As Bahamians, our culture - like many others - is tied to the tongue. We love and loathe the oral traditions here, the fact that storytelling is what keeps much of our culture going but is also, sadly, how we lose much of the rich detail of the weaving of our history along the way.
On Saturday, September 24th, 2016, The Outside the Lines Project (OTL) is excited to return to downtown Nassau under the theme FLY. Nine Bahamian artists have been invited to add their own creative expression to delicate Japanese style bamboo kites which will be available for viewing and purchase at Hillside House Art Gallery on Cumberland St.
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is locally known as the NAGB; however, many people make the mistake—in speech and print—of calling us the “Nassau” Art Gallery. Perhaps this slip is well-deserved: with attention focused on the preservation and management of the historic building that houses the NAGB (Villa Doyle); the National Collection itself of over 350 art pieces, needing continual care and maintenance; and the busy rotation of exhibitions (up to 14 in a single year, not including talks, events, book launches, film screenings, and other programming), there is plenty to keep us busy.
A Sustainable Future for Exuma presents several volumes in our reading nook including: The World Without Us - Alan Weisman; Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World (Posthumanities) - Timothy Morton; The Ethics of Earth Art - Amanda Boetzkes; The End of Nature - Bill McKibben; Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things (A John Hope Franklin Centre Book) - Jane Bennett; The Secret Life of Dust: From the Cosmos to the Kitchen Counter, the Big Consequences of Little Things - Hannah Holmes and The Last Pictures - Trevor Paglen among others.
The tenth Annual meeting of UNESCO’s Creative Cities’ Network (UCCN) will take place from 14 to 16 September in the Swedish city of Östersund, which is a member of UCCN in the field of gastronomy. The event will bring together more than 250 representatives of the Network’s 116 Creative Cities, including 20 mayors.
The NAGB is asking for volunteers for another 2-day intensive of planting and clearing in order to get closer to the vision of the Bahamian Sculpture Garden on the property adjacent to Villa Doyle (the NAGB's building).
On Saturday, September 10, 2016, the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas opened a one-week pop-up space in Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera showcasing an exhibition entitled “Max-Amos: A Tale of Two Paradises,” composed of selected works from the National Collection by Bahamian master artists Amos Ferguson (b. 1920 Exuma - d. 2009 Nassau) and Max Taylor (b. 1939, Nassau).
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas and the Central Bank of the Bahamas proudly presents nine Artist Profiles featuring Allan Wallace, Ivanna Gaitor, Jackson Petit, Jordanna Kelly, Jeffrey Meris, Jessica Colebrooke, Kishan Munroe, Piaget Moss and Edrin Symonette. The NAGB commissioned young Bahamian filmmaker, Tatiana Clare of OX Productions, to direct and shoot these profiles, which we release in a run-up to the forthcoming annual exhibitions of the Open Category Prize and the High School Prize.
September marks the start of yet another school year and we can already hear the teachers and students mentally trudging their way back into that regimented mindset after this scorcher of a summer. Now to the rescue, the NAGB has more than enough on deck to inspire and jump-start the back-to-school run and fight off fatigue.
I had the pleasure of visiting emerging Bahamian artist Dominique Knowles as he settled into his new space at Popopstudios International Center for the Visual Arts. Knowles who is approaching his final year at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) used his studio this summer to curate his first show and to later focus on doing new work. He continues to develop an interdisciplinary studio practice concerned with abstraction and materiality.
We often ask what makes art Bahamian? Is it about living in The Bahamas? Is it about the colour of the sea, the sky, the play of light? Is it the way we capture images of people in their daily lives that is unlike anywhere else, but also similar to other places? Can Bahamian art be transcultural and also Bahamian?
Bahamian artist Blue Curry, working from Nassau and London, shares his contribution to an exciting new project: "My new work, 55 Gallon, a custom built, all-in-one, portable barbecue & pan steel drum ensemble, is now on display in The Empire Remains Shop, 91–93 Baker Street, London. Running until Sept 10th, the work can be seen 24hrs a day in the shop window. Read more about it below.
The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) and The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) are happy to announce their first formal collaboration for the Annual BNT Wine and Art Festival scheduled to take place on Friday October 28th and Saturday, October 29th, 2016.
Ian Bethel-Bennett writes for the Nassau Guardian: The results of months of planning and international cooperation between Austrian students and College of the Bahamas students, along with investment from the International Development Bank (IDB), the plans by the Sustainable Nassau Urban Lab were launched on Friday 29th July, 2016, at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is seeking a candidate for a full time receptionist position. The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) has an opportunity for a personable and professional Receptionist with an engaged telephone manner, good attention to detail and excellent communication skills.
In recent years, ceramic art has resurfaced and undoubtedly gained renewed respect internationally within contemporary art. For Bahamian ceramicist Alistair Stevenson, this is an exciting time to be pursuing studies at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in Jingdezhen, China, a world-famous historical capital city of porcelain.
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas was an idea long before it was a reality. Many artworks, therefore, had been purchased and earmarked for the collection before its eventual incarnation in 2003. The Bahamian National Collection, now housed with us in the magnificently restored Villa Doyle, was originally founded on the purchase of 25 Amos Ferguson works.