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Bahamian art: Presenting. Uniting. Educating.

Events

NAGB Film Series presents "Local Film Flavours"
May
23
8:00 PM20:00

NAGB Film Series presents "Local Film Flavours"

The NAGB welcomes you to a special screening of tru-tru Bahamian talent.

Local Film Flavours features the works of Renee Caesar, Travon Patton, Thomas Robinson, Lavado Stubbs and Tara Woodside on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 from 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. in Fiona's Theatre.

The night will end with a Q+A segment with the filmmakers and Leslie Ellis-Tynes who is filling in for our curator Travolta Cooper.

As a reminder, this and all film screenings are FREE and open to the public. We will have popcorn on hand for sale. The films start at 8 p.m sharp.

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A Season at Fiona's Theatre presents "Unplugged"
Jun
1
7:30 PM19:30

A Season at Fiona's Theatre presents "Unplugged"

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas invites you to attend our new "A Season @ Fiona's Theatre" on Saturday, June 1st, 2019 starting at 7:00 p.m.

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We collaborate with two emerging trailblazers in their fields: Chase Fernander, singer, songwriter and visionary entertainer; and Rashad Leamount, producer, poet, artistic director and R+B singer, as they jointly produce "Unplugged" with ten exciting Bahamian musicians.

With "Unplugged" we take it back to the music, to the beat, to the rhythm of tongue, skin, rhyme and bone. Performers for the evening include: AbiYah, Tanisha Sweeting, Leoneisha Johnson, a.k.a. Leo, NevAndria Lyriic, Kenique Maria, Foots, Sherwood Rahming, Judah the Lion, Foreign Sound with headlines by Chase Fernander and Rashad Leamount.

Admission is only $5.00! Come out and support these amazing artists and the future of our creative space. Stay tuned for news on the addition of other musicians and vendors for the evening!

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ACE Series presents Paulo Miyada
Jun
4
7:00 PM19:00

ACE Series presents Paulo Miyada

ACE Series presents Paulo Miyada “A Potlatch of Histories: 2 or 3 lessons from Brazilian art” on Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. All are invited!

The NAGB presents the fourth instalment in our new Art, Culture and Exchange (ACE) Series, devoted to growing a healthy space for reciprocation, discourse and debate. This invitational brings established international artists, critics, and an extensive network of art professionals to present on their works in public lectures, informal talks and symposia. They will offer diverse perspectives and exciting interpretations of art, social/global issues, and innovations in culture.

The ACE Series continues the museum’s mission to empower its creative community with opportunities to engage in transformative encounters, which hold the potential to change the lives of young people and our public through robust art education programmes.

For our fourth lecture, we welcome Brazillian curator and researcher Paulo Miyada, who will bring some significant episodes from Brazilian art history and offer the audience an exchange: for every narrative about Nassau' culture and history that someone can bring to the table he will also tell about another artist or event from Brazil.

Biography:

Curator and researcher of contemporary art. He holds a Master's Degree in History of Architecture and Urbanism from FAU - USP, for which he is also a graduate. He is the adjunct curator of the 34th São Paulo Biennial (2020) and the chief curator of the Tomie Ohtake Institute, where he coordinates the Research and Curation Center, as well as co-coordinating the course programme of the Escola Entrópica, where he teaches. He was an assistant curator of the 29th São Paulo Biennial (2010), he was part of the curatorial team at Rumos Artes Visuais do Itaú Cultural (2011-2013) and was the adjunct curator of the 34th Panorama of Brazilian Art at MAM-SP (2015). Among other projects, he has curated: É preciso confrontar as imagens vagas com os gestos claros (2012), Paulo Bruscky: Banco de Ideias (2012), Medos Modernos (2014), Estou Cá (2016), Leda Catunda: I love you, baby (2016), Osso – Exposição-apelo ao amplo direito de defesa de Rafael Braga (2017), Miguel Rio Branco: Wishful Thinking (2017) e AI-5 50 Anos - Ainda não terminou de acabar (2018).

