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National Gallery offers special treat

Published:Friday | January 6, 2017 | 1:10 AM
Edward Seaga

The National Gallery is pleased to present a special viewing of its current exhibition, 'Spiritual Yards: Home Ground of Jamaica's Intuitives - Selections from the Wayne and Myrene Cox Collection', on Sunday, January 15.

Former Prime Minister Edward Seaga will deliver remarks and the collector Wayne Cox will be in attendance. The critically acclaimed Nexus Performing Arts Company will offer an exclusive musical tour of the exhibition.

The Spiritual Yards exhibition, which opened on December 11, 2016, consists entirely of works of art and documentary material from the art collection of Wayne and Myrene Cox, a specialised collection of Jamaican Intuitive art.

The exhibition explores the 'spiritual yard' tradition in Jamaica, which is an important yet insufficiently documented part of Jamaica's popular cultural heritage, and focuses on ten intuitive artists who produced sacred images and objects for such yards.

The December 11 opening function also featured a musical tour of the exhibition presented by the critically acclaimed Nexus Performing Arts Company, whose deeply moving performance brought to life the cultural significance of the exhibition and the messages contained in the artists' work. The performance was so powerful that it was decided that it should be offered a second time.

The National Gallery of Jamaica will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 15 and the function and musical tour will start at 1:30 p.m. Admission will be free of cost and the public is invited. Spiritual Yards continues until January 29. The exhibition catalogue is available for sale in the National Gallery gift shop.