Contact Us

Use the form on the right to contact us.

You can edit the text in this area, and change where the contact form on the right submits to, by entering edit mode using the modes on the bottom right. 

West and West Hill Streets
Nassau, N.P.
The Bahamas

(242) 328-5800

Bahamian art: Presenting. Uniting. Educating.

Mixed Media Blog

Blank Canvas: August 16, Mixed Media Summer Art Camp Recap

Katrina Cartwright

On today's Blank Canvas, guest host Malika Pryor-Martin, Communications & Development Officer at the NAGB, is joined by fellow colleague and Education Officer Katrina Cartwright and artist Jodi Minnis. They discuss the NAGB's Mixed Media Summer Art Camp (MMSAC), the value of art in education and what the NAGB is doing to broaden access to art and encourage art appreciation in The Bahamas. 

 

 

Read More

What’s in the Frame: Tourism, art, installation and rebuilding the old whore of a body

Natalie Willis

By Dr Ian Bethell-Bennett. Frames capture or remove things, images, objects, people for or from the public eye.  The frame of the photo can bring something into sharp focus, or it can reduce that same thing into an abstraction in the fore or background and highlight something else. One image usually metaphorically represents an entire discourse and political, economic and socio-cultural paradigm, a way of thinking about enslaved bodies and their relation to consumer politics, that is to say, discourses of otherness and sexualisation.  

Read More

Title: From The Collection. “Bay Street on Fire” (2002) by Blue Curry

Holly Bynoe

Curry’s gamut of work usually involves some form of tongue-in-cheek critique of the tourism culture of The Bahamas, but this earlier work which stands in the National Collection from 2002 deals more with public response and representation than tourism as it is. The link is still there of course, as the Straw Market on Bay Street has been well known as a spot for tourist consumerism since the 1800’s, with the particular branding of the space that we know today coming out of a revamp in the 1920’s. Previously, however, the site was used as a market of a different kind, to process enslaved Africans to be sold later at the Vendue House.

Read More

‘ARTway’ to open August 17  

Natalie Willis

Andrew Knowles, the young talented artist who continues to pursue his skills, is preparing for his second exhibition at Doongalik Studios that will focus on his experimentations with oil portraits, an art form he has worked with for the past 4 years, either in commissioned works or by painting well known Bahamian and international personalities.

Read More

Alistair Stevenson: All of My Emotions

Holly Bynoe

The All of My Emotions artist talk will be held on Sunday, 27th August at 3pm and the exhibition opening on Tuesday, 29th August, both at Doongalik Art Gallery and Studios, #20 Village Road, Nassau, The Bahamas. Any interested person is invited to attend as it would be both my pleasure and that of Doongalik to have you in our presence.

Read More

If an entire population moves, is it still a nation?: The consequences of censoring self.

Natalie Willis

By Dr Ian Bethell-Bennett. Sam Shepard has died. Sam Shepard has died and we are left to remember his works.  It is a different dying than Derek Walcott because he is further away, perhaps, but he throws into sharp relief our refusal to see ourselves as we pass through our everyday lives. A country teetering on the verge of yet another downgrade, a society shrouded in debt but unwilling to spend less because tings coss more and VAT bite me in my...? Perhaps to see their lives, their futures.

Read More

Studio Visit: Robin Hardy "Turning and Refining Salvaged Wood"

Natalie Willis

By Keisha Oliver. Last summer, I had the pleasure of turning my first bowl from Madeira wood with established woodturner and furniture-maker, Robin B. Hardy.  With no formal training, he has developed a niche for one-of-a-kind pieces hand-crafted from a variety of wood grown in The Bahamas. Operating out of his basement workshop for the past seventeen years, Hardy’s design style is simple, functional and elegant, allowing the wood to express its own qualities and natural imperfections. His practice as a woodworker is inspired by curiosity and the challenge each piece of wood presents. He has coined his creative repertoire as “discovered art in salvaged wood.”

Read More

Mixed Media Summer Art Campers Shine at August Opening: The Joy of Fostering Creativity

Natalie Willis

By Malika M Pryor. The air was filled with anticipation, impatient little legs swinging from the laps of their parents, who were awaiting the brief remarks and activity ahead. Younger siblings toddled through the centre aisle while teens, hovering in the back rows, eyed the assortment of fruits and cakes little more than an arm’s length away. The scene described would seem more fitting for a wedding but, in fact, it was the opening reception for the NAGB’s Mixed Media Summer Art Camp’s (MMSAC) 2017 Exhibition, A Journey Through Time: Telling Our Story. Taking centre stage in the cube-shaped gallery within a gallery, or Project Space (The PS), campers’ art transformed the room into a fantastic burst of colour, light and joy on Tuesday, August 1st.

