The International Reggae poster Contest, 2015 calendar started out with a big bang. This year we continued the tradition of sharing the winning collection with the world, starting with the announcement of three International exhibitions in three countries, Mexico, Cyprus and Greece. All three took place throughout the months of February and March. The explosion of exhibitions and events have become a powerful barometer of the success and the global interest in the contest’s growing collection of Reggae Poster Art. The quality of reggae poster art submitted each year has turned the International Reggae Poster Contest “The Art of Reggae” exhibitions into a magnetic visual extravaganza. The openings in Mexico City, Athens, and Nicosia were received with enthusiasm and anticipation. This year’s exhibitions in Mexico City and the two Mediterranean capitals featured the top winners from the 2013-2014 collections, and a special selection of Bob Marley posters were presented in Mexico City to commemorate the King of Reggae’s 70th Anniversary which was celebrated worldwide on February 6. Mexico City Metro System Come Alive With Reggae Visuals Mexico City can’t get enough of the IRPC Reggae Poster Exhibitions. This years’ opening marked the second major exhibition of the IRPC in two […]
The IRPC’s global impact is helping to shape positive attitudes through contemporary reggae poster art. This has encouraged one government institution in Portugal to look at our contest as a tool to encourage positive behaviors and creative motivation. In 2014, the IRPC received an email from the General Directorate of Rehabilitation and Prison Services of the Ministry of Justice of Portugal (http://www.dgsp.mj.pt), communicating their interest in participating in the 2014 International Reggae Poster Contest. The General Directorate requested permission to submit reggae art made by prisoners in their institutions to the 2014 contest. The IRPC was delighted to support the Directorate in this creative mission in the area of cultural and artistic activities, and to implement this as an instrument of prison rehabilitation. This idea was well received by the IRPC, and the plan was established by the prison services as an activity integrated in its annual plan for all the prisons. All eight prisons were encouraged to participate in the contest: Braga, Castelo Branco, Linhó, Lisbon, Faro, Pinheiro da Cruz, Santa Cruz do Bispo Female and Viana do Castelo. A total of 20 posters were designed and submitted by 26 inmates. “Many of the prisoners are reggae enthusiasts,” says […]
Reggae Camp 2012 The University will host the exhibition of posters from 50 years of reggae music of Jamaican graphic designer Michael ‘freestylee’ Thompson Artist Without Borders, whose sales will go to the Alpha Boys School, Kingston reform school founded in nineteenth-century music as a major player in the formation of their students. Its role has also been instrumental in the emergence and evolution of reggae, bringing great musicians like Desmond Dekker, Rico Rodriguez, and Johnny Osbourne Skatalites, the two last on the bill of Rototom 2012. The exhibition will also include 3 posters Poster contest winners Reggae Contest 2012: Alon Braier (Israel), Zafer Lehimler (Turkey), Rosario Nocera (Italy). More info: http://www.rototomsunsplash.com
Taj Francis is a 22-year-old graduate from The Edna Manley College’s School of Visual Arts, with a major in Illustration. He is a resident of the island of Jamaica, and has been doing art for as long as he can remember. The media used for his artworks are the usual pen and ink as well as brush and ink and spray paint. A major medium for his more popular works is digital illustrations and paintings. He has been featured on several websites and is currently working on a clothing line where he also dose custom artwork on sneakers. His artwork inspired by music and a passion for what he does makes enables him continue to grow in his skill. Read his interview in >>> http://www.graphicart-news.com
Tomasz Bartz was born in Poland in 1986. In 2010, graduated with a diploma from the Graphic Design Department of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. Since 2004, has worked as a freelance graphic designer. His artistic and professional work concentrates on poster design, corporate identities, print graphics and packaging. Recently, he also executes pop art paintings, based on icons that have been around for many generations. Much of his art is inspired by typography. His mixed media techniques give his artwork a distinguishing mark of exclusivity. Some of these techniques are acrylic, crayon, textures and pasting. Read his interview in >>> http://www.graphicart-news.com
Alon Braier is a 28 years old freelance illustrator based in Jaffa, Israel. He graduated in 2010 from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, with one semester in Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). In the last two years he has been working with a vast variety of clients, including several magazines, high tech companies, advertising agencies and design studios. We have the honor to host him at graphicart-news.com and share with us his experience as the winner of the First International Reggae Poster Contest 2012. Read his interview in >>> http://www.graphicart-news.com
