in a bit of the Jamaican culture during her stay.

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#TuesdayTips | Mental Health Awareness


Social distancing, quarantine and self isolation may begin to make us feel disconnected, disillusioned and lonely. The Ministry of Health and Wellness’ mental health hotline is available for those of us feeling the mental and emotional strains of the COVID crisis to call for support.

Mental Health Hotline: 888-NEW-LIFE (888-693-5433).

Monique Gilpin – Porcelain Disposition I, 2015 (detail).

#TBT I Shall Return Again – Installation – Behind the Scenes

Our throwback Thursday post is featuring behind the scenes shots of the installation of I Shall Return Again exhibition, one of our past exhibitions staged at National Gallery West in September 2018. The exhibition explored the work of five young Jamaican artists who have been making an impact on the local and international art scene, who all hail from Western Jamaica. It featured many new and recent paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and film by the following artists: Monique Gilpin, Leasho Johnson, Nile Saulter, Storm Saulter and Cosmo Whyte.

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