The Jamaica Hidden Histories, Sugar Was King exhibition was launched at the New Art Exchange on Saturday 5th September 2015 . Curated by Lorna Holder, Managing Director of Full Spectrum Productions, the exhibition forms the final part of a UK gallery tour and the culmination of a two-year project supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Those in attendance included visitors from near and far; many coming from the local Nottingham community, but others travelling from further afield. Young people who had seen the project on Facebook and other social media platforms bought along their parents and grandparents to the exhibition. This showed that social media has acted as a driving force to encourage young people to become more engaged with the project and with their heritage.
The event kicked off at noon with many keen visitors arriving prior to the stated start time, eager to see the show. A chance to look around was soon granted, along with the opportunity to sample a spread of Jamaican-inspired refreshments supplied by the New Art Exchange Cafe. Overall, the show was very well-received, with many commenting that Holder’s short talk, an overview of the exhibition, was a highlight of their visit. The event also enabled an possibility for members of the public with specific interests in local heritage to speak to members of the team one-to-one, and to ask questions about the development of the Jamaica Hidden Histories project.