Mandeville Art Fair 2023

November 9-11, 2023 marked the 30th staging of The Mandeville Art Fair. This 3-day event (which was created by the first Bishop of Mandeville, Paul M. Boyle), raises funds for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Mandeville’s amazing outreach work in several charitable organisations, such as  St. John Bosco Vocational Training Centre. 

The fair, which was established in 1991, has grown significantly over the decades in popularity and impact. This year, with the event featuring over 400 art pieces by scores of mostly local artists, Fr Michael Rowe (Mandeville’s Roman Catholic St Paul of the Cross Cathedral), was quoted by The Gleaner as saying that the fair was “the biggest exposition in the English-speaking Caribbean”.

The main exhibition hall was filled with eye-catching art pieces for sale.

The opening night allowed invited guests to mix and mingle over drinks and hors d’ouerves within the St. John Bosco Auditorium. The next two days saw the arrival of hundreds of patrons at St. John Bosco’s campus to view exhibitions of a wide selection of paintings, pottery and sculptures. The passion of the artists (who include Art Fair favourites: Bunny “Wince Nugent” Hewitt and Mark Cameron), shone through in their pieces – all of which were a true reflection and celebration of Jamaican culture. The final day stood out as, not only did it continue to feature the works of amazing creatives, but it also served as a family craft fair which featured craft jewellery, plants, pottery, food, a “Kids’ Zone” as well as face painting and an art workshop for children.

Apart from its other outreach activities, each year, some of the fair’s proceeds are used to fund a scholarship for an art school student. This year, the Diocese had the pleasure of awarding Shanelle Davis (an Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts student), with the Julie Lyn Scholarship and displaying Ms. Davis’ work at the fair itself. Through this, the Diocese hopes to inspire, support and promote a new generation of Jamaican creatives who can continue the legacy of spreading light and joy through their art.

St. John Bosco Vocational Training Centre was proud to serve as the venue for such a well-loved event that helps the Diocese to show mercy to the most vulnerable.

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