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The National Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition: Celebrating Jamaica 50 through Art

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission and the National Gallery have once again partnered to stage the National Visual Arts Exhibition and Awards Ceremony. The agencies have been collaborating to stage this event at the National Gallery since 2007. Organized to provide opportunities for practicing artists to showcase their work at the national level, and to reflect the diversity and strength of contemporary Visual Arts in Jamaica, the JCDC National Visual Arts Exhibition, attracted just under 200 participants ranging from age 6 to adults. According to Mrs. Sana Rose-Savage, Visual Arts Specialist at the JCDC, “there was significantly stronger representation from across the island this year and it is quite noticeable that photography is one of the stronger categories”.

The Awards Ceremony took place on Sunday July 8 at the National Gallery with the most outstanding adult artwork going to Hope Brooks for “Slavery Trilogy Sequel: Where have we Come? Where are we Going?” while the Promise Prize went to Luca Khouri for “Clutched Light 11’ showing the most outstanding youth artwork. The summit prize went to the Jamaica National Resolution Project who also won the top teacher prize. There is also a special section themed Jamaica 50 which saw Kamille Kirlew winning the Youth Prize and two adults Aeron Cargill and Dwight Larmond for “Jonkunnoo: Fire Drum 1-111” and “Election Jamboree”, respectively.

The Annual Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition is sponsored bythe Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), The National Gallery, Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Creative Studios Jamaica, LIME and Power 106. The public is invited to participate in a public vote by ballot available at the National Gallery no later than July 21, 2012. The Exhibition is free to the public and the Gallery opens on Tuesdays to Thursday 10:00 am - 4:30pm and on Fridays 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Saturdays 10:00 am – 3:00 pm and will open Sunday July 29 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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