How do we define ourselves? What does a dialect do and, within that vernacular, what does our dissent sound like? “Hard Mouth: From the Tongue of the Ocean” is a look at the way language–both verbal and visual–has shaped The Bahamas and how we view ourselves. From the way we speak, to the way that we voice our discontent, to the way we envision ourselves as women and as part of the Black Diaspora, “Hard Mouth” is a call to the “biggity” and bold nature of Bahamians and a foray into how this archipelago, around the Tongue of the Ocean itself, finds its voice.
This year's series moves into its seventh iteration with "Hot Water." Opening on Thursday, August 23rd, the environmental and sustainably-focused project sets its eyes on Ragged Island and provides a moment for the collaborative meeting of two collectives, Expo 2020 emerging from the University of The Bahamas (UB), and the Plastico Fantastico Collective with members from the United States, Cuba, Brazil, The Bahamas and London.
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas invites you to save the date for the upcoming 10-Year Survey of works by Lavar Munroe. On Thursday, September 13th from 7 pm - 10 pm, the NAGB will exhibit over 50 works created from 2008- 2018, focusing on the evolution of Munroe's creative practice and it's materiality move off the wall and into a richer dimensionality at once exploring the fragility and tenuous relations of the human condition, Blackness, the grotesque and the beautiful.
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) is proud to premiere it’s second inter-island travelling exhibition, Trans: A Migration of Identity in Andros! A week of exciting activities is planned, where the entire community - young and old - will be engaged in the creation and appreciation of Bahamian art. The exhibition is, as the NAGB describes, a collection of “works that question and respond to our collective reality – one that is shaped by the movement of peoples from many origins.” The exhibition is inspired by “the most striking and impactful of these human migrations, the forceful transport of enslaved Africans” to the Western Hemisphere via the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
The NAGB presents a solo exhibition in our Project Space Room by Jonathan Bethel titled “Elemental”. Opening on Thursday, November 1st, the showcase features luscious acrylic paintings celebrating the unspoilt and nostalgic beauty of The Bahamas. Starting at 5 p.m the gallery will be open for extended viewing hours with libations till 7 p.m.
Jonathan Bethel draws inspiration from his surroundings and the inherent beauty of the Bahamian landscape, seascape and its people. Travelling across the archipelago and conducting everyday tasks, the quotidian and the humdrum of regular living inspires him to fix this beauty in painting. Being further inspired by memories of growing up and the nostalgia for similar times, Bethel reminds us that island life is worth living, and there is a quiet charm to the rituals that we recall and or still participate in. Things like picking and or stealing summer fruit -seagrapes, guineps, sugar apples, hog plums–from neighbours or sculling boats and dinghies around the harbours across the Family Islands.
Lavar Munroe's second chapter and continuing installation accompanying "Son of the Soil", the artist's 10-year survey is set to open on Thursday, November 1st, 2019 with a newly conceived installation of his 2016 project "Memorials" called "Return- The Magic Flight."
The National Exhibition 9 "The Fruit and the Seed" will open on Friday, December 14th, 2018 an run through March 31st, 2019. A socially curious project, “The Fruit and the Seed” centres around how artists are working to define their space and experiences. Whether it be through the lens of race, gender, parity and class as a way to clarify cultural, social and aesthetic decisions, the art-making process is used as a tool to bring to the fore ideologies on activism and advocacy, leading to a more empathetic and understanding culture.
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is proud to announce that its “Open Call for Potcakes” received over 40 submissions. Through an internal jury process we were able to narrow down the selection to support works by the following artists: Julia Browning, Dahar Butler, Barbara Christofilis, Janae Ferguson, Tamika Galanis, Lyndera Hall, Jalan Harris, Allan Jones, Stephanie Jurgens, Natalia Nuñez, Matthew Rahming, George Robinson, David Romer, Maelynn Seymour-Major, Regina Smith, Katrina Toothe, Debra Trewin, Patricia Vazquez-Vandenberg, Angelika Wallace-Whitfield and Gillian Watson.
This year campers went “Back to da Island” as we explored indigenous Bahamian crafts like straw work, basket weaving, shellcraft, wood carving and much more, in traditional and not so traditional ways, all while learning the stories from and the histories of the islands where these different crafts originated. Their exploration of materials and techniques paid homage to Bahamian crafts in their original form while pushing it into the realm of fine art, building a bridge between two equally important forms of creative expression.
