#TBT | Today’s throwback features a snapshot taken during a group tour of the inaugural ‘Due West’ exhibition in 2019. Here, guests were viewing a video installation titled ‘Dancehall Duel’ by one of the 14 featured artists in the exhibition, Robin Clare.
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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.”
Our throwback Thursday post is featuring behind the scenes shots of the installation of I Shall Return Again exhibition, one of our past exhibitions staged at National Gallery West in September 2018. The exhibition explored the work of five young Jamaican artists who have been making an impact on the local and international art scene, who all hail from Western Jamaica. It featured many new and recent paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and film by the following artists: Monique Gilpin, Leasho Johnson, Nile Saulter, Storm Saulter and Cosmo Whyte.
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Our Due West exhibition is now closed however, we would like for you, our supporters, especially those who didn’t get the opportunity to visit NGW to view Due West, to enjoy our virtual experience. CLICK THE LINK BELOW! See you again next year! Enjoy!
Music: Kiwi by Jeff