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.
On Saturday, May 12 starting at 5 pm, the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas invites you to an open studio session and informal discussion with John Beadle about his newly unveiled project Still Ringing, a continuation of the work developed for the British Council supported exhibition “We Suffer to Remain.”
On Thursday, May 17th starting at 7 p.m. LUX Scotland in partnership with the British Council will present the first of four film programmes in our brand-spanning-new Fiona’s Theatre.
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 14TH, 2018. The NAGB is celebrating the Chinese year of the Dog with a call for Potcakes. Would you like to share your experience of observing, owning or knowing a potcake? Bahamian artists are welcome to submit works in any medium: painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography, video, textile, installation and mixed media.
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas would like to invite the public to attend a lecture and talk by Mark Aronson; chief conservator at the Yale Center for British Art. Aronson will discuss painting restoration, his work in collections care and touch on the ways these everyday museum activities can help serve and inform and help various communities, which include artists, collectors, museums and ultimately the communities that support them.
For the second time this year the NAGB is offering a FREE portfolio workshop on Saturday, April 21, 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 workshop had a huge impact and we received amazing feedback from all of our participants.
On Thursday, April 12th at 8 p.m. the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas says farewell to guest volunteer film programmer Francis Litzinger with a special presentation of his favourite film, The Third Man (1949), directed by British filmmaker Carol Reed.
Considered by many critics as one of the greatest films of all time, features a tragic love story deliciously wrapped in a tale of deception and murder.
An impossibly charismatic Orson Welles plays Harry Lime, the creation of British novelist Graham Greene, who co-wrote the screenplay with Welles and Reed.
But it’s the city of post-war Vienna that’s the true star of this influential film that, like Casablanca and other classics, has managed to grow in stature year after year.
“As a film programmer I’ve seen thousands of films in my lifetime and very few stay with me the way this film has. Every time I watch it, which is at least once or twice a year, I see something new. It’s become a reliable friend that never disappoints,” says Francis.
It’s a bittersweet film for a bittersweet night as Francis ends his guest programming stint and the NAGB embarks on a new film programme presented in co-operation with the British Council.
Don’t miss the opportunity to see a classic film presented un-cut and restored. RSVP on facebook here.
The NAGB is again bringing you an egg-citing Easter Egg Hunt that is just for kids! On Saturday, March 31st, let your child experiment with fun and creative activities during our Egg and Bunny-Making workshop, then search for and gather as many of our 700 hidden eggs as they can find. There will be prizes, surprises, snacks and lots of incredible energy.
To celebrate the opening of We Suffer to Remain at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, Scottish artist Graham Fagen will give a public lecture at the University of The Bahamas on Monday 26 March at 3.30pm.
Docent-led tours are back on March 25th! On the NAGB's 4th Sundays we add an exciting element to your visitor experience, giving you the opportunity to 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!
Save-the-date for our first FREE Teachers' Seminar in 2018! The NAGB is pleased to host a series of quarterly professional development workshops for all teachers- not just art teachers- who are interested in learning more about integrating art with other subjects in their classes and utilizing resources at the museum to enhance their students' creative experience.
On Friday, March 23rd, 2018 starting at 7 p.m. the NAGB invites you to an artists' talk with the featured artists in "We Suffer to Remain", the British Council collaborative project which looks at the legacy of slavery, and its effects on The Bahamas and the wider Caribbean.
Bahamian artists John Beadle, Sonia Farmer and Anina Major, were invited to respond to Scottish artist, Graham Fagen's epic poetic sound clash "The Slave's Lament" and develop work as a call and response to Fagen's project. During the conversation, we will speak about the development of the unique projects while discussing the implications and realities of existing and thriving with the weight of history and colonisation.
During the evening we will speak about how our meditation sounds like coming from the inside the Caribbean and how this counter-narrative builds on the erasure that often encapsulates the stories of our past and how this continues to shape and inform our Bahamas.