Dimitris Evagelou is a graphic artist – illustrator, born in Larisa-Greece in 1977. He studied sketching, painting and architectural design under the guidance of the Greek painter Michalis Vamvakaris for 3 years. Dimitris studied Graphics and Desktop Publishing at Omega Institute in Athens and Design Graphics (BA Hons) at Staffordshire University School of Arts in UK. He worked in several Advertising companies in Athens as graphic designer. In 2005 he creates “Loopa” art bar in the small city of Volos, with the purpose of producing and promoting illustrations and experimental graphic design and futhermore, organising various exhibitions. One year after he returns in the city of Larisa as a freelance designer where he begins his co-operation with some local theatrical groups (Yp’atmon Theatre and Theatro Tehnon), creating and designing the whole visual communication of the groups. Today, Dimitris, has his own studio (Design/Good studio) in the small city of Larisa. His work has been published many times in local newspapers or magazines and also in various international creative blogs and websites. Read his interview in >>> http://www.graphicart-news.com
It is four months now since the First International Reggae Poster Contest 2012 was concluded and Alon Braier from Israel was awarded first place for his “Roots of Dub” design. Now that the buzz of our achievements are spreading, and the presentation of the 100 best reggae posters have been showcased reaching far and wide across the globe. We wish to share what has been happening since then, including some recent articles and interviews about the contest. The following interview of the founders Michael Thompson and Maria Papaefstathiou was conducted by the primer reggae website Jamaicansmusic.com. Read more
The First International Reggae Poster Contest 2012, which far exceeded expectations, takes another giant step this month, 30 September 2012, with a major exhibition at the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston. “We’re extremely pleased to be given the opportunity to present this global testimony for Reggae music in the homeland of the music, loved and performed worldwide,” says Michael Thompson, graphic artist known worldwide as Freestylee. “The exhibition presents an important platform to articulate our vision of a Reggae Hall of Fame in Kingston, Jamaica, in a structure that, in itself, would draw, like Reggae music, worldwide attention.” We are very please to announce that the winner of the First International Reggae Poster Contest 2012 Alon Braier, will be attending the opening of our first major exhibition at the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston, Jamaica. Looking forward to meet this great designer!
National Gallery of Jamaica launches six-week Reggae Poster exhibition The Reggae Hall of Fame group presented a selection of the winning posters from the First International Reggae Poster Contest 2012 at the National Gallery of Jamaica on Sunday, 30 September 2012. At the end of the six-week exhibition, the group will hold an auction of the posters, with proceeds going to the Alpha Boys’ School, the legendary institution whose alumni have been credited with giving birth to Reggae. The exhibition, labeled World-A-Reggae: The 100 best entries, opened to a large and enthusiastic Jamaican audience. Michael Thompson, Jamaican co-founder, along with Maria Papaefstathiou of Greece, of the Reggae Poster Contest said: “We went to Kingston, Jamaica for one week to launch the exhibition and talk about our bold objectives. In addition, we were able to exchange views on the topic of social design with graphic art students on the island. He said: “The exhibition was a success with record turnout. We had major support from local media and we are extremely pleased that radio, print and TV all recognized the importance of what we are doing.” Edna Manley College A lecture titled “Art, Graphic Design and Social Change,” was […]
The Alpha Boys School and the International Reggae Poster Contest are very pleased to announce the auction of the top, limited edition posters from the contest, including special contributions from international poster artists, will be held on November 11 at the National Gallery of Jamaica in downtown Kingston. Douglas Reid of Grosvenor Galleries will conduct the auction and Bunny Rugs, lead singer of 10-time Grammy nominated act Third World, will serve as Celebrity Auctioneer. Click here to view the posters online. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Alpha Boys School. Interested parties who cannot be present for the auction but are interested in bidding should contact Alpha Boys School at [email protected] From the simple to the sublime, the posters to be auctioned are currently the feature of a special exhibition entitled, “World A Reggae: the 100 Best Entries from the First International Reggae Poster Contest” which continues at the National Gallery of Jamaica until November 10. Comprised of the top 100 posters as well as original contributions from artists Luba Lukova, Juan Carlos Darias, Elmer Sosa, Roy Villalobos, Freestylee (the artist alter ego of contest founder Michael Thompson), Maria Papaefstathiou (the contest co-founder), and others, the posters represent a […]
