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National Gallery of Jamaica

Kingston, Jamaica
Official website: National Gallery of Jamaica

One of the most important galleries dedicated to Jamaican and Caribbean art, in the Caribbean region itself and beyond. The National Gallery of Jamaica opened in November, 1974. Its declated aim was “to assemble the finest of our works and in so doing make it accessible to all peoples.” (Vera Hyatt, Preface, Ten Jamaican Sculptors, Commonwealth Institute, London, September 4th - 28th, 1975)

From the gallery’s website (natgalja.org.jm/about/, accessed 11 September 2016)

“The National Gallery of Jamaica, which was established in 1974, is the oldest and largest public art museum in the Anglophone Caribbean. It has a comprehensive collection of early, modern and contemporary art from Jamaica along with smaller Caribbean and international holdings. A significant part of its collections is on permanent view. The NGJ also has an active exhibitions programme, which includes retrospectives of work by major Jamaican artists, thematic exhibitions, guest-curated exhibitions, touring exhibitions that originate outside of the island, and the premier national exhibition, the Jamaica Biennial. The NGJ offers a range of educational services, including guided tours, lectures and panel discussions, and children’s art programmes and also operates a gift shop and coffee shop.

The NGJ has recently opened a branch in Montego Bay, National Gallery West at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre. The programme there comprises exhibitions that were specifically curated for the site and others that are derived from or related to our Kingston exhibitions. Tours are offered at National Gallery West and a children’s art programme is presently under development.

The National Gallery of Jamaica is a division of the Institute of Jamaica, Ministry of Youth and Culture.”

The National Gallery of Jamaica was the venue for Cricket, Lovely Cricket | The Cricket paintings of Barrington Watson, March 10th - April 28th, 2007.

Related items

click to show details of Cricket, Lovely Cricket

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Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 2007

click to show details of John Dunkley

»  John Dunkley

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1977

Exhibitions at this venue

»  John Dunkley

Solo show at National Gallery of Jamaica. 1976 - 1977

People who have appeared at this venue

»  John Dunkley

Born, 1886 - 1896 (probably 1891) in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, Jamaica. Died, 1947

»  Barrington Watson

Born, 1931 in Lucea, Jamaica. Died, 2016