We cannot go back to how things were. Our world, and our Bahamas, was changed forever. How we move forward, however, is another question entirely, and the place of the museum in a time of climate crisis is yet another still. As part of our mission to educate, uplift, and inspire people of The Bahamas, the NAGB has taken the current moment and context of the nation in mind, and suspended its scheduled end of year exhibition in favour of lifting up the voices of our artists to understand your experiences after Hurricane Dorian.
For some it may be too soon, for others not soon enough, but we want to give you space to begin to create, heal, process and protest. “Refuge” is an exhibition of works selected via an open call for works to artists and creatives of The Bahamas and its diaspora, all of us who have been collectively changed as nation and region by the storm. All disciplines of creative practice (art, storytelling, poetry, performance, and more) will be accepted. Special support and consideration will be given to artists from Grand Bahama and Abaco, with an understanding and recognition that many have lost everything including their loved ones.
The closing date for submissions is November 11th, 2019. All will be invited to attend the opening reception of “Refuge” on Thursday, December 19th, 2019, the show will run through Sunday, April 5th, 2020.