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Mixed Media Blog

Mixed Media Art Summer Camp is here. Sign up today!!!

Holly Bynoe

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) is pleased to announce the return of its annual summer camp, Mixed Media Art Summer Camp. This year, kids, 5 to 18, will be divided into age appropriate groups and spend their time discovering visual arts techniques, exploring their personal creativity, and developing a healthy knowledge of Bahamian art and culture.

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NE8 Artist Talk at Hillside House: On Belonging

Holly Bynoe

On Friday, February 24th, the NAGB in collaboration with Hillside House staged a closing event to mark the end of the National Exhibition 8 OFFsite exhibition. The event featured an artists’ talk with participating artists Del Foxton, Keisha Oliver, Alicia Wallace, and Natalie Willis.  The discussion focused on the projects developed for the NE8, which speak to practices that give attention to subjectivities. These include the rise of the woman’s voice in the local creative community and the plight for gender equality in The Bahamas. 

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Bahamas Artist Movement presents Danny Glover

Holly Bynoe

The Dream Project: A Celebrity Actor Master Class Workshop Series, hosted in the beautiful islands of the Bahamas, each year. Over 100 children will interact with the best in the business of TV, Film and Stage. Three students will be selected for a FULL Scholarship to Relativity School of Performing Arts, Los Angeles. 

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MAXAMOS: NAGB Travelling Exhibition to open in Hope Town, Abaco

Holly Bynoe

Family Island access to the National Collection is of immense importance to the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB). Our country, an archipelago, vast in its length and breadth presents a challenge to facilitating such a critical component of our mission. To answer the call of sharing Bahamian art with every citizen possible, the NAGB developed a travelling exhibition using the works of two iconic Bahamian masters: Max Taylor and Amos Ferguson. 

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The Blank Canvas: Patricia Leigh-Wood and Adrian D'Aguilar, March 8

Holly Bynoe


Leaving the visual arts aside for a week, the “Blank Canvas” turns to musical arts and focuses on the festival “Eleuthera All That Jazz.” The Founder and Chairwoman, Patricia Leigh-Wood, comes on the show to speak about how the event was founded and its goal: to expose more Bahamian children to world-class music and to give them the opportunity to learn about different instruments. Also joining us is musician and “Jazz Cat” Adrian D’Aguilar, who has participated in all the editions of the festival for the last six years.

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'The Bahamian Project' Names Advisory Board

Natalie Willis

The Bahamian Project is pleased to announce the formation of an Advisory Board to help steer and manage the ongoing initiative. The Bahamian Project was created by Duke and Lisa Wells in 2012 in collaboration with Popopstudios and the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. The community inspired art/history/culture project is capturing the character and preserving the legacy of those people whose lives have helped shape the heart and soul of our nation.

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'21st-Century Needs': The cultural task to survive and thrive

NAGB

During the United Nations Small Islands Developing States symposium held at the Meliá Cable Beach, we saw firsthand the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), once referred to as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but since the end of the first decade of the 21st-Century now called the SDGs.  We also understand the need for our participation in disparate events and groups such as the World Fair, Expo 2020, Creative Nassau, Sustainable Nassau and Sustainable Exuma along with Bimini Blue, Save The Bays and other organizations that seek to move us out of the unsustainable downward spiral we are currently on.  As has been noted by international and local experts, our culture is fragile, and we cannot survive and thrive, nor can we adapt without understanding where we are and where we would like to go from here.  Cultural sustainability, then, relies on environmental sustainability and good policy to promote national longevity.  

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‘Slam-Bam’ Sands: 'The hastily hand-coloured colonial postcards of James “Doc” Sands.'

Natalie Willis

We are very much accustomed to seeing our islands in various forms of media, anything that can spread the image of our too-blue-to-be-true water. And it is true, we do have some of the most beautiful water on the planet (along with a number of other countries though, we mustn’t forget), and we are – according to certain NASA astronauts “the most beautiful place from space”. However, despite the natural beauty of our landscape, for almost 200 years we have been packaged up and sold as this pristine image that seems to be as clear-cut as our crystal waters.

