The National Gallery of Jamaica, which was established in 1974, is the oldest and largest public art museum in the Anglophone Caribbean. It has a comprehensive collection of early, modern and contemporary art from Jamaica along with smaller Caribbean and international holdings. A significant part of its collections is on permanent view. The NGJ also has an active exhibitions programme, which includes retrospectives of work by major Jamaican artists, thematic exhibitions, guest-curated exhibitions, touring exhibitions that originate outside of the island, and the premier national exhibition, the Jamaica Biennial. The NGJ offers a range of educational services, including guided tours, lectures and panel discussions, and children’s art programmes and also operates a gift shop and coffee shop.
The NGJ has recently opened a branch in Montego Bay, National Gallery West at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre. The programme there comprises exhibitions that were specifically curated for the site and others that are derived from or related to our Kingston exhibitions. Tours are offered at National Gallery West and a children’s art programme is presently under development.
The National Gallery of Jamaica is a division of the Institute of Jamaica, Ministry of Youth and Culture.