The National Gallery of Jamaica, which was established in 1974, is the oldest and largest public art gallery in the Anglophone Caribbean. It has a comprehensive collection of early, modern and contemporary art from Jamaica along with smaller Caribbean and international holdings. A significant part of its collections is on permanent view. The NGJ also has an active exhibition programme, which includes retrospectives of work by major Jamaican artists, thematic exhibitions, guest-curated exhibitions, touring exhibitions that originate outside of the island, and, its two recurrent national exhibitions, the National Biennial and the annual National Visual Arts Exhibition and Competition. The latter is a collaboration with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission and is part of the annual Independence festival. The NGJ offers a range of educational services, including guided tours, lectures and panel discussions, and children’s art programmes and also operates a gift shop and coffee shop.
The National Gallery of Jamaica is a division of the Institute of Jamaica, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.