I spoke with Executive Director of the National Gallery of Jamaica Veerle Poupeye recently about the exciting Jamaica Biennial 2014. There will be a series of openings – the Devon House exhibit in Kingston is now open for viewing and the exhibit at National Gallery West will open at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, December 12) in Montego Bay. The Kingston main gallery’s official opening will be on Sunday, December 14 with formalities starting at 1:30 p.m. Do go along and enjoy a Christmas feast of art!
One of the most exciting new developments in the Jamaica Biennial 2014 is the collaboration with Devon House, which is hosting Biennial projects by six artists, five from Jamaica and one from Bermuda: Greg Bailey, James Cooper (Bermuda), Laura Facey, Ebony G. Patterson, Oneika Russell, and Cosmo Whyte.
Having some of the Biennial exhibits outside of the National Gallery of Jamaica itself helps to give the Biennial greater visibility and encourages greater engagement from a variety of audiences – in addition to Devon House, part of the biennial (the Renee Cox exhibition) is also shown at National Gallery West at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre and one project, by Blue Curry, can be seen on the streets of Downtown Kingston. The collaboration with Devon House is the first of what we hope will be an ongoing programme of shared projects and comes at particularly opportune time. The National Gallery first…
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