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West and West Hill Streets
Nassau, N.P.
The Bahamas

(242) 328-5800

Bahamian art: Presenting. Uniting. Educating.

Events

4th Sundays are back in September!
Sep
23
12:00 PM12:00

4th Sundays are back in September!

The NAGB's 4th Sundays are back! We took a short break in in July and August for our special summer programming and now this Fall, we are giving you yet another reason to visit us on our FREE resident Sundays. Get a free tour of the NAGB's current exhibitions, "Double Dutch: Hot Water", "Hard Mouth" and our newest exhibitions opening September 13th, "Lavar Munroe: A 10-Year Survey", and the "Potcake Exhibition." 

Add an exciting element to your visitor experience and connect with and learn more about the artworks at The National Art Gallery! Tours will be held every 30 minutes beginning at 12:30 p.m. Interested persons can stop in to our Mixed Media Store to sign up for an available tour and meet our wonderful docents! 

Interested in becoming a Volunteer docent? Contact Education Officer, Katrina Cartwright at kcartwright@nagb.org.bs or call 328-5800.

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BaSHRA Presents Relationships Master Classes around Black Love
Sep
25
5:30 PM17:30

BaSHRA Presents Relationships Master Classes around Black Love

On Tuesday, September 25th 2018, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB), BaSHRA will be hosting the first of four Relationship Master Classes focused around the subject of “Black Love”. The theme of this session is “Trust issues, the silent relationship killer”.  There will be 30 minutes of speaker-directed interactive activity and 30 minutes for moderated open floor discussion.

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Portfolio Workshop for teens at the NAGB this September
Sep
22
9:00 AM09:00

Portfolio Workshop for teens at the NAGB this September

The NAGB is offering another FREE portfolio workshop on Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 for aspiring young artists with big hopes and dreams who are applying for entry into college/university art programmes in 2018 or 2019. Our January and April workshops had a huge impact and we received amazing feedback from all of our participants.

“I loved the portfolio workshop. It was very informative, interactive and fun!– Portfolio Workshop participant ‘18.

We want to do our best to support these young artists and know how daunting college/university applications can be (we have all been there!) so please let us help you learn the ins and outs of creative arts applications. A little extra knowledge goes such a long way to making your application stand out in the ways that count.

See flyer for more details, or call the NAGB at 328-5800 during weekdays or email our Education Officer Katrina Cartwright at kcartwright@nagb.org.bs.

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Women's Wednesdays: The Relationship Between Women's Rights and LGBT+ Rights
Sep
19
6:00 PM18:00

Women's Wednesdays: The Relationship Between Women's Rights and LGBT+ Rights

"The Referendum of 2016 proposed four constitutional Bills. Bill #4 sought to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, which could have paved the way for improved legal rights for the LGBT+ community. The bill incited highly publicised displays of homophobia. There were voters who considered themselves in favour of women’s rights, but against Bill 4. 

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These events raise important questions: 
-What are the intersections between women’s rights and LGBT+ rights? 
-What are the institutional and cultural barriers to achieving equal rights for LGBT+ Bahamians? 
-What can we learn from regional LGBT+ movements in the Caribbean? 
-What does it mean to be an effective ally to the LGBT+ community? 

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Women's Wednesdays was founded by Equality Bahamas as a response to community members' requests for a space to access resources, experts, and practitioners, share knowledge, and engage in conversation with one another. Officially started in May 2017, Women's Wednesdays highlights Bahamian women and our experiences in The Bahamas, specific to our identities including gender, race, sexuality, age, and ability. Held once per month at minimum, the events draw women together to have conversations that bring our individual lives into focus while connecting to family, community, and national narratives.

#WW242 intentionally centers and prioritizes women and girls, and is open to the public through in-person events, livestreams, and social media activity. With the support of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, we create a safe space for knowledge-building, idea-sharing, critical dialogue, and movement-building.

Inspired by Equality Bahamas' Women's Wednesdays, there is now a similar initiative in Guyana, and other countries in the Caribbean are expected to follow."

