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Jamaican Pulse

Art and Politics from Jamaica and the Diaspora

The Royal West of England Academy is celebrating Jamaican art this summer with their latest exhibition, Jamaican Pulse: Art and Politics from Jamaica and the Diaspora.

At a time when Jamaican art is receiving growing international acclaim, the exhibition will showcase the extraordinary diversity of artwork from this region, both
contemporary and historic.

Jamaican Pulse will examine the links between past and present and also explore Jamaican artwork through a political lens, considering how global attitudes towards gender, religion, class, sexuality and body have impacted the small island nation.

To celebrate this landmark exhibition, Turtle Bay will be giving away tickets to the event every month from now until September.

To enter, simply share your favourite Jamaican artwork on Instagram using the hashtag #JamaicanPulseTB.

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Jamaican Pulse: Art and Politics from Jamaica and the Diaspora

25 Jun 2016

The RWA presents a landmark exhibition of Jamaican visual art – the first major exhibition of its kind ever to be held in the UK, co-curated on behalf of the RWA by Kat Anderson and Graeme Mortimer Evelyn.

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Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow: Gypsies’ Picnic: The Veins of Oya was Always Here

25 Jun 2016

Inspired by the kitsch décor of her grandmother’s kitchen, Jamaican marketplaces and Chinese lazy-Susans, Gypsies’ Picnic: The Veins of Oya Was Always Here is a nostalgic and sensory performance by artist Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow. Taking place in the gallery amongst the works of the current major exhibition Jamaican Pulse, the performance examines femininity, Mother Earth (or the […]

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Caribbean Cruisers: Jamaican Elders Song and Dance

25 Jun 2016

A performance of traditional Jamaican folk songs and reggae dancing with Jamaican elders group, the Caribbean Cruisers. Taking place in the RWA galleries, the performance will be led by artist Cleo Lake and is part of the opening weekend celebrations for Jamaican Pulse: Art and Politics from Jamaica and the Diaspora

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?!. (For The Love of Man), Lawrence Graham-Brown

26 Jun 2016

The RWA presents ?!. (For The Love of Man) – a passionate performance art/experimental theatrical production by New York based Jamaican artist, director and performer Lawrence Graham Brown, as part of the major exhibition Jamaican Pulse: Art and Politics from Jamaica and the Diaspora.

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Kingston Calling: Jamaican Pulse Uncovered

27 Jun 2016

Jamaica remains one of the world’s most prominent cultural heartbeats. Its art, culture and music have been internationally celebrated and have produced some of the world’s most enduring subcultures, far away from their Kingston origins.

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Scribble and Sketch

2 Jul 2016

Ideal for families of all ages, Scribble and Sketch offers a morning of fun and informal art and drawing activities, often inspired by the current exhibitions. These sessions are designed for kids and grown-ups to take part in together. Come and get creative in this lively and relaxed environment – everyone is welcome!

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Scribble and Sketch Extra

2 Jul 2016

Focused art-making workshops for children, exploring a range of skills, techniques and artistic styles and movements. This session will introduce children to the bright and bold world of poster design. These sessions are for unaccompanied children. Sessions are led by Bristol-based artist Sarah Smith.

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Is Jamaica more than Bob Marley? Cultural Appropriation and Popular Culture

6 Jul 2016

This dynamic debate will take the question ‘Is Jamaica more than Bob Marley?’ as a starting point to address themes around cultural appropriation in relation to popular culture. Young People’s Festival of Ideas is a series of debates on critical issues affecting young people today. With a panel of high profile speakers, expect debates, laughter and lots […]

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Scribble and Sketch in Easton

16 Jul 2016

Ideal for families of all ages, Scribble and Sketch offers a morning of fun and informal drawing and art activities at Easton’s Community Centre, led by local artist Abigail Reed. Come and get creative in this lively and relaxed environment – everyone is welcome.

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Caribbean Collage Family Workshop

23 Jul 2016

Kick-off the summer holidays with Let’s Make Art and a family creative activity day. This creative collage workshop will use bold Jamaican fabrics and printed papers, inspired by Ebony G. Patterson’s artworks in the Jamaican Pulse exhibition. No need to book – just drop in.

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Summer Art Adventure for Children

3 Aug 2016

Complete this one-day arts challenge for children at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and the RWA and receive the Discover Arts Award certificate. Meet new friends and be inspired by the paintings, objects and artifacts from both permanent collections. Participants will create masterpieces using a special Discover toolkit.

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Moving Words: Jamaican Pulse Walking Tour

6 Aug 2016

Join artist Cleo Lake for a tour of the exhibition, followed by a walking tour to St Pauls – the spiritual home of Bristol’s Jamaican community. The walk, which will explore the historic connections between the city and Jamaica, will be animated by performance, music and poetry.

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