About our Assistant Curator
Natalie Willis is a British-Bahamian curator and cultural worker. Born and raised in Grand Bahama, she received her BA (Hons) and MA in Fine Art at York St John University in the UK. Willis currently works as Assistant Curator at National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, with a concerted focus on writing aimed at decolonising and decentralising the art archive, adding to the literature on Bahamian and Caribbean visual culture, and developing her burgeoning curatorial practice. Somewhere in a parallel universe, she still makes artwork.
As an emerging curator desperately trying to not contribute to the brain-drain of the Caribbean, she has dedicated her time at the NAGB to focusing on knowledge building and access through text and speaking to the way the colonial tourism of the late 1800s shaped the cultural and physical landscape of the Anglo-Caribbean. Willis has been an invited speaker at the Caribbean Studies Association Conference (2017), and the Museums Association of the Caribbean Annual Conference (2016). She was selected to take part in the Goldsmiths + British School at Rome Summer Intensive Course, themed “Curating the Contemporary”, in Rome in 2017. Most recently, Willis was awarded the Tilting Axis Curatorial Fellowship for 2018.
As one of the NAGB’s assistant curators, Natalie is responsible for maintaining, documenting and historicising the National Collection; planning and installing exhibitions and generating media for marketing.