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EXHIBITIONS

ART AWAKENING HUMANITY
2-7PM, 25 OCTOBER 2017, 39 WALBROOK, LONDON EC4N 8BN

An interactive afternoon of short talks and meditations organised by St Stephen Walbrook in partnership with Awakened Artists and Watkins Mind Body Spirit Magazine. The event includes contributions from artists, collectors & spiritual teachers centred around the relationship between art and the spiritual dimension. Inspired by a recent interview with Eckhart Tolle in Mind Body Spirit Magazine, the afternoon will primarily focus on art's capacity to 'awaken' humanity and serve as a portal to the invisible realms of beauty.

The event will be held in the context of an exhibition at St Stephen Walbrook of Alexander de Cadenet’s ‘Life-Burgers’, works which question the vanity of worldly existence and explores the “cultural hero system” proposed by philosopher Ernest Becker.

Presenters: Alexander de Cadenet, Jonathan, Theresa Roberts, Revd Mark Dean, Roseline de Thélin, Jonathan Kearney, Edward Lucie-Smith and Revd Jonathan Evens.

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For more information please visit: awakenedartists.com/events | Read the Press Release Art Awakening Humanity

Jamaican Spiritual
A Jamaican Art Exhibition at St Stephen Walbrook, London

The show is made up of painting,sculpture and photography highlighting the strong spiritual nature of Jamaica and it’s people. Whilst predominantly Christian, Jamaica is home to a wide mix of religions which coexist peacefully.The variety of spiritual beliefs held on the island reflect the diverse nature of the people who live there and the motto of the country ”Out of many one people.“
Whilst spirituality is the overriding theme the exhibition inevitably also offers a compelling insight into the diverse nature and vibrancy of modern Jamaica.

Read on …

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Jamaica Spiritual Catalogue (PDF)

Painting by Philip Thomas - The Bull Fighter

Jamaica Connection Catalogue (PDF)

ART JAMAICA IN FASHION - watch the video
Exhibition of fashion inspired by art in collaboration with Sharmain Forde Couture
8 – 13 August 2012, 27 Cork Street, London

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Images: THE STYLE OBSERVER JAMAICA, September 2012

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Press Release


London, England:
Jamaica House 2012 will be celebrating Jamaica’s 50th year of independence with a special art exhibition titled ‘Art Jamaica in Fashion’ from Jamaican art curator Mrs. Theresa Roberts and fashion designer Sharmain Forde scheduled for Independence Day, Monday August 6th in the North Greenwich Arena, London.
The ‘Art Jamaica in Fashion’ show presents an exhibition of fashion inspired by art, staged by Art Jamaica in collaboration with Sharmain Forde Couture. The exhibition celebrates elements of Jamaican culture which are world class, but rarely exposed outside of Jamaica. Sharmain Forde has created 20 pieces each inspired by a different work in the Art Jamaica collection.
Jamaica House 2012, taking place from August 3 -12, is the official national house for the country in London and serves as the base of Jamaica’s National Olympic Committee. The initiative seeks to capture Brand Jamaica in every way when the eyes of the world are focused on Jamaica during the London 2012 Summer Olympics. With the addition of ‘Art Jamaica in Fashion’, Jamaica House will truly capture the island’s cultural entirety.
According to Theresa Roberts, particular emphasis was placed on choosing pieces of art that represented different eras in Jamaica's progress as an independent country for the creation of the collection. The result of this careful planning has resulted in an art and fashion show which joyfully celebrates and demonstrates Jamaica's rich post-colonial cultural heritage.
"I am honoured to have been given this wonderful opportunity by my country to showcase the best of Jamaican culture to the world,” Mrs. Roberts added.
Mrs. Roberts is involved in numerous United Kingdom arts projects such as: DRIFT - installations on the River Thames; New Hall Art Collection, Cambridge University - a permanent collection of modern and contemporary art by women artists, with the exhibition of Jamaican women artists at Murray Edwards College in 2010; and the establishment of the International Slavery Museum, forming part of Liverpool's National Museums. Ms. Roberts has also launched her own commercial gallery, ‘Black Circle’ to give exposure to Jamaican artists currently under represented in Europe.
Sharmain Forde is a fashion and interior designer of Jamaican heritage who has embraced a wide range of influences, defying traditional limitations and creating new forms in fashion and design. Born in London, Jamaica has been a 'touchstone' throughout her career, influencing her colour, texture and silhouette choices. "Jamaican Independence is my independence", Forde expressed.
The Jamaica House 2012 initiative is organized by JAMPRO, the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and the Jamaica 50 Secretariat.
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Jamaican Men - A Collectors Choice
19 - 29 June 2012
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ArtJamaica in conjunction with 12 Star Gallery at Europe House is delighted to announce that it will be staging a new exhibition featuring 30 works entitled "Jamaican Men, “A Collectors Choice" between 20th and 29th June 2012.
The new show complements the previous exhibition "Art Jamaica" put on at Murray Edwards College Cambridge in October 2010 which featured Jamaican women artists.
The latest show demonstrates some of the major themes in Jamaican Art and the way in which they have been treated by artists such as Albert Huie in the 1970's through to contemporary male artists such as Philip Thomas.
An interesting sub-theme is the way in which families (such as the Watsons- HRH Prince Harry of Wales unveiled Basil Watson’s painting on his recent trip to Jamaica), have passed the creative instinct from one generation to the next creating artistic dynasties in the process.