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'Picture Nassau': Capturing and Redefining the Cultural Landscape

NAGB

Visual art and its experiences are no longer confined to classrooms, studios, or the walls of galleries. Thanks to the digital age and an increasing demand for "interactivity" the arts have considered new ways to pique the public’s interest.  In The Bahamas, we have seen alternative approaches by gallerists, curators, and artists to engage audiences by creating a bridge between the traditional and contemporary through installations and public art experiences. With last year’s opening of The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas’ (NAGB) sculpture garden and the rapid growth of live art events, we exist in an exciting period of creative expression for our country.

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The Blank Canvas- March 1st with Cynthia Rahming, Natalie Willis and Alicia Wallace

Holly Bynoe

This year's National Exhibition (NE8) has extended beyond the walls of the NAGB to include another art space: Hillside House on Cumberland Street. Three of the artists from the NE8 OFFsite join the “Blank Canvas” to speak about their interventions, all of which deal with the issue of being a woman in general and in The Bahamas, specifically, post-referendum. This week we welcome, Cynthia Rahming, Natalie Willis and Alicia Wallace.

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‘Bugs, Blessings & Barriers’: Jordanna Kelly’s Solo Show at the Central Bank

NAGB

The act of making art is often framed to and by many of us as a joyous extracurricular, a hobby, something therapeutic. While for many it can be this pleasant and easy experience, for those who consider themselves artists in the sense of being art-workers, it is a labour of love. It is perhaps therapeutic more in the sense of physiotherapy - hard work, blood, sweat, and tears, but the end goal is gaining a full range of motion, a freedom you hadn’t anticipated but undoubtedly require. Art making is at once brilliant for mental health, but also the catalyst for a very specific kind of mania. This is the way that Jordanna Kelly, the 2016 winner of the Central Bank of The Bahamas’ (CBoB) Open Category Competition, perpetually finds herself making and working.

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TS2017: Transforming Spaces 2017

NAGB

The Transforming Spaces Committee is finalizing plans for this year’s 13th Art Tour scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2, 2017. The weekend tour will include a morning and afternoon tour on Saturday, and a morning tour on Sunday.Transforming Spaces has always experimented with its format, but this year they will be returning to the original format of a dedicated guided Bus Tour transporting patrons to and from the various participating galleries which will include: the D’Aguilar Art Foundation (DAF), Doongalik Studios Art Gallery, Hillside House, the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB), New Providence Art & Antiques (NPAA), and PopopStudios International Centre for Visual Arts (ICVA)

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Questioning Black History: An Animated Response to the Willie Lynch Letter

NAGB

The legitimacy of the Willie Lynch speech ‘The Making of A Slave” is one of much controversy within Black history. Lynch was said to be a British slave owner in the West Indies who was invited in 1712 to teach his methods to his American counterparts on the banks of the St. James River of Virginia. While activists and historians argue Lynch’s existence and the credibility of the speech, what remains interesting is the evolution of the rhetoric surrounding the propaganda. Fact or fiction it prevails as an ongoing public discourse with a myriad of responses across academic and artistic platforms.

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Fusion of Melodies: An Evening of Music With Bahamian Musicians

NAGB

The Rotary Club of East Nassau, in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Old Fort and with members of the Bahamian community, will host the “Fusion of Melodies: An Evening with Bahamian Musicians.” The featured performers are pianist Dion Cunningham playing pieces ranging from favorite classical works to “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and vocalists Keri Sherman and Joann Fritz-Creary singing melodies ranging from “Ave Maria” to “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” from My Fair Lady. Also, as a special treat, a guest artist will sing a medley of Bahamian songs from the 60’s and 70’s.

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“Metanoia” with Navarro Newton: Popop Junior Residency solo show

NAGB

The first of a series of three solo shows, “Metanoia” featuring the work of Navarro Newton, is the culmination of a year’s hard graft at Popopstudios ICVA. Newton is one of three recipients for the 2016-2017 period chosen to work under the support of the Popop Junior Residency Prize (PJRP), alongside his fellows Nowe Harris-Smith and Keith Thompson. The residency is offered as a way to help nurture and support our young emerging artists, and to quite literally offer them space to create.

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