Audio-Visual

Audio-Visual: FREESTYLEE ROOTS

In 2013, Michael Thompson’s work came to the UWI Museum for the first time. In December 2017, we’re mounting Freestylee Roots, a tribute to this talented Jamaican poster artist with a global perspective.

A/V Post: Sparking Memories

Some of our best stories are sparked by visitors coming face by face with an artifact: a letter of admission for a pioneering student; a vase presented to the chapel, a bust of a university founder…
Sometimes we’re able to catch the moment or the story on video or audio or photo. Sometimes all we have is the memory of a memory.

Meeting up with John Dunkley @MAC in Miami

John Dunkley is one of the iconic Jamaican artists from the 1930s and 40s – considered by many as a father of Jamaican art. An intuitive or self-taught artist whose work included painting and sculpture, he was born in Savanna-la-mar, south-west Jamaica; travelled and worked in Central America before returning to settle in Kingston, the Jamaican capital, working as a barber as well as an artist. He died in 1947, in his mid-50s.

A-V: Saving the Film

A 1953 promotional film on the University College of the West Indies (UCWI) plays in the UWI Museum, but the story of how we come to have the film at all is also worth noting. We’ve put that story right beside the film so you can see – and we’re also sharing it here.
It’s saying that recording events for the future is only one step. How we maintain accessibility to that material is also important – whether the material is in the library, the archive, the recording studio, the home or elsewhere.

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