Eyeful of Culture on Last Sundays

Artwork of Osmond Watson, The Lawd is My Shepherd (1969)

Sunday afternoons are typically quiet, relaxing and oftentimes boring. C’mon, admit it. There isn’t usually anything great on TV. You probably sleep late and barely make it to church on time and the kids annoy you all afternoon after they get bored with their (insert current gadget here). Save yourself from the boring monotony and join me in declaring every last Sunday of the month, “Culture Sunday.“ A walk through the national park, or in my case, The National Gallery of Jamaica, is a perfectly calming and creatively fulfilling way to spend my last Sundays.

Osmond Watson, The Lawd is My Shepherd (1969)
Osmond Watson, The Lawd is My Shepherd (1969)

The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for April is scheduled for Sunday, April 27, from 11 am to 4 pm. The focus of the April Last Sundays programme will be the Explorations II: Religion and Spirituality exhibition, which closes at the end of that day. Members of the National Gallery’s curatorial staff will offer in depth guided tours of the exhibition at 12 noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm and the special children’s programme (consisting of a “treasure hunt” in the Religion and Spirituality exhibition) will also be offered at 1 pm. The permanent exhibitions of the National Gallery will also be open for viewing.

The Religion and Spirituality exhibition explores what is arguably one of the most important subjects in Jamaican art and consists entirely of works from the National Gallery collection. Religion and Spirituality features work by artists such as Osmond Watson, Edna Manley, Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds, Carl Abrahams, Everald and Clinton Brown, Renee Cox, Ebony G. Patterson, Gloria Escoffery and Norma Rodney-Harrack.

The bonus, Last Sundays are usually free and this Sunday, April 27, is no exception. The gift and coffee shop will be open and contributions to the donations box are a great way to give back to keep Last Sundays alive. Will I see you there? The National Gallery of Jamaica is located at 12 Ocean Boulevard, Block C, Kingston Mall,  Jamaica. The entrance is on Orange Street and parking is available at the adjoining UDC parking lot. So, how do you spend your Sundays?

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