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Ten Emerging Artists for Young Talent 2015

Ten Emerging Artists Selected for Young Talent 2015

Ten emerging visual artists have been selected for Young Talent 2015, which, bouyed by the musical stylings of Jah9, will open at the National Gallery of Jamaica on August 30, 2015. First staged 30 years ago in 1985, Young Talent is growing up. So after decades of sporadic stagings, the series will now be staged biennially, alternating with the Jamaica Biennial

The ten artists, three of whom are fresh out of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, are Greg Bailey, Alicia Brown, Katrina Coombs, Di-Andre Caprice Davis, Monique Gilpin, Domanie Hong, Howard Myrie, Richard Nattoo, Avagay Osborne, and Cosmo Whyte. 

These ten have some impressive shoes to fill, coming in the wake of the NGJ’s striking 2010 Young Talent exhibition and the 2013 exhibition New Roots. Both exhibitions included ground breaking work which have arguably revolutionized Jamaica’s artistic landscape. 

Young Talent 2010 included works by Ebony G. Patterson, Phillip Thomas, Leasho Johnson and Oneika Russell. New Roots 2013 (an off shoot of the Young Talent Series) included works by Nile Saulter, Matthew McCarthy, Olivia McGilchrist, Camille Chedda and Deborah Anzinger. 

In a release from the NGJ, Young Talent 2015 has been as not only diverse, but set to produce compelling debate about art and the society. 

“While some of it is also deeply personal, most of the work selected for Young Talent 2015 is explicitly or implicitly political—tackling challenging subjects such as gender violence, social dysfunction, power and marginalization, the politics of the body, and displacement and forced migration—and reflects the complex and unsettling cultural and political events and debates that shape the “post-postcolonial” world,”  the release said.

“The result is a compelling and though-provoking exhibition, which should produce healthy debate about current artistic and cultural trends and about the broader social and political questions raised,” the release continued.

The opening of the event will be a part of the NGJ’s Last Sundays programme. The gallery will therefore be open from 11:00 am through to 4:00 pm with the official programme beginning at 1:30pm. 

Young Talent 2015 will close November 14, 2015.