Behind-the-Scenes: The John Beadle Project and Artists of The Bahamas

by Gabrielle Misiewicz

Have you ever thought about the work that goes on behind an exhibition opening? The artists must produce the work, yes, but how does it get mounted for display? Paintings, sculptures and installations don’t just fix themselves into place, or align themselves just so to encourage you to think about certain concepts or consider the relationship between one issue and another. That’s where the work of curators and curatorial assistants come in.

For the last few weeks, the spaces at the Gallery have been a whirlwind of activity as staff prepared for the (rare) opening of two shows at once, The John Beadle Project and Master Artists of The Bahamas. On the evening of Thursday, April 25th, the exhibitions were unveiled to a packed house. If you weren’t able to attend the opening, you must come sometime soon to view the artists’ fabulous work! In the meantime, take a look at the pictures below to get a behind-the-scenes look at NAGB staff in action: measuring, drilling, sanding, mounting and consulting – just some of the work that goes into producing an exhibition.

Coming to Terms with the Inside World, John Cox, waiting to be stretched