The VP Curatorial Story (Thus Far)

When I decided to leave my position as the Executive Director of the National Gallery of Jamaica, a decision which was made in 2016 but which only came into effect in early 2018, I had planned to set up a gallery space and exhibition programme. I had looked at various models and hoped that I could somehow find a happy medium between the functions of a non-profit space and generating income from the market, without compromising my objectives or my personal and professional politics and integrity.

My initial focus has been on curatorial, consulting, lecturing and writing projects for third parties, most of it elsewhere in the Caribbean, and on my teaching at the Edna Manley College but, while I will continue to do these things, the dream of establishing my own art space has remained. I also want to do more work in Jamaica, since there is a huge gap when it comes to private curatorial initiatives, serious artist representation, and other art services. Hence this new venture, VP Curatorial, which offers a range of curatorial and related services, in Jamaica, in the Caribbean, and from time to time elsewhere, while I procure a suitable permanent space in Kingston. My focus will be on young and emerging artists and on self-taught, popular art, but I am happy to work on wide range of art projects.

For now, I am flying solo but I hope to join forces with a few partners and associates, and I am open to collaborations. I hope you will enjoy what VP Curatorial has to offer and, well, you know that I don’t do my curatorial work half way. Here’s to new (ad)ventures!

Regards to all,

Veerle Poupeye

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