ArtJamaica is a not for profit organisation established by Theresa Roberts (one of Europe's foremost collectors of Jamaican Art) to promote the art of the island.
12 Star Gallery is the art gallery established in Europe House,32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU.The gallery is open 10am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.
2012 is the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's independence.

Read the article of Jonathan Fryer about the exhibition: http://jonathanfryer.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/jamaican-men

Catalogue: Jamaican-Men_catalogue.pdf
Watch our video!

Press Release

Jamaican Men - A Collectors Choice, Works 1975 to present day
20 - 29 June 2012

Selected artists
Albert Huie, Carl Abraham, Witney Miller, Barrington Watson, Basil Watson , Raymond Watson , Kai Watson, Milton George ,David Boxer , Gene Pearson , Phillip Thomas , Khary Darby, Michael Elliott , Oliver Myrie, Paul Stoppi.

The exhibition will comprise of 30 paintings and 4 sculptures by Jamaican male artists , the old masters and a selection of young artists who are working in Jamaica today.

Jamaica has become world-famous for its music (Bob Marley), and more recently for its athletic prowess (Usain Bolt), but is much less known for its art. Yet, for a small island nation, it possesses an astonishingly large number of artists, and a supportive community of collector. The paintings and sculptures shown here come from the collection of a proud Jamaican who divides her time between Britain and Jamaica. Since she recently supported an exhibition of Jamaican women artists at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, which has the largest collection of contemporary art by women in Europe, Theresa Roberts has, on this occasion, chosen to show only work by men. The works date from 1975 to the present. They demonstrate some of the major themes in Jamaican art. First, a fascination with Jamaica’s beautiful landscape, exemplified in two works by Albert Huie, often described as ‘the father of Jamaican painting’. Second, a powerful figurative, often narrative impulse, often with religious overtones, as in the typical canvas by Carl Abrahams.

Jamaican artists are more interested in states of feeling than they are in exploring stylistic conventions. Their art, like the art of Jamaican musicians, reaches out very directly to the audience. Though this is one person’s view of the Jamaican art scene, the selection nevertheless gives a good idea of the nature of the Jamaican art-scene in general, and of the high level of talent to be found there.

Edward Lucie-Smith


Organised with the support of the Jamaican High CommissionJamaica House 2012 will be celebrating Jamaica’s 50th year of independence with a special art exhibition titled ‘Art Jamaica in Fashion’ from Jamaican art curator Mrs. Theresa Roberts and fashion designer Sharmain Forde scheduled for Independence Day, Monday August 6th in the North Greenwich Arena, London.

