New exhibition of contemporary Jamaican art to open in Liverpool this weekend

Racquel McKenzie

9 months ago

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A new contemporary Jamaican Art exhibition is slated to be opened at the University of Liverpool’s Victoria Gallery and Museum this weekend.

It is the first exhibition entirely of Jamaican art to take place in the north-west of England and offers a comprehensive presentation of the best of Jamaican art since the 1960s.

“We are excited to be able to present this unique collection of Jamaican contemporary art to audiences in Liverpool and beyond. It reveals Jamaica’s vibrant culture and also gives the rare opportunity to see the private art collection of Theresa Roberts, an inspiring patron and philanthropist,” said Dr Amanda Draper, Curator of Art and Exhibition at the Victoria Gallery and Museum.

The ‘Jamaican Making: Theresa Roberts Art Collection’ will feature more than 30 pieces from the extensive private collection from Jamaican-born entrepreneur and philanthropist Theresa Roberts.

Also represented in the exhibition are the Watson coup of artists which includes acclaimed Barrington Watson and sons Basil and Raymond along with grandson Kai Watson.

Meanwhile, the installation uses stitch, appliqué, and quilting to replicate the contours of Jamaica’s capital, Kingston, as well as highlight how historical periods and power regimes have imposed themselves on the city.

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