A bright bird for a Jamaican Christmas card – by artist Richard Nattoo

Richard Nattoo is one of those enquiring young artists, who can turn, with a flourish, from a delicate miniature of marine life in bright pinks and purples to a dark, deep forest or an austere, melancholy face emerging from an ocean. I met him recently (at a posh tea room at Devon House in Kingston … More A bright bird for a Jamaican Christmas card – by artist Richard Nattoo

Design Week and Kingston Creative: A Flowering Downtown

Kingston is our creative city. It always has been really, but now the enthusiastic team at Kingston Creative and increasingly, private sector supporters, are taking it to another level of possibilities (yes, more than one possibility – there are myriads). There is a bit of a flowering going on in downtown Kingston. As a cynical … More Design Week and Kingston Creative: A Flowering Downtown

World Heritage Day, 2019: New Group Uses Media to Preserve Jamaica’s Built Heritage

Thursday, April 18, 2019 is UNESCO World Heritage Day. This year, appropriately, it will focus on heritage rural sites. I will share a few photos that I have taken in a gallery tomorrow – including photos I took of one of UNESCO’s Top Five World Heritage Sites – in Sri Lanka, which is deep in … More World Heritage Day, 2019: New Group Uses Media to Preserve Jamaica’s Built Heritage

St. Bess Heritage: Wattle and Red Earth

It all started with a house. Kingston-based architect Ann Hodges designed a house for Dr Courtney Coke, a Chicago-based member of the Jamaican diaspora, in Potsdam, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. Potsdam District is in the cool, breezy Santa Cruz Mountains, overlooking the sunburned limestone plains and beyond, the blue haze of the Caribbean Sea. Dr Coke … More St. Bess Heritage: Wattle and Red Earth

Understanding, Not Exclusion: An Exploration of Sacred Spaces at The Olympia Gallery

Alison West Martin’s interest in Islamic art and philosophy came to her gradually, via the Americas. “I spent three summers in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, while I was studying for my Masters in Fine Arts,” she tells me. “I found the remnants of Islamic architecture there, brought over from Spain. I have always been … More Understanding, Not Exclusion: An Exploration of Sacred Spaces at The Olympia Gallery