We hear this a lot : "I'm not really into art".
A visit to the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston will likely not convert a non art loving person into an art lover but, the way we do it, it will certainly illuminate a number of issues and moments in Jamaican history. On your tour of the National Gallery led by our knowledgeable guide, you will learn the social and historical context surrounding the art. We don't interpret the art for you, we provide you with the stories, important moments, and the history of the epoch in which the art was created.
This is, simply put, a fantastic way to understand Jamaica and a fun stop on a tour of Kingston. Plus, if you're an actual art lover, well, even better.
The community of Rae Town in Kingston will on Saturday, January 25 be the location for a Kingston Creative community tour. Rae Town located in downtown Kingston is a vibrant neighbourhood famous for music events and its fishing village. It also has significant remnants of 19th century buildings scattered throughout which tell an interesting story of post slavery Jamaica. With the efforts of Kingston Creative, it will now have additional mural art. Two tours on January 25 will take individuals through the community explaining its history and showcasing modern life; the first tour will be at 11 am and the second at 2 pm.
These tours are the initial steps to a more sustained community tourism product. In the future there will be a regular walking tour that can be booked on demand. Jamaica Cultural Enterprises is looking forward to taking visitors to Rae Town in the future and enhancing our current offering of Kingston tours.
No trip to Jamaica is complete without a trip to the capital, Kingston. The beauty of a vacation in Jamaica is that there is much variety that you may not necessarily get in other destinations. Yes, there are the beaches, but you also have music. Yes, you have the mountains, but you can also visit an art gallery. From drumming of the Maroons to dolphin watching (we recommend seeing them in the wild) to Dancehall street parties, you can find it all in Jamaica if you know where to look. To add to the variety of your trip, a visit to Kingston is a must.
On a tour of Kingston with us you will be able to learn about Jamaican history, feel the rhythm of the city (an infectious mix of reggae and dancehall), see Jamaicans in their natural element, not staged for tourists, and gain a deeper understanding of Jamaican history and culture. We offer a variety of options and ways to explore the city from music to art to heritage to walking and everything in between. We have been doing this for close to 10 years and have consistently great reviews because of our great value and knowledgeable guides.
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If you know anything about Jamaica Cultural Enterprises (JCE) you know that we are excited by Jamaican culture and equally excited to transfer our knowledge of Jamaican culture to our guests. Jamaica is famous for music of course, but one of the areas where we don't get high enough ratings is for our art. Jamaicans produce amazing art. For us at JCE art isn't necessarily a very lofty, high brow experience where you stand in front of a black dot on a white canvas (or a white dot on a black canvas) and try and figure out it's meaning. Art is expression and comes in various accessible forms. Even if you're not an art enthusiast, to experience Jamaican art is to get a sense of the concerns of Jamaican people. THE place in Jamaica to experience Jamaican art is the National Gallery of Jamaica.
In the Gallery you have very traditional, representational paintings but you also have other things: sculptures, photographs, works done by untrained artists, textiles, and new media. What you see depends on what exhibition is currently on offer. There is also their Last Sundays programme where on the last Sunday of each month they open up for free tours, discussions, and performances. We incorporate Last Sundays into our Sunday walking tour. The Gallery is indoors but has a spacious, organised feeling. It is located near the Kingston Waterfront and with the sea close by, a visit is a win for so many reasons.
We encourage you to come explore Jamaican art and the National Gallery with us. You can check out our art tours here. To contact us to arrange a trip to the National Gallery email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1 876 540 8570 (whatsapp).
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