THE MUTUAL GALLERY AND ART CENTRE WAS CREATED IN 1975 BY THE JAMAICA MUTUAL LIFE ASSURANCE SOCIETY WHOSE CORPORATE PHILOSOPHY WAS TO EMBRACE ACTIVITIES THAT CONTRIBUTED TO NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND WERE ALSO PROFITABLE INVESTMENTS.
The donation of the space was a philanthropic gesture from the Jamaica Mutual Life Assurance Society as a contribution to the development of the Arts in Jamaica. At that time it was called the Mutual Life Gallery.
After the Mutual Life Assurance Society was liquidated, a new management committee was put in place. The Mutual Gallery and Art Centre was incorporated on 23 October 2001 with the stated objectives to promote Jamaican artists in Jamaica and internationally and increase the public’s interest, access to, and knowledge of Jamaican, regional and international contemporary visual arts.
Since its inception, the Gallery has maintained a strong calendar of exhibitions, giving fair exposure to the various branches of art and blending both traditional and contemporary works by well-known and young artists working in various media.