JCDC to host mega art exhibition at Jamaica Conference Centre
The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture, will officially launch the 2015 JCDC Jamaica Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition on Sunday, March 15 at the Jamaica Conference Centre. The exhibition will remain until Sunday, March 29. Several interactive and engaging events will be held throughout that time when the public can participate on the main audience days.
Members of the public are invited to participate in three main ways: Viewer's Choice: where they cast their votes for their favourite piece of work on display; contribute to the Mek It An' Share It initiative, which encourages the donation of hand-made toys and gifts for state childcare facilities; as well as a live portrait painting demonstration by Mr Mortimer McPherson, master artist and art teacher
On launch day, there will be 'art brunch' between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., while the exhibition will open at 12 p.m., and includes an Art Panel Discussion starting at 2:30 p.m., under the theme, 'A Wah Dat? Bridging the Gap Between Artist and Audience.' The panelists include Carol Campbell (artist, lecturer at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts), Dr Deborah Anzinger (artist and executive director, New Local Space), Omari Ra (artist and head of the Fine Arts Department, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts) and Garfield Morgan, artist and member of the 2015 adult jury panel for the Jamaica Visual Arts Competition. The moderator will be Nichole Smythe-Johnson, independent curator, freelance writer and editor. There will also be live performances throughout the day with the official opening ceremony commencing at 4:30 p.m.
There will be two other main audience days - Wednesday, March 18: Schools' Art Day Out; and Sunday, March 29. The exhibition will close with the awards ceremony. These days will feature lively and fun art-inspired activities, attractions and entertainment, that create participatory and multi-sensory experiences.
There will also be three exhibitions that will be featured during the period: The Jamaica Visual Arts Exhibition, that will feature the 2015 awardees; the Solo Exhibition from Kester Bailey, winner of the 2013 Studio Art Prize, and the inaugural show for the JCDC/Jamaica Conference Centre/UDC Joint Gallery Programme, featuring the works of Garfield Morgan, Ewan Peart and Mortimer McPherson.
The public will be able to view award-winning pieces daily from 10 a.m., to 6 p.m., free of cost.