AKTO Art & Design College in Athens, Greece launches a four-week International Reggae Poster exhibition. Curator and co-founder Maria Papaefstathiou of the contest presented the 100 winning posters from the First International Reggae Poster Contest 2012 at the AKTO Art & Design College on November 22, the display will continue until December 15, 2012. At the end of the four-week exhibition, the founders Maria Papaefstathiou and Michael Thompson will hold a sale of the posters, with proceeds going to the Alpha Boys’ School, the legendary institution whose alumni have been credited with giving birth to Reggae The exhibition titled World-A-Reggae. The 100 best entries, opened to a large and enthusiastic Greek audience, including students of the AKTO college. In attendance were designs professionals, the Jamaica Consul General to Greece William Argeros, The Cultural Attaché to the Israel Embassy in Athens Mr Ion Vassiliadis. Michael Thompson, Jamaican co-founder, along with Maria Papaefstathiou of Greece, of the Reggae Poster Contest said: “We opened the exhibition here in Athens, Greece to share our bold objectives. In addition, we were able to exchange views on the topic of social design with graphic art students in this great city. Maria said: “The exhibition in Athens proves, that what […]
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Michael Thompson-IRPC visiting world’s largest reggae music label-VP Records, meeting legendary Mrs Patricia Chin, founder of VP records.
Balazs Pakozdi, Grand Prize winner of the 2013 International Reggae Poster Contest, pose with some of the wonderful prizes awarded. Prizes include Apple iPad, Classic reggae box-set CDs, vinyls, Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones, Bob Marley Legend, Global Reggae book, and reggae apparel.
The International Reggae Poster Contest would like to thank all those involved in making our 2014 IRPC / Live Unchained exhibition at the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington D.C. such a wonderful success. All the proceeds received in excess of expenses helped to support the Alpha Boys’ School in Kingston, Jamaica. This year through the Washington D.C. exhibition and Tania’s Dwyer, successful, fundraising Alpha Party in Australia, we were able to provide cash donations of $4,800 to the historic Alpha Boys’ School music program. Special thanks to Ambassador Stephen Vasciannie, and the embassy staff for the venue and much-appreciated assistance with the event. Special thanks to Kathryn Buford, of Live Unchained for collaborating with us and organizing this successful exhibition. Big thanks to MC Lodi Matsetela who officiated the evening’s silent auction. To all our IRPC Washingtonian ambassadors for assisting in the auction and to help mobilize interest and support through their social media platforms. Big thanks to Patricia Chin and VP Records for sponsoring the exhibition and our charity. One love Barry Lester, of “The B Spot Gallery” in DC, for the professional advice and his generous support with framing. Thanks to Rankin Johnny and his THC Soundsystem and Selektah apparel from Athens, Greece for their generous selection of vinyls and merchandise for Alpha Boys’ School fund raising. We […]
2013 was a successful year for the IRPC, we received 1,100 submissions from 78 countries, and curated three major “World A Reggae” exhibitions. One at AKTO school of design in Thessaloniki, Greece earlier this year. The October opening in Miami, Florida which featured an unprecedented selection of 100 plus reggae posters at the spacious Multitudes Gallery. The second U.S. exhibition held at the DuPont Circle Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, D.C. This special showing was hosted by Jamaican Ambassador to the United States, Stephen Vasciannie and Kathryn Buford founder of Live Unchained. The exhibition featured over 50 stunning posters of the 2013 IRPC winners. The selection also included posters from our jury members and friends; Charis Tsevis, Yossi Lemel, Frank Arbelo, Dane Thompson, Saleh Zanganeh, John Moore, Elen G, Sergio Olivotti, Roy Villalobos, and Tomoko Miyagawa. The Embassy of Jamaica was abuzz with activity on November 14th, as a large gathering of Washingtonians, friends from Virginia, Maryland and as far away as New York City came out for the opening. They expressed much enthusiasm for the international reggae art. This showed a clear indication of the popularity of the reggae poster art represented from around the world. Our IRPC vision […]
