On Thursday, November 23rd, at 7 pm The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas presents the gritty, black and white French film, "La Haine" (Hate). The film follows the lives of three young men struggling to come to terms with their anger after a riot, and frustration with the Police and a system that doesn’t know how to cope with the inequalities of modern French life.
The NAGB is rocking the bells at our Christmas-themed "Arternoon" on Saturday, December 2nd at 10:00 am. Children ages 5-12 years are invited to make Christmas ornaments with NAGB staff and volunteers, then help to decorate our very unusual, very special Christmas tree!
Opening Reception for Medium: Practices and Routes of Spirituality and Mysticism + Unveiling of The Gates Commission
On Thursday December 14th, 2017, The NAGB opens, Medium: Practices and Routes of Spirituality and Mysticism. Program begins at 6:00 p.m. with the unveiling of the museum's newest addition to the National Collection: The Gates Commission, by master metalsmith Tyrone Ferguson. They and of course, the exhibition are a must see.
This conversation centers around women's political participation, particularly in the wake of bids for leadership by former FNM MP and Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner and current PLP MP Glenys Hanna-Martin and the responses to their audacity. We will look at where we've come from, where we are now, and where we need to go. Beyond a general review, we will begin to create a strategy for Bahamian women interested in increasing and improving our political participation and its impact. It is the beginning of a process.
Melissa Alcena will have a special viewing of her first solo exhibition 'Some (Re)assembly Required' in the NAGB Project Space Room on Saturday, November 4th from 5 - 7 p.m. The artist will also be involved in an informal artist talk starting at 5 pm with open studios directly after. 'Some (Re)assembly Required' runs through Sunday, December 3rd, 2017. The event is free and open to the public.
Local artist Dede Brown invites you to create a modern, double sided, hanging mobile using a few of the techniques utilized in creating her hanging installation in the Double Dutch exhibition “Re: Encounter,” which is currently on display at the NAGB
This October the NAGB is celebrating Halloween a few days earlier with a good ghost story. On Thursday, October 26th at 7 p.m. the NAGB invites you, if you dare, to watch a gothic tale told by the master of the macabre Guillermo del Toro.
Double Dutch artist Joiri Minaya shares her love of printing and fabric in a three-hour workshop on Saturday, October 14th, from 10 am to 1 pm, that introduces participants to block printing, which is one of the oldest types of printmaking. Sign up today!
Re: Encounter brings together Dominican-born, New York-based artist Joiri Minaya and Bahamian artist Dede Brown who have developed individual projects that speak towards issues of being postcolonial subjects. Both practices use representations in nature and the feminised to confront patriarchy, the rigidity of history and the stronghold of colonial narratives.
This conversation centers around gender, culture, and the construction of Bahamian Muslimah identities. There are approximately 350 persons who identify as Muslim in the Bahamas (Department of Statistics, Bahamas 2010; Masjid records). This minority religion includes an increasing population of young Bahamian women converts. What does is mean to be a Muslim Bahamian / Bahamian Muslim? The conversation will be followed by a projection of photographs documenting the Bahamian Muslim community then and now.
Join Abby Smith and Jackson Petit from the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas for a free printmaking workshop, exclusively for secondary school students, on the work and practice of Bahamian master artist Maxwell Taylor. Taylor is known for his woodcut prints, and this is a great chance to get an introduction to this very particular medium.
The public is invited to join Abby Smith and Jackson Petit from the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas for a presentation on the life and practice of Maxwell Taylor and Amos Ferguson - two of our master artists - and their interpretations of Bahamian everyday life. the talk will center on the ways that both artists work with the idea of The Bahamas as a paradise. This discussion aims to not only show how important these works are to how we view ourselves as Bahamians, but how we represent ourselves in light of our tourism industry.
Join Abby Smith And Jackson Petit From The National Art Gallery Of The Bahamas For A Free Painting Workshop For Primary And Secondary School Students, On The Work And Practice Of Bahamian Master Artist Amos Ferguson. We will be hosting two different painting sessions on October 3rd at the Activities Centre of The Exuma Foundation in Hoopers Bay.
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is very pleased to present the 'fairwell voyage' of our traveling exhibition, ‘Max/Amos: a tale of two paradises’, in Exuma. Featuring Bahamian master artists Maxwell Taylor and Amos Ferguson from the National Collection, this exhibition delves into the various aspects of Bahamian society and culture in relation to our global recognition as a paradise nation. Both Taylor and Ferguson get to the heart of Bahamian experience with a blunt honesty and sense of integrity to themselves as artists and Bahamians.It seems fitting to send off this exhibition in Exuma, the birthplace of Amos Ferguson, and acts as a bit of a homecoming for his work. Please join us at the Wenshua Gallery in George Town, Exuma from 6:00pm to 8:00pm for the opening of our last showing of this particular outreach exhibition - don't worry, there will be more to come!
