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#TBT | Due West 2019 Highlights

TBT ● This week’s throwback features highlights from the official opening of our second staging of our Due West exhibition in January 2019. Due West is an initiative aimed at discovering and showcasing the work of artists who live or are from Western Jamaica. After adjudication, 14 artists represented by a mixture of paintings, photography, audio visual art, Fibre art, mixed media and Sculpture, were selected: Indie Allen, Greg Bailey, Krystal Ball, Esther Chin, Andrea Jadusingh, Kate Moyston, Andrew Duhaney, P.J. Stewart, Ivorhod Walters and Trisannia Watson.

#TBT | Tour Highlights of ‘Xing Wang – Blossoms’ at National Gallery West

#TBT | Twins of Twins Visit to NGW

Today’s #TBT features snapshots of comedians and Dancehall sensations, Patrick “Curly Lox” Gaynor and Paul “Tu-Lox” Gaynor more popularly known as Twins of Twins visit to National Gallery West during their tour of the Spiritual Yards exhibition in 2018.

#TBT | The Art of Jamaican Sculpture – Opening Reception

Today’s throwback features highlights from The Art of Jamaican Sculpture exhibition which opened at National Gallery West in 2018. The Art of Jamaican Sculpture explores the rich tradition of Jamaican sculpture in the 20th and 21st Centuries. This exhibition featured critically acclaimed work by the following artists, Lawrence Edwards, Laura Facey, Christopher Gonzales, Fitz Harrack, Roy Lawrence, Edna Manley, Ronald Moody, Alvin Marriott, David Miller Snr, David Miller Jnr, Winston Patrick, Mallica ‘Kapo’ Reynolds, Namba Roy, Kay Sullivan, Osmond Watson, Ted Williams and John Doc Williamson.

To read more about The Art of Jamaican Sculpture, visit the following link: https://nationalgallerywest.wordpress.com/2018/03/18/the-art-of-jamaican-sculpture/

#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.”

#TB | Jamaica Biennial 2017

The Jamaica Biennial 2017 featured more than 160 works of art by more than 90 artists at three different locations, National Gallery of Jamaica, Devon House in Kingston and National Gallery West in Montego Bay. The Jamaica Biennial 2017 comprised of an invited section, to which artists with a proven track record were invited to submit and a juried section, which was open to artists living in Jamaica and Jamaican diaspora artists. There were six special projects by international invitees. These international artists were Caribbean based artists invited to contribute special projects to the 2017 Biennial. David Gumbs, who was one of the special projects artists, is from St. Martin and lives and works in Martinique. His work featured a visually stunning interactive video installation titled ‘Xing Wang – Blossoms, at National Gallery West. His interactive video installation reflects his preoccupation with the unseen, the cycle of life, the nature within and the digital universe.

This exhibition opened to the public on February 24, 2017 with guest speaker Homer Davis, the former Mayor of Montego Bay, and the artist David Gumbs.

To read more, visit: https://nationalgallerywest.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/jamaica-biennial-2017-at-national-gallery-west-features-david-gumbs-xing-wang-video-installation/

#TBT | RJR-Hotline Interview

Today’s throwback features one of NGW’s many interview moments, a snapshot of Assistant Curator, Monique Gilpin with Attorney at Law and radio host, Clive Mullings post an interview on the powerhouse afternoon radio talk show, Hotline on RJR FM in February 2019. RJR’s Hotline aired live, receiving insight on National Gallery West and our quest in giving back to the community through our programming. It also highlighted our efforts in continuing to advocate for the arts and culture in Western Jamaica.

#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 | 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.

To read more about ‘Exploration 3 – Seven Women Artists’,

visit: https://nationalgallerywest.wordpress.com/category/seven-women-artists/

#TBT Caribbean In Motion at National Gallery West

Caribbean in Motion: Improving Lives through Artistry and Animation, an exhibition of work by Caribbean animators, which was presented in Jamaica in association with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The exhibition highlighted animations and illustrations by Makesi Aquan, Danielle Blaize, Mathew Hudson, Alison Latchman, Anieph Latchman, Wendell McShine, Khia Poitier, Ansar Sattar, Steven Schmid and Marlo Scott.
Caribbean in Motion opened for viewing at National Gallery West in October 2016.
This exhibition debuted during FOROMIC, Latin America and the Caribbean’s most important annual event on microfinance and entrepreneurship, which will took place at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from October 24 to 26, 2016. FOROMIC is a space for business and financial innovations, and in particular a platform for microfinance, which has demonstrated that serving low-income households and small businesses is possible, sustainable and profitable. The cultural industries are an important area of focus at FOROMIC. FOROMIC is supported by the IDB and staged in association between the IDB Multilateral Investment Fund and the Jamaican Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.

To find out more visit: https://www.iadb.org/en/countries/jamaica/overview or
NGW blog: https://nationalgallerywest.wordpress.com/2016/09/23/caribbean-in-motion-to-be-shown-at-national-gallery-west/