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

(242) 328-5800

Bahamian art: Presenting. Uniting. Educating.

Exhibitions

Traversing the Picturesque: For Sentimental Value
Mar
22
to Jul 29

Traversing the Picturesque: For Sentimental Value

On March 22nd through July 29th, The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas presents the first of two historical surveys exhibitions that include works produced from 1856-1960 by visiting artists and expatriates, who were inspired by the then-colony's landscapes, people, luminescence, coastlines and seas and bustling lifestyles. Traversing the Picturesque: For Sentimental Value draws from several familiar and a few new collections to detail the breadth and scope of how The Bahamas has been framed within the popular global imagination and the impact of the colonial and outsider gaze on the development of a historical understanding of the nation.

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We Suffer To Remain
Mar
22
to Jul 29

We Suffer To Remain

In collaboration with the British Council, the NAGB will present the exhibition "We Suffer to Remain" featuring the evocative video installation "The Slave's Lament" by Scottish artist, Graham Fagen in tandem with visual responses by Bahamian artists Sonia Farmer, Anina Major and John Beadle. Fagen’s “The Slaves Lament” was exhibited at Scotland at the Venice Biennale in 2015 and "We Suffer to Remain" premise focuses on the fact that artists in postcolonial spaces have strong and embryonic reactions that can influence and build on the advancement and celebration of de-colonial art practices.

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Hard Mouth: From the Tongue of the Ocean
Jun
22
to Jun 2

Hard Mouth: From the Tongue of the Ocean

  • W Hill St Nassau, New Providence The Bahamas (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

How do we define ourselves? What does a dialect do and, within that vernacular, what does our dissent sound like? “Hard Mouth: From the Tongue of the Ocean” is a look at the way language–both verbal and visual–has shaped The Bahamas and how we view ourselves. From the way we speak, to the way that we voice our discontent, to the way we envision ourselves as women and as part of the Black Diaspora, “Hard Mouth” is a call to the “biggity” and bold nature of Bahamians and a foray into how this archipelago, around the Tongue of the Ocean itself, finds its voice.

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Robin Hardy: Part Nature, Part Nurture
Jul
3
to Jul 29

Robin Hardy: Part Nature, Part Nurture

  • West St Nassau, New Providence The Bahamas (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

On Tuesday, July 3rd, the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas will showcase a collection of works for the first time by established and seasoned woodturner, Robin Hardy. The exhibition will include 20 pieces that are move between functional, practical and aesthetic objects including bowls, gourd-like structures and other wood pieces that move between benches and tables. The exhibition "Part Nature, Part Nurture" will be on view through Sunday, July 29th, 2018

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Lavar Munroe: A 10-Year Survey
Sep
13
to Dec 2

Lavar Munroe: A 10-Year Survey

  • W Hill St Nassau, New Providence The Bahamas (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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: "The Fruit and the Seed"
Dec
14
to Mar 31

National Exhibition 9: "The Fruit and the Seed"

The National Exhibition 9 "The Fruit and the Seed" will open on Friday, December 14th, 2018 an run through March 31st, 2019. A socially curious project, “The Fruit and the Seed” centres around how artists are working to define their space and experiences. Whether it be through the lens of race, gender, parity and class as a way to clarify cultural, social and aesthetic decisions, the art-making process is used as a tool to bring to the fore ideologies on activism and advocacy, leading to a more empathetic and understanding culture.

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Drew Weech: A Self-Portrait
Mar
13
to Apr 15

Drew Weech: A Self-Portrait

  • W Hill St Nassau, New Providence The Bahamas (map)
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 In “A Self-Portrait” emerging Bahamian artist, Drew Weech, aims to provide - through both painting and sculpture - a window into what it's like to struggle with depression by presenting a body of work which vacillates between both the ephemeral and the perpetual aspects of the disorder.

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Trans: A Migration of Identity
Mar
5
to Apr 13

Trans: A Migration of Identity

Currently in its third year, the NAGB's travelling exhibition programme proudly presents "Trans: A Migration of Identity," which will begin its journey in Rock Sound, Eleuthera. Dissecting national identity through the lens of visual artists, the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas presents works that question and respond to our collective reality - one that is shaped by the movement of peoples of many origins: Africa, Europe, Asia, The Caribbean. 

