National Gallery West is the National Gallery of Jamaica’s new branch at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre (formerly known as the Montego Bay Civic Centre) on Sam Sharpe Square. Based on a partnership between the St James Parish Council, the Tourism Enhancement Fund and the Institute of Jamaica, the Montego Bay Cultural Centre was comprehensively refurbished and offers a range of cultural programmes and facilities, which will soon include a cafe and a gift shop. The Centre is a major cultural facility for the benefit of the people of Western Jamaica and tourist visitors alike.
Two Institute of Jamaica divisions, National Museum Jamaica and the National Gallery of Jamaica, operate branches at the Centre, with permanent and temporary exhibitions and supporting programmes. National Gallery West, which is located in the domed building at the back of the Centre, offers four exhibitions per year, of which at least one focuses on the art of Western Jamaica while others are based on exhibitions shown at the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston. Visitors can look forward to a lively and varied exhibition programme that covers all major aspects of Jamaican art, from the historic to the contemporary and from the traditional to the avant-garde. Guided tours are available and educational programmes, including children’s art classes, are being developed.
December 10, 2017
Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds (1911-1989)
The Jamaican artist and charismatic Revivalist Bishop Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds was born in 1911 in Byndloss, a rural St. Catherine community some thirty miles from Kingston. At age sixteen he received his first vision and started travelling the countryside preaching. In the early 1930s he made his way to Kingston and settled in Trench Town Read More
Jamaica Biennial 2017 – David Gumbs Xing Wang
The Jamaica Biennial 2017, the National Gallery of Jamaica’s flagship exhibition, is shown at three locations, namely at the National Gallery and Devon House in Kingston and at National Gallery West in Montego Bay. At National Gallery West, which is located at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre, Sam Sharpe Square, the Biennial features an interactive video Read More
Marcia Biggs: Impressions of Life
The Marcia Biggs: Impressions of Life exhibition explores the work of the popular Montego Bay-based artist Marcia Biggs, through examples borrowed mainly from private and corporate collections in Western Jamaica. Marcia Biggs was born in 1960 in Montego Bay, where she was based for most of her life. She was trained at the Mico Teachers’ Read More
Caribbean in Motion – Improving Lives through Artistry and AnimationNational Gallery West, the Montego Bay branch of the National Gallery of Jamaica, is pleased to present the Caribbean in Motion: Improving Lives through Artistry and Animation, an exhibition of work by Caribbean animators, which is presented in Jamaica in association with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Caribbean in Motion will be on view at Read More
Religion and Spirituality in Jamaican ArtReligion and Spirituality in Jamaican Art is an abridged version of the acclaimed Explorations II: Religion and Spirituality exhibition which was shown at the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston from December 22, 2013 to April 27, 2014. Religion and spirituality play a pervasive role in virtually all aspects of Jamaican history and life and Read More
Xaymaca: Nature and the Landscape in Jamaican ArtXaymaca: Nature and the Landscape in Jamaican Art, opened to the public on Friday, May 8. The exhibition featured work from our permanent collection, from the colonial period to the late 20th century, including a photographic selection. The exhibition celebrates the spectacular natural beauty of Jamaica but also acknowledges how nature and the land carry Read More
Jamaica Biennial 2014National Gallery West is featuring a new series of photographs and a video by Renee Cox, titled Sacred Geometry, and shown as part of the 2014 Jamaica Biennial. Renee Cox is a New York-based photographer and mixed media artist who is known for her seminal and at times controversial presentation of Afrofuturistic photography to the Read More
Seven Women Artists
National Gallery West is pleased to present the exhibition, Seven Women Artists, which opened its doors on September 29, 2015 and will continue until January 17, 2016. Seven Women Artists was originally presented at the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston, and was curated by O’Neil Lawrence, the National Gallery’s Senior Curator. It featured new Read More