Saturday 31 October, 2020

Kingston’s museums, cultural spaces free to the public on Sunday

Patrons at this Sunday's Artwalk will be able to enjoy all of the museums in Downtown Kingston free of charge. (Photo: Ulrick Lawerence)

Patrons at this Sunday's Artwalk will be able to enjoy all of the museums in Downtown Kingston free of charge. (Photo: Ulrick Lawerence)

Downtown Kingston’s museums and cultural spaces will be open to the public for free for this upcoming Kingston Creative’s Last Sunday Artwalk on Sunday, April 28.

Kingston Creative is an artist-led collective seeking to transform abandoned streets into the new Downtown Kingston Art District.  

Patrons can experience ten separate exhibitions and free tours in downtown Kingston. 

The centrepiece will be the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ) showing its recent World Poetry Day Exhibition and giving a ‘behind the scenes’ tour. The public is invited to view the rare items on display and take a tour of the book bindery to get a look at the important preservation and conservation work that is undertaken to safeguard Jamaica’s literary heritage. 

Abigail Henry, Director, Special Programmes, said: “The NLJ is excited to be part of Kingston Creative’s Artwalk for April. As an authority on Jamaica’s cultural conversation, we are pleased that the NLJ should be involved and it’s even more special for us as we celebrate our 40th anniversary this year. Guests at our Old Stories, New Voices event will also hear award-winning poetry by the winners of the 2019 Poet Laureate of Jamaica Prizes for Poetry, Khadijah Chin, Kaleb D’Aguilar and Christopher Allen.”

Patrons visiting the Liberty Hall. Photo by Ulrick Lawrence. 

At the African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/Jamaica Memory Bank, the public can view the exhibition Intangible Cultural Heritage.  

The National Museum will show the new exhibition entitled The Japanese Dolls as well as Taino & Ubuntu. This will be followed by an architectural Downtown walk entitled In the shoes of H.G. Delisser showing key buildings and sites of interest.  The Jamaica Music Museum will host two exhibitions, Garvey as Cultural Muse and Curating a National Collection.  Finally, the National Gallery of Jamaica hosts an exhibition of the 25th Annual International Reggae Poster Competition.

“We have an exciting new venue for Market Street at the UDC Orange Park and we will be collecting book donations there from 11 am to 5 pm to stock the library at the Trench Town Reading Centre.  We hope that everyone comes out, brings a book for Trench Town, and has fun”, said Doris Gross, Art District Lead for Kingston Creative.

The artisans at Market Street will showcase local food, hand-made jewellery, fashion, home décor, books and free “Kingston Creative” flavour ice-cream, made by Kremi Bliss. Performances will kick off with the literary tastemakers “Rebel Women Lit” who will discuss "Hard Gal fi Dead” with Jamaican author, Tameka Coley followed by an Open Mic segment featuring the artiste Evaflow. 

Activities start at 11 am at the UDC Orange Park, at the corner of Orange Street and Port Royal Street in front of the National Gallery of Jamaica.  

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