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West and West Hill Streets
Nassau, N.P.
The Bahamas

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Bahamian art: Presenting. Uniting. Educating.

Events

Creative Time Summit 2019 Opens: Extended Viewing Hours and Film Screening
Nov
14
5:00 PM17:00

Creative Time Summit 2019 Opens: Extended Viewing Hours and Film Screening

The NAGB is happy to be a screening site for the 2019 Creative Time Summit, which opens November 14th in New York. 2019 is a milestone year for the Summit, as they mark their tenth anniversary by returning to New York City, where it all began. This year’s Summit asks, “Can speaking truth to power unravel the age of disillusion we find ourselves in?”

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Creative Time Summit Screening: Speaking Truth | Summit X
Nov
15
10:00 AM10:00

Creative Time Summit Screening: Speaking Truth | Summit X

Can speaking truth to power unravel the age of disillusion we find ourselves in? The revolution will be streamed. Join us at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas as we broadcast the @creativetime #CTSummit on November 15th, 2019 and celebrate ten years of discussion, debate and discovery at the intersection of art and social justice with thinkers, dreamers and doers from around the globe that will address radical truth telling, its implications, manifestations, and potentialities!

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"The Straw Paradox" Open Studios with Averia Wright
Nov
9
5:00 PM17:00

"The Straw Paradox" Open Studios with Averia Wright

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas invites you to an Open Studios session with Averia Wright on Saturday, November 9th, 2019 starting at 5:00 p.m. The informal conversation will look at her research into straw work through her lineage and creative practice as seen in her installation work, “The Straw Paradox: The Pig That Built His House of Straw”.  This discussion will be lead by Jodi Minnis.

As a reminder, the Open Studios session and all programming in support of exhibitions are FREE and open to the public.

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NAGB Film Series presents the Halloween classic "Hocus Pocus"
Oct
31
8:00 PM20:00

NAGB Film Series presents the Halloween classic "Hocus Pocus"

The NAGB welcomes everyone to a special screening of the Halloween cult classic "Hocus Pocus," on October 31st, starting at 8:00 p.m.

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"Hocus Pocus" is a 1993 American horror fantasy comedy film that was directed by Kenny Ortega. It tells the story of a Halloween-hating teenager named Max Dennison, who inadvertently resurrects three witches from their temporary death and must risk his life to protect his sister, Dani, and defeat them with the help of a classmate crush, a friendly zombie, and an immortal black cat.

With themes around protection, harvest, good resisting evil, this tale of love conquering and reuniting families is sure to bring a smile to faces and a warmth to the core during this harvest time.

As a reminder, this and all screenings are FREE and open to the public and we will have popcorn on hand. Join us in Fiona's Theatre for a relaxing evening viewing.

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4th Sundays Continue to Grow!
Oct
27
12:00 PM12:00

4th Sundays Continue to Grow!

This October the NAGB's Fourth Sundays continue to grow! We’ve incorporated exciting new elements from our We Gatchu initiative including “A Day of Play” and “Wellness Sundays", in addition to our FREE exhibition tours. Stay tuned as we include other fun-filled activities in future Fourth Sundays.

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The Visual Life of Social Affliction presents the screening of Kareem Mortimer's "Cargo" with Q+A
Oct
24
8:00 PM20:00

The Visual Life of Social Affliction presents the screening of Kareem Mortimer's "Cargo" with Q+A

Kareem Mortimer's award-winning 2017 film, Cargo, is an exemplary instance of the visual life of social affliction. In a subtle and poignant way, it portrays the complicated worlds in which Caribbean people make the precarious lives they make. A fisherman, Kevin, turns to human smuggling so as to secure the money he needs for his son's school fees.

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But he soon finds that he has been drawn down a very slippery slope, and confronted with desperate choices that bring him face to face with himself. Join us on October 4th, 2019, as part of programming for the Visual Life of Social Affliction exhibition, the NAGB presents a screening of this remarkable film, followed by a conversation with Dr Ian Bethell-Bennett and Mortimer. The screening will take place in Fiona's Theatre from 8:00-10:30 p.m.

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NAGB+UB presents: Voices from the Storm 
Oct
23
6:00 PM18:00

NAGB+UB presents: Voices from the Storm 

The NAGB is happy to partner with the University of The Bahamas’ English Department to produce a series of meetings through 2020 to continue the work started under the “We Gatchu: Sanctuary after the Storm” campaign which engages with the public in personal and collective recovery after the impacts of Dorian.