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In Retrospect: The Whimsy of Peggy Jones
Jan
22
to Feb 25

In Retrospect: The Whimsy of Peggy Jones

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas presents for the first time the work of Peggy Jones. "In Retrospect" showcases a collection of intimate paintings dating from the late 60s to the present day. Peggy Jones (US-born), emigrated to The Bahamas in 1955 and has been living and working here for the last 60 years. 

 

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Art of The Bahamas at the Elliott Museum
Dec
15
to Feb 26

Art of The Bahamas at the Elliott Museum

The exhibit Art of the Bahamas is a collaboration between the Elliott Museum and The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. The exhibit includes more than 40 paintings on loan from NAGB and some from local artists who painted the Islands. The exhibition celebrates the creative spirit of these islands whose diversity of vision has inspired, and indeed continues to inspire the voices and visions of successive generations of artists. Art of the Bahamas, will run December 15, 2017 through February 26, 2018 at the Elliott Museum, 825 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart, Florida. The exhibition is included with regular museum admission and is open everyday from 10 AM to 5 PM. For more information visit www.ElliottMuseum.org.

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Medium: Practices and Routes of Spirituality and Mysticism
Dec
14
to Mar 11

Medium: Practices and Routes of Spirituality and Mysticism

  • Temporary Gallery 1 + 2 (map)
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From December 14th, 2017 through March 11th, 2018, The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas will present a survey of contemporary works that define and interrogate the critical edge of the birth and development of The Bahamas as a monolithic conservative Christian country. Through the development of opposing dialogues, the stronghold of rites of passage, the tenuous nature of buried histories and the fragility of personal stories, Medium: Practices and Routes of Spirituality and Mysticism will unearth encounters with a “thing” that lies amorphous, often beyond the power of words.

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Baham’Art en Seine on view at the French Arts Factory
Dec
11
to Dec 17

Baham’Art en Seine on view at the French Arts Factory

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB), in collaboration with the Bahamas Tourism Board and the French Arts Factory, is proud to present the exhibition “Baham’Art en Seine” featuring six prominent Bahamian artists including Chantal Bethel, Stan Burnside, Claudette Dean, Thierry Lamare, Toby Lunn and Lynn Parotti, on view at the French Art Factory from December 11th - 17th, 2017.

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Double Dutch: Re: Encounter with Dede Brown and Joiri Minaya
Oct
13
to Nov 26

Double Dutch: Re: Encounter with Dede Brown and Joiri Minaya

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 the rigidity of history and the stronghold of colonial narratives. The show opens in the NAGB Ballroom on Friday, October 13th, and runs through Sunday, November 26, 2017. 

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Those From Shallow Waters: A Collection of Short Docs by Settler’s Cove Productions
Sep
19
to Oct 8

Those From Shallow Waters: A Collection of Short Docs by Settler’s Cove Productions

  • National Art Gallery of The Bahamas Project Space Room (map)
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"Those from Shallow Waters" is a collection of shorts by Settler's Cove Productions, about the inhabitants of The Bahamas (derived from the Spanish "baja mar," meaning shallow seas). The collection tells the unique and contemporary stories about born-and-bred Bahamians and those who have made The Bahamas their home.

 

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Double Dutch: Of Skin and Sand with Edrin Symonette and Leasho Johnson
Jul
21
to Sep 24

Double Dutch: Of Skin and Sand with Edrin Symonette and Leasho Johnson

"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. On Friday, July 21st starting at 7 p.m. we invite the general public to the opening of the project along with an artists’ talk with both artists. The event is free and open to the public.

 

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Gabrielle Banks: The Mark of a Woman
Jun
22
to Jul 30

Gabrielle Banks: The Mark of a Woman

On Thursday, June 22nd starting at 6 p.m., the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas will introduce emerging Bahamian artist and acclaimed RISD student Gabrielle Banks’ body of work ‘The Mark of a Woman’ in the Project Space Room. Banks’ actively comments and interrogates being a marginalized body and this functions as the continuous theme and conversation within her paintings. Many of the colors used in her palette express a nature of blackness that cannot be directly defined or restricted by societal standards and stereotypes. As a person of colour, she explores a complicated yet beautiful minefield which is provocative, rich and complex. 