Recently, for the first time in Mexico, the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs in Mexico City was rocking to the heart throbbing sounds of roots reggae music. The occasion was the opening of an exhibition of 50 poster art from the 2012-2013 International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC) collection. This exhibition brought together key poster designers works from 25 countries. The IRPC World-A-Reggae exhibition in Mexico represented the sixth showcase of reggae poster designs from the contest’s two year history. This extraordinary exhibition included contributed works by distinguish designers Charis Tsevis from Greece, Roy Villalobos from the United States and Yossi Lemel from Israel. It was quite an exciting moment to see and experience reggae vibrating through the large exhibition space at the secretariat. The Jamaican reggae singer, Etana, performed songs from her latest CD “Better Tomorrow.” Selector Mike Dread, resident DJ and musical director of Mexico’s reggae club, Kaya Bar, kept the audience rocking to the positive sounds of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Marcia Griffiths, Gyptian, Shaggy and other reggae selections. Jointly, hosted by the Embassy of Jamaica in Mexico and the Mexico Secretariat of Foreign Affairs. The exhibition was opened by the Hon. Vanessa Rubio Márquez, Vice-Minister for Latin America […]
Hello Andrew! Congratulations to you for the successful design collaboration with the upcoming reggae star Chronixx for his acclaimed EP “Dread and Terrible.” Tell our readers how this connection come about? How did Chronixx linked with you to commissioned this design? Thank you ! and thanks for this interview. Actually Chronixx got in contact with me by referring to his favourite 2nd place poster, I had submitted for reggae poster competition in 2013. How did the process worked in developing a design for this first ever Chronixx EP? It was a very tight deadline, less then a week to finish off the artwork. Chornixx told me he wanted something very simple yet that it should capture peoples attention. At that time I was still getting to know about his project and getting to know more about the reggae revival so with the help and ideas of Chronixx we developed the artwork as it is. We kept constant communication during the process… and that made things easier for us both. Did you get the opportunity to hear the music before getting down to working out the visuals What are your favorite tracks on the Dread and Terrible EP? I was already familiar with […]
The International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC) saw a record visitor turnout on the opening evening of the 7th World-A-Reggae poster exhibition. The exhibition, which will open until May 30, is a major exhibition of contemporary poster art by designers representing 20 countries. The exhibition at the Organization of American States Headquarters (OAS) in Washington D.C. was a resounding success and far exceeded the expectations of the organizers. Many in the large gathering expressed their appreciation for the Reggae Hall of Fame vision with applause and encouragement. The exhibition was organized by the International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC), the Arts Museum of the Americas (AMA), the OAS and the Jamaican Permanent Mission to the OAS. Since the inception of the IRPC two years ago, it has become a world-renowned contest, hailed for its outstanding reggae poster collection and innovative exhibitions. This exhibition clearly reflects the growth of the IRPC since it first called for submissions worldwide and the exposure that the contest’s exhibitions have been receiving ever since. The 7th IRPC exhibition was initiated by Mr. Stephen Vasciannie, the Jamaican ambassador to the United States, with the generous support of Patricia Chin and VP Records with the assistance of the OAS and […]
On Saturday, August 16, the eighth International Reggae Poster Contest exhibition marked a tremendous milestone when opened to the public at the Rototom Reggae University at the 21st Rototom Sunsplash Festival. This world class reggae festival hosts over 280,000 reggae enthusiasts annually from all across Europe and the world. “I am delighted with the growth we have experienced in our International Reggae Poster Contest exhibitions and contest over the past three years,” said Maria Papaefstathiou, Co-founder, IRPC. “We are proud to feature some of the best reggae posters from around the world and reward them for outstanding graphic designs. We look forward to our continued collaboration with the Rototom Sunsplash organizers as the competition builds momentum globally.” The Reggae University came alive with 73 amazing poster designs communicating distinctive interpretations of reggae music from around the world. The exhibition included the top 5 posters from the 2012 collection; posters by winners Alon Braier, Zafer Lehimler, Rosario Nocera, Tomasz Bartz and Taj Francis and 65 others were presented from the 2013 collection including the top placed winners, Balazs Pakozdi from UK, Andrew Cachia from Malta, Lenin Baru Vásquez Felipe from Mexico and Rohan Mitchell from Jamaica. The IRPC World-A-Reggae exhibition also showcased […]
