NGJ Art-Ed Support, Phase One: Writivity Essentials

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As part of National Gallery of Jamaica’s efforts in giving back to the community in the area of education, NGJ’s education department has launched the Art-Ed Support project. This includes a series of art educational initiatives that will be delivered online using NGJ’s social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube as well as their blog.

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For more information, you can check out the blog articles below:
NGJ Art-Ed Support, Phase One: Writivity Essentials
Writivity Essentials #1: About the Reflective Journal

MBCC Summer Youth Workshop 2019


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

Artist Talk

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.

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:

A Conversation with Nile Saulter & Storm Saulter

National Gallery West will be hosting, “A Conversation with Nile Saulter & Storm Saulter” – an artist talk that will explore both Nile and Storm’s work in the current exhibition, ‘I Shall Return Again’ as well as a discussion about their experiences as filmmakers.
We look forward to seeing you!
Location: National Gallery West at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre
Date: January 12, 2019
Time:  free admission from 2 pm – 3 pm




National Gallery West hosted its inaugural Artist Talk to accompany its current exhibition, ‘I Shall Return Again’ on Friday, December 7, 2018. Moderated by the exhibition’s curator O’Neil Lawrence, this conversation included featured artists, Monique Gilpin, Leasho Johnson, and Cosmo Whyte, alongside guest panelist, Carla Moore lecturer in Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies’ western campus. The discussion explored the ways in which the themes of postcolonial identities, gender, sexuality and Dancehall culture are explored in their work and how these themes relate to Western Jamaican realities.
The Artist Talk was held inside National Gallery West located at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre.