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Some 40 original works of art by 12 Jamaican artists, reflecting complementary visions of the Jamaican experience, will be on exhibit at the Jamaican High Commission over the period October 15 to 22, 2009.
The works include paintings, photographs and jewellery. The artists comprise Mr. Alphanso Blake, Mr. Ewan McAnuff, Mr. Edward Channer, Ms. Damaris Mayne, and Mr. Jeremy Francis among others.
The exhibition is an initiative of Visual and Performing Arts Jamaica (VPAJ), in collaboration with the Jamaican High Commission and Jamaica Trade and Invest (JTI). It is being co-ordinated by Consultant, Ms. Enid Williams, who told JIS News that one of the objectives of the exhibition is to raise awareness of Jamaican art in the United Kingdom (UK) and Europe.
“Jamaica has a rich tradition in the visual and performing arts. Many of our artists, performers and writers are internationally renowned. However, it is still important to raise the awareness, especially in the UK and Europe, about the diverse range of art that is represented in Jamaica and that is the aim of this exhibition,” Ms. Williams said.
Along with the works of art, a selection of books produced by Jamaican writers will also be on display.
Visual and Performing Arts Jamaica is a 200-strong grouping of creative producers in the visual arts, film and television, theatre, dance, writing and publishing, and the providers of goods and services to these industries. It is one of 10 clusters established under the Private Sector Development Programme, a joint project of the European Union and the Government of Jamaica.

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