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Reminiscing: A Trip Down Memory Lane
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

Reminiscing: A Trip Down Memory Lane

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas invites you to attend our upcoming talk in support of the recently unveiled Chan Pratt retrospective "Resurrection."

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"Reminiscing: A Trip Down Memory Lane" invites Eddie Minnis, Andrew Rogers and Anton Sealy to reflect on the works on Chan Pratt from the perspective of mentorship and brotherhood; to the navigation of art market, and the development of corporate social responsibility in nurturing art practices.

"Reminiscing: A Trip Down Memory Lane" will take place at the NAGB on Tuesday, May 21st from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will feature a walk through with the conversants as they reflect on Pratt's work and life. The talk and all of our programming at the NAGB are free and open to the public.

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Shared Stories: Vizcaya and The Bahamas with Remko Jansonius and Wendy R. Wolf
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

Shared Stories: Vizcaya and The Bahamas with Remko Jansonius and Wendy R. Wolf

The Shared Stores: Vizcaya and The Bahamas event is free and open to the public. If you would like to know more about upcoming exhibitions, programming or rental opportunities available at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, please visit https://nagb.org.bs/ or call 242.328.5800. 

Shared Stores: Vizcaya & The Bahamas will take place at the NAGB on Thursday, May 17th starting at 7:00 p.m.

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ACE Series presents Diana Nawi: Curating in Context
May
7
7:00 PM19:00

ACE Series presents Diana Nawi: Curating in Context


The NAGB presents the third instalment in our new Art, Culture and Exchange (ACE) Series, devoted to growing a healthy space for reciprocation, discourse and debate. This invitational brings established international artists, critics, and an extensive network of art professionals to present on their works in public lectures, informal talks and symposia. They will offer diverse perspectives and exciting interpretations of art, social/global issues, and innovations in culture.

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The ACE Series continues the museum’s mission to empower its creative community with opportunities to engage in transformative encounters, which hold the potential to change the lives of young people and our public through robust art education programmes.



For our second lecture, we welcome independent curator, Diana Nawi, who will discuss the critical way context has shaped her curatorial work, addressing her recent retrospective of the work of Jamaican-born John Dunkley and her major upcoming project co-curating the 2020 city-wide triennial, Prospect New Orleans, with Naima J. Keith.

Biography:


Diana Nawi is an independent curator based in Los Angeles and the Co-Artistic Director of Prospect.5, New Orleans. Most recently, she organized Michael Rakowitz: Dispute between the Tamarisk and the Date Palm at REDCAT, Los Angeles, and Adler Guerrier: Conditions and Forms for blck Longevity at the California African American Museum, Los Angeles. Nawi previously served as Associate Curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami where she organized exhibitions with artists including Yael Bartana, Nicole Cherubini, John Dunkley, Iman Issa, Bouchra Khalili, LOS JAICHACKERS, and Nari Ward.

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Tessa Whitehead "...there are always two deaths"
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Tessa Whitehead "...there are always two deaths"

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas invites you to the first solo by interdisciplinary artist Tessa Whitehead showcasing a new body of paintings. Entitled "...there are always two deaths" the exhibition catalogues the artist's observations of the landscape, everyday life, and the inner working of nature in conjunction with the sacred feminine.

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The opening reception will take place on Thursday, May 2nd 2019 from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will feature entertainment and light refreshments.

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NAGB Closed for Maintenence
Apr
16
to Apr 18

NAGB Closed for Maintenence

The NAGB will be closed for maintenance during the following days: April 16th - 18th, 2019. While we will also be closed for Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Monday (April 21st and 22nd), the NAGB will be OPEN on Saturday, April 20th for holiday visits with family and friends.

We reopen on Tuesday, April 23rd at 10 am.

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Curator's Talk at Rand Nature Center with Richardo Barrett
Apr
9
6:30 PM18:30

Curator's Talk at Rand Nature Center with Richardo Barrett

Join us at the Rand Nature Centre in Freeport, Grand Bahama for an evening of lively discussion with Assistant Curator Richardo Barrett from The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, as he speaks about the featured exhibition and the role of a curator in the museum. A robust Q&A session will be held after the talk.