Sonia Farmer (1987) is a writer, visual artist, and small press publisher who uses letterpress printing, bookbinding, hand-papermaking and digital projects to build narratives about the Caribbean space. She is the founder of Poinciana Paper Press, a small and independent press located in Nassau, The Bahamas, which produces handmade and limited edition chapbooks of Caribbean literature and promotes the crafts of book arts through workshops and creative collaborations. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout Nassau including at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. She is the author of “Infidelities” (Poinciana Paper Press, 2017) and several chapbooks. Her poetry has won the 2011 prize in the Small Axe Literary Competition and has appeared in various journals. She holds a BFA in Writing from Pratt Institute and is currently pursuing her MFA studies in Book Arts at the University of Iowa.
John Beadle (1964) was born in The Bahamas and grew up on the island of New Providence where he presently lives and works. Beadle is a multi-discipline artist whose range spans painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation, earthworks and the festival arts. He draws inspiration from his involvement, his community’s cultural practices and the close observation of that space. Beadle mines his environment for information to inform his material use, utterances/narratives and direction; at times the material is metaphorical other times, physical. Beadle holds a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. degree in painting from The Rhode Island School of Design and Tyler School of Art of Temple University, respectively.
Anina Major (b. 1981) Nassau, Bahamas is an interdisciplinary artist who primarily works with clay. Her practice investigates the relationships between self and place as a way of cultivating moments of reflection and acceptance. Major studied at the College of The Bahamas, earned a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design from Drexel University and a Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including the St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artists Award for Sculpture, the Watershed Summer Residency Zenobia Award and MassMoCA Studio Artist Program. Her work has been exhibited in The Bahamas, across the United States and Europe.
Graham Fagen (1966) is one of the most influential artists working in Scotland today. His work mixes media and crosses continents; combining video, performance, photography and sculpture with text, live music, and plants. Fagen’s recurring artistic themes, which include flowers, journeys, and popular song, are used as attempts to understand the powerful forces that shape our lives. Fagen studied at The Glasgow School of Art (1984–1988, BA) and the Kent Institute of Art and Design (1989–1990, MA), and is a senior lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee.
In 1999 Fagen was invited by the Imperial War Museum, London, to work as the Official War Artist for Kosovo, and since then has exhibited widely both in the UK and abroad. Exhibitions include “Golden Age”, Institute of Contemporary Art, London (1999); “The British Art Show” (2000); “Zenomap”, Scotland + Venice at the 50th Venice Biennale (2003); “Bloodshed” at the Victoria & Albert Museum and “Art of the Garden”, Tate Britain (2004); Busan Biennale, South Korea; and the Art and Industry Biennial, New Zealand (2004).
On Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 starting at 7 pm The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas invites you the opening of our two brand-spanking-new spring exhibitions "We Suffer to Remain" and "Traversing the Picturesque: For Sentimental Value".
On Thursday, March 8th, at 7 pm the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas presents acclaimed filmmaker Jean Cocteau's answer to that question with the screening of the French classic, "Orpheus".
Women's Wednesdays: International Women's Day - Our Bodies, Our Stories, Our Rights
Providing access to our National Collection to an archipelagic nation like The Bahamas has proven to be difficult given its length and breadth. As a result the NAGB’s Communication-Education Department, in collaboration with its Curatorial Department, created a travelling exhibition for our Family Islands accompanied by an extensive community outreach initiative inclusive of free workshops, a public talk, school visits (primary and secondary) and donations of museum literature for art teachers, schools and public libraries.
Docent-led tours at the NAGB on the fourth Sunday of every month add an exciting element to your visitor experience, giving you the opportunity to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 328-5800.
Using the work of “Medium” artists Jackson Burnside, Nettie Symonette, Jace Mckinney and Erica James as inspiration, participants will be led through the creation of collages that utilize traditional and non-traditional materials to express what inspires them and moves their spirit. Beginning with a brief tour of the exhibition, followed by a discussion and demonstration, participants will leave the NAGB with a completed collage that has their very own personal touch!
On Wednesday, February 21st, 2018, starting at 7 pm The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas presents two different films that look at the mystery of death.
