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

Ernie Smith to Provide Musical Pleasure at CCRP Living Legacy Awards

Ernie Smith’s voice always brings back good memories for me. When he was a solo artist, he used to do stints at the Devon House Grog Shoppe (itself a place of good memories) on Friday evenings. Under that huge mango tree in the courtyard we sat (once a barn owl sat, looking down on us) … More Ernie Smith to Provide Musical Pleasure at CCRP Living Legacy Awards

End Violence against Women and Girls: A Message from UN Women, and WE-Change’s Orange Lights

We must remind ourselves: Violence against women and girls is a persistent problem, and not only for small developing countries like Jamaica. Below is a message from the Executive Director of UN Women (who was in Jamaica very recently) encouraging the global news media in particular to recognize and highlight International Day to End Violence Against … More End Violence against Women and Girls: A Message from UN Women, and WE-Change’s Orange Lights

The Kingston Book Festival Will Refresh Your Soul

Elections are over! Many of us (except perhaps the outgoing administration) are breathing a sigh of relief. Today we are having healing rain. Let’s look forward now to a week of enjoyment, delight, refreshment, relaxation – all in support of the written word! Here comes the Kingston Book Festival, with so many things happening it … More The Kingston Book Festival Will Refresh Your Soul

Fluff and Bluff, Nuh Guh Deh and a Hotel Times Three: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A high pressure ridge is over Jamaica, which means considerable heat, no rain and a wind that offers no respite. I am almost hugging the fan right now (and no, air conditioning is not an option for us, although I would like to explore the possibility of solar a/c). We have a thick haze over … More Fluff and Bluff, Nuh Guh Deh and a Hotel Times Three: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Jamaica Biennial 2014 at Devon House and National Gallery West

Originally posted on National Gallery of Jamaica Blog:
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…

Veerle Poupeye: “I Love to Make Things Happen”

Veerle Poupeye is a busy woman these days. The Executive Director of the National Gallery of Jamaica and her staff are working long hours preparing for the Jamaica Biennial 2014. “It’s our most ambitious yet,” she declares. The exhibition will open with a week of events from December 7 to 14, with key dates as follows: December … More Veerle Poupeye: “I Love to Make Things Happen”