Richardo Barrett got his start in visual arts at CR Walker Senior High School. He participated in the 2006 FINCO Summer Arts Workshop, winning first place in painting and drawing. He pursued studies in architecture at the College of The Bahamas, later switching to art. He completed an associate degree in art in 2012. Richardo has exhibited locally; his work was recognised in the 2008 Central Bank Art Competition and Exhibition, in which he received honourable mention and eventually winning Best Art in the Open Category in 2018. 

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Transforming Spaces Art Tour // TS15
Apr
6
to Apr 7

Transforming Spaces Art Tour // TS15

This year Transforming Spaces celebrates 15 years of growth, service, and commitment to Bahamian visual culture. Under the theme ‘SUSTAIN’ we’re looking forward to highlighting a weekend of the best in contemporary Bahamian art across five creative spaces:

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D’Aguilar Art Foundation
Doongalik Studios
Hillside House,
The Current at Popopstudios ICVA
University of The Bahamas

Follow #TS15Sustain for more updates on this year's programming. For more information message us on facebook or email info@tsbahamas.com.

TICKETS ($35) ARE ON SALE AT:

NAGB
West Hill Street
Hours: Tues-Sat 10am - 5pm / Sun 12 noon - 5pm
Tel: (242) 328-5800

Doongalik Studios
20 Village Road
Hours: Mon-Wed 10am - 4pm
Tel: (242) 394-1886

The Place for Art
20 Village Road
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm
Tel: (242) 393-8834

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"Trans: A Migration of Identity" opens in Freeport
Apr
5
6:30 PM18:30

"Trans: A Migration of Identity" opens in Freeport

The NAGB team is taking the Inter-Island Travelling Exhibition to Grand Bahama for the second time this April! We were last in Grand Bahama in 2016 with “Max/Amos”, which was showcased at the Charles Hayward Library; now the NAGB's travelling exhibition programme is taking "Trans: A Migration of Identity” to our second city, where it will be on display at the Rand Nature Centre from April 5th- 26th, 2019. This unique initiative is accompanied by an extensive community outreach programme inclusive of our public mural programme, free workshops, a public talk, school visits (primary and secondary) and donations of museum literature for art teachers, schools and public libraries.

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ACE Series presents Larry Ossei-Mensah- The Rules of Engagement: How to Navigate the Art World in 2019 and Beyond
Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

ACE Series presents Larry Ossei-Mensah- The Rules of Engagement: How to Navigate the Art World in 2019 and Beyond

The NAGB presents the second instalment in our new Art, Culture and Exchange (ACE) Series, devoted to growing a healthy space for reciprocation, discourse and debate. This invitational brings established international artists, critics, and an extensive network of art professionals to present on their works in public lectures, informal talks and symposia. They will offer diverse perspectives and exciting interpretations of art, social/global issues, and innovations in culture.

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The ACE Series continues the museum’s mission to empower its creative community with opportunities to engage in transformative encounters, which hold the potential to change the lives of young people and our public through robust art education programmes.

For our second lecture, we welcome Ghanaian-American curator Larry Ossei-Mensah presenting on “The Rules of Engagement: How to Navigate the Art World in 2019 and Beyond”. Ossei-Mensah has designed a presentation highlighting the various ways artists, curators, and other art professionals can better understand and negotiate "their" art world and ecologies.

By developing strategies that highlight how "the game" is played and which mistakes to avoid, Ossei-Mensah seeks to share with the audience insights that he has amassed over the last decade to equip them with the tools and insights necessary to take more agency in their careers.

Biography:
Larry Ossei-Mensah, MOCAD’s Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator, uses contemporary art as a vehicle to redefine how we see ourselves and the world around us. The Ghanaian-American curator and cultural critic has organised exhibitions and programmes at commercial and nonprofit spaces around the globe from New York City to Rome in addition to documenting cultural happenings featuring the most dynamic visual artists working today such as Derrick Adams, Mickalene Thomas, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Federico Solmi, and Kehinde Wiley. Ossei-Mensah is also the co-founder of ARTNOIR a global collective of culturalists who design multimodal experiences aimed to engage this generation’s dynamic and diverse creative class.