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Voices from the Storm will help direct and tangential victims of Hurricane Dorian recover emotionally through targeted creative writing engagement and journaling exercises. Dr Saskia Furst and Dr Dustin Hellberg are teaming with the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas to facilitate individual health care initiatives, foster social support networks and promote national awareness. The workshops will take place on October 23rd and November 20th and will direct individuals through writing exercises and relaxation strategies to open up spaces for dialogue and sharing. 

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We Gatchu: Digging Deep & Letting Go
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

We Gatchu: Digging Deep & Letting Go

Join us on Friday, October 18th starting at 7:00 p.m. at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas for a night of healing through culture and the arts.

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As we begin the much needed therapeutic healing process of digging deep and letting go of all the heavy trauma we have collected during Hurricane Dorian, the Ubuntu drummers will open up this special evening with a call to the ancestors.

Come and heal with us through the sacred power of the arts. Digging Deep and Letting Go will be an open mic night so feel free to come and share your words, stories and be a healing light to others as well as yourself. This is your sanctuary after the storm, don’t worry we gatchu!!!

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Donation Drive: Good Instruments for the Goodness Tour
Oct
7
to Oct 18

Donation Drive: Good Instruments for the Goodness Tour

The NAGB is proud to partner with the US-based non-profit organization, The Goodness Tour, who are dedicated to bringing free music and art experiences to people facing adversity all over the world. The tour travels to refugee camps, disaster zones, homeless shelters, hospitals, disability centres, youth crisis shelters and anywhere that humans are in need of trauma relief and encouragement.

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After their first reconnaissance trip to New Providence on September 27th, the three main participants, Benjamin Swatez, Luc Reynaud and Chez Libby were able to see first-hand impacts from Hurricane Dorian with guided and discreet tours to shelters provided by team NAGB and We Gatchu core member, Jenna Christie. During these visits, it was clear that the children, young people and adults were very excited and curious by the playing of instruments and the engagement with song and storytelling.

Historically, The Bahamas has a rich oral tradition that continues to be affected by waves of gentrification and modernisation. The intangible quality of this tradition that is integral to its very uniqueness, has also lent to a cultural forgetting in the absence of adequate documentation. As such, The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas seeks to give its public and most vulnerable an opportunity to reconnect with songwriting, art, filmmaking and mural making through this unique partnership.

However, we need your help! Most of the displaced families have lost everything and we are on the search for good instruments, ones that you have retired, put away and safely stored to be found, resurrected and donated for use by The Goodness Tour in their outreach efforts.

This means that children will have first-hand impressions with guitars, flutes, recorders, tambourines, violins, drums etc., which we know not only enhances mood and cognitive behaviour but deeply restores a sense of wellbeing, joy and belonging. We are looking to collect brass and string instruments along with percussions.

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas will open its donations on Monday, October 7th through Friday, October 18th, to coincide with our cultural evening of drumming, storytelling, drawing and dance called “Digging Deep and Letting Go.”

Donations will be accepted by Sophia Smith, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Weekend donations can be taken to the museum’s Mixed Media Gift Store, Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m.-5 p.m. For more information contact Katrina Cartwright at kcartwright@nagb.org.bs.

#wegatchu #sanctuaryafterthestorm #healgoodfeelgood

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Open Studios with Kachelle Knowles
Oct
5
5:00 PM17:00

Open Studios with Kachelle Knowles

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas invites you to an Open Studios session with Kachelle Knowles on Saturday, September 21st, 2019 starting at 5:00 p.m. The informal conversation will look at a collection of work supported by Knowles' current Project Space show at the NAGB titled "Bahamian Man Since Time."

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Imagining Refuge and Resiliency - A Community Healing Event   
Oct
5
10:00 AM10:00

Imagining Refuge and Resiliency - A Community Healing Event  

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas invites you to a community healing workshop on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Healing Hands Bahamas, a cohort led by Helen Klonaris, Patricia Powell and Tomi Knutson, will be leading a series of hands-on healing interventions across shelters, the University of The Bahamas and the NAGB.

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The road to recovery takes place on more than just the landscape, we also need to tend to our spirits. This 3-hour group healing experience brings us together with healing practitioners to make sacred space together, share stories, and give the soul some light through some age-old spiritual practices. Connecting with each other and with ancestry, take some time to give yourself the soothing your spirit needs.

This event and all under the joint #wegatchu initiative is free and open to the public.

