The National Gallery of Jamaica has announced that in association with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Sports and Entertainment it will be presenting a major exhibition dubbed ‘Kingston Biennial 2022: Pressure’.

The biennial is to get underway this upcoming Sunday and will last until December 31 this year.

In a statement, the National Gallery said the biennial exhibition will form part of the Jamaica 60 Diamond Jubilee Celebrations and is a celebration of the idiom, pressure along with the various positive and negative ways in which it has shaped Jamaican society.

In commenting on the theme of the biennial, co-curator, O’neil Lawrence, noted that coping with and excelling globally despite pressure in a fundamental part of the daily existence of Jamaicans in several arenas – including sports and entertainment.

Mr Lawrence says he expects that it will be exciting for participants in the biennial to see how the Covid-19 pandemic and its accompanying restrictions, including lockdowns, have influenced the work of some of Jamaica’s finest artists both locally and in the diaspora.

The grand opening of the biennial will take place at the National Gallery, which is located at 12 Ocean Boulevard in downtown, Kingston, on Sunday between the hours of 11:00 in the morning and 4:00 in the afternoon.

The biennial will feature the work of several artists including Laura Facey, Hurvin Anderson, Greg Bailey, Christopher Irons, Monique Gilpin and Marlon James.

The National Gallery of Jamaica is the largest and oldest public museum in the English speaking Caribbean. It’s board chairman is Senate President, Queen’s Counsel Tom Tavares Finson O.J., C.D., Q.C., J.P.