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  • The exhibition will provide the appropriate platform for showcasing a variety of award-winning pieces selected from the 2013 Visual Arts Competition.
  • There will be three main viewing days (December 12, 18 and 22), all of which will be opened to the public, free of cost, from 10:00 to 6:00 p.m. daily.
  • The competition is seen as a launching pad for talented artists and provides numerous opportunities for exposure.

The Ministry of Youth and Culture will be launching a Visual Art Exhibition dubbed Jamaican Main Audience Day Experience’, on Sunday, December 8, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown, Kingston.

Spearheaded by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), the exhibition is scheduled to continue through to December 22, and will provide the appropriate platform for showcasing a variety of award-winning pieces selected from the 2013 Visual Arts Competition, which got underway in September.

The official opening ceremony for the Competition and Exhibition will commence at 4:15 p.m., however, the exhibition opens at 12:00 noon.

Director of Marketing at the JCDC, Stephen Davidson, explained that in addition to the launch, there will be three main viewing days (December 12, 18 and 22), all of which will be opened to the public, free of cost, from 10:00 to 6:00 p.m. daily.

The competition is seen as a launching pad for talented artists and provides numerous opportunities for exposure.

This year’s competition saw over 200 entries in the categories of paintings, photography, video art, drawings, ceramics, sculptures, fine arts and works on paper, from over 100 youth and adult artists.

Mr. Davidson pointed out that the youth category includes persons between 6 and 18 years, while the adult category involves persons 18 years and over. First, second, and third place winners will be awarded medals, certificates of merit and cash prizes, among other prizes.

On Sunday, there will also be a panel discussion, beginning at 2:30 p.m. It is themed: ‘Critical Intersections: Brand Jamaica & the Visual Arts’. There will be live performances by Saxophonist, Dwayne Foster, and JCDC 2013 Children’s Gospel winner, Damarli Foster.

On Thursday, December 12, a ‘Student’s Arts Day Out’ is scheduled to take place, which targets students and teachers, from schools islandwide.

“We are inviting various school groups to come out and spend the day at the exhibition, and participate in workshops with various artists. We also have a workshop geared towards the teachers, and also a public mural, which will be at the exhibition. Persons can come with their creative ideas, and make a design on the mural, because it’s all about creativity and authenticity,” Mr. Davidson said.

Other activities include a Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) teacher workshop, artist talk, public voting, alternative art fashion show, live performances, artylympics, giveaways and prizes. Registration for teachers is $1,500 and $500 for students, including lunch.

On Wednesday (December 18), the Centre will come alive with an Art Lunch Hour Concert, starting at 12:30 p.m., featuring a variety of performances from the JCDC repertoire.

On Sunday (December 22) the slew of events conclude with an Awards Ceremony, starting at 3:00 p.m. Highlights of the day include  interactive activities and entertainment, giveaways, public voting for the viewers’ choice  and display booths by various organizations.

“What we are doing is not just to have an exhibition, where persons can come and view, but we are making it an interactive and a fun-filled exhibition, where the entire family can come out and enjoy,” Mr. Davidson told JIS News.

He is inviting members of the public to support the exhibition, and participate in two main ways, either by casting their votes for their favourite piece of work on display, or contribute to the ‘Mek It An’ Share It’ initiative.

“This initiative is a partnership of the JCDC and the Child Development Agency (CDA), which encourages persons to donate hand-made toys and gifts for children’s homes for Christmas. Gifts can include handmade clothes, bed sheets, shoes, slippers, pillows, and other items,” he explained.

Supporting organizations of the Visual Arts Competition & Exhibition are the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), Jamaica Conference Centre, Digicel, Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Creative Studios, Beaches Negril, the Source, Xpress Litho Limited, Computers & More Limited, Liguanea Drug &Garden Centre, 5:30 Social Lounge, Bryan Photo Studios and Hot Off The Press.

For more information, persons can contact the JCDC at 926-5726, or visit their website at www.jcdc.gov.jm.