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Opening Reception for Potcake Exhibition
Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

Opening Reception for Potcake Exhibition

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is proud to announce that its “Open Call for Potcakes” received over 40 submissions. Through an internal jury process we were able to narrow down the selection to support works by the following artists: Julia Browning, Dahar Butler, Barbara Christofilis, Janae Ferguson, Tamika Galanis, Thomas Hairston, Lyndera Hall, Jalan Harris, Domonique Jacobs, Allan Jones, Stephanie Jurgens, Camaron Louis, Natalia Nuñez, Matthew Rahming, George Robinson, Maelynn Seymour-Major, Gillian Smith, Katrina Toothe, Debra Trewin, Patricia Vazquez-Vandenberg, and Angelika Wallace-Whitfield.

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A formal reception will be held on Thursday, September 13th in the Project Space Room at the NAGB in conjunction with the opening of Lavar Munroe’s 10-Year Survey. The opening will be from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Lavar Munroe's 10-Year Survey Opens
Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

Lavar Munroe's 10-Year Survey Opens

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas invites you to save the date for the upcoming 10-Year Survey of works by Lavar Munroe. On Thursday, September 13th from 7 pm - 10 pm, the NAGB will exhibit over 50 works created from 2008- 2018, focusing on the evolution of Munroe's creative practice and it's materiality move off the wall and into a richer dimensionality at once exploring the fragility and tenuous relations of the human condition, Blackness, the grotesque and the beautiful. 

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National Exhibition 9 (NE9), Call for Works Deadline Extended!ss
Aug
26
12:01 AM00:01

National Exhibition 9 (NE9), Call for Works Deadline Extended!ss

In preparation for the NE9 set to open on Thursday, December 13th the deadline for the Call For Works will be extended by one week, ending on Sunday, August 26th, given several recent developments which positively impact the call and its mission.

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We are thrilled to reveal the jury for the NE9– “The Fruit and the Seed”–which includes Mr Derek Rolle, the deputy governor of the Central Bank of The Bahamas; Mr. John Cox, Former Chief Curator at NAGB and current Artistic Director at The Current Studios at Baha Mar; and Mr. Allan P. Wallace, local artist and instigator. Joining them will be NAGB Chief Curator, Holly Bynoe and two international curators, Naima J. Keith, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Programs at the California African American Museum and independent LA-based curator former associate curator at the Pérez Art Museum Miami Diana Nawi. Keith and Nawi were recently named joint curators of Prospect.5, the next edition of the New Orleans Triennial.

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The call for works seen here with set requirements invites all artists to submit proposals and works by the deadline of Sunday, August 26th, 2018 at 11:59pm. Late entries will not be acknowledged. 

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Double Dutch "Hot Water" Opening Reception and Artists' Talk
Aug
23
7:00 PM19:00

Double Dutch "Hot Water" Opening Reception and Artists' Talk

This year's series moves into its seventh iteration with "Hot Water." Opening on Thursday, August 23rd, the environmental and sustainably-focused project sets its eyes on Ragged Island and provides a moment for the collaborative meeting of two collectives, Expo 2020 emerging from the University of The Bahamas (UB), and the Plastico Fantastico Collective with members from the United States, Cuba, Brazil, The Bahamas and London.

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Using the site of Ragged Island as a space to think about sustainable futures, the imagination collides with fantasy and fiction as both teams meet to speak about concerns around climate change and fragile natural ecologies. Through displacement, the narrative of destruction and rebuilding after Hurricane Irma provides a map for the nation to begin to deal with the trauma of loss, devastation and reclamation of cultural identity.

Expo 2020 is represented by Ide Thompson, Ashley McClain and Moriah Lightbourn with advisors Michael Edwards and Dr Ian Bethell Bennett leading the UB team. Plastico Fantastico members include Maria Konder, Rafael D'Alo, Daniel Kukla, Ruben Millares, Alexandra Timchula and Antonia Wright. Ethan Knowles–NAGB attaché and summer intern–joins the team to further anchor the exhibition’s context with writing and field notes further clarifying the relationship of the environment to our humanity.

Double Dutch brings together ”local and regional artists, irrespective of where they are currently residing, to produce provocative bodies of work through collaboration and exchange. The project works against ideas of nationalism and the insularity of our creative environs by creating an experimental hub to explore regional and diasporic culture, our creative acumen and sensibilities.

