Astro, The Morning Star: Art exhibition & video launch to showcase Jamaican artist

By ARC Magazine Monday, November 12th, 2012 Categories: Exhibitions, Updates
 

On November 17th The Astro Project  will launch its first-ever event at Studio 174, an innovative multimedia art space in Kingston, Jamaica. This will be the first solo exhibition of the work of digital artist Astro Saulter, and screening of a biographical short film about Astro, both entitled Astro, the Morning Star.  The video was created by multi-awarded filmmakers Storm and Nile Saulter, of New Caribbean Cinema film group.

This one-of-a-kind event will be set apart from others not only because of the content of the show, but also because of what it represents. 2012 marks the anniversary of the United Nations-sanctioned 20th anniversary of the Day of People with Disability, an annual day to promote understanding and support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities the world over. Astro has spent his 34-years of life in a wheelchair because of cerebral palsy. While his physical condition has severely limited his body movements, Astro finds freedom in creative expression through digital art.

Thirty-five original works by Astro will be on display to the public for the first time and available for purchase. The afternoon and evening of the opening there will be live music, bar by Blackwell Rum and snacks served.

A primary goal of this project, in addition to introducing Astro to the art world, is positively to impact the reality of the difficulties faced by disabled people to leading a full life in Jamaica. The Astro Project, its organizational partner the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities, and its founders, advisors and sponsors wish to raise awareness of the creative needs of persons with developmental delays and physical disabilities, and of their requirements for access to tools and facilities, so as to produce positive changes in their lives.

Opening:Saturday, November 17, 2012
Time: 4-9 p.m.
Location: Studio 174
174 Harbour Street, Kingston
Ongoing exhibition through January 19, 2012
Call Rozi Chung 876 372 6098 for hours

Special Gala Screening: In partnership with the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD), there will be a special screening of Astro, the Morning Star at the Disability Friendly Awards Gala on Monday, November 19 at 7 p.m. at the Wyndham Kingston Hotel. For this special event, the entire exhibition from Studio 174 will be on display for the gala audience. One of Astro’s prints will also be in that evening’s Silent Auction. Tickets: 876 922 8469

ORGANIZATIONAL PARTNER

The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD), is charged with the responsibility of implementing national strategies aimed at addressing full participation and the equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities as well as public education awareness programs and the provision of vocational and rehabilitation services.

EVENT PARTNERS

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Studio 174 is a gallery/studio located at 174 Harbour Street in Kingston, Jamaica. It was founded in 2006 and caters to vivacious young artists who are ready to stake their claim and Kingston’s urban residents who want to find a new voice through the arts.

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