Tuesday, 23 July 2019

MAKING MOVES: O’Neil Lawrence takes over as the National Gallery’s chief curator + What’s next for Molly Rhone?

THE CHOSEN ONE: Earning the coveted task of overseeing the gallery’s active exhibition programme in Kingston and Montego Bay, as well as the stewardship and development of Jamaica’s national art collection, O’Neil Lawrence has been appointed chief curator of the National Gallery of Jamaica. Lawrence, a noted photographer, began his sojourn at the gallery in 2008 as an outreach officer. A year later he took up the full-time post of curatorial assistant, before being promoted to assistant curator and, since 2013, senior curator. “I have worked alongside a team that has developed an exhibition and events programme at the gallery which engages an increasingly wide audience,” says Lawrence, “and with the support of the board and stakeholders I look forward to leading them in even more ambitious, creative collaborations.” He gets a glowing recommendation from board chairman, Tom Tavares-Finson, who notes, “His wide depth of knowledge of Jamaican and Caribbean art will serve him well as he begins this stage of his career.”

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE: Sports administration will never be the same without Molly Rhone, who has stepped down as President of the International Netball Federation (INF) after a long and fruitful tenure – spanning some 15 years. It’s a “bittersweet” moment for the renowned and respected Jamaican stalwart who has handed over the reins to former Netball England CEO Liz Nicoll. But by no means is Rhone walking away from the sport she so cherishes. “I am not sure what I will do, but I would want to continue using sport, and in particular netball, to empower young girls and women,” she said in an Observer interview. Rhone says she is immensely proud of the strides netball has made over the years and her own achievements as a key administrator. “I think I am leaving a legacy, something that can be built on, which is very important,” she says. “And you want people to understand that there is a foundation there upon which they can build.”

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