On the February 6, 2015, on Bob Marley’s 70th anniversary celebration Dr Carolyn Cooper made an announcement at the Bob Marley Foundation in Kingston, Jamaica. “In celebration of the 70th anniversary of Bob Marley’s birth, the co-organisers of the International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC), Michael ‘Freestylee’ Thompson and Maria Papaefstathiou, are donating 20 posters of the reggae icon to the Bob Marley Museum’s permanent collection. I am delighted to make this announcement on behalf of the organizers, jury and winners of the International Reggae Poster Contest. Today we are sharing images from this collection. The selected posters that will be given to the Museum comprise designs from various countries, including Iran, Cuba, Romania, Croatia, Canada, Greece, Poland, Mexico, South Korea and the United States. All coming from talented designers who placed among the top 100 winners of the 2014 contest. In his song ‘Bad Card’, Bob Marley boasted, “dem a go tired fi see mi face”. Of course, this boast meant that he wasn’t going to be tired of his own popularity. Bob’s prophecy has certainly been fulfilled. And as the international Reggae Contest so graphically confirms, artists across the world will never get tired of imprinting on Bob Marley’s […]
In celebration of the 70th anniversary of Bob Marley’s birth, and Reggae Month Mexico, the co-organisers of the International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC), Michael ‘Freestylee’ Thompson and Maria Papaefstathiou are pleased to be exhibiting, on the 18th of March 2015, a very special collection of 36 posters of the reggae icon Bob Marley in the Mexico City Metro System (Sistema de Transporte Colectivo). The exhibition will showcase images from the contest’s growing poster collection. The selected posters comprise designs from participating designers from Mexico and various countries, including Iran, Cuba, Romania, Croatia, Canada, Greece, Poland, Mexico, South Korea and the United States. All coming from talented designers who placed among the top 100 winners from the 2012 through 2014 contests. Following in the footsteps of Marcus Garvey, Bob Marley has carried forward the vision of emancipation from mental slavery: “we refuse to be what you wanted us to be. We are what we are and that’s the way it’s gonna be. We’ve been trodding on the wine press much too long. Rebel”. Bob Marley has bequeathed to the world an everlasting legacy of rebellious creativity. “In his song ‘Bad Card’, Bob Marley boasted, “dem a go tired fi see mi […]
“The Art of Reggae” opened on Friday, March 6, 2015 to a strong gathering of designers and Reggae lovers for the first time on the southern most island in the Mediterranean. The IRPC exhibition and events were organized by Graphic Designers and Visual Communication Cyprus, Aggeliki Michalopoulou-Karra and Miltos Karras, title “Graphic Stories Cyprus“. This was a premier event bringing together graphic design professionals and students to share ideas and listen to expert speakers share their graphic stories. 70 of the best posters of the International Reggae Poster Contest 2014 were exhibited at the headquarters of the newspaper “Politis” from 6-28 March 2015, including those of Georgia Charalambous, Maria Agathokleous and Darina Andreyeva, winners from Cyprus. The organizers of IRPC, Michael Thompson and Maria Papaefstathiou, who traveled from Greece, attended the exhibition opening Friday, March 6 and made a presentation about the contest successes and the grand vision. Other weekend activities included presentations by renowned designers from both Cyprus and abroad including IRPC Jury member Charis Tesvis from Greece, and a two day workshop to create artistic poster entitled “The art of the poster as a vehicle to explore the relationship between form, design, color and printing using, collage, silkscreen, linotype and monotype” under […]
The 11th IRPC exhibition was hosted by the AKTO, College of Art Design in Athens, Greece. This was the 3rd IRPC exhibition in Greece organized by AKTO. “The Art of Reggae” showcased a collection of 75 posters from, both, 2013 and 2014 winners from across the world, including the Greek winners’ posters of Stavros Damos, Pinelopi Vassilaki & Anastasia Verteouri and Manolis Angelakis. An exceptional piece in the venue was the original wood cut image by Greek artist and designer, Theo Kontaxis who received the 9th place position in 2014. Attendees were given a report presentation by founders of the IRPC, on the successes of the contest since the last time the exhibition came to Greece. They were also treated to some fantastic selections of classic reggae music performance by Greek “Selectas” on the champion “Irie Action Soundsystem”, and the special appearance of two veteran “Soundman” Ranking Johnny from Greece and “Fabrizio, Mr Roots and Culture” from Italy who had the crowd asking for more. This was truly a fantastic evening of Word, Sound and Art making a perfect synergy and powerful impact.