In 2017, he was the Critic-in-Residence at ART OMI, and in 2019  he will serve as a curatorial mentor at the VisArt in Rockville, MD. He recently co-curated the solo exhibition of Allison Janae Hamilton’s work with Susan Cross at MASSMoCA entitled PITCH. Ossei-Mensah is also the recent recipient of the Warhol Foundation grant for $50K for his upcoming exhibition in spring/summer 2019 at MOAD in San Francisco entitled “Coffee, Rhum, Sugar, Gold: A Postcolonial Paradox” co-curated with Dexter Wimberly.  Follow him on Instagram/Twitter at @youngglobal.

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Women's Wednesdays: Women's Bodily Autonomy
Apr
3
6:00 PM18:00

Women's Wednesdays: Women's Bodily Autonomy

Parliamentary consultations on the decriminalization of abortion are taking place in Jamaica. It is important that we take time to consider where we are and where we need to go as a country and as a region regarding women’s bodily autonomy, including abortion. On April 3rd, we’ll be discussing consent, abortion rights, tubal ligation, contraception, and sexual education.

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What is consent? Who can give it, and when?
What impact does criminalized abortion have on women throughout the region?
How do these impacts change when we consider factors like economic status, age, and ability?
What role do reproductive rights play in the broader struggle for women’s liberation?
What are the different contraception methods available to women and how can we access these resources?
How can we use the conversation taking place in Jamaica and, subsequently, throughout the region, to advance the rights of women in The Bahamas?
How can we teach bodily autonomy to our children?
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Women's Wednesdays was founded by Equality Bahamas as a response to community members' requests for a space to access resources, experts, and practitioners, share knowledge, and engage in conversation with one another. Officially started in May 2017, Women's Wednesdays highlights Bahamian women and our experiences in The Bahamas, specific to our identities including gender, race, sexuality, age, and ability. Held once per month at minimum, the events draw women together to have conversations that bring our individual lives into focus while connecting to family, community, and national narratives.

#WW242 intentionally centers and prioritizes women and girls, and is open to the public through in-person events, livestreams, and social media activity. With the support of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, we create a safe space for knowledge-building, idea-sharing, critical dialogue, and movement-building.

Inspired by Equality Bahamas' Women's Wednesdays, there is now a similar initiative in Guyana, and other countries in the Caribbean are expected to follow.

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In Conversation with Sonia Farmer and Shivanee Ramlochan
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

In Conversation with Sonia Farmer and Shivanee Ramlochan

The NAGB welcomes you to In Conversation with Sonia Farmer and acclaimed Trinidadian poet Shivanee Ramlochan on Friday, March 22nd, 2019 from 7:00 pm.

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Farmer and Ramlochan will discuss their NE9 project 'The Red Thread Cycle' a collaborative artist book project. Shivanee Ramlochan’s first poetry collection, Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting (Peepal Tree Press, 2017) has been met with overwhelming regional and international praise. The work catalogues sexual assault and its aftermath is not easy on the eye, heart, or gut—but we must be open to what the pain of these poems teach us about trauma and survival in the Caribbean.

Deserving a close and intimate reading, Sonia Farmer presents each of Ramlochan's seven poems as their book structures, letterpress-printed in a limited edition collection. Linked through repetitive imagery directly mined from the poems, these books reinterpret the original linear poetic form, each structure inhabiting the individual voice of their poem to refract and reflect its narrative, allowing the reader to access their core emotional complexities as they engage with each piece.

The artists will discuss the more extensive collaboration, intricacies and triggers around sexual violence and trauma and the ability to heal through true connection, awareness and engagement. The event is free and open to the public and is a part of the National Exhibition 9 "The Fruit and The Seed" programming.