The ‘Art Jamaica in Fashion’ show presents an exhibition of fashion inspired by art, staged by Art Jamaica in collaboration with Sharmain Forde Couture. The exhibition celebrates elements of Jamaican culture which are world class, but rarely exposed outside of Jamaica. Sharmain Forde has created 20 pieces each inspired by a different work in the Art Jamaica collection.
Jamaica House 2012, taking place from August 3 -12, is the official national house for the country in London and serves as the base of Jamaica’s National Olympic Committee. The initiative seeks to capture Brand Jamaica in every way when the eyes of the world are focused on Jamaica during the London 2012 Summer Olympics. With the addition of ‘Art Jamaica in Fashion’, Jamaica House will truly capture the island’s cultural entirety.
According to Theresa Roberts, particular emphasis was placed on choosing pieces of art that represented different eras in Jamaica's progress as an independent country for the creation of the collection. The result of this careful planning has resulted in an art and fashion show which joyfully celebrates and demonstrates Jamaica's rich post-colonial cultural heritage.
"I am honoured to have been given this wonderful opportunity by my country to showcase the best of Jamaican culture to the world,” Mrs. Roberts added.
Mrs. Roberts is involved in numerous United Kingdom arts projects such as: DRIFT - installations on the River Thames; New Hall Art Collection, Cambridge University - a permanent collection of modern and contemporary art by women artists, with the exhibition of Jamaican women artists at Murray Edwards College in 2010; and the establishment of the International Slavery Museum, forming part of Liverpool's National Museums. Ms. Roberts has also launched her own commercial gallery, ‘Black Circle’ to give exposure to Jamaican artists currently under represented in Europe.
Sharmain Forde is a fashion and interior designer of Jamaican heritage who has embraced a wide range of influences, defying traditional limitations and creating new forms in fashion and design. Born in London, Jamaica has been a 'touchstone' throughout her career, influencing her colour, texture and silhouette choices. "Jamaican Independence is my independence", Forde expressed.

The Jamaica House 2012 initiative is organised by JAMPRO, the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and the Jamaica 50 Secretariat.

The Spirit of Jamaica”
Exhibition at The House of Lords, London, October 2011
See the catalogue (PDF):

Catalogue “The Spirit of Jamaica”<br />Exhibition at The House of Lords, London, 13 October 2011

Art-Jamaica Exhibition
Chateau Giez, Geneva, July 2011

See the catalogue (PDF):

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‘Art Jamaica Exhibition'
Exhibition in Newhall, November 2010


