- National Gallery of Jamaica
- The National Gallery of Jamaica, which was established in 1974, is the oldest and largest public art
Creative talent and artistic expression are intricately woven into the fabric of Jamaica. Inspiration is immense and inexhaustible within our shores. International artists travel to Jamaica to create pieces of awe, while the works of our local artists are far-flung in celebrated exhibitions throughout the globe.
Get to know the reasons why Jamaican art is so loved and why Jamaica is the perfect place for artists and art lovers.
Celebrated Forms of Jamaican Art
From sculptures and pottery to paintings and intricate works of eclectic art, Jamaicans express their talents through both traditional and unexpected presentations. You’ll find the works of our artists on exhibition throughout the many galleries all across the island. Not to be confined, you’ll find Jamaican art everywhere you look, from streetside murals to inside craft markets and souvenir shops islandwide.
Jamaica is a melting pot of cultures with their own traditions and stories to tell and that can be seen in the variety of our artwork offerings. You know the high quality of our food and our music. Our art flaunts our superiority in all things creative and you will love immersing yourself in this part of our livelihood.
Our paintings, sculptures, and pottery are amongst the best in the Caribbean. Our artists work in a variety of styles, techniques, and colors influenced by Africa, Europe, and the Americas, resulting in pieces that are truly unique and inspiring. In many international collections, you will find the works of Jamaican master artists like Edna Manley, Albert Huie, Cecil Baugh, Kapo, Alvin Marriott, John Dunkley, David Boxer, Barrington Watson, and many others.
We are talented, self-taught creatives and some of us go on to refine our skills at the prestigious Edna Manley College for the Visual Arts in Kingston, the first and only tertiary institution of its kind in the Caribbean.
Art Galleries in Jamaica
There are many ways to view the works of our artists wherever you are in Jamaica and whatever you’re in the mood for. The National Gallery of Jamaica is a good place to start. This gallery is located in both Kingston and Montego Bay and is the home of exhibitions that put our history on display. See relics of a time long gone and learn more about us as a people. They also host exhibitions brought to our shores by artists around the world. Check to see the latest exhibitions on display.
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. Harmony Hall is the place to see if you’re in Ocho Rios. This gallery has been visited by royalty over the many years it has been open and showcases a wide range of local artists.
In Kingston, seek out Grosvenor Galleries. This location is a popular spot for wellness retreats and roving displays, so always check to see what they have on offer besides exquisite art and handcrafted jewelry.
For a more immersive experience, mark your calendar for the Kingston Art Walk. 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 bustling streets of our capital city.
Jamaica welcomes you to explore our diverse world of art and be inspired by the beauty of our landscapes, our people, our food, and our culture. Come get lost in the artistry of the moment.
Experience Our Art At These Attractions
- Ahhh Ras Natango Gallery & Garden
- Ahhh Ras Natango is a tropical retreat comprising a gallery and botanical garden atop the hills
- Olympia Gallery
- The Olympia Gallery is centrally located in Kingston, housed in the old Olympia residential complex
- Grosvenor Galleries
- The Grosvenor Gallery specializes in paintings, drawings, sculpture and ceramics. The works of art