On Tuesday, July 3rd, the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas will showcase a collection of works for the first time by established and seasoned woodturner, Robin Hardy. The exhibition will include 20 pieces that are move between functional, practical and aesthetic objects including bowls, gourd-like structures and other wood pieces that move between benches and tables. The exhibition "Part Nature, Part Nurture" will be on view through Sunday, July 29th, 2018
In collaboration with the British Council, the NAGB will present the exhibition "We Suffer to Remain" featuring the evocative video installation "The Slave's Lament" by Scottish artist, Graham Fagen in tandem with visual responses by Bahamian artists Sonia Farmer, Anina Major and John Beadle. Fagen’s “The Slaves Lament” was exhibited at Scotland at the Venice Biennale in 2015 and "We Suffer to Remain" premise focuses on the fact that artists in postcolonial spaces have strong and embryonic reactions that can influence and build on the advancement and celebration of de-colonial art practices.
On March 22nd through July 29th, The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas presents the first of two historical surveys exhibitions that include works produced from 1856-1960 by visiting artists and expatriates, who were inspired by the then-colony's landscapes, people, luminescence, coastlines and seas and bustling lifestyles. Traversing the Picturesque: For Sentimental Value draws from several familiar and a few new collections to detail the breadth and scope of how The Bahamas has been framed within the popular global imagination and the impact of the colonial and outsider gaze on the development of a historical understanding of the nation.
In “A Self-Portrait” emerging Bahamian artist, Drew Weech, aims to provide - through both painting and sculpture - a window into what it's like to struggle with depression by presenting a body of work which vacillates between both the ephemeral and the perpetual aspects of the disorder.
Currently in its third year, the NAGB's travelling exhibition programme proudly presents "Trans: A Migration of Identity," which will begin its journey in Rock Sound, Eleuthera. Dissecting national identity through the lens of visual artists, the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas presents works that question and respond to our collective reality - one that is shaped by the movement of peoples of many origins: Africa, Europe, Asia, The Caribbean.
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas presents for the first time the work of Peggy Jones. "In Retrospect" showcases a collection of intimate paintings dating from the late 60s to the present day. Peggy Jones (US-born), emigrated to The Bahamas in 1955 and has been living and working here for the last 60 years.
The exhibit Art of the Bahamas is a collaboration between the Elliott Museum and The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. The exhibit includes more than 40 paintings on loan from NAGB and some from local artists who painted the Islands. The exhibition celebrates the creative spirit of these islands whose diversity of vision has inspired, and indeed continues to inspire the voices and visions of successive generations of artists. Art of the Bahamas, will run December 15, 2017 through February 26, 2018 at the Elliott Museum, 825 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart, Florida. The exhibition is included with regular museum admission and is open everyday from 10 AM to 5 PM. For more information visit www.ElliottMuseum.org.
From December 14th, 2017 through March 11th, 2018, The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas will present a survey of contemporary works that define and interrogate the critical edge of the birth and development of The Bahamas as a monolithic conservative Christian country. Through the development of opposing dialogues, the stronghold of rites of passage, the tenuous nature of buried histories and the fragility of personal stories, Medium: Practices and Routes of Spirituality and Mysticism will unearth encounters with a “thing” that lies amorphous, often beyond the power of words.
Emerging painter Dominique Knowles opens his first solo show in The Bahamas at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas on December 14th, 2017 titled "In the Warmest Glance of the Sun" which runs through Sunday, January 14th, 2018. There will be a special preformance and artist talk on January 13th, 2017
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB), in collaboration with the Bahamas Tourism Board and the French Arts Factory, is proud to present the exhibition “Baham’Art en Seine” featuring six prominent Bahamian artists including Chantal Bethel, Stan Burnside, Claudette Dean, Thierry Lamare, Toby Lunn and Lynn Parotti, on view at the French Art Factory from December 11th - 17th, 2017.
Re: Encounter brings together Dominican-born, New York-based artist Joiri Minaya and Bahamian artist Dede Brown who have developed individual projects that speak towards issues of being postcolonial subjects. Both practices use representations in nature and the feminised to confront the rigidity of history and the stronghold of colonial narratives. The show opens in the NAGB Ballroom on Friday, October 13th, and runs through Sunday, November 26, 2017.
