Monthly Sunday Opening at the National Gallery of Jamaica

By ARC Magazine Sunday, December 30th, 2012 Categories: ARC Partners, Biennales, Updates

The monthly “Last Sundays” programme continues at the National Gallery of Jamaica on December 30, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visitors will be able to view the 2012 National Biennial, which features 126 works by 86 artists, as well as our permanent exhibitions, which provide an overview of Jamaican art from the Taino to the present. The 2012 National Biennial is a temporary exhibition that reflects a healthy diversity of themes, styles and approaches, from the conventional to the experimental and comprises of work in a variety of media including: painting, sculpture, collage, illustration, assemblage, installation, ceramics, photography, video, animation and textiles.

Artists participating in the biennial qualify for the coveted Aaron Matalon Award, which will be presented during the Sunday opening, to the artist, who in the opinion of the jury members of the Exhibitions and Acquisitions Committee of the National Gallery has made the most outstanding contribution to the biennial.

Phillip Thomas – Matador Revised (2012), Mixed media on fabric

“The Aaron Matalon award will be announced at 12 noon,” stated Dr. Veerle Poupeye, Executive Director of the National Gallery. The award, a specially crafted, unique medallion, which for each biennial draws its major design element from a notable masterwork in the National Collection, is accompanied by a modest cash prize. The medallion is handmade by master jeweller and sculptor, Carol Campbell. The award is named after the Chairman Emeritus of the National Gallery, the Hon. Aaron Matalon, OJ, who along with his wife Marjorie in 1999, donated two hundred and eighteen major works of art to the Gallery in a gesture that has been hailed as “one of the most generous acts of philanthropy in our nation’s history.”

Duane Allen – Entrapment (2012), Steel, wire, nylon

Also as a special feature, a living sculpture performance art piece will be on display by renowned artist, Ebony G. Patterson, similar and related to her “Bush Cockerel” video installation in the National Biennial. On our Last Sundays, admission to the Gallery is free for the day, complemented with free tours and special activities for children.


Contact information: Dr Veerle Poupeye, Executive Director, National Gallery of Jamaica; e-mail: , Phone: 1.876.922.1561/3 (Lime landline), 1.876.618.0654/5 (Digicel landline). Visit the National Gallery blog, or contact Public Relations Officer: Michka McCreath, Institute of Jamaica; Email: ; Phone: 1.876.922.0620 Ext: 290; Cell: 1.876.407.2599.

The National Gallery of Jamaica is located at 12 Ocean Boulevard, Block C, Kingston Mall – entrance on Orange Street. Parking is available at the adjoining UDC parking lot.  Gallery hours are: Tuesdays-Thursdays: 10 am to 4:30 pm, Fridays: 10 am to 4 pm, Saturdays: 10 am to 3 pm and every last Sunday of the month: 11 am to 4 pm. The Gallery is also occasionally open for exhibition launches on Sundays. Closed on the other Sundays and on Mondays and Public Holidays. Admission: adults $ 400, teachers accompanying students and senior citizens $ 200, school children and students with ID enter free. Guided tours: $ 3000 (general) and schools $ 2000 (schools).

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