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Nexus Performing Arts Company to perform at National Gallery today

Published:Sunday | December 28, 2014 | 12:00 AM

The National Gallery of Jamaica's Last Sundays programme for today will feature the award-winning Nexus Performing Arts Company and will start at 1:30 p.m.

Nexus Performing Arts Company was formed in 2001 by Hugh Douse, artistic director, voice tutor, singer, actor, conductor, songwriter, and a former director of Culture in Education. The group has a broad musical repertoire that draws on gospel, negro spirituals, semi-classical, popular music, including reggae, and showtunes, African and classical music of the European and African traditions.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to view the main exhibition of the recently opened Jamaica Biennial 2014, which comprises work by nearly 100 artists. The exhibition includes for the first time and in addition to the Jamaica-based and Jamaica diaspora artists who entered as invited or juried artists, six specially invited international artists: Renee Cox (Jamaica/United States), Sheena Rose (Barbados), Gilles Elie-dit-Cosaque (Martinique/France), Richard Mark Rawlins (Trinidad), James Cooper (Bermuda) and Blue Curry (Bahamas/United Kingdom).

The juried artists were, also for the first time, selected by two international curators, Diana Nawi of the Perez Art Museum in Miami and Sara Hermann from the Dominican Republic. The resulting Jamaica Biennial 2014 features a dynamic mix of styles and media, with strong representations in new media, particularly video, but also in traditional painting techniques and formats. Young and emerging artists are particularly well represented and this includes the co-winners of the inaugural Dawn Scott Memorial Award, Camille Chedda and Kimani Beckford.

The other sections of the Jamaica Biennial 2014 can be seen at Devon House, where work by Greg Bailey, Laura Facey, James Cooper (Bermuda), Cosmo Whyte, Oneika Russell and 2014 Aaron Matalon Award winner Ebony G. Patterson are exhibited, and at National Gallery West, which features the work of the internationally renowned Jamaican-born artist Renee Cox. One Biennial project, by Bahamian artist Blue Curry, can be seen at various locations on the streets of Downtown Kingston.

Admission to the NGJ will be free and free guided tours will be offered.