Joska Skalnik: National Gallery of Jamaica: “Art & Freedom Exhib” Closes Oct. 24!

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Joska Skalnik: Art & Freedom – CLOSES ON OCTOBER 24!

Brought to Jamaica through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and the Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic James Joseph, Art and freedom is a travelling exhibition which introduces artist and political activist Joska Skalnik’s exploration of the themes of liberation, transformation and regeneration.

A select number of exclusive items related to this exhibition are available in our Gift Shop, including a limited edition print portfolio, posters, a monograph on Skalnik’s work and catalogues. Contact Tiffany Martin at or call her at 922-1563, -4.


Reopening of the Edna Manley Galleries: These permanent galleries have been relocated and refurbished and will be open to the public by October 24. There will be no special opening function.

The Edna Manley Memorial Collection is a specialized collection of the National Gallery of Jamaica dedicated to the life and work of Edna Manley. The Development of the Collection was spearheaded by the late Aaron Matalon, Chairman of the Edna Manley Foundation, and Dr. David Boxer, Director Emeritus/ Chief Curator of the National Gallery of Jamaica. Various private and corporate collectors of Edna Manley’s work donated major sculptures and drawings. The Collection forms the basis of the Edna Manley Galleries at the National Gallery and is supplemented with some works from the core permanent collection of the National Gallery and loans from the Edna Manley Estate and private collections.

National Visual Arts Exhibition – The travelling showcase of this annual co-production between the NGJ and the JCDC continues and opens in Montego Bay, at the Montego Bay Civic Centre, on Thursday, October 22, at 5 pm. The Montego Bay showing continues until November 13.


Saturday Art Time – a programme for children – Until February 2010

The National Gallery’s Saturday art programme for children, Saturday Art Time, is designed by our Education Department and seeks to introduce children to a variety of methods and approaches in contemporary visual arts and visual culture. Through an assortment of exercises and interactive games, children are encouraged to discover, interpret and reinvent their visual worlds, employing the collections and exhibitions environment of the National Gallery.

The current one-year pilot of this programme is generously sponsored by the American Friends of Jamaica, Inc. Participation is free but space is limited. Contact the Education Department for registration and further information at or call Kerry-Ann Perry at 922-8540 or 922-1561,-3, -4.


Gift Shop: Why not do your Christmas shopping at the NGJ gift shop? We offer a range of products, including art books, original craft items, art reproductions and gift items, all competitively priced. Revenue from the Gift Shop helps to support the NGJ’s programmes and art acquisitions.

Coffee Shop Update: The National Gallery’s coffee shop has reopened and is operated by our own staff for a trial period of three months. Initially, we are offering cold and hot drinks, pastries and snacks and we will expand our offerings shortly. We would welcome your feedback – on those refreshments and services we are currently offering and those you would like to have.