Paint the City! An open call for concept designs from Kingston Creative

Despite all the pain and sadness, I love my Kingston… Kingston Creative is building momentum again (when did they stop?) and has announced an Open Call for concept designs. The deadline is just two weeks away – Friday, April 15, 2022. Hurry!

There is always hope and resilience. Let it shine!

Charl Baker and her co-painter working on the mural “UBUNTU” (Photo: Dan Thompson)

Kingston Creative has launched an Open Call for visual artists to submit concept designs for the latest leg of “Paint the City.” With the sponsorship from the Tourism Enhancement Fund, a division of the Ministry of Tourism, this will see 10 new murals developed along Water Lane, between Duke Street and East Street.

The goal of Paint the City is to create an Art District in Downtown Kingston, the centrepiece of which is a pedestrianised public art walkway connecting Jamaica’s preeminent cultural anchor institutions: the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) and the National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ). Phase III of the project will cover walls between Duke and East Street and the new murals are slated for completion by August 2022.

Junior Moore’s mural entitled “insert name here.” (Photo: Doris Gross)

The theme is “Whole Heap a Culture” – a nod to Miss Lou, which hopes to develop murals which will commemorate the impact that Jamaicans have made, not only in Music but also in Theatre, Film, Dance, Culinary Arts, Literature, Fashion, and the Visual Arts.

“We are really excited about this extension of the Paint the City project as we get to commemorate aspects of Jamaican culture that are not usually recognised in street art,” said Kathrine Johnson, Kingston Creative’s Art District Manager. “ We cannot wait to see the submissions!”

The deadline to submit proposals for the Paint the City project is April 15th, 2022. To apply visit and for more information on the artist brief and guidelines please visit or email Kingston Creative at

“Tek Pride Inna Jamaica” by Deon Simone (2020). Photo: Doris Gross

Kingston Creative is investing in “People and Place”; developing strong Jamaican creative entrepreneurs and building a vibrant Art District in Downtown Kingston.

Water Lane during the second leg of the Paint the City project (2020). (Photo: Doris Gross)

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