National Gallery


National Gallery The National Gallery of Jamaica is located on Kingston’s waterfront. This gallery is Jamaica’s leading place of art collection; that was founded in 1974. It is situated in the Kingston Mall on the Kingston harbour. This gallery is the largest public art gallery in the English-speaking Caribbean region. Boasting artifacts from Taino Indian to Spanish and British settlers; the National Gallery offers about 25,000 sq ft of art to contemporary works in all its glory.

The National Gallery of Jamaica houses 18 sub galleries, showcasing the works in the following fields: the Pre-20th Century Collection; the Edna Manley Collection; the Cecil Baugh Gallery, the Photography Collection; the A. D. Scott Collection; the Matalon Collection; the Larry Wirth Collection and the Permanent Collection. An international art collection is also a character in this gallery.

When you visit the National Gallery you will see the most eccentric collection of Mallica ‘Kapo’ Reynolds works, as well as masterpieces from Jamaican artists like Barrington Watson, Albert Huie, Carl Abrahams and the mother of Jamaican art the lovely Edna Manley. While there you can also view the Christopher Gonzalez’s piece of stunning statue of Bob Marley.

If you want to see authentic Jamaica works of art, the National Gallery provides exhibits research material on Jamaican art and culture, and coordinates educational programmes for you to learn more about their culture. The National Gallery has a beautiful background setting for all your meetings and events. The National Gallery is opened Tuesdays to Thursdays, between the hours of 10am to 4:30pm, on Fridays from 10pm to 4pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 3pm. Admission to the gallery may vary, so take along enough money so you may view these wonderful Jamaican masterpieces.

More significantly, as you enter the National Gallery you will be greeted by the 20th century sculptor named Edna Manley’s The Message, a truly astonishing success. This sculpture demonstrates two women whispering to each other; try and guess what they are saying to each other.

Simply put, the National Gallery plays host to a mixture of the chapters of Jamaican life. From the depths of rural Jamaica to the urbanized cities and lush countryside’s, the art of the Jamaican people are magnificently produce in each work of art. These are seen from a religious viewpoint, history and social appreciation to traditional, fancy and folklore customs.

Just about everything imaginable can be viewed in this extraordinary Jamaican gallery.