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#TBT | Visitors from SFCN

TBT ● Today’s throwback features a snapshot of reporters from South Florida Caribbean News accompanied by Kirk White from the Jamaica Tourist Board, posing with Assistant Curator, Monique Gilpin (left) for a photo op, after their tour of the second staging of our past Due West exhibition in March 2019.

#TBT | Due West Tour Highlight

Today’s throwback features a candid shot of youth from Niagara Primary School in St James posing as a tour guide for a photo op next to Andrew Duhaney’s panting titled ‘Family Union’ which was featured in the second installment of our Due West exhibition in 2019.

#TBT | Due West Highlight

Visiting the museum with your friends may seem like an ancient pastime due to the ongoing pandemic, but we do trust that it will be apart of our new normal some time in the near future if we collectively do what is necessary to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Our throw back highlights a candid shot of classmates from Herbert Morrison Technical Highscool taking a moment to view David Pinto’s clay series on exhibit at National Gallery West’s inaugural Due West exhibition in 2019.

#TBT | Due West (2020) – Esther Chin

It’s International Women’s Month and we are dedicated to highlighting women in art for the month of March in our #Throwback Thursday series and once per week in our Instagram Stories.

National Gallery West was pleased to host its second staging of our annual exhibition Due West which opened in January 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 both emerging and professional, who live in, or are from Western Jamaica. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing pandemic, Due West has been postponed to 2022.

Today’s throwback features work by Esther Chin, a native of St. Mary, who had a passion for art from an early age and begun to express herself through drawing, using the exterior and interior spaces of her home as a canvas. Esther pursued her studies at the School of Arts & Visual Studies at the University of Kentucky in the United States as well as The Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts in Kingston, achieving an MFA in Sculpture & Fibre Arts and a BFA in Painting. Her inspiration comes from her love for the environment; its flora and fauna, social issues, her cultural identity and personal experiences. Her work, ‘Ma Tapestry’ was featured in National Gallery West’s Due West exhibition in January 2020.

“My art is the truth of my soul through which I speak.”

#TBT | Highlight – Due West 2020

Our throwback photo features this interesting 360 degree camera shot of the middle of the gallery during the opening reception of our Due West exhibition in January 2020. Photo courtesy of Jason Easy.

#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.