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Art of Reggae Exhibition
National Gallery of Jamaica
The 25th Art of Reggae Exhibition opened on the 12th of February at the National Gallery of Jamaica. It’s a return to roots. The very first International Reggae Poster Contest exhibition was held there in September 2012. Dubbed, ‘World-A-Reggae’, the exhibition theme paid tribute to the lyrics of Ini Kamoze, “World a reggae music on ya” (there’s whole world of reggae music here).
The top 100 designs from the 2018 contest will be displayed and the winning entry by Vinicio Sejas of Bolivia will be highlighted. His poster was selected from 1,060 entries submitted by 582 designers,
representing 68 nations.
The IRPC was founded in 2011 by graphic designers Michael ‘Freestylee’ Thompson (1958-2016) and Maria Papaefstathiou. The posters in this competition brilliantly manifest their vision of the diverse ways in which the culture of reggae can be interpreted and represented by graphic designers across the globe. The 2019 exhibition vibrantly confirms that there’s a whole world of reggae posters celebrating Jamaican music, a global cultural treasure!
“I am thrilled that the 25th International Reggae Poster Contest Exhibition will be held at the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston, three months after the show at the Sangster International Airport. I must thank the Acting Director, Dr. Jonathan Greenland, and our sponsors Geoff Lewis, owner of PaperBoy, and Dr. Rafael Echevarne, CEO of MBJ airports, who all immediately embraced the idea. Reggae music has the power to draw creative people from around the world to participate in this poster contest which is such a vivid illustration of Bob Marley’s ‘One Love’ vision.” – Maria Papaefstathiou.