THE ART OF REGGAE EXHIBITION
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 entry to view all 100 posters, alongside reggae DJs and Caribbean food and drink – a fitting warm up for the Positive Vibration – Festival of Reggae on 10th and 11th June.
Displayed posters will be auctioned throughout the exhibition for collection after 15th June, with profits donated to Alpha Boys’ School, the vocational institution for
underprivileged youths located in Kingston, Jamaica and founded in 1880 by the Sisters of
Mercy. The school is a great Jamaican success story, producing some of the most notable
legends in the history of reggae, including Don Drummond of the Skatalites, Desmond
Decker and Yellowman. This remarkable institution should be celebrated and supported by
all those who admire and love reggae. Without this fertile training ground we might not
have this global music we call reggae.
ONE LOVE PALE ALE
The opening of the exhibition will also see the launch of the festival’s official beer – One
Love Pale Ale. The beer, a collaboration between Positive Vibration and Liverpool- based,
Black Lodge Brewery, is a toast to the late, great Derek Serpell-Morris aka DJ Derek. The
much loved DJ was a long time champion of reggae music and played his last ever
Liverpool gig (before he retired) for Positive Vibration organisers, Rebel Soul. The beer is
named after Bob Marley’s ‘One Love’, the song Derek used to finish his DJ set with.
All proceeds from the sale of the ale will be donated to Trinity Centre – a not-for-profit
organisation based in Bristol which aims to engage the local community through music, art
and other creative industries.
The exhibition has been kindly supported by Arts Council England.