#TBT | St. James Prep. Visit to NGW

Today’s #TBT post features a group shot of students and their teachers from St. James Preparatory School after their tour of David Gumbs, ‘Xing Wang – Blossoms’ interactive installation. ‘Xing Wang – Blossoms’ was featured in The Jamaica Biennial 2017 which was the National Gallery of Jamaica’s flagship exhibition, shown at three locations, namely at the National Gallery and Devon House in Kingston and at National Gallery West in Montego Bay.

To read more about the Jamaica Biennial 2017 and David Gumbs ‘Xing Wang – Blossoms, visit:

National Gallery West pays Tribute to Nathan Robb

Nathan Robb – November 1, 1952 – June 23, 2021

National Gallery West and the National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ) are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Nathan “Natty” Robb. Mr. Robb was known for his phenomenal career as an attorney-at-law as well as his tenure as President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) advocating for the harmonious development of the Montegonian business community. He was also a long-time supporter of the development of visual arts in Western Jamaica; Mr. Robb supported initiatives dating back decades to the Western Jamaica Society of Fine Arts exhibitions to most recently the establishment of the NGJ’s Western Jamaica-based branch National Gallery West.

Mr Robb championed the gallery in several ways: promoting our various initiatives within his network and even participating as an exhibiting artist in an edition of our Due West exhibition. He also played an integral role in the development of the exhibition Michael Lester: A Montego Bay Artist working with the curatorial team to identify and negotiate critical loans of artwork that ultimately made the exhibition a success.

The staff of the National Gallery of Jamaica, its Board; National Gallery West and the Montego Bay Arts Council take this opportunity to pay tribute to a man of fearlessness, integrity and insight, who has served his community in various capacities. We are deeply saddened by this loss and would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the late Nathan Robb.

#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.

An Introduction to Distance and E-Learning

‘An Introduction to Distance and E-Learning for Museums’ being put on by the Museums Association of the Caribbean. 

ONLINE WORKSHOPS AND WEBINAR SERIES Part Two: An Introduction to Distance and E-Learning  – Wednesday, September 9, 11 AM-1 PM EDT

About the Webinar – Education is at the heart of most museum missions and learners of all ages represent a core part of on-site attendance. But what if you’re eager to learn and not able to make it to the museum? Whether to overcome challenges of affordability, geography, or pandemic closures, it’s time for institutions to consider how digital advancements can help them to expand opportunities for learning and engagement beyond the museum. This webinar will introduce the spectrum of distance and e-learning opportunities and will highlight various digital initiatives that museums have put in place for inspiration, with examples from the Caribbean. After the presentation, participants will have the chance to ask questions and share their own thoughts and ideas.

Register here:

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