PRESS RELEASE SVA Final Year Show 2022

SVA Corporate Evening Image Showing Student and Government Officials

Final Year Students in the School of Visual Arts, a testimony of Resilience

SVA Corporate Evening Image Showing Student and Government OfficialsKingston, Jamaica, July 1, 2022 – The School of Visual Arts at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts closed their annual final year show with a special showing for a small corporate audience and ministerial guests. Guests include the Minister of Education – The Hon. Fayval Williams, Members of Parliament for South Eastern St. Andrew – Mr. Julian Robinson, St Catherine South Central – Dr. Andrew Wheatley, East Kingston and Port Royal – Mr. Phillip Paulwell, Clarendon North – Mr. Dwight Sibbles and Eastern St. Catherine – Ms. Denise Daley. Also in attendance were members of the Diplomatic Corp, including Venezuela, Nigeria, Russia, Mexico, and American actress CCH Pounder. 


Dorrett Campbell Making SpeechOffering remarks were the Acting Chairman of the College, Mr. Donahue Martin, Interim Principal Ms. Dorrett Campbell, who lauded the students for their resilience in trying times. Rising out of a devastating fire in September that destroyed the Hope Brooks Painting Studio and managing to complete their programme in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic. Minister Fayval Williams Making SpeechThe Minister in her remarks emphasized the importance of the arts and the Edna Manley College to our society especially in times of distress.



Themed ‘Epilogue: fons et origo’, the exhibition was launched on Tuesday June 14, and featured twenty-one students showcasing works from sculpture, graphic design, fashion and textiles, photography to jewelry. These pieces covered various thematic concerns ranging from digitized folklore, love, the importance of memory, mindfulness, self-wellness, depression, communal reclamation, to reimagining everyday material – transforming the ordinary to the extraordinary.


The Art Education students challenge stereotypes in classroom engagements through creative interventions and solutions to reclaiming students’ struggling with COVID-19 induced disruptions of mind and body. Others sought to question the imbalance in educational engagements of representation of the nude within the classroom.

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The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts has been through several stages in its evolution. The four Schools—Drama, Music, Dance, and Visual Arts—started out at different locations in Kingston. Two of the Schools, namely the School of Art and the School of Music, are historic because of their establishment in 1951 and 1961 respectively, before the island gained its independence from Britain in 1962.

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