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NAGB Film Series presents the windfall LGBT Kenyan film "Rafiki"
Mar
21
8:00 PM20:00

NAGB Film Series presents the windfall LGBT Kenyan film "Rafiki"

The NAGB welcomes you to a special screening of the critically acclaimed windfall LGBTQ film "Rafiki," a 2018 Kenyan drama directed by Wanuri Kahiu. Inspired by Ugandan Monica Arac de Nyeko's 2007 Caine Prize-winning short story "Jambula Tree", "Rafiki" is the story of friendship and tender love that grows between two young women, amidst family and political pressures.

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“Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives,” but Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain, close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.

The NAGB is excited to bring this timely gem, and as a reminder, this and all screenings are FREE and open to the public. We will have popcorn on hand for sale. Come out with your blanket and spend this comfy spring night with us. The film starts at 8 p.m.

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I Speak in Tongues of Many workshop Sonia Farmer + Shivanee Ramlochan
Mar
21
to Mar 22

I Speak in Tongues of Many workshop Sonia Farmer + Shivanee Ramlochan

The NAGB in collaboration with the University of The Bahamas (UB) and the 2019 Blue Flamingo Literary Festival presents a 2-day workshop on collaborative process and bookmaking with Sonia Farmer and acclaimed Trinidadian poet, Shivanee Ramlochan.

The workshop will take place on Thursday, March 21st, 2019: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm and on Friday, March 22nd, 2019: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. I Speak in Tongues of Many is open to the general public for a fee of $40.00 and there are a limited number of spaces available (10). 10 FREE spaces are available to UB students and faculty. I Speak in Tongues of Many will take place in the The Michael H Eldon Boardroom, 3rd floor of the Michael Eldon Building on UB's Oakes Field Campus. Registration and complete details about the workshop and outcomes can be found here. 

All payments are to be made at the NAGB Mixed Media Store by March 20th and NAGB members receive up to a 10% discount.

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Day 1: I Speak in Tongues of Many with Shivanee Ramlochan

How we Collaborate with Every Writer We’ve Ever Loved: A Seminar Workshop in Claiming Your Poetic Tribe as An Act of Honouring Your Voice

Contemporary Caribbean poets often hold writers of the poetic canon at a remove of adulation. We can cite Walcott, Goodison, Senior, Brand, yet are often shy or reticent to point out how their poems influence and inspire our current writing. In this intensive, interactive seminar, we will explore (re)claiming your poetic voice with all its influences on proud display. We will examine how a polyglottal inheritance in reading poetry, and an understanding of poetry as community space, furnishes us with the tools to be the best writers of our poems. The three-hour session will cover:
· Why has collaboration become persona non grata in written poetry: a brief overview of the history of writing in groups, and how prize culture often steals the enthusiasm to team up in the name of verse;
· What we gain through collaboration: a guided first-hand insight into partnering with Sonia Farmer in producing The Red Thread Cycle installation at NAGB;
· Eddie Baugh to the Backstreet Boys: how everything you absorb, for better or worse, influences you on the page and stage, even when you least realise it;
· Exploring the link between poetic influence and poetic style, including its murky definitions: what is the difference between homage and plagiarism? How do we write poems as a tribute, as offertory, as instinctive inclination in the footsteps of another, without outright theft?
· How un/sub/conscious and overt collaborations across genres sustain and inform both our collective and individual poetic practice: a case study in Douen Islands;
· When have you been a collaborator, and not even known it? Poring over your favourite poems with attention to the voices, registers and styles of others, lingering within;
· “Collaboration creates a clearing in the wilderness”: participants will engage with each others’ work in a guided process designed to generate new poems and creative forms;
· Carrying on collaboratively: tools for eliding the alleged superiority of individualism, while still creating work that is authentically, purposefully one’s own.
· All participants will receive, at the workshop’s conclusion, a document of workshop notes, links to audiovisual material, and a free offer of one-time written feedback on poems produced in the session.

Technical Notes, Requirements, Provisions:

Participants will be asked to bring at least one poem of their own, as well as one of their favourite poems from any Caribbean writer.
The workshop facilitator will be granted access to a list of participants’ names and preferred pronouns, at least 12 hours before workshop commences.
The workshop will establish and maintain a zero-tolerance stance on hate speech of any kind, in any form, directed to the workshop facilitator or its participants.
Books by the workshop facilitator will be made available to workshop attendees for purchase (books brought in and managed by Ramlochan).
Materials required: participants should bring their stationery and/or word processors.

