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 (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.
This year we are going “Back to da Island” as we explore indigenous Bahamian crafts like straw work, basket weaving, shellcraft, wood carving and much more, in traditional and not so traditional ways. Under the guidance of professional artists and educators, their exploration of materials and techniques will pay homage to Bahamian crafts in their original form while pushing it into the realm of fine art, building a bridge between two equally important forms of creative expression.
The camp is held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday on the grounds of the NAGB. At the MMASC, we value your child and work to provide a fun and safe environment for them to explore in. All the materials, equipment, instructors, lunch and snack are included in the fee. Campers are only asked to bring a great attitude and lots of creativity.
You can choose between two sessions:
June 25th-July 13th, 2018
July 16th-August 3rd, 2018
Summer Camp enrollment is on a first come, first served basis. However, those who register and pay before May 4th, 2018 receive a discounted rate of $405.00 (inclusive of VAT). This is a savings of over $70.00 on the original price! Paper applications are available at the NAGB’s Mixed Media Gift Store. To make it even easier to register, the online application will soon be available through the museum’s website. To learn more about MMASC contact Abby Smith at 3285800/1 or email@example.com.
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.
Location: National Art Gallery of the Bahamas & Old Abandoned House on West Street.
Books Price: $85.00 + Shipping
For orders email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or Call: 424 4393
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.
Maud Sulter, Plantation, 1995. Video, 8 min.
Camara Taylor, How to Limbo, 2016. Audio, 3 min.
Keith Piper, Go West Young Man, 1996. Video, 4 min.
Isaac Julien, Territories, 1984. 16mm transferred to HD, 25 min.
Ursula Mayer, Atom Spirit, 2016. 16mm transferred to HD, 20 min.
Total running time: 60 min
As part of the exhibition We Suffer to Remain at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (22 March – 29 July 2018), LUX Scotland presents a film series that brings together a selection of artists’ moving image work from Scotland, the UK and the greater African diaspora, with titles drawn from the LUX collection. We Suffer to Remain engages with the complex intersectional histories across Scotland and the Caribbean to make sense of the vestiges and trauma of slavery, and features work by Bahamian artists Sonia Farmer, Anina Major and John Beadle alongside Graham Fagen’s installation The Slave’s Lament (2015), commissioned by Hospitalfield for Scotland + Venice at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015.
Traversing a deep history of transatlantic captivity, this four-part screening series places contemporary voices alongside more established positions in an attempt to map the pathology of colonisation and the subsequent consequences of decolonisation across generations. It examines forms of cultural transformation and deformation, politics of refusal and liberation, colonial legacies of exploitation and control, and the ongoing violence of these histories within both personal and collective experiences. The programmes feature work by artists including Ayo Akingbade, Ephraim Asili, Black Audio Film Collective, Helen Cammock, Louis Henderson, Isaac Julien, Ursula Mayer, Keith Piper, Camara Taylor, Alberta Whittle and others.
The project is curated by LUX Scotland Director Nicole Yip and is supported by the British Council.
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.
Art dealer and aficionado, Jay Koment will be in conversation with historian and literature professor Dr Ian Bethell-Bennett who has done a significant amount of scholarship on the ways in which Nassau has transformed over the last 3 decades. The talk will present a mapping of how we view the body of historical works today versus the criteria and context of the moment in which they were created.
Moving through the quality of light and the movement of people into and out of the space, we will consider change and stagnation in Nassau, and the tension that arises from these conflicting states of being. A walk through of the exhibition with Koment and Bethell-Bennett will follow the conversation. We will acknowledge and celebrate how the past meddles into today’s reality.
Finding Fanon is a moving and multi-layered exploration of race, identity and globalisation inspired by the radical thinker Franz Fanon.
In Larry Achiampong and David Blandy’s collaborative practice, they share an interest in popular culture and the decolonial position. They examine communal and personal heritage, using performance to investigate the self as a fiction, devising alter-egos to point at their divided selves. The Finding Fanon trilogy (2015–17) blends personal histories, pop culture and post-colonial theory to examine how we navigate the digital and physical worlds of the twenty-first century.
Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Finding Fanon Part I, 2015. HD video, 15 min.
Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Finding Fanon Part II, 2015. HD video, 9 min.
Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Finding Fanon Part III, 2017. HD video, 14 min.
Total running time: 38 min
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".
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 email@example.com 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 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.