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.
#WomenWednesdays 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.
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas will produce and present a retrospective of Thierry Lamare's work entitled, "Love, Loss and Life. The exhibition opens on April 27th and runs through September 10, 2017 and features over 90 works from several local, regional and international collectors.
A retrospective focusing on the works of Bahamian Civil and Structural Engineer George Victor Cox, The Unseen Structure opens at the NAGB on April 27th at 6:30 pm. The exhibition showcases several important sites of development across New Providence and several family islands. The Unseen Structure will be informed by collaborations with architect Teran Nicholls and Patrick Rahming, former associates of Cox along with contemporary artists, John Cox.
The classic film, The Red Shoes, a 1948 dripping with Technicolour masterpiece, attempts to answer that question. Part musical, part drama, and always entertaining, this restored gem is being presented by the NAGB on Thursday April 20th starting at 8pm. The screening is free and open to the public we will have popcorn on hand for sale. Come out and spend this wonderful Spring night with us.
This year at the NAGB, our easter egg workshop will be Junkanoo themed! Your young one will get to paste and decorate Faberge (Fa-bur-jay) inspired eggs, constructed from traditional Junkanoo building materials. Cost: $12 (includes workshop, egg hunt, snack and drink) Age: open to children of all ages
On April 1st and 2nd, 2017, the NAGB will unveil our Permanent Exhibition with a new rehanging drawn from the National Collection, the Dawn Davies Collection and the D’Aguilar Art Foundation Collection. Revisiting An Eye for The Tropics will be specifically presented for Transforming Spaces 2017. Alongside that we will have Open Studios with Edrin Symonette who will be speaking about his NE8 Project "Residue of a Colonial Past".
The NAGB Film Series continues with part one of Scorsese's Masterpiece, The Last Temptation of Christ on Thursday March 30th, starting at 7pm.
NE8 participating artist, Attila Feszt will hold open studios and an informal artist talk in the Project Space Room to speak about his latest project 'Fake Plastic Trees'. The talk will happen on Saturday, March 11th, from 4-6pm.
Learn to slow down and really appreciate the details of your environment as a street photographer. Develop your skills of observation and embrace the art of story-telling through pictures. Keisha will take you on the streets of the West Hill community and pass on her tips and tricks of capturing the extraordinary in the everyday. You will meet at Hillside House to view her NE8 photography installation ‘Porch Conversations’ and discuss the approach to street photography. The group will take a 90-minute photowalk and return to share feedback. The final 30 minutes of the session will be dedicated to developing a collaborative work.
On Friday, February 24th, the NAGB in collaboration with Hillside House will stage a closing event to mark the end of the National Exhibition 8 OFFsite exhibition. The event will feature an artists’ talk with participating artists Del Foxton, Keisha Oliver, Cynthia Rahming, Alicia Wallace, and Natalie Willis.
The Fall/Winter series concludes on February 23rd with the eclectic 1985 Swedish film My Life As A Dog. The film, directed by Lasse Hallstrom, follows the adventures of young 12-year-old boy growing up in rural Sweden in the late 1950’s. My Life as a Dog, screens at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 23rd. All films are free to attend and to make your experience that much more enjoyable; we will be offering popcorn and refreshments for sale. RSVP to let us know that you'll be watching with us.
On Friday, February 17th, starting at 6 p.m., the NAGB will host an artists’ talk titled ‘In the thick of things’ with four artists from the NE8 including Margot Bethel, Dr. Ian Bethell-Bennett, Susan Katz-Lightbourne and Jordanna Kelly.
On February 9th - from 11 am- 12 pm and 12 pm - 1 pm, NE8 participating artist Jeffrey Meris will invite an artist, activist, writer, or person of interest from the wider community to sit with him and have local tea and conversation about community, love, art and everything else going on in the world.
Sign up for our NE 8 workshop, Just Another Version of You: Workshop held by NE participating artist Dede Brown. The workshop will take place on Feb 4th, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
For the next two Thursdays - February 2nd, and 9th - from 11 am- 12 pm and 12 pm - 1 pm, NE8 participating artist Jeffrey Meris will invite an artist, activist, writer, or person of interest from the wider community to sit with him and have local tea and conversation about community, love, art and everything else going on in the world.
For the next three Thursdays - January 26th, February 2nd, and 9th - from 11 am- 12 pm and 12 pm - 1 pm, NE8 participating artist Jeffrey Meris will invite an artist, activist, writer, or person of interest from the wider community to sit with him and have local tea and conversation about community, love, art and everything else going on in the world. Join Jeffrey this Thursday for the first brew of fever grass.
NE8 participating artist Jeffrey Meris will have Open Studios and an informal artist talk at the NAGB on Saturday, January 21st, 2017 from 4 pm - 6 pm.
The NAGB Fall/Winter series continues in the New Year, on January 19th, traveling to Southern Italy for the 2008-film 'Gomorrah'. A harsh look at how “the system” is driving most of Italy’s illicit economy and the effect it has on the people and society.
On Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017 from 11-4pm NE8 participating artist, Sonia Farmer will offer a free workshop on Large Format Papermaking at the NAGB, on the heels of the successful workshop conducted a few days ago at the Lyford Cay International School.
During the opening of the National Exhibition 8 at Hillside House on Saturday, December 17th, visitors will be treated to a presentation, performance and conversation between four of the NE8 participating artists including Angelique V. Nixon, Charlotte Henay, Hilary Booker and Yasmin Glinton. The event will focus on various themes including wellness and its capacity to render the return the spirit to neutral; this will be analyzed through the creation of safe spaces, communities and or pulling back into the personal through moments of engagement with the self. The Indigenous and the loss attributed to working in a space that dishonors its history and the historical association women and the development of storytelling through the creation of mythologies will also be explored.
The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas will open the NE8 OFFsite exhibition at Hillside House on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 6:00 pm.
On Friday, December 16th at 5 pm the NAGB will hold an Artists’ Talk with participating artists April Bey, Tamika Galanis, Steven Schmid, Charlotte Henay and Giovanna Swaby with a unique performance by Jodi Minnis. The artists will focus on the role that activism, imagination, the evolution of the Caribbean digital along with gender constructs as it relates to personal development, process, purpose, and play. The conversation will be preceded by a unique performance by Jodi Minnis whose work challenges the way that the black female body is read in space and the social mores and constructs that delineate certain freedoms.
The Fall/Winter Film Series at the NAGB continues this Thursday night, December 1, with the independent film, George Washington (2000). A feature film that only had limited theatrical release when it first debuted but has since go on to gain widespread praise from the critics.
Inside Llewyn Davis screens on November 10 at 7 pm. All films are free to attend and to make your experience that much more enjoyable; we will be offering popcorn and refreshments for sale.
In Chantal Bethel’s Holey Space, we honor the matriarch, goddess, Atabey as she hunts, gathers, protects and glistens like gold in the shine of the sun. She is unmovable; the heroine, mother and the centre of her parable. Here she is already fiction, already lost, the frame of her body writhing on history pages, withering away slowly from our collective memory and what we are left with are traces.
Holey Space will be on view in the Project Space (PS) Room of the NAGB from October 27th through December 18th, 2016