Come back to inspired.
Jamaican art is infused with the rich cultural heritage of our past and our present. Our paintings, sculptures, and pottery are amongst the best in the world. You will find Jamaican masters like Edna Manley, Albert Huie, Cecil Baugh, Ralph Campbell, Osmond Watson, Alvin Marriott, John Dunkley, David Boxer, and more, in many local and international private collections, galleries and public buildings across the globe. From intuitive artists like Kapo, to classically trained masters like Barrington Watson, you will find Jamaican art in a variety of disciplines, styles, techniques, and colour palettes influenced by our cultural roots, social commentary and local landscapes resulting in pieces that are truly unique and inspiring.
Culture Capital of the Caribbean
Jamaica is the proud home of the prestigious Edna Manley College for the Visual & Performing Arts, located in Kingston. It is the first and only tertiary institution of its kind in the Caribbean. Dedicated to the Arts, it is the mecca for aspiring artists and performers across the region.
From visual to industrial arts, Jamaicans express their talents through both traditional and unexpected techniques that continues to evolve and expand on the contemporary scene, such as digital artist, Bonito ‘Nito’ Thompson, who links his 3-D art to dancehall music using augmented reality. The works of our talented artists are on exhibition throughout established art galleries all across the island. Jamaican art is not confined to art galleries, however. You’ll find Jamaican art everywhere you look, from streetside art to wall murals and pop-ups like Kingston Night Market to art fairs like the Annual Liguanea Art Festival in Kingston.
Jamaica's art scene is brimming with vibrant paintings that reflect the island's colorful culture and natural beauty. For a deeper appreciation of Jamaican art, explore the island's art galleries, such as the National Gallery of Jamaica located in both Kingston and Montego Bay. The National Gallery showcases a diverse collection of contemporary and traditional artworks that capture the spirit of Jamaica. Discover the works of talented local artists on display as well as those brought to our shores by artists around the world.
The Ahhh Ras Natango Gallery is a botanical retreat in the hills above Montego Bay that displays art by three resident artists in this whimsical yet cultural botanical environment where you can also feed the hummingbirds. Check out Harmony Hall in Ocho Rios which showcases a wide range of local artists, or Sky Gallery. Grosvenor Galleries in Kingston, a popular spot for wellness retreats and art and craft fairs, or visit Gallery Barrington, a fine art gallery dedicated to the works of Barrington Watson.
Explore Arts & Crafts in Jamaica
As you explore the vibrant culture of Jamaica, don't miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the artistic wonders of the island. Jamaica's artistic heritage is a visual feast for the senses where creativity and cultural expressions intertwine. From colorful paintings to intricate sculptures and handmade crafts, the rich tapestry of Jamaican artistry is a showcase of talented artisans that highlight the island's artistic spirit.
Art and Craft Villages
To fully immerse yourself in the world of Jamaican arts and crafts, explore the island's art and craft villages. Places like Harmony Hall in Ocho Rios or the Devon House in Kingston provide a collective space for artists and craftsmen to showcase their works. Stroll through the vibrant displays of paintings, wooden sculptures, jewelry, and more, created by local talents. These art and craft villages offer a unique opportunity to appreciate and support the local artisan community while discovering authentic Jamaican treasures to take home as souvenirs.
Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of Jamaica's craft markets, where local artisans display their creations with pride. Explore the craft markets of Montego Bay or Ocho Rios, where talented artisans demonstrate their skills and create unique pieces right before your eyes. Browse an array of handmade crafts, including wood carvings, and woven baskets and straw hats. Be sure to support our local artisans and take home a unique piece of Jamaican craftsmanship as a memento of your visit.
Jamaica's rich artistic tradition extends to the realm of ceramics and pottery. Discover the beauty and craftsmanship of locally made ceramic pieces that showcase the talent and creativity of Jamaican artisans. Visit pottery studios like Wassi Art in Ocho Rios and workshops where you can witness the intricate process of molding and firing clay into exquisite vessels, plates, and sculptures like Pinto Pottery at Good Hope, or The Clonmel Potters, both located in St. Ann. From functional to decorative items, Jamaican ceramics often feature vibrant colors and unique patterns inspired by the island's natural surroundings and cultural heritage. Engage with skilled potters, learn about their techniques, and even try your hand at shaping clay under their guidance. Embrace the tactile beauty of Jamaican ceramics and bring home a one-of-a-kind piece that captures the essence of the island.
Creative Workshops and Community Art Projects
Jamaica's arts and crafts scene extends beyond individual artists and craftsmen. The island is home to several community-based art projects that promote creativity and cultural expression. These projects involve local communities coming together to create murals, sculptures, and other public art installations that beautify neighborhoods and showcase the spirit of Jamaica. Explore areas such as Kingston's Trench Town or Montego Bay's Hip Strip, where vibrant murals bring walls to life and tell stories of resilience and unity.
For an immersive experience, consider participating in creative workshops and cultural tours such as the Kingston Creative Art Walk in downtown Kingston for a street fair-like atmosphere where the bustling streets of the city give way once per month to a vibrant display of music, dance, art, wellness, and tasty treats. This event is set on the backdrop of the gorgeous Kingston waterfront and the many murals that grace the local communities downtown. Chat with local artists and artisans, learn about their artistic initiatives, and witness the transformative power of art shaping Jamaican lives. Join a creative workshop or class like at Saana Studios, to learn the art of pottery, jewelry making or basket weaving from skilled artisans who have perfected their craft to make your own. These hands-on experiences allow you to create your own unique Jamaican souvenir, infused with the spirit of the island's artistic traditions!
From craft markets and art galleries to workshops and cultural experiences, we invite you to discover Jamaican creativity and cultural expression, and your own. Come immerse yourself in the vibrant colours and textures of island's artistic heritage and come back to inspired.