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Art Quarterly - Meet the collectors: Theresa Roberts
Art Quarterly Magazine, Summer 2022

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Championing the rich history and strength of Jamaican contemporary art is the driving force behind the Theresa Roberts Art Collection. On a visit to its founder’s London home Helen Sumpter finds out what inspired her passion. Portrait by Jillian Edelstein.

Theresa Roberts’ passion for and pride in Jamaica, the country of her birth, is clear. It drives her interest as a philanthropist and collector, it fuels her business success as founder of the Jamaica Patty Co restaurants, and it is evident in her elegant London home, where she is surrounded by art from her collection, much of it made in the 60 years since Jamaica’s independence in 1962, which serves as an important reference point for the development of Jamaican art. Marking that anniversary, a new selection of more than 30 works from Roberts’ collection is currently on show in the University of Liverpool’s Victoria Gallery & Museum. The collection, with work
by established and emerging Jamaican artists such as Mabusha Dennis, Marlon James, Christopher Lawrence, Laura Facey Cooper, Judy Ann Macmillan, Edna Manley and Alvin Marriott, includes work in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture and photography, and on a diverse range of subject matter. The exhibition in Liverpool is the most extensive show of Jamaican art to take place in the region.


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Art Quarterly Magazine Article : Meet art collector Theresa Roberts - Summer 2022
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Victoria Gallery & Museum set to launch new exhibition showcasing Jamaican art
The Guide Liverpool, 1 February 2022

Painting by Jamaican Artist Alicia Lisa Brown for exhibition Jamaican Making, Liverpool 2022

A new exhibition showcasing the vibrancy and variety of contemporary Jamaican art since the country’s Independence in 1962 will open at the University of Liverpool’s Victoria Gallery & Museum on Saturday, 19 February.

The University of Liverpool: "An exhibition showcasing the vibrancy and variety of contemporary Jamaican art since the country’s Independence in 1962. Jamaican-born entrepreneur and philanthropist Theresa Roberts has kindly lent from her extensive private collection. It shows a Jamaica beyond the tourist idyll - a country with its challenges but a strong sense of identity and culture."

The ‘
Jamaica Making: The Theresa Roberts Art Collection’ exhibition will feature more than thirty artworks from the extensive private collection of Jamaican-born entrepreneur and philanthropist Theresa Roberts.
It is the first exhibition entirely of Jamaican art to take place in the north-west of England and offers a comprehensive presentation of the best of Jamaican art since the 1960s.

The exhibition features a mix of established names and emerging talent, expressing their world through a blend of painting, sculpture, photography and mixed-media.

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Jamaica Making: The Theresa Roberts Art Collection
Galleries 6 & 7, 19 February - 9 July 2022

Victoria Gallery & Museum Liverpool
Former Prime Minister of Jamaica opens Victoria&Albert Museum Exhibition
22 February 2022

Prime Minister opens Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition with Jamaican art collection 2022

A new exhibition showcasing the vibrancy and variety of contemporary Jamaican art since the country’s Independence in 1962 will open at the University of Liverpool’s Victoria Gallery & Museum on Saturday, 19 February.

The University of Liverpool: "An exhibition showcasing the vibrancy and variety of contemporary Jamaican art since the country’s Independence in 1962. Jamaican-born entrepreneur and philanthropist Theresa Roberts has kindly lent from her extensive private collection. It shows a Jamaica beyond the tourist idyll - a country with its challenges but a strong sense of identity and culture."

The ‘
Jamaica Making: The Theresa Roberts Art Collection’ exhibition will feature more than thirty artworks from the extensive private collection of Jamaican-born entrepreneur and philanthropist Theresa Roberts.
It is the first exhibition entirely of Jamaican art to take place in the north-west of England and offers a comprehensive presentation of the best of Jamaican art since the 1960s.

The exhibition features a mix of established names and emerging talent, expressing their world through a blend of painting, sculpture, photography and mixed-media.

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Theresa Roberts - in Liverpool Echo - Art in Liverpool 2022

Exclusive exhibition of artwork coming to Liverpool - Liverpool Echo
The Guide Liverpool, 1 February 2022

Theresa Roberts, is the founder and owner of the Jamaican Patty Co. based in Covent Garden.
Theresa, who left Jamaica aged eight, began her carefully curated collection to stay connected to her childhood while in London, began collecting works by the ‘greats’ of the Jamaican art world, later focusing on up and coming artists.
Theresa has a home on the island where she hosts annual residencies for the Royal Drawing School.
Theresa said: "I had what I describe as an ‘organic’ childhood, very simple and natural.

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BBC Radio Merseyside documentary:
Jamaica Making: The Theresa Roberts Art Collection
18 February 2022

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The first exhibition of wholly Jamaican art to be displayed in North-West England has found its home in Liverpool.
Jamaica Making: The Theresa Roberts Art Collection exhibition at the Victoria Gallery and Museum will feature more than thirty artworks from the extensive collection of Jamaican-born entrepreneur and philanthropist Theresa Roberts.

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Jamaica Making
The Theresa Roberts Art Collection
Edited by Emma Roberts
Liverpool University Press 2022

Book title Jamaika Making - The Theresa Roberts Art Collection published 2022

This book accompanies the first exhibition entirely of Jamaican art to take place in the north-west of the UK. The exhibition, Jamaica Making: The Theresa Roberts Art Collection, is sited at the Victoria Gallery and Museum, Liverpool in 2022, and is a comprehensive presentation of the best of Jamaican art since the 1960s.

The Theresa Roberts Art Collection is the private collection of Theresa Roberts, a Jamaican-born businesswoman and philanthropist, who has made the UK her home. This collection offers an important insight into the development of Jamaican art since the country gained Independence in 1962. Indeed, the exhibition also acts to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Jamaican independence in 2022.
Included in the book are the following: an official welcome from the Prime Minister of Jamaica; an essay by the collector, exhibition donor and philanthropist, Theresa Roberts; an introduction by eminent British-Jamaican art historian, Edward Lucie-Smith; essays by Emma Roberts, the exhibition curator (Liverpool John Moores University), Davinia Gregory, writer, educator and researcher (Columbia University, USA) and Sireita Mullings, arts practitioner and visual sociologist (University of Bedfordshire). The final section of the book is the full visual catalogue of the Jamaica Making exhibition - a unique record of this historic exhibition.

Emma Roberts is Associate Dean (Global Engagement) at Liverpool John Moores University.

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