For the past 13 years, the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas has committed itself to the nurturing and fostering of a healthy creative ecosystem, and it continues to push the frontiers and foundations of cultural value and consciousness across the islands. The institution assumes a vital role in the development of visual arts, as well as a strong economy of thought and a fertile space for thinking about cultural orientation and emancipation.
The National Exhibition stands apart as a laboratory – a site where artists can question, interrogate and develop ideas about their current concerns while witnessing and paying testament to complex global dynamics. Within The Bahamas and across many Caribbean countries, there is resistance and equal embrace to the hegemonic construct of Western art. Creatives are dealing with clarifying conscious and discreet understanding of themselves and how to find their unique voices, visual and otherwise, within this larger discourse.
The National Exhibition 8 will open on October 13th, 2016. The Open Call for Works will be released April 29th.