IRPC organizer Michael Thompson “FREESTYLEE” was invited to design a special poster by the organizing committee at Casa. The poster commemorate the event, and also celebrate the life and message of the legendary reggae icon. IRPC and Michael Thompson are delighted to participate in this cultural event at the most important cultural institution in Cuba. In 1978, Michael Thompspn attended the 11th World Festival of Youth and Students in Havana, and Casa De Las Americas was one of the cultural institutions that he visited there. It was at Casa and other cultural institutions such as (ICAC) Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos that he discovered the Art of Cuban poster design. Both organizations were instrumental in the development of his personal journey into poster design, and Cuban poster art have inspired the aesthetics and style of his works. <
The International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC) exhibited 36 brilliant Bob Marley posters at the “Bob Marley: Time Will Tell” symposium held at Cuba’s historic Casa de las Américas, located in the beautiful Art Deco Vedado district in Havana. The week-long exhibition and symposium were part of the larger International Colloquium on “Cultural Diversity in the Caribbean”, held from May 18-22. The winning poster entries on display represented designers from a variety of countries including the 2014 top winners Enrico Varrasso (Sweden), Avi Marciano (United States), Dariush Allahyari (Iran), and the 13th place winner, Wendy Guerra from Cuba, who attended the opening with her parents and brother. Ms Guerra was given loud applause by the appreciative audience during the presentation by IRPC founder Michael Thompson. Co-founder Maria Papaefstathiou, who was not able to attend the conference, sent a letter of appreciation to Dr. Samuel Fure Davis, organizer of the Bob Marley symposium, who had enthusiastically welcomed the opportunity to showcase posters from the Contest. Maria also thanked Carolyn Cooper for her insight in proposing the participation of the International Reggae Poster Contest in the Bob Marley symposium. Maria also expressed her thanks to Mrs. Patricia Chin of VP Records for her […]
The 13th International Reggae Poster Contest Exhibition, “The Art of Reggae,” opened officially on August 14, 2015 at the beautiful Andador Héroes plaza in Chetumal, Mexico. It was a huge success. Hosted by the Secretariat of Public Education, the Government of the State of Quintana Roo, the Secretariat of Education and Culture of the State of Quintana Roo, and the National Council for Culture and the Arts, the exhibition showcased works of 72 top posters from artists and designers worldwide. The IRPC Chetumal exhibition drew thousands of visitors during the 1st International Reggae Fest 2015, held in the city from August 14-16. The special IRPC exhibit featured posters by the top winners from all three years (2012-2014). It also included a selection of Mexican winners. To mark the 70th anniversary of Bob Marley’s birth, the exhibition highlighted posters from the growing collection celebrating the legendary reggae artist. In attendance at the opening ceremony were the Jamaican Ambassador to Mexico, Sandra Grant Griffiths, JP; Mayor of Chetumal, Eduardo Espinoza Abuxapqui; Secretary of Education and Culture of the State of Quintana Roo, Jose Alberto Alonso Ovando; Sub-Secretary of Culture, Villanueva Chan; Director of the Museum of Mayan Culture, (add name); Monica […]
Please Share the news! Deadline is EXTENDED! Designers from around the world will have more time to create fresh, new, original reggae poster designs for our 2015 collection. This contest is a search for 100 of the most striking reggae posters, capturing the essence of reggae music and culture. The posters should exemplify the essence of the positive messages of Reggae music and our grand vision: Towards a Reggae Hall of Fame, Celebrating Great Jamaican Music. The contest also acknowledges the rich legacy of the historic music program at the Alpha Boys’ School in Kingston, Jamaica. For the IRPC, Reggae is an umbrella term, signifying all the genres of Jamaican popular music: Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, Dub, Dancehall and the unique Jamaican Sound System. Please feel free to design around any of the music forms mentioned. Entries should be completed and uploaded by November 30, 2015. (EXTENDED). Participants may submit their entries, starting now, at our website. Before you submit, please read: “How to Take Part“. Theme of the contest: Toward a Reggae Hall of Fame: Celebrating Great Jamaican Music. ENTRY PERIOD: July 15, 2015 (12am EST time) to November, 30, 2015 (12am EST time). (EXTENDED). Eligibility: • The Forth International Reggae Poster […]
Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson, QC, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Affairs presents a cheque for US$500 to Joshua Chamberlain, Director of Special Projects at the Alpha Boys’ School on Wednesday, October 28 at the Ministry’s New Kingston Headquarters. The cheque represents proceeds from the sale of posters designed by winners of the 2014 International Reggae Poster Contest, at the IRPC Exhibition in Mexico City, sponsored by the Embassy of Jamaica in Mexico and the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs of Mexico.
At Last, the Results for the Final Round: The 4th International Reggae Poster Contest is pleased to announce the top 100 winners of the 2015 contest. The top three winners were successful in securing the Award for Best-designed Reggae Posters 2015. This year, we exceeded the number of posters submitted in each of the previous years. We received 1664 posters from 84 countries! And we are particularly pleased that submissions came from countries that were participating for the first time – Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Cameroon, Guatemala, Honduras, Moldova, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, and Zimbabwe. This extension of the contest’s reach is particularly impressive in the 4th year. It confirms the sustained global impact of the IRPC. On the platform of the contest, we will continue to spread our vision of a Reggae Hall of Fame Museum in Kingston, Jamaica. And we collectively affirm support for the campaign to heighten awareness of the distinctive legacy of the Alpha Boys’ School. The Top Three Winners: 1st Place: Seyed Abbas Mirqeisari (IRAN) Title: Prism of Nature 2nd Place: Oktay Barkin (TURKEY) Title: Lion 3rd Place: Li Wei (CHINA) Title: Reggae Music Congratulations to all the winners and […]
We are excited to announce also that our first exhibition for 2016 will take place in Nicosia, Cyprus. This exhibition will showcase 80 posters from the 2015 collection. Big Thanks to Graphic Stories Cyprus for the realization of this exhibition and to all designers and jurors that participated in the 4th Intl. Reggae Poster Contest 2015 !! In the wake of the 1st successful Visual Communication Designers’ Meeting, Graphic Stories Cyprus continue actively for achieving the objectives and the goals that were set from the beginning by organising the Graphic Stories Cyprus 2016. The creative weekend starts on Friday, the 26th of February with the inauguration of the exhibition of the International Reggae Poster Contest that includes 80 posters and will be hosted for the second time on the island, on the ground floor of the newspaper “Politis”. The yearly competition involves designers from all over the world including Cyprus. The competition aims to promote Reggae music and support the Alpha Boys School. The program includes a special lecture by Cypriot Dub Poet and Associate Professor at the Communications Department of the University of Nicosia, Haji Mike, entitled “Journey – Reggae – Jamaica – United Kingdom – Cyprus”. The exhibition will be accompanied by a Reggae party with the participation of Roots Crew Sound […]
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The International Reggae Poster Contest opened the first exhibition of 2016 in Nicosia, Cyprus on 26 February at headquarters of the newspaper “Politis”, as part of the “Graphic Stories Cyprus” events , organized by Aggeliki Michalopoulou-Karra and Miltos Karras. On display were 80 posters from the 2015 winning designers from all around the world. At the opening of the exhibition, the Cyprian Dub Poet and Professor in the Communications Department of the University of Nicosia, Haji Mike, lectured the art lovers from Jamaica to Britain and finally in Cyprus, using as a reference the Reggae music. He also talk about the objectives of the IRPC to build awareness for Alpha Boys’ School and the urgent need to preserve the authentic history of the music. A group of student from the University of Nicosia also attended the opening ceremony. The reception was followed by a reggae party by the Roots Crew Soundsystem while a live audio-visual was streamed on the website of the Cyprus Dub Community Radio. The IRPC exhibition was part of the second staging of Cyprus Visual Communication Designers, Graphic Stories Cyprus, which took place in Nicosia. The program included lectures and workshops by well known Cyprian and Greek […]
