All artists are invited to attend an open forum for the NE9 with NAGB Chief Curator Holly Bynoe. The purpose of the forum is to answer any questions and address any concerns about the 9th National Exhibition open call set to open on December 13th, 2018.
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.
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.
The National Exhibition 9 (NE) is an invitation to all artists–irrespective to how your practice is defined–to think about what risk-taking, truth-telling and innovation can do in a space that is still becoming.
The call for works seen here with set requirements invites all artists to submit proposals and works by the deadline of Sunday, August 19th, 2018 at 11:59pm. Late entries will not be acknowledged.
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.
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas invites you to Robin Hardy's Open Studios and demonstration which will take place at the NAGB on Saturday, July 14th from 5:00 pm. Robin will speak about his practice of woodworking while conducting a demo of woodturning with local woods.
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas invites the public to our conversation series in support of our exhibition “Traversing the Picturesque: For Sentimental Value,” which presents a historical overview of works created by visiting artists and expatriates from the 1850s through 1960.
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.
You are cordially invited to the launch of Bahama Mama: Portraits and Wisdom From the Mothers of Bahamian Society, a coffee table book and exhibition that shines a light on the beauty inside and out, of a generation of women that held The Bahamas together.
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.
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!
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
The NAGB is beginning volunteer training on Saturday, June 9th, 2018 to get volunteers in gear for a fun, active summer filled with lots of creativity. These sessions are mandatory for all persons wishing to volunteer at this year's Mixed Media Art Summer Camp.
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, 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". Cocteau’s update of the Orpheus myth depicts a famous poet, scorned by the Left Bank youth, and his love for both his wife, Eurydice, and a mysterious princess.
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.
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".
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