Organizers of the 2nd International Reggae Poster Contest 2013 (IRPC) are pleased to announce a call for entries with the closing date set for March 30, 2013. Winning posters, as before, will be selected by a jury of international design professionals and will be published in a catalogue/book, exhibited and auctioned, with proceeds going to help establish a Frank Gehry designed Reggae Hall of Fame Museum and performance center in Kingston, Jamaica as well as raising funds for both the Alpha Boys’ School and HELP Jamaica! Charities, with the latter recently featuring a number of last years posters in its popular calendar for this year.
For the first time in its almost 40-year history, the National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ) is hosting an exhibition of poster art. It opens this morning at 11 o'clock and showcases the top 100 entries from the First International Reggae Poster Contest. Six hundred and seventy-eight designers from 80 countries submitted 1,142 posters! The lyrics of the Hotstepper, Ini Kamoze, are the inspiration for the title of the exhibition: 'World-a-reggae'. The contest is the brainchild of Michael 'Freestylee' Thompson, a digital poster artist, who defines himself as an 'artist without borders'. This is not just because he was born in Jamaica, lives in the US and traverses the globe on the digital highway.