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Mixed Media Blog

Look, Listen, Live: A space for artistic and cultural expression

Holly Bynoe

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas(NAGB) has created a space we call the National Exhibition, now on its eighth run.  The NE8 offers local artists and artists of the diaspora a space to express their ideas and thoughts, concepts and theories. This week Dr. Ian Bethell-Bennett writes about the documentary photographic work of Tamika Galanis currently based in North Carolina and her investigation into the Over-the-Hill communities of Grants Town and Bain Town.

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Building Regional Allyship: Bridging the gap with art

Holly Bynoe

Director of the NAGB, Amanda Coulson, writes about her recent experience being an invited juror to the Jamaica Biennial which will open in February 2017 at the National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ). By building regional ally-ship and bridging the regional gap with art projects, this collaborative exchange between both institutions signals new growth and circulation in the industry. 

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The Blank Canvas: Jan 18, Christopher Cozier and Veerle Poupeye

Holly Bynoe

This evening we have a special Blank Canvas episode out of Kingston, Jamaica!! Taping in the musically historic Creative Sounds Studio on Mountain View Road (also notable as being located next to the Artist-in-Residency programme New Local Space/NLS operated by Deborah Anzinger, whose been a guest on the show!), BC host Amanda Coulson, meets with the Director of The National Art Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ), Veerle Poupeye (far left) and Trinidadian artist/curator/writer Christopher Cozier. 

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The Gall To Speak: NE8 artists venturing into Gaulin folklore

Holly Bynoe

Bahamian women are often thought of as being outspoken, strong, ‘biggity’ – dare I say – and perhaps it is a result of this legacy of women who won’t suffer fools gladly, that has lead to women being painted in a less favourable light. But can we be blamed? After the referendum, it became clear that many of us felt less-than, and the women artists participating in the 8th National Exhibition (NE8) have made their voices heard. Particularly, emerging artists Jodi Minnis and a first-time National Exhibition participant, Cynthia Rahming.

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The National Gallery of Jamaica Welcomes International Judges for Jamaica Biennial 2017

Holly Bynoe

Preparations for the Jamaica Biennial 2017 are moving into high gear next week with the selection of the juried section of the exhibition, which will take place on Monday, January 9 and Tuesday, January 10, 2017. The juried section of the Biennial is open to artists resident in Jamaica and artists living elsewhere but who were born in Jamaica or are of Jamaican parentage. For the juried section of the Jamaica Biennial 2017, the National Gallery has received 176 qualifying entries by 110 artists.

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December Artwork of the Month: Hearth and heart - E. J. Read’s ‘Clay Oven’

Holly Bynoe

‘Clay Oven’ (1912) is earthy, it is full of sepias and greens and stony grays, and, it is homely and sincere. This watercolour by ex-patriot Elmer Joseph Read, more commonly known as E. J. Read, is of our oldest works in the National Collection, outside of the traditional black and white film photography by Jacob Coonley, on display in the first wing of the current Permanent Exhibition ‘From Columbus to Junkanoo’ curated by Averia Wright and Jodi Minnis. 

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The Blank Canvas, December 28: Steven Schmid, Gio Swaby and Tamika Galanis

Holly Bynoe

Continuing our series of shows highlighting Bahamian artists living abroad that are participating in the Eighth National Exhibition (NE8), on this week’s “Blank Canvas” show Amanda gets to listen to the stories of Steven Schmid (far left) and Giovanna Swaby (second from right), who both recently graduated with a BFA in Film, Video and Integrated Media from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Tamika Galanis, who recently graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Documentary and Experimental Arts from Duke University.

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Undefined, new works by Jodi Minnis

Holly Bynoe

Jodi Minnis investigates and challenges doctrines, principles and life experiences that shaped her maturity. Being born on a Bahamian island, moulded in femininity, and carved by Christian doctrine, she reflects on these things and uses her work to question their impact on her life. Through a variety of media, Minnis hopes to understand what it means to be a young Bahamian woman.

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Doongalik Completes Holiday Installations At LPIA

Holly Bynoe

Doongalik Studios is pleased to announce the third installation at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) for the Christmas/New Year holiday season under the theme “Bahamian Celebrations” which reflects the workmanship of over 70 of the country's skilled artists and artisans, and confirms the amazing extent of Bahamian talent.

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Activism as art, art as activism: How social practice opens dialogue for safe spaces and healing

Holly Bynoe

The recently opened 8th National Exhibition (NE8) contains much of the Bahamian art we’ve come to know and love over the years. We are a nation and a region with a very strong tradition of painting and wall-based work, which has expanded into the 3D realm, which we have also grown increasingly comfortable with accepting into our arsenal of Bahamian creative practice. But we also have grown into more expanded fields of engagement and display.

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Civil Engagement as Culture: Unearthing Voices

Holly Bynoe

Our culture, as long as we wish it to be, is alive in those feet that pound the streets because they do not have cars, in the rubber that heads north every morning and south every night to earn money to survive. The fear of suffering is as strong as the possibility of death by silence, though silence kills like cancer that eats away at our fibre and when we are asked, who do we think we are? What dare we answer?

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The Blank Canvas: Dec 14, NE8 Artists: Averia Wright and Dave Smith

Holly Bynoe

This Wednesday’s "Blank Canvas” sees the beginning of a series of shows focussing on the participating artists in the new National Exhibition NE8, opening this Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Villa Doyle (NAGB) and Hillside House on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. The Eighth National Exhibition is an exhibition featuring the works of over 60 artists, facilitators, and poets, who were asked to create work that addressed their current thoughts and discourse as citizens of The Bahamas and the world

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