Audrey Roberts is presenting on The Economic Cost of Unpaid Labour. Felicity Humblestone will then join, in her capacity as an only child who cares for her mother. From there, the usual discussion and Q&A.
On September 26th, 2017 from 6 pm - 7:30 pm the NAGB invites you to our Conversation Series, “From Shallow Seas and Deep Hearts,” which highlights our Project Space Exhibition showcasing a collection of short documentaries by Settler’s Cove Productions.
As a former colony, the Bahamian people are well versed in the effects of colonialism. It is this theme that African writer and director Ousmane Sembène explores in rich detail in his 1966 film Black Girl.
On Thursday August 31st at 8 p.m. the NAGB will present "Ali: Fear Eats The Soul". A German film from director Rainer Werner Fassbinder; presents a story that on its surface deals with two people from different cultures falling in love, and the ripples of conflict they create amongst their friends and family.
On Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 from 5:30 onwards the BaSHRA presents, Beyond Genitals: An Exploration of Sexuality. Kevon Lightbourne will lead a discussion around the emotional, intellectual, spiritual and social aspects of sex, and the total experience of being male and female.
#WomensWednesdays intentionally centers and prioritizes women and girls, and is open to the public through in-person events, livestreams, and social media activity. It is a collaborative effort of Equality Bahamas and the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas to create a safe space for knowledge-building, idea-sharing, critical dialogue, and movement-building.
The Women & Sex discussion centers women's health, focusing on care for the body, negotiating use of contraception, the definition and practice of consent, and ways to talk to young people about sex.
NAGB Mixed Media Art Summer Camp Exhibition 2017: A Journey Through Time: Telling Our Story with Art
The NAGB Mixed Media Art Summer Camp (MMASC), revamped in 2015, serves as an access point for all kids, aged 5 to 18, to Bahamian art and its history. Come see the fantastic work of these young artists! The MMASC Exhibition opens on Tuesday August 1st, and runs until August 28th.
Crime is an issue that affects us all in The Bahamas. On Thursday, July 27th at 8 p.m. the NAGB will screen the 1948 Italian masterpiece, Vittorio De Sica's "Bicycle Thieves."
#WomenWednesdays intentionally centers and prioritizes women and girls, and is open to the public through in-person events, livestreams, and social media activity. It is a collaborative effort of Equality Bahamas and the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas to create a safe space for knowledge-building, idea-sharing, critical dialogue, and movement-building.
"Of Skin and Sand," brings together Jamaican artist Leasho Johnson and Bahamian artist Edrin Symonette who have developed individual projects that speak towards issues of gender constructs, masculinity and sexuality within a Black Caribbean context. Boundaries are reinforced and broken down through societal and practical experimentations as they work in the NAGB's Ballroom to develop unique installations that dialogue with each other in confrontational and powerful ways.
On Thursday, June 22nd at 8 p.m., the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas will present Black Narcissus, the story of a group of nuns who struggle to establish a convent in the Himalayas. Temptation comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors, but never has it been illustrated so dramatically as was the case with this 1947 Oscar winning film.
The opening preview reception of Gabrielle Banks’ “The Mark of a Woman’ will take place on Thursday, June 22nd, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served at the event. Come out and celebrate one of The Bahamas’ most exciting emerging artists.
On Thursday, June 15, starting at 7 p.m. the NAGB will hold a conversation on the evolution of the built environment in The Bahamas with George V. Cox, Pat Rahming and Teran Nicholls in support of "George Cox: The Unseen Structure" through the lens of John Cox currently on view through July 9th, 2017.
On Saturday, June 10th at 5 p.m. The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas will welcome under our ongoing partnership with the University of The Bahamas Art Programme, Associate Professor, and artist Heino Schmid, in conversation with two emerging Long Island artists and budding educators, Blake Fox and Shanteena Simms. Fox and Simms’ current exhibition “Again. Again. Again” is on view in the Project Space Room at the NAGB through Sunday, June 18th.
After ten years of living away, of coming home, of imagining and re-imagining, writing and re-writing, gathering all the feedback of so many generous readers and writers, and then writing some more, my collection of short stories Helen Klonaris' book "If I Had the Wings" is complete.
As a part of his retrospective, “Love, Loss and Life”, artist Thierry Lamare will share frame building techniques at a three-hour workshop at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Many of Lamare’s frames are built from found driftwood and crafted with a skill and attention to detail that is virtually flawless.
On Thursday, May 18th at 8 p.m. the NAGB presents "Modern Times." The last film to feature the Tramp character and the first time Chaplin is heard on film.