Day 2 with Sonia Farmer: Collaborative Processes: Text and Book

What does it mean to be in collaboration—is simply the act of working with others a collaborative process? What about the very act of writing—collaborating with found language or image? What about collaborating with our readers—how can the way we present our narratives make the readers part of forming the story? In this class, we will explore various processes to generate and present text. Interacting with our classmates and also working on our own, we will try several collaborative and experimental prompts to form narratives. Using hands-on tutorials, we will also explore the book structure as a storytelling tool that challenges the fixed and linear trope of reading.

Text explorations: erasure; one-word exchange; stamp prompt; and exquisite corpse
Book structure explorations: 8 pages/ 1 sheet; ox-plow book; accordion; Turkish map fold; snake book; fold-out book, French fold.

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NE9 Artists Talk and Walkthrough: Mass and Movement
Mar
15
6:30 PM18:30

NE9 Artists Talk and Walkthrough: Mass and Movement

On Friday, March 15th, starting at 6:30 p.m. the NAGB will hold an artists’ talk and walkthrough with several artists whose works are supported in this year's National Exhibition (NE9), “The Fruit and The Seed."

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Join us as we welcome Saskia D’Aguilar, Rashad Leamount-Davis, Eric Rose, Heino Schmid and Averia Wright as they share the broader inspirations, provocations and curiosities behind their projects. Collectively, they will focus on the role that the environment and social awareness has played on aesthetic decisions, representation (and at times the lack thereof), and concerns around relationships with self and others. We will also discuss the intricacies and contradictions in how they observe their surroundings and growing creative industry.

We will end the discussion with a walkthrough and guided conversation on their projects. As a reminder, this event and all programming in support of the NE9 are FREE and open to the public.

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A Season at Fiona’s Theatre presents ‘Riddim n Tingum’
Mar
8
8:00 PM20:00

A Season at Fiona’s Theatre presents ‘Riddim n Tingum’

A Season at Fiona’s Theatre welcomes you to ‘Riddim n Tingum’ by Saucy Expressions, presenting a dynamic night of music, poetry and art celebrating the themes in the NE9 “The Fruit and The Seed,” on Friday, March 8th from 8-11 p.m.

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Finding inspiration in spirituality, sexuality, psychology and fodder from current social issues, culture, politics and the environment; we welcome a team of brilliant performers and artists including the masterminds behind Saucy Expressions, Christine Wilson and Princess Pratt, who have choreographed a night of sperit, freedom and energetic healing through art and communal gathering.

We will hear words from Martysta Turnquest, Ivanna Gaitor Yasmin Glinton, Ian Taylor, Tanicia Pratt, Pryia Russell-Ellis, Bey Chaino, Kacey Ferguson, Cherese Pratt ft Jason Evans and Colene Clarke, with dynamic chants by Qpid and Bodine. The evening’s mood will be set with a live animation by Jason Evans and caricature drawings by Renbert Mortimer.

Complimenting the creative energies, we rise the wybe with delicious fare, libations and artisanal speciality items from Conch n Tingz, GreenCity Organics by Xan-Xi Sweeting, The New Duff, Kowsher, Express Yourself, Springbok, Conchscious Crown and Afromation. The evening will also have a special drumming session by Ubuntu!

A Season at Fiona’s Theatre ‘Riddim n Tingum’ is free and open to the public. The programme is appropriate for all ages and family friendly. Come out and celebrate all tings Bahamian, all tings tru-tru, all tings sperit and all tings you.

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Women's Wednesdays: Experiences in Advocacy
Mar
6
6:00 PM18:00

Women's Wednesdays: Experiences in Advocacy

As International Women’s Day approaches, we are taking a step back to discuss the different forms that advocacy takes in the struggle for Women’s Rights. From policy making, to volunteer work, to social media and dinner table conversations, we each have a role to play. Join us March 6th to talk strategy, share concerns, and ask questions!

