Wednesday 25 November, 2020

Artists paint the city for Kingston Creative Artwalk

Some of Jamaica’s leading visual artists and upcoming talents will showcase their work at the Kingston Creative’s Last Sunday’s ArtWalk on Sunday, June 30 at Water Lane in downtown Kingston.

Curated by Art historian Veerle Poupeye, the exhibition will feature six budding artists, Trishaunna Henry, Joni P. Gordon, Leanne Mair, Yulanah Mullings, Mark Robinson and Keisha Walters. 

The best of the 2019 Edna Manley College Final Year exhibition will also be on the show. 

Poupeye said the students are among Jamaica's newest artistic talents and their work represents new directions in local art.

“I expect a lot from them in the years to come. It is equally exciting to be able to do this in this beautiful warehouse space under renovation on Harbour Street, as it shows how some of the now-vacant and derelict spaces in Downtown Kingston could be rehabilitated into a gallery and studio spaces for artists, making the Downtown Art District a reality. 

He reasons that the Jamaican art ecology would greatly benefit from such developments, which would allow the city of Kingston to assume its rightful place as an international art centre to be reckoned with.

Kingston Creative continues to bring together a unique blend of cultural entrepreneurship and innovation, powered by citizen engagement and community development. 

Over 70 volunteers have been investing their time and talent to kick-start an art district which is expected to have a positive impact on tourism, community cohesion, jobs and the creative economy.

“We are looking forward to seeing thousands of people turn out to enjoy what they love; whether it is rejuvenating yoga, a relaxing bike ride through the streets of historic Downtown Kingston or appreciate beautiful art and sculpture,” said Kingston Creative Co-Founder, Andrea Dempster-Chung.

The University of the West Indies Panoriddim steel band and DJ Iset Sankofa will provide the music, and rounding off the day is Resonances, selections from the 2019 Edna Manley College Final Year Exhibition at 132 Harbour Street. 

This month’s staging will also see Lifeyard Rides take patrons around the historic city starting at 6:00 am. Persons can later find their zen at a free community yoga session hosted by Afya Yoga Studio at 9:45 am on the green area beside the UDC car park. 

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