Read More

AMMC Partners with Creative Nassau to host Bahamian History Workshop

Natalie Willis

Each summer, the Antiquities Monuments and Museum Corporation (AMMC) welcomes high-school aged and college freshman students to its doors for 4 weeks of exposure to the various sites under the Corporation’s belt. At the end of the 2017program, a full one-day Bahamian History workshop session was put on to educate the summer attendees on select aspects of Bahamian Culture and Heritage.  The workshop participants had the chance to learn about topics ranging from Migration to The Bahamas to cooking like Grandma in the Kitchen.

Read More

Finding Home: A solo exhibition of work by Jodi Minnis.

Natalie Willis

By Natalie Willis.  A lonely husk of a seed floats across the oceans, from either India or Southeast Asia– we aren’t quite sure which–and finds itself in various locales across that lateral band of the planet we call the tropics. This foreign species found itself here, rooted itself, and has become for us an integral part of the way we view our landscape as Bahamians, as a Caribbean nation, and as a “tropical paradise.” But how? And what does it mean to have the coconut palm be a symbol of us as a nation, as part of the region, when it is not native to our limestone isles? This is what Jodi Minnis investigates in her new solo show, “Home|Home” on display at the D’Aguilar Art Foundation (DAF) through August 15th. 

Read More

Women's Wednesdays: Group Discussion- Women & Sex

Holly Bynoe

#WomensWednesdays intentionally centers and prioritizes women and girls, and is open to the public through in-person events, livestreams, and social media activity. It is a collaborative effort of Equality Bahamas and the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas to create a safe space for knowledge-building, idea-sharing, critical dialogue, and movement-building.

Read More

Gendered norms and deconstruction: The body, the image and the ability to speak out for self.

Natalie Willis

By Dr Ian Bethell-Bennett.As The Bahamas moves into a new administration, 50 years of Majority Rule and over 40 years of independence have done little to remove the boundaries around free expression and positive self-imaging.  Basking in its Victorian properness, as long as it is useful, the tourist destination boasts a particular image of Caribbeanness that is acceptable and palatable to the population because they have been taught to accept it. 

Read More

Reporting From Rome: The Care in Curating

Natalie Willis

By Natalie Willis. Three weeks of Italian summer and being surrounded by art professionals sounds like a dream, and in many ways, of course, it is. From the “shallow” things—like eating gelato for breakfast (which, I’ll have you know, is entirely civilised)—to the deeper stuff, of discussing intense readings around the purpose and history of curatorial practice and being able to view Caravaggio paintings in resplendent old buildings, the Goldsmiths ‘Curating The Contemporary’ summer art intensive, hosted at the British School at Rome, was an education, and in ways I had not anticipated. I was supported by the Charitable Arts Foundation as well as The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas to embark on this journey of professional development that would prove to also be one of intense personal development

Read More

Studio Visit: Jessica Colebrooke "Crafting a Sustainable Future for Ceramics"

Natalie Willis

By Keisha Oliver. Five days a week, you’ll find Bahamian ceramicist Jessica Colebrooke in her Nassau studio, which is tucked away behind her home in the Gleniston Park community. 19 years ago, Colebrooke started out in a 10 x 10ft room with a sheet of plywood on two crates and a small kiln. Today she owns and manages “Jessica’s Tileworks Studio,” one of the leading ceramics and tile manufacturers in The Bahamas.  As a mother, wife, educator, artist and entrepreneur, Colebrooke has committed her life and work to supporting and nurturing a culture of creativity. 

Read More

Gender and the Dream: Confronting Stereotypes in Black masculinity.

Natalie Willis

By Dr Ian Bethell-Bennett

The dream sold is of young men being told that they are prosperous, only to realise that they are imprisoned in a tangled web of failure or underachievement.  Young men from the inner city, once the thriving home of Blacks–forced by segregation and reduced circumstances to live in particular parts of town–is cast as the worst place in the country, a place that only produces criminals. 

Read More

From the Collection: “Let Us Prey” (1984-86) by Dave Smith

Natalie Willis

By Natalie Willis. The title is undoubtedly provocative given the Bahamian bent toward Christianity, but “Let Us Prey” (1984-86) is, quite literally, a gift. Donated by Dave Smith in 2007, the work is at once an act of good faith, while simultaneously critical of bad. It’s another painting from the National Collection that we have given some gentle care to and put on display for the current Permanent Exhibition, “Revisiting An Eye For The Tropics,” and fits into the theme of the Bahamian Everyday that works within this exhibition.

Read More