The first, the short film "Carl’s Present" by a local filmmaker Kevin Taylor, is about a man given a second chance with his life. The story follows a chance encounter which leads him to a medicine woman who cures him for a day. Carl now makes use of his day to make amends, love, forgive and be forgiven.
Following that a screening of the timeless Swedish epic historical fantasy film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman, The Seventh Seal, in which a knight challenges Death to a game of chess for his life. The Knight and Death play as the cultural turmoil envelopes the people around them as they try, in different ways, to deal with the upheaval the plague has caused.
The screening is free and open to the public. It is rated NR. We will have popcorn on hand for sale. NOTE: If it rains we will host the screening inside the gallery space. Come out and spend this lovely evening with us.
The NAGB Mural Programme is one of several NAGB outreach initiatives that brings artists and communities together in the creation of amazing art. Beyond creating wonderful public works, the Mural Programme, increases the NAGB’s presence beyond our gallery walls while also fostering an awareness and knowledge of the NAGB’s National Collection.
On Thursday, February 8th from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas will host a presentation by Manhattan-based collector Steve Shane as he speaks about his admiration and love for art. With a collection of over 1000 pieces of contemporary art including sculpture, painting, drawings, photography, and prints he lives with art on every surface of his home. His appreciation is broad.
In collaboration with Nettie’s Cultural Centre, the NAGB will be offering an exclusive guided tour of the exhibition “Medium: Practices and Routes of Spirituality and Mysticism” on Saturday, February 3rd from 10- 1 pm, and will be led by the Gallery’s Chief Curator, Holly Bynoe and Education Officer, Katrina Cartwright. The exhibition tour will be followed by a saunter through the NAGB’s expanding Sculpture Garden to see Nettie’s tree, then participants will be shuttled to Nettie’s “Cultural Centre” on Cable Beach.
On January 20, 2018, the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is offering a FREE portfolio workshop for aspiring young artists who are applying for entry into college/university art programmes in 2018 or 2019. This workshop guides participants through the creation of a successful portfolio and gives helpful tips on the application process.
An unnamed African country serves as the backdrop for Claire Denis’ powerful French film "White Material." An entitled white woman fights to keep her family's coffee plantation in operation as a civil war erupts around her.
It’s a searing portrait of European colonialism struggling to stay afloat. Join us for this screening of "White Material" on Thursday, January 18th at 7 pm, at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.
The screening is free and open to the public. It is rated NR and therefore inappropriate for children under 17. We will have popcorn on hand for sale. NOTE: If it rains we will host the screening inside the gallery space. Come out and spend this cool winter evening with us.
#WomensWednesdays 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 will draw women together to have conversations that bring our individual lives into focus while connecting to family, community, and national narratives.
#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 holidays are behind us, resolutions have been made for many, and most of 2018 is ahead of us. It's a good time to talk about women's health and wellness, taking our whole beings into consideration.
Our conversation will be guided by these questions:
- What is the difference between health and wellness?
- What options exists for people who want to live and be well, but don't have much money?
- Where do physical and mental health intersect?
- What everyday practices should we adopt to improve overall health and wellness?
- What should we be advocating for to make complete healthcare accessible for all women?
Never been to a Womens' Wednesdays event? Watch last month's session on Money here: https://vimeo.com/246983182
On Saturday, January 13th, 2017 at 3pm The National Gallery of The Bahamas will host an artist talk and performance by emerging painter Dominique Knowles 2ill use the newly opened amphitheatre and the NAGB grounds. Knowles opened his first solo show in the NAGB on December 14th, 2017 titled "In the Warmest Glance of the Sun" which runs through Sunday, January 14th, 2018.
On Monday, December 18th, members at every level are invited to engage in a one-of-a-kind evening with one of The Bahamas most promising young artists.
Methods in Ethereal Beauty is a members-only workshop, with Bahamian artist Jace McKinney and will take participants on a journey through his artistic process, then guide them through the creation of a unique painting that explores individual ideas of beauty and spirituality.