Press Release

Press Release:
Exhibition runs 22 October – 18 November 2010
Introducing the unique vibrancy and flavour of Jamaica's modern and contemporary art scene through the work of her women artists.
This autumn, the New Hall Art Collection at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, will be hosting an exhibition of modern and contemporary works by Jamaican women artists. Art Jamaica presents both established and emerging Jamaican artists, embodying notions of what it is to be Jamaican. The works exhibited draw on a wide variety of influence from Jamaican culture and heritage to contemporary ideals of womanhood and exploration of the female body.
This will be the first exhibition presenting Jamaican women artists in the UK and includes work by 13 Jamaican artists: Edna Manley, Judy Ann Macmillan, Laura Facey, Laura Hamilton, Keisha Castello, Khepera, Margaret Chen, Ebony G. Patterson, Monique Lofters, Kristina Rowe, Helen Elliot, Anna Ruth Henriques and Trudy Ann Barrett.
“The works presented here call into question the simplified history of Jamaican contemporary art. Edna Manley, Laura Facey and Judy Ann Macmillan show where women’s art is rooted in contemporary Jamaican culture. They are not apparently interested in the clash of cultures that has too often preoccupied those who write about Jamaican art. The contrast between them is not one between Europe and (a largely imaginary) Africa but between the public and the private, Macmillan offers an intense concentration on Jamaican nature; Manley and Facey are not afraid to make broad statements about the human condition, which puts them in direct relationship to the Latin American tradition of Diego Rivera in Mexico and Antonio Berni in Argentina.
These preoccupations continue, but in a different guise, in the work of younger Jamaican women artists. They have obviously been affected by the worldwide feminist movement, with a particular, often very specific, interest in women’s bodies. They are as comfortable with the mythology of the Greco-Roman tradition – the goddess Ceres, for example – as they are with the idea of an ancestral Africa. They sometimes seem to see the production of art as a juncture of opposites – on the one hand as an exploration of the self, often influenced by the doctrines of Jung, and on the other hand as the expression of a collective consciousness where African elements still have a fundamental role to play. They explore a very wide range of materials and techniques.” Catalogue extract from Edward Lucie-Smith
Pat Ramsay, an advocate of Jamaican art explains, “Contemporary Jamaican art is bold and eclectic. It uses a variety of media and assumes many and varied roles, from mirroring society to critiquing the dynamics of its makeup. Jamaican Art is organic, constantly evolving, and with each evolution it seeks to challenge conventional understandings of the art form and format.
The inspiration behind this exhibition has come from a private collection owned by Theresa Roberts, who was born in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica and lived there for the first 8 years of her life before following the rest of her family to live in London. Theresa is tremendously proud of her cultural heritage and is a keen advocate of Jamaican art. She has been collecting since the late 1990s and now has a substantial collection of incredibly diverse works. Theresa says, "the quality and diversity of the art scene in Jamaica demands that it be exposed to an international audience. I am incredibly grateful to the New Hall Art Collection for staging this exhibition which is an important step towards helping gain that exposure”
A full colour catalogue will accompany this exhibition with an introduction by noted art historian and critic, Edward Lucie-Smith.
Art Jamaica, forms part of Cambridge Festival of Ideas, a programme of talks, events, performances and activities exploring the arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information please see the Festival of Ideas website: http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/whatson/ideasfestival/about.html. The exhibition runs between 22 October and 18 November at the New Hall Art Collection, Murray Edwards College, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0DF and is open every day 10am – 6pm. Admission is free.
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For more information, please contact: Amanda Rigler, Curator Email : art@newhall.cam.ac.uk Tel : 01223 769404 www.art.newhall.cam.ac.uk
Images for the exhibition, Art Jamaica, are available upon request.
Interviews with the organisers and artists can be arranged.
Notes for editors
1. Founded in 1954, New Hall was renamed Murray Edwards College in 2008. The college is one of three women’s colleges at Cambridge.
2. The New Hall Art Collection is a permanent collection of contemporary art by women artists. Paintings, prints, and sculpture are displayed throughout the Murray Edwards College. With close to 400 contemporary artworks by women artists including Paula Rego, Mary Kelly and Nicola Hicks, the New Hall Art Collection has become the most significant of its kind in Europe. www.art.newhall.cam.ac.uk. For more information contact curator Amanda Rigler, art@newhall.cam.ac.uk.
3. Theresa Roberts was born in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica and lived there for the first 8 years of her life, following which, she moved to London with family. From 1999 she started returning to Jamaica regularly and now has a home on the island. During her time in London, Theresa became heavily involved in the art world, initially collecting European art. On her return to Jamaica, Theresa was tremendously impressed and proud to discover the quality and sophistication of the Jamaican visual arts scene. This led to her starting an important collection of Jamaican art. From this beginning, she became convinced that she wanted to promote Jamaican artists internationally.
Support for Jamaican artists has now become her main passion but she continues to be involved in various UK arts projects including DRIFT (which involves the installation of visual arts in the River Thames), the New Hall Cambridge art collection (which is the largest collection of women's art in Europe) and the establishment of the International Slavery Museum, which forms part of National Museums, Liverpool.