“Hot Water” runs through the end of October.

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Women's Wednesdays: Changing the Way We Talk About Sex
Aug
15
6:00 PM18:00

Women's Wednesdays: Changing the Way We Talk About Sex

From proposals to sterilize women on the election campaign stage to public shaming of young black women on the frontlines of white-owned businesses, sexuality and the right to bear children are under attack. The rules seem to be different for women -- black women, poor women, unmarried women. We need time and space to talk about the "issues" raised, largely by men, where our bodies are concerned. Join us for a conversation about sex. Who gets to have it? With whom? For what purpose? What policies, systems, and services exist to support our choices? What do we need to create for ourselves?
 

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Women's Wednesdays was founded by Equality Bahamas as a response to community members' requests for a space to access resources, experts, and practitioners, share knowledge, and engage in conversation with one another. Officially started in May 2017, Women's Wednesdays highlights Bahamian women and our experiences in The Bahamas, specific to our identities including gender, race, sexuality, age, and ability. Held once per month at minimum, the events draw women together to have conversations that bring our individual lives into focus while connecting to family, community, and national narratives. 

#WW242 intentionally centers and prioritizes women and girls, and is open to the public through in-person events, livestreams, and social media activity. With the support of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, we create a safe space for knowledge-building, idea-sharing, critical dialogue, and movement-building.

Inspired by Equality Bahamas' Women's Wednesdays, there is now a similar initiative in Guyana, and other countries in the Caribbean are expected to follow.

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Never been to a Women's Wednesdays event? Watch the session on Health & Wellness here: https://vimeo.com/251740616

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Mixed Media Summer Art Camp Exhibition "Back To Da island" Opening Ceremony
Aug
9
6:00 PM18:00

Mixed Media Summer Art Camp Exhibition "Back To Da island" Opening Ceremony

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas invites you to the opening ceremony of "Back To Da Island" our Mixed Media Art Summer Camp Exhibition on Thursday, August 9th, 2018 from 6 p.m. in Fiona's Theatre and the Project Space Room. Light refreshments will be served and the dress code is 'Sunday Go to Meeting'. The opening ceremony is free and open to the pubic. 

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"We Suffer to Remain" finissage presents A True & Exact History: A Reading
Jul
29
4:00 PM16:00

"We Suffer to Remain" finissage presents A True & Exact History: A Reading

On Sunday, July 29th at 4pm, the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas will host a reading of Sonia Farmer's "A True & Exact History." Farmer’s erasure of one of the most formative descriptions of the English Caribbean in the seventeenth Century, Richard Ligon’s 1657 guidebook, “A True and Exact History of Barbadoes.” uses the language at the core of this text to interrogate narrative as a device of cohesive history in the Caribbean space. 

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Presented as an artist book in “We Suffer to Remain,” the closing of this exhibition will reimagine this poem as a sound piece. Using eleven speakers to represent the eleven separate parishes of the island, their voices inhabit and exchange threads of these dispersed narratives, ultimately calling into question what it means to write “a true and exact history” of anything.

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Session Two: Mixed Media Art Summer Camp
Jul
16
9:00 AM09:00

Session Two: Mixed Media Art Summer Camp

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) is wrapping up the last week of Session One of the Mixed Media Art Summer Camp and getting ready for Session Two. Kids ages 5 to 17 are welcomed to the NAGB, where they’ll spend their time learning visual art techniques, exploring different avenues of creativity and developing their knowledge of art.

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LUX Film Programme #3:  Hieroglyphics of the Flesh
Jul
5
8:00 PM20:00

LUX Film Programme #3: Hieroglyphics of the Flesh

Hieroglyphics of the Flesh attempts to think through violence, negation and colonial histories at the level of the haptic, bodily and material. It is framed around artist and writer Ayesha Hameed’s conceptualisation of the notion of ‘hapticality’, which brings a sense of the sensory and visceral back to post-colonial discourses to propose new ways of feeling through others: from the sense of skin pressed on skin in the belly of a slave ship to the evocation of queer masculinity and the politics of the gendered body. The films in this programme variously signal to how the legacies of slavery and colonialism have been metabolised and articulated through the body, as well as externalised on dancefloors and through soundsystems. 

