As you’ll already be well aware, 2012 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Jamaica’s independence from the UK.
We’ve already seen all sorts of celebrations popping off across the country, drawing attention to the immense contribution that the Caribbean island has made to the cultural fabric of the UK.
As part of the festivities, Art In The Dancehall aims to celebrate the relationship between soundsystem culture and art by showcasing some of the most iconic illustration and design from the last 30-plus years of dancehall history.
Curated by the excellent ShimmyShimmy blog and Al Fingers, and in association with PUMA YARD and Jamaica50, the exhibition ran in August at Brick Lane’s PUMA YARD, following a two-week showing up in Birmingham, and featured some of the genre’s most memorable cover and poster art, plus new artworks from fresh young international talent.
Top: Beenieman by Ellen G
Above: Stalag Riddim Cover by Limonious, Josey Wales & Yellow Man by Tony McDermott.
Below: Yardcore Cover by Tony McDermott, No Ice Cream Sound Cover by Peter Edwards, Ward21 Poster by Gabe, Shabba Ranks by Ellen G.