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Healing The Spirit after Hurricane Dorian with Patricia Powell & Helen Klonaris
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Healing The Spirit after Hurricane Dorian with Patricia Powell & Helen Klonaris

In this evening conversation with Jamaican novelist Patricia Powell and our own Bahamian writer Helen Klonaris, they will share their journeys to alternative healing modalities - energy medicine and shamanic practices - and show how these ways of healing the body and soul are not new or alternative, but old and the birthright of us all. Together, we will discuss how we can use elements of these practices to bring back joy and well being to traumatized communities in the aftermath of Dorian.

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Patricia Powell is a Jamaican novelist and the author of Me Dying Trial, A Small Gathering of Bones, The Pagoda, and The Fullness of Everything. She is the recipient of a PEN award, A Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT fiction and a Lila Wallace Readers Digest Writers Award among others. Powell teaches literature and creative writing at Mills College in Oakland, California and is also an energy medicine practitioner with over a decade of study and practice in the healing arts. She is a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing.

Helen Klonaris is a Bahamian essayist and short story writer whose books include Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices, and If I Had the Wings, her debut collection of short stories, which was a finalist for the Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. Helen teaches comparative mythology at the Academy of Art University and she is an energy medicine practitioner with over six years of training in energy medicine and shamanic techniques. She has a private practice in Kensington, California.

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We Gatchu: Open Forum II
Sep
30
6:00 PM18:00

We Gatchu: Open Forum II

The NAGB invites you to attend our second Open Forum on Monday, September 30th, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. “We Gatchu” is a joint initiative between the NAGB and the Mental Wellness Professional community to tend to the emotional wellbeing of the nation.

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Our first open forum mapped out the impetus for the initiative, a broad agenda and shared experiences thus far. This session will focus on the group work being conducted in the focus groups, and the strategic development for the initiative moving forward.

#wegatchu #sanctuaryafterthestorm #healgoodfeelgood

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4th Sundays + A Day of Play
Sep
29
12:00 PM12:00

4th Sundays + A Day of Play

In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, we’re bringing you 4th Sundays a little later this month and it has grown! We’ve incorporated exciting new elements from our We Gatchu initiative. This Sunday will feature A Day of Play, in addition to our FREE exhibition tours. Stay tuned as we include other fun-filled activities in future 4th Sundays.

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We Gatchu: Crisis Management
Sep
24
6:00 PM18:00

We Gatchu: Crisis Management

For those who take care of others, you need to be taken care of too. First Responders, Doctors, Nurses, Journalists, Firemen and women, Social Workers, Defence Force and Policemen and women, and anyone on the frontlines of aid, rescue, and information gathering around the storm, we lend our support to you. The NAGB, along with a dedicated team of Therapists, Counsellors, and Mental Wellness Professionals, have come together to offer emotional support for the trauma you have gone through and born witness to from Hurricane Dorian. “We Gatchu: Sanctuary After The Storm” is our joint initiative to tend to the emotional wellbeing of the nation, and we want to start with you and your struggles. We see you. We see your strength. We gatchu. This open session for speaking and sharing your experiences will begin at 6:00pm at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) located on West Street. 

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We Gatchu: Crisis Management
Sep
17
6:00 PM18:00

We Gatchu: Crisis Management

After the success of our last group session, we are so pleased to welcome you back to the NAGB with open arms for our next talk circle.

To our First Responders, Doctors, Nurses, Journalists, Firemen and women, Social Workers, Defence Force and Police men and women, and anyone on the frontlines of aid, rescue, and information gathering around the storm, we lend our support to you.

We see you. We see your strength. We gatchu.

This open session for speaking and sharing your experiences will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) located on West Street.

“We Gatchu:Sanctuary After the Storm” is a joint initiative between the NAGB and the Mental Wellness Professional community to tend to the emotional wellbeing of the nation, and we want to start with you

and your struggles. #wegatchu #sanctuaryafterthestorm #healgoodfeelgood

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We Gatchu!!!: Sanctuary After The Storm: Crisis Management
Sep
10
6:00 PM18:00

We Gatchu!!!: Sanctuary After The Storm: Crisis Management

For those who take care of others, you need to be taken care of too. First Responders, Doctors, Nurses, Journalists, Firemen and women, Social Workers, Defence Force and Police men and women, and anyone on the frontlines of aid, rescue, and information gathering around the storm, we lend our support to you. 

