Sculptures of Jamaican Public Figures by Basil Watson on Display at Miramar Cultural Center

The sculptures of several Jamaican Olympians and historical figures are now on show at the Ansin Family Art Gallery in the Miramar Cultural Center Arts, thanks to Jamaica’s internationally famous sculpture Basil Watson.

Watson has made the cultural centre the place to see some of Jamaica’s renowned public figures from June 1 to August 15, 2021.

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The exhibition, entitled Maquettes: the studies and drawings of Basil Watson, is free to the public and acknowledges the nationally recognized month-long observance of Caribbean American Heritage in the City of Miramar. The exhibition also extends over Jamaica’s Independence Day- a key day for a large city demographic.

“Basil Watson’s exhibit at MCC is very timely. As we celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month, the community has an opportunity to see his miniature-sized statues or maquettes which offer a very realistic depiction of some of the life-sized statues of Jamaica’s greatest athletes including Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Usain Bolt as well as iconic figures like Louise Bennett-Coverley,” stated City Commissioner Alexandra P. Davis.

“In this Olympic year it is so fitting to have this exhibit of prolific athletes in our Gallery,” she added.

Commissioner Davis will complement the exhibition with the hosting of An Evening with Basil Watson where a moderated discussion with Basil Watson and the Exhibit Curator, Christopher Norwood will be the highlight.

The reception will take place at the Miramar Cultural Center’s Banquet Hall on Thursday, August 5, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. through 9:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend; however, space is limited. Registration is available at

“The reception on August 5th will be just in time to celebrate Jamaica’s Independence as well as Trinidad and Tobago’s Independence that same month. I invite the public to join me as we enjoy an evening at the Botanical Garden followed by a discussion with the Artist himself in MCC’s Banquet Hall,” stated Commissioner Davis.



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