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Mixed Media Art Summer Camp: Session 1
Jun
25
9:00 AM09:00

Mixed Media Art Summer Camp: Session 1

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) is pleased to announce the return of its annual summer camp, the Mixed Media Art Summer Camp. This year, kids ages 5 to 17 are welcomed to the NAGB, where they’ll spend their time learning visual art techniques, exploring different avenues of creativity and developing their knowledge of art.

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4th Sundays at the NAGB
Jun
24
12:00 PM12:00

4th Sundays at the NAGB

The NAGB is hosting its final 4th Sunday before we break for summer activities on June 24th, 2018.  Get a free tour of the NAGB's current exhibitions, "Traversing the Picturesque: For Sentimental Value",  "We Suffer to Remain" and the newest Permanent Exhibition, which opens June 19th. Add an exciting element to your visitor experience and connect with and learn more about the artworks at The National Art Gallery! 

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Public lecture by Eddie Chambers: Caribbean Artists Visualising Enslavement
Jun
21
7:00 PM19:00

Public lecture by Eddie Chambers: Caribbean Artists Visualising Enslavement

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is pleased to invite you to a public lecture by cultural critic, writer and professor Eddie Chambers on Thursday, June 21st, 2018 starting at 7pm. 

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John Beadle "Cuffed: held in check"

With so much of the New World being built on enslavement, it’s not surprising that slavery’s legacies should continue to exercise so many artists, not only of the Caribbean region, but also those of what we might call the Caribbean diaspora. These artists visualise slavery in an astonishingly broad range of ways, and one particularly fascinating aspect of this visualisation are the ways in which visual articulations of enslavement act as a means of animating decidedly contemporary challenges. Caribbean artists are extraordinarily adept at making innovative, challenging, aesthetically cogent work, and a notable strand of this is work that turns its attention to the formidable and ongoing task of visualizing slavery and its multiple legacies.

In this regard, We Suffer to Remain is very much a textured, layered, multi-faceted manifestation of artists grappling with slavery and its legacies. This talk will present and discuss various examples of the ways in which artists of the Caribbean and its diasporas have responded to the challenges of visualizing slavery. Among the artists whose work is to be included in the talk are Charles Campbell (Jamaica/Canada), Terry Boddie (Saint Kiits and Nevis/USA), and Tam Joseph (Dominica/UK).

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Eddie Chambers

Biography:

Eddie Chambers, the son of Jamaican immigrants, was born in Wolverhampton, England. He gained his Ph D from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 1998, for his study of press and other responses to the work of a new generation of Black artists in Britain, active during the 1980s. He was on a number of occasions between 2003 and 2009, a Visiting Professor at Emory University, Atlanta. He joined the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin in January 2010 where he is currently a Professor. In 2012 Rodopi Editions, Amsterdam and New York, published his book Things Done Change: The Cultural Politics of Recent Black Artists in Britain. He is also the author of Black Artists in British Art: A History Since the 1950s, published by I. B. Tauris, London and New York, 2014, reissued 2015, and Roots & Culture: Cultural Politics in the Making of Black Britain, published 2017. His website is eddiechambers.com

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LUX Scotland Film Series: Programme II: Poetics of the Undercommons
Jun
14
8:00 AM08:00

LUX Scotland Film Series: Programme II: Poetics of the Undercommons

Poetics of the Undercommons explores spoken word, poetry and lyrical prose as sites of resistance and liberation, framing the way the voice can embody a space of both individual and collective agency. The programme takes its title from a publication by the poet and scholar Fred Moten, who imagined a ‘poetics of the undercommons’ as not only an aesthetic practice, but also a social poesis – a constant process through which people make one another and the sociality in which they live.

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MMASC 2018: Parent Orientation
Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

MMASC 2018: Parent Orientation

The NAGB is committed to ensuring that you and your child has the best possible experience at our Mixed Media Art Summer Camp. Our parent orientations for new and returning parents allow parents to familiarize themselves with camp activities and rules and regulations and get to know the NAGB staff who coordinate the camp.

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