The Fine Art Printmakers of Jamaica (FAPJ) opens the second joint exhibition on Wednesday, June 15 at UWI Regional Headquarters, Mona.
Working around the theme “Di Times Change”, more than 15 art printmakers will offer their experiences, concerns and perspectives on the issue of climate change.
The exhibition is under the patronage of renowned ecologist and author Diana McCaulay, who will also be the keynote speaker at the opening.
FAPJ facilitator Judith Salmon aptly noted that the impacts of climate change are observed and experienced globally – “visual artists bring their creative and emotive skills to communicate what they see, know and feel about climate change, helping to increase public awareness of this threat to our existence.
Meanwhile, UWI Registrar Dr Maurice Smith is delighted that the University of the West Indies is once again hosting the exhibition.
Smith sees this as an opportunity for the visual arts to advance the work on climate change being done by UWI researchers and scholars in other disciplines.
Smith also believes the arts can demonstrate and champion the kind of holistic approach the region needs to take in global efforts to address climate change.
The works that will be mounted come from artists based in Jamaica and abroad. They include Naomi Bossom, Michelle Bright-Chin-See, Bryton Brown, Judith Campbell-Jones, Karl ‘Jerry’ Craig, Daniel Harrison, Anna Maria Hendriks, Bernard Hoyes, Andy Jefferson, M’Bala, Sofia McCarty, Lisa Lindo, Susan Reuben, Judith Salmon, Rachel Stewart, Oya Tyehimba and Demi W.
There will also be works by several guest artists, with pieces by printmaking pioneer Albert Huie also on display.
The art produced in the exhibition is as varied as the printmaking techniques. The exhibition is open to all free of charge.
The organizers of the FAPJ exhibition encourage members of the public to unite their efforts in climate change and artistic activism by visiting the exhibition.