1st June – 15th June 2016 Constellations, 35-39 Greenland Street, Baltic Triangle, Liverpool, L1 0BS Free admission (entry is subject to venue opening times and other events taking place at the venue) The International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC) and Positive Vibration, Liverpool’s Festival of Reggae, are to host The Art of Reggae Exhibition, featuring 100 reggae-inspired posters designed by artists and illustrators from across the globe. The IRPC, now in its fifth year, receives thousands of entries each year – and the best of the bunch will be on display on the walls of Baltic Triangle venue Constellations, from 1st June – 15th June. Reggae may have originated in Jamaica, but this exhibition celebrates the truly global sound of modern reggae, with entries from such disparate countries as Greece, Israel, Japan, Cuba and Iran. This powerful synergy of reggae music and art is proof, if it were needed, that Jamaica’s finest export has touched the hearts and minds of billions with its positivity and radiance. The exhibition, which makes its debut in the UK, is set to give Constellations a Caribbean glow, and Wednesday 1st June will see a launch party for the exhibition from 7pm – 11pm, with free […]
The Positive Vibration Festival of Reggae and the International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC), in collaboration with Rebel Soul, the Constellations Gallery and the Arts Council England, organized the 17th successful “Art of Reggae” exhibition which opened in the city of Liverpool, UK on June 1, 2016. This distinctive exhibition, now in its 4th year, featured the top 100 posters from designers worldwide. Rory Taylor, Director of Rebel Soul, opened the exhibition at the Constellations Gallery. There was a huge gathering of art and reggae enthusiasts who came out to see the diverse range of amazing posters. Balazs Pakozdi, who won 1st place in our 2013 contest, Jerry Neville, who placed 10th that same year, and Greek reggae artist I-Mitri Counteraction all attended the opening. Maria Papaefstathiou, co-founder of IRPC, was also present. The opening also included a silent auction. Eighty-three posters were sold over the twenty days of the exhibition. We are delighted to announce that the IRPC raised £1,800 from the silent auction for the Alpha Boys School in Kingston, Jamaica. The remaining seventeen posters will be donated to various charitable organizations around Liverpool, including the North West Cancer Research Centre. We thank everyone who helped make this exhibition […]
Activist and artist Michael Thompson, also known as Freestylee, Artist without borders, died at his home, August 15, 2016 of a heart attack, according to the coroner’s result. He was 58. Born in Kingston, Jamaica lived for more than 25 years in the small city of Easton in Pennsylvania, United States. He studied graphic design in the early 1980s, at the Jamaica School of Art, now called the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. Of the many artists that influenced Freestylee during the formative years, few did more than the Rastafarian artist Ras Daniel Hartman. Hartman’s prolific output of drawings in the 1970s represented for Freestylee a rich source of Rastafari references and traditions that were growing deep influences on the Jamaican popular culture. Freestylee’s influences were not, however, exclusively Jamaican, or the Rastafari movement. Like other young progressive artists in Jamaica at the time the anti-apartheid struggles and liberation movements in Southern Africa were very inspiring, so were the struggles in Latin America. The subjects were evident in his earlier personal designs, drawings and paintings (1970s – 80s). During that period, he won two successive poster competitions in Jamaica, which gave him the opportunity to participate […]