Theresa Roberts’ private art collection to be exhibited in UK | Way of life



Alvin Marriott’s 1964 ‘Head’, Edna Manley’s 1983 bronze ‘Orpheus’ and George Rodney’s 1980 ‘Awakening’ are among the impressive works of art to be displayed at the Kingdom’s Victoria Gallery and Museum. United to celebrate Jamaica 60.

The pieces, some dating to 1962 when Jamaica gained independence from Britain, come from the collection of Jamaican-born businesswoman and philanthropist, Theresa Roberts, and represent the passion and creative skills of some of the most talented artists on the island. .

The exhibition is titled “Jamaica Making: The Theresa Roberts Art Collection” and will run from Saturday February 19 to Saturday July 9.

Roberts has collected extensively over the past 22 years and recounts The Sunday Gleaner that the exhibition has been postponed several times due to COVID. She is genuinely very excited about the show as not only does it showcase the arts families including the Watson dynasty of Basil, Barrington, Raymond and Kai, but it is honed by contemporary and emerging young talent who are the future of Jamaican . art.

With the help of the late Guy McIntosh, who operated the Frame Center in Kingston, Roberts has curated several exhibitions, but this one is big, she says, and is complemented by highlighting how talent has been passed down from generation to generation.

Some 30 pieces have been selected for what Roberts says is the first exhibition devoted entirely to Jamaican art to take place in the North West of England.


“And it shows a Jamaica beyond tourist idyll – a country with its challenges, but a strong sense of identity and culture.”

She said self-taught artist Michael Hayden Elliott and his son, Michael Elliot, will have three pieces in the exhibit, namely “Hole in the Wall”, “Dog Skull 2” and “The Core”.

“I’m so happy that the father’s work is in the exhibit and the book, along with his son who has received formal training, an opportunity he never had,” she said, adding that his love and passion shone through in the exhibit.

Female performers are also an important aspect of the offerings, with Laura Facey Cooper, Judy-Ann McMillan and Kristina Rowe in the field.

The pieces for the exhibition were selected by curator, Dr Amanda Draper, who said she was delighted with this unique collection, which she believes will be well received by audiences in Liverpool and beyond.

“It reveals Jamaica’s vibrant culture and also provides a rare opportunity to view the private art collection of Theresa Roberts, an inspiring patron and philanthropist,” Dr Draper said.

When collecting her artwork over the years, Roberts said she chose things that portrayed history.

“The story of how Jamaicans used their own kind of cultural object to make art and continue to do so while inspiring their children to go to school.”

She talked about the emotional attachment she has with her roots. Having left Jamaica at the age of eight, Roberts has become something of an ambassador to the UK, with her Jamaica Patty Company and various activities giving importance to the island.

His home at the exclusive Tryall Club in Hannover has hosted several charity events to improve the lives of Jamaicans.

Already, her show is getting a lot of publicity, she says, with many young people eager to join the conversation about Jamaica. “It opens the door to educational things,” she said.

A lot of international money has been invested in the exhibit, a fact that Roberts says Jamaicans should be proud of.

And the UK-based entrepreneur should get all the kudos and the icing on the cake for the work she has done to bring attention to the island.

“People who watch what I do and respect me think that Jamaica and everyone should be rewarded for doing something right,” Roberts humbly admitted.

Immediately after the launch of the exhibition, the book of the same name will take center stage on another platform.

“I hope the book will be taught in schools,” Roberts says.

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