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The NAGB, along with a dedicated team of Therapists, Counsellors, and Mental Wellness Professionals, have come together to offer emotional support for the trauma you have gone through and born witness to from Hurricane Dorian. “We Gatchu: Sanctuary After The Storm” is our joint initiative to tend to the emotional wellbeing of the nation, and we want to start with you and your struggles.

We see you. We see your strength. We gatchu. 

This open session for speaking and sharing your experiences will begin at 6:00pm at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) located on West Street. 

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We Gatchu!!!: Sanctuary After The Storm: Open Forum + Call to Action for Mental Health Professionals
Sep
9
6:00 PM18:00

We Gatchu!!!: Sanctuary After The Storm: Open Forum + Call to Action for Mental Health Professionals

The NAGB has teamed up with a dynamic and dedicated set of therapists and psychologists to work with us as we turn the NAGB into a safe space and mental health sanctuary for recovery after Dorian. “We Gatchu: Sanctuary After The Storm” is our joint initiative to tend to the emotional wellbeing of the nation.

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With the trauma so many have had to endure with this dark moment in Bahamian history, we would like to enlist the skills of you in the Mental Health sector to assist us in offering sessions to soothe and heal the various communities who are struggling to cope with the aftermath of this storm. 

This Open Forum will give us the opportunity to let you know how you can help, and what we’ve been planning for implementation of emotional support and wellness as an important part of hurricane relief now, and for the future. 

This meeting will be held at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (located on West Street), and will begin at 6:00 p.m. 



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Visual Life Of Social Affliction: A Small Axe Project Opening Reception
Aug
22
7:00 PM19:00

Visual Life Of Social Affliction: A Small Axe Project Opening Reception

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is happy to partner with Small Axe to bring the Visual Life Of Social Affliction to our shores as the first stop in its multi-country exhibition tour. The NAGB invites you to the opening reception on Thursday, August 22nd from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m as we celebrate the realisation of this dynamic collaboration. The event is FREE and open to the public.

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NAGB Film Series presents "I Am Not Your Negro"
Aug
15
8:00 PM20:00

NAGB Film Series presents "I Am Not Your Negro"

The NAGB welcomes you to a special screening of the critically acclaimed 2016 documentary film " I Am Not Your Negro" directed by Raoul Peck, based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript "Remember This House." The film will screen this Thursday, August 15th starting at 8:00 p.m. all are welcomed.

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Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin's reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as his observations of American history.

The NAGB is excited to bring this contemporary masterpiece to Fiona's Theatre, 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 and celebrate a warm summer evening with us.

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Womens Wednesdays: Women in the Arts
Aug
7
6:00 PM18:00

Womens Wednesdays: Women in the Arts

The Bahamas is home to vibrant, diverse, and talented artist communities. This month, we will be turning the spotlight on women in the arts. Bahamian women are breaking silences about social, cultural, and political issues through their artwork. On August 7th, we’ll bring together a panel of women artists to talk about their work and ask the following questions:
- What has been your experience as a woman creating art in The Bahamas?
- How is art being used (and how can it be used) to address issues regarding gender and sexuality?
- How do you see art influencing people and functioning in our communities at a time when society is polarized on many issues?
-What challenges do women artists face in creating and sustaining their art projects, and what strategies can we adopt to better support them?
-How does (and how can) art connect women across the Caribbean and African Diaspora?

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 NAGB Film Series presents "City of God"
Jul
25
8:00 PM20:00

NAGB Film Series presents "City of God"

The NAGB welcomes you to a special screening of the critically acclaimed 2002 Brazilian crime epic "City of God." In the poverty-stricken favelas of Rio de Janeiro in the 1970s, two young men choose different paths. Rocket, a budding photographer documents the increasing drug-related violence of his neighborhood and drug dealer "Zé" who uses Rocket and his photos as a way to increase his fame as a turf war erupts with his rival, "Knockout Ned."

The NAGB is excited to bring this contemporary masterpiece to Fiona's Theatre, 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 and celebrate a warm summer evening with us.

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Tessa Whitehead's Artist Talk
Jul
11
7:00 PM19:00

Tessa Whitehead's Artist Talk

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas invites you to an artist talk with Tessa Whitehead on Thursday, July 11th starting at 7:00 p.m. The talk will look at how her body of work supported in "...there are always two deaths" was created and her views around process, loss and the reinforcement of contemporary womanhood.


As a reminder, the talk and all programming in support of exhibitions are FREE and open to the public.

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