You are here

Reggae Poster Auction for Alpha Boys School at Strawberry Hill

Poster designed by Michael Thompson in tribute to Alpha Boys School

The Alpha Boys School will culminate its Reggae Month activities with a silent auction of seven limited edition posters from the World A Regge exhibition at Strawberry Hill, St. Andrew. The auction will take place during brunch on Sunday, February 24, 2013 and continue the fundraising efforts for the school. With the institution’s contribution to Jamaican music, Reggae Month is ideally suited for the venture.

The posters being auctioned include both juried and specially designed and contributed posters from the Inaugural International Reggae Poster Competition which culminated with the World a Reggae exhibition at the National Gallery of Jamaica in November 2012. The competition was won by Israeli illustrator Alon Braier, whose work is included in the auction.   Five posters by Elizabeth Mason, Tomasz Bartz, Oliver Batho, Gamma Jam Jam, Chris Walker, previously unavailable will also be auctioned.

The posters have been on display at the Chris Blackwell owned Island Outpost property throughout the month. The 2012 Reggae Poster Competition attracted 1,142 designs from 80 countries across the world. The brain child of designers Michael Thompson (Jamaica) and Maria Papaefstathiou (Greece), the competition aims to celebrate and raise awareness about reggae culture and the achievements of the music.

Funds generated from sale of the posters from the inaugural competition have gone to support Alpha, a residential vocational school for at risk boys in Kingston. However, the long term goal of the competition is the creation of a Reggae Hall of Fame housed in Jamaica in a Frank Gehry designed building.

The 2013 International Reggae Poster Contest is currently underway.