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Blake Fox & Shanteena Simms: Again. Again. Again
May
25
to Jun 18

Blake Fox & Shanteena Simms: Again. Again. Again

The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas is proud to welcome and continue our ongoing partnership with the University of The Bahamas Art Programme. Under the guidance of Associate Professor and artist Heino Schmid, the selection this year welcomes two emerging Long-Island artists and budding educators, Blake Fox and Shanteena Simms.

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George Cox - The Unseen Structure
Apr
27
to Jul 9

George Cox - The Unseen Structure

A retrospective focusing on the works of Bahamian Civil and Structural Engineer George Cox, The Unseen Structure 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. Artists and collaborations in the exhibition will function as a way to strip away that layer, barrier, and partition with the people who live in an environment and the apparatus of it being.

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Thierry Lamare Retrospective: Love, Loss and Life
Apr
27
to Nov 12

Thierry Lamare Retrospective: Love, Loss and Life

  • NAGB: (Temporary Gallery 2) (map)
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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. 

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Revisiting An Eye for the Tropics
Mar
31
to Apr 25

Revisiting An Eye for the Tropics

  • NAGB (Permanent Exhibition) (map)
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The new permanent exhibition, Revisiting An Eye for the Tropics, reconsiders both the National Collection and local private collections in regards to the colonial gaze and our post-colonial lives today, and features the work of over 20 artists. Opening March 31, 2017 Revisiting An Eye for the Tropics is a look into how our visual representation as a nation throughout history has been shaped as a result of the desires of colonial era tourism.

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MAXAMOS: A Tale of Two Paradises
Mar
27
to Apr 21

MAXAMOS: A Tale of Two Paradises

  • Hope Town, Abaco The Bahamas (map)
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Family Island access to the National Collection is of immense importance to the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB). To answer the call of sharing Bahamian art with every citizen possible, the NAGB developed a travelling exhibition using the works of two iconic Bahamian masters, Maxwell Taylor and Amos Ferguson. This spring, MAXAMOS travels to the Abacos. We are grateful to the Hummingbird Cottage Arts Centre in Hope Town, our island partner, for being a magnificent host.

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Chantal Bethel: Holey Space
Oct
27
to Jan 7

Chantal Bethel: Holey Space

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 January 8, 2017.

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Double Dutch: Heino Schmid + Deborah Anzinger
Sep
22
to Nov 27

Double Dutch: Heino Schmid + Deborah Anzinger

Double Dutch brings together artists from the region and diaspora 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. the observer and the observed features work by Jamaican artist Deborah Anzinger and Bahamian artist Heino Schmid, each of them exploring ideas around representation, the body and how the gaze in effect changes ideas of relation, security, eroticism and social awareness.

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K Smith: Medium of the Masters, Master of the Medium
Sep
8
to Oct 16

K Smith: Medium of the Masters, Master of the Medium

Canadian-born, Nassau-based artist of twenty-five years, K Smith attributes his skill and artistic aptitude to the fact that his talent is generational. Passed on through generations, this ancestral understanding of creativity, attention to detail and innate skill has led him over the course of his 40-year practice, to create some of the most technical hyper-realistic images in graphite and color pencil in the Bahamas. 

On Saturday, September 10 the NAGB will host a special unveiling of a K Smith's 2016 drawing from 3 - 5 pm with a champagne hour at 5 pm. The show will open on September 8, and runs through October 16, 2016.

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A Sustainable Future for Exuma: A Traveling Toolbox
Aug
11
to Nov 27

A Sustainable Future for Exuma: A Traveling Toolbox

  • NAGB: Temporary Exhibition (t2) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The world is currently facing many ecological challenges relating to questions of resource, scarcity, pollution, climate change and risk. Such issues are amplified on fragile island communities. In this context, how should society and governments anticipate the future of citizens? What plans should be made?

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Double Dutch: The Colour and The Shape
Jul
28
to Sep 18

Double Dutch: The Colour and The Shape

Double Dutch brings together artists from the region and diaspora 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. 

 

The Colour and the Shape will investigate the correlations between Bahamian artist Kendra Frorup and US-based, Puerto Rican artist Gabriel Ramos’ understanding and representation of cultural identity and its connection to childhood and growing up in the tropics.  

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