#VISITKINGSTON: THE NATIONAL ART GALLERY

Visit the National Gallery of Jamaica and discover how Jamaicans have been creating art since the beginning of the 20th century. Study the bold sculptures of Edna Manley and the abstract pieces of Colin Garlands and see how they contrast with the museum’s collection of colonial-era art. Take a tour and learn the fascinating stories of some of Jamaica’s most famous artists.

The National Gallery of Jamaica was built in 1974 and is home to the most comprehensive and important collection of Jamaican art anywhere in the world. Visit to discover the large permanent collection as well as the temporary exhibitions of contemporary art.There are 10 galleries that trace the history of Jamaican art from A.D. 1000 to the present day. View sculptures by Edna Manley and dark landscape paintings by John Dunkley, showing how early Jamaican artists began to create their own style. Make your way through the rest of the gallery to see how art continued to evolve in the Caribbean. The theme of these galleries is “Jamaican art for Jamaicans.” Among the highlights are religious works by Carl Abrahams and scenes of village life by David Pottinger. Find a range of attractive pottery in the Cecil Baugh Gallery of Ceramics and visit the Larry Wirth collection to see a number of African-style sculptures.

Learn more about Jamaican art by taking a tour. There is a small charge for the tours and booking in advance is advised. In between your browsing sessions, take a break in the coffee shop.The National Gallery of Jamaica is open from Tuesday to Saturday, with slightly reduced hours on Fridays and Saturdays. It is also open on the last Sunday of every month. The museum is located in the Kingston mall and there is a charge for entry.