Emerging Bahamian photographer Melissa Alcena will present a collection of 20 recent photographs in our Project Space Room that focuses on the Black Caribbean male as a central subject and the issues around representation, exile, displacement and becoming.
Max/Amos will open at Wenshua Art Gallery in Georgetown, Exuma, on Monday, October 2nd, 2017 at 6pm. The exhibition will be on display until November 15, 2017. This event is free and open to the public.
"Those from Shallow Waters" is a collection of shorts by Settler's Cove Productions, about the inhabitants of The Bahamas (derived from the Spanish "baja mar," meaning shallow seas). The collection tells the unique and contemporary stories about born-and-bred Bahamians and those who have made The Bahamas their home.
We invite you to the opening of our Mixed Media Art Summer Camp Exhibition 2017: "A Journey Through Time: Telling Our Story with Art" on Tuesday, August 1st starting at 6 p.m..
"Of Skin and Sand," brings together Jamaican artist Leasho Johnson and Bahamian artist Edrin Symonette who have developed individual projects that speak towards issues of gender constructs, masculinity and sexuality within a Black Caribbean context. On Friday, July 21st starting at 7 p.m. we invite the general public to the opening of the project along with an artists’ talk with both artists. The event is free and open to the public.
On Thursday, June 22nd starting at 6 p.m., the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas will introduce emerging Bahamian artist and acclaimed RISD student Gabrielle Banks’ body of work ‘The Mark of a Woman’ in the Project Space Room. Banks’ actively comments and interrogates being a marginalized body and this functions as the continuous theme and conversation within her paintings. Many of the colors used in her palette express a nature of blackness that cannot be directly defined or restricted by societal standards and stereotypes. As a person of colour, she explores a complicated yet beautiful minefield which is provocative, rich and complex.
The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas is proud to welcome and continue our ongoing partnership with the University of The Bahamas Art Programme. Under the guidance of Associate Professor and artist Heino Schmid, the selection this year welcomes two emerging Long-Island artists and budding educators, Blake Fox and Shanteena Simms.
"Übersee: Cuba and The Bahamas: Contemporary Art from the Caribbean" features the work of 38 Bahamian and Cuban artists whose work continue to confront ideas around consumption, tourism, economies, utopia and complex identities connected to the landscape and bodies.
A retrospective focusing on the works of Bahamian Civil and Structural Engineer George Cox, The Unseen Structure showcases several important sites of development across New Providence and several family islands. The Unseen Structure will be informed by collaborations with architect Teran Nicholls and Patrick Rahming, former associates of Cox along with contemporary artists. Artists and collaborations in the exhibition will function as a way to strip away that layer, barrier, and partition with the people who live in an environment and the apparatus of it being.
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas will produce and present a retrospective of Thierry Lamare's work entitled, "Love, Loss and Life. The exhibition opens on April 27th and runs through September 10, 2017 and features over 90 works from several local, regional and international collectors.
Participating NE8 artist, Edrin Symonette's exhibition Residues of a Colonial Past will be on view at the NAGB from March 23rd - April 16, 2017, with a preview evening on March 31st to coincide with Transforming Spaces 2017.
The new permanent exhibition, Revisiting An Eye for the Tropics, reconsiders both the National Collection and local private collections in regards to the colonial gaze and our post-colonial lives today, and features the work of over 20 artists. Opening March 31, 2017 Revisiting An Eye for the Tropics is a look into how our visual representation as a nation throughout history has been shaped as a result of the desires of colonial era tourism.
Family Island access to the National Collection is of immense importance to the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB). To answer the call of sharing Bahamian art with every citizen possible, the NAGB developed a travelling exhibition using the works of two iconic Bahamian masters, Maxwell Taylor and Amos Ferguson. This spring, MAXAMOS travels to the Abacos. We are grateful to the Hummingbird Cottage Arts Centre in Hope Town, our island partner, for being a magnificent host.
In Chantal Bethel’s Holey Space, we honor the matriarch, goddess, Atabey as she hunts, gathers, protects and glistens like gold in the shine of the sun. She is unmovable; the heroine, mother and the centre of her parable. Here she is already fiction, already lost, the frame of her body writhing on history pages, withering away slowly from our collective memory and what we are left with are traces.
Holey Space will be on view in the Project Space (PS) Room of the NAGB from October 27th through January 8, 2017.