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- What is meant by "women's rights?"
- What does it mean to be an advocate?
- What is unique about advocacy in The Bahamas and the Caribbean?
- How has social media changed the landscape of social justice?
- What do we need to improve the effectiveness of our advocacy work?


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Women's Wednesdays was founded by Equality Bahamas as a response to community members' requests for a space to access resources, experts, and practitioners, share knowledge, and engage in conversation with one another. Officially started in May 2017, Women's Wednesdays highlights Bahamian women and our experiences in The Bahamas, specific to our identities including gender, race, sexuality, age, and ability. Held once per month at minimum, the events draw women together to have conversations that bring our individual lives into focus while connecting to family, community, and national narratives.

#WW242 intentionally centers and prioritizes women and girls, and is open to the public through in-person events, livestreams, and social media activity. With the support of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, we create a safe space for knowledge-building, idea-sharing, critical dialogue, and movement-building.

Inspired by Equality Bahamas' Women's Wednesdays, there is now a similar initiative in Guyana, and other countries in the Caribbean are expected to follow.

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The NAGB Film Series presents "A Raisin in the Sun"
Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

The NAGB Film Series presents "A Raisin in the Sun"

The NAGB doubles up on your dose of films for February as we celebrate Black History Month and Sir Sidney Poitier's 92nd turn around the sun with the screening of the brilliant adaption of Lorraine Hansberry’s immortal "A Raisin in the Sun."

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The film, made in 1961 by Daniel Petrie, reprises the original Broadway stars—including Poitier and Ruby Dee—as members of an African American family living in a cramped Chicago apartment, in this deeply resonant tale of dreams deferred. The Youngers await a life-insurance check they hope will change their circumstances, but tensions arise over how to use the money. Vividly rendering Hansberry’s sharp observations on generational conflict and housing discrimination, Petrie’s film captures the high stakes, shifting currents, and varieties of experience within black life in midcentury America.

This and all screenings are FREE and open to the public. We will have popcorn on hand for sale. Come out with your blanket and spend this comfy winter night with us.

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The ACE Series presents Seph Rodney "What Art Criticism Does"
Feb
18
11:00 AM11:00

The ACE Series presents Seph Rodney "What Art Criticism Does"

The NAGB presents the first installment in our new Art, Culture and Exchange (ACE) Series, devoted to growing a healthy space for reciprocation, discourse and debate. This invitational brings established international artists, critics, and an extensive network of art professionals to present on their works in public lectures, informal talks and symposia. They will offer diverse perspectives and exciting interpretations of art, social/global issues, and innovations in culture. The ACE Series continues the museum’s mission to empower its creative community with opportunities to engage in transformative encounters, which hold the potential to change the lives of young people and our public through robust art education programmes.

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For our first lecture, we welcome Jamaican-born, US-based critic, Seph Rodney speaking on “What Art Criticism Does." Rodney will speak about the various approaches that are typically taken by those who currently write art criticism and what these strategies accomplish, or seek to accomplish. Within this, he will anchor and contextualise his practice as it has been suggested that the fine lines that exist between art writing and art criticism continue to blur, and through this path of inquiry, Rodney will attempt to nail down precisely what is meant by the term "criticism.”

Biography

Seph Rodney, PhD was born in Jamaica and came of age in the Bronx, New York. He has an English degree from Long Island University, Brooklyn; a studio art MFA from the University of California, Irvine; and a PhD from Birkbeck College, the University of London in museum studies. Also, while in London, he created, produced, and hosted a radio show called The Thread, broadcast on Resonance FM from 2008-2011.

He is a staff writer and editor for Hyperallergic, writing on contemporary art and related issues. He has also written for CNN Op-ed pages, American Craft and NBC Universal, and penned catalogue essays for Joyce J. Scott, Teresita Fernandez, and other artists. He can be heard on the podcast The American Age. His book, The Personalization of the Museum Visit, will be published by Routledge press in June. He is a featured speaker in the Favorite Poem Project.

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