Month: January 2021

#TBT | Venezuelan Cadets Visit to National Gallery West

National Gallery West was pleased to have welcomed Venezuelan Cadets to our ‘Xaymaca: Nature and the Landscape in Jamaican Art’ exhibition, in July 2015. The exhibition opened for viewing at National Gallery West from May 8, 2015 – August 8, 2015.

#TBT | Special Guests at National Gallery West

How’s this for a #TBT? Veteran Journalist and Broadcaster Fae Ellington ( center), pose with David Shields , Vice President of Island Routes and Assistant Curator of National Gallery West , Monique Gilpin, after a brief tour of the ‘Masculinities’ exhibition at National Gallery West in 2016.

#TBT | The Inaugural Due West Exhibition at National Gallery West

Today’s #TBT is our Inaugural Due West Exhibition held in January 2019. In continuing our commitment to serving the needs of Western Jamaica, Due West is the first submission based exhibition staged at this location. It is part of an initiative aimed at discovering and showcasing the work of artists who live in or are from Western Jamaica.

The Artists featured in the the inaugural exhibition were:  Jag Mehta, Trisannia Watson, Aundrey Wilson, Kate Moyston, Christai Lynch, Nathan Robb, Andrew Duhaney, P.J. Stewart, Ayale Williams, Royan Grey, Marsha Martin, Camille Chedda, Javier Dayes, Robin Clare and David Pinto. These artists were represented by a mixture of paintings, photography, digital art, audio visual art, ceramics, and mixed media.  

SURREAL BLACK – VIRTUAL TOUR PREMIERE JANUARY 24, 2021

National Gallery West (NG West), the Montego Bay branch of the National Gallery of Jamaica, is pleased to present the exhibition Surreal Black. The exhibition will premier with a virtual tour on the NG West YouTube channel, on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 1:30pm.  Surreal Black references varying stylistic approaches explored by featured  artists, Carl Abrahams, Marvin Bartley, David Boxer, Leonard Daley, Colin Garland, Christopher Gonzalez, William “Woody” Josephs, Omari Ra, Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds and Osmond Watson. To view the virtual tour of the exhibition Surreal Black, please click on the following link:

NG West YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF9hUo9IyTPiRE5W0awHCfw.

The featured works reflect the use of images of dreamlike or irrational juxtapositions and abstract expressionism, to symbolize and critique real world phenomena, which – through this exhibition – are now being interpreted to inform discourse around topics relevant to the experience of people of the African Diaspora, including systemic racism and the resurgence to greater public prominence of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020. The  works of art produced by artists in Jamaica are not static historical  documents; their depictions of the black body are part of the narrative  of our lives past and future, but particularly in this hopefully more socially  aware moment. 

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the temporary closure of the museum since March, the National Gallery West continues to enhance its online offerings in response, as well as to continue our exhibition programming and serve our communities. This means that unfortunately, the usual physical opening activities for the Exhibitions, will continue to be suspended until further notice. 

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

#TBT | EXPLORATIONS IV – MASCULINITIES Opening Reception Highlights

National Gallery West was pleased to present an abridged version of ‘ Explorations IV: Masculinities exhibition which was shown at the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston. ‘Masculinities’ opened to the public on Sunday May 1, 2016 at National Gallery West.

The exhibition explored various masculine roles and identities, and the perceptions that surround them, and how they have evolved in the Jamaican context. The exhibition included works by artists from the nineteenth century to the present, such as Isaac Mendes Belisario, Albert Huie, Osmond Watson, Barrington Watson, Rose Murray, Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds, Ebony G. Patterson, Leasho Johnson, Wade Rhoden, Peter Dean Rickards, and Vermon “Howie” Grant.

#TuesdayTips | Covid-19 Prevention Tips for 2021

The pandemic may feel endless, but there is a hopeful end in sight. In the meantime, follow wellness expert’s guidance on how to protect you, your family and your community from contracting the virus. Continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing and wash your hands regularly. We all have a part to play in the fight against covid-19.

Artwork: Carl Abrahams – Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, 1965, detail.