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  • Plans are underway to modernize and expand the National Gallery of Jamaica, which is the largest art gallery in the English-speaking Caribbean.
  • The 30,000 square feet gallery, located on the Kingston waterfront, houses both permanent and temporary exhibitions.
  • Executive Director, Dr. Veerle Poupeye, said the aim is to develop the building into a fully equipped state-of-the-art facility.

Plans are underway to modernize and expand the National Gallery of Jamaica, which is the largest art gallery in the English-speaking Caribbean.

The 30,000 square feet gallery, located on the Kingston waterfront, houses both permanent and temporary exhibitions.

Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, held at the agency’s headquarters in Kingston, Executive Director, Dr. Veerle Poupeye, said the aim is to develop the building into a fully equipped state-of-the-art facility.

She said that due to resource constraints, plans for the construction of a new building to house the gallery have had to be shelved, but she noted that the existing structure does in fact “have significant potential for development.”

Dr. Poupeye said the gallery had played an important role in the life of residents downtown and has an “even more important role to play in the future, especially in the urban renewal of the downtown Kingston area.”

She said that the recent opening of National Gallery West in Montego Bay, St. James, has served to extend the reach of the gallery to more Jamaicans.

The National Gallery of Jamaica has an active exhibition programme. This includes retrospective of works by major Jamaican artists, thematic exhibits, guest-curated exhibitions, the National Biennial, among others.

It also has a children’s arts programme and outreach activities for schools and community organisations. It is open free to the public every last Sunday of each month from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.