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Mixed Media Blog

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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Metanoia: A Show of Works By PJRP Artist Navarro Newton

Natalie Willis

Popopstudios is pleased to present the first of three consecutive exhibitions featuring the work of the 2016 Popop Junior Residence Prize Winners. Now in its eighth year the PJRP award is co-sponsored by the D’Aguiliar Art Foundation and is given annually to 3 emerging artists under the age of 25. Metanoia features the work produced by Navarro Newton during his residency at Popopstudios. Exhibition opens Friday December 16, 2016 at 6pm. 

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Art, Culture and Representation: Reflecting on Self and Nation

Holly Bynoe

Representation in art tends to be the ability of art to reflect on to capture the trueness of life. It is not a sketch of naturalistic or impressionistic images, but a ‘true’ to life picture of what we see. However, what we see can always be influenced, changed or distorted by our position, our vantage point, and bias or where we stand. We can look out at sea and see a glare of whiteness as the sun reflects off the water’s surface. 

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Apathy, Antipathy, and Action: Political art and the potential for progress

Holly Bynoe

Recent events in the nation, perhaps most notably the We March protest that took place last week, showed that The Bahamas has begun to shake off the veil of apathy that we have slumbered under for what feels like too long. This year has been a belter for politics and people of all beliefs making their feelings known - for better or for worse. And, as art so often engages with the state of society, so it is that many of the submissions for the 8th National Exhibition (NE8) at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) were brash, bold, opinionated, and deeply political; reflecting how strongly so many of us feel after the various events of 2016.

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NE8 presents The Moonflower Room at Hillside House

Holly Bynoe

We are so happy to be supporting the first Researcher In Residence for the National Exhibition and partnering with Hillside House to make it happen. Hilary Booker's installation, “The Moonflower Room,” combines the intellectual and creative lineage from which she developed her theoretical framework with research findings of interview participants’ hopes and dreams for the future.

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Different Strokes: Painting workshop at the NAGB

Holly Bynoe

The painting workshop series at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB), starting today, November 26, is just another side of our range of programming here. We have talks and openings and all the things often associated with a National Gallery, but we also offer more practical, tangible knowledge that we pass on and other learning opportunities and experiences that we expose our local public to.

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