Kachelle Knowles: Bahamian Man Since Time: The work lies in the cultural and racial styles that have ideological traits associated with class and success within the Caribbean and also within Black culture. It speaks about the assimilation and self-erasure of black identity to conform within a Eurocentric society in favour of economic survival. Our society is ever changing from the influence of America and our growing tourism industry, and in turn, the perception of masculinity is one of those aspects that is transforming, albeit, ever slightly within our culture.
Averia Wright presents "Straw Paradox: The Pig that Built His House of Straw" in the NAGB Project Space her following her moving works for the National Exhibition 9 "The Fruit and The Seed", "Elevating the Blue Light Special." Drawing from tradition and her family's history, Wright will explore the legacy of straw works and its relationship to the Bahamian tourism industry.
Once a space that was considered a space of exile, a dark and dangerous unknown in colonizing Europe’s imagination, the Caribbean is now precisely the opposite. The light and colour here is seductive, in more restorative and idyllic imaginaries. Whether you’re born here or a transplant, the Bahamian landscape has been a more than willing muse to many an artist over the years, including the likes of Hildegarde Hamilton, Eddie Minnis, Chan Pratt, and more, artist John Paul Saddleton (J.P.) is in good company.
Avid Junkanoo practitioner, Carlos Bain, lights up the Project Space (PS) room for the month of December and January with a refreshing take on the traditional elements of the annual festival. Using crepe paper, bright colours, organic shapes and the congregation and crowds in the festivities, Bain advances and broadens the representations around Junkanoo and the connectivity of the spirit of communing together. You are invited to celebrate the works in "Second to None" which will be on view through Sunday, January 20th, 2019.
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.
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 “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.
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.
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
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.
"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..
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.
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.
As a component of the National Exhibition 8, the PS Room will house three special projects and this month we continue with Abaco based artist Attila Feszt' "Fake Plastic Trees" which will be on view from February 21 through March 19, 2017.
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.
Canadian-born, Nassau-based artist of twenty-five years, K Smith attributes his skill and artistic aptitude to the fact that his talent is generational. Passed on through generations, this ancestral understanding of creativity, attention to detail and innate skill has led him over the course of his 40-year practice, to create some of the most technical hyper-realistic images in graphite and color pencil in the Bahamas.
On Saturday, September 10 the NAGB will host a special unveiling of a K Smith's 2016 drawing from 3 - 5 pm with a champagne hour at 5 pm. The show will open on September 8, and runs through October 16, 2016.
Nowé Harris-Smith will be exhibiting a new body of work in the Project Space Room of the NAGB from July 7th through August 7th, 2016. The collection features a selection of paintings and photographs that deal with abstraction through the exploration of bodies and faces.
Art Supply Drive 2016 In August 2013, Doongalik Studios Art Gallery and The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas launched an annual community service initiative aimed at bridging the financial gap for art students attending government high schools in the country. Recent conversations with art educators had revealed that due to the high cost of materials, students were opting out of art courses or attending classes without even the most rudimentary supplies.
Meeting Livingstone Pratt one’s first impression is that here is a man who knows with certainty who he is and why he is here on this earth. He has an inner senses of quietude coupled with a strong sense of purpose which is quite compelling. In fact, it is almost tangible.
In the film installation “undercurrents”, Parotti finds a temporary reconciliation between strained dualities through a connecting factor in the globe’s landscape: the ocean.
Though an entity completely different from our shallow Caribbean waters, the ocean Parotti became familiar with in the English Channel near her 2011 residency in Scotland provided a somewhat calming continuity of existence despite the change in landscape and culture. With side-by-side films of the ocean approaching and retreating from the shore, “undercurrents” comfortably surrenders to the relentless push-and-pull of rapid change.
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Features from Undercurrents:
- Undercurrents is a dual video projection installation with sound.
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is proud to introduce its new Educational venture: Art Children of The Bahamas (ACB). This opportunity is granted to students in the Family Islands to showcase their artwork at the gallery and expose Nassauvians and the gallery’s international visitors to the artworks that are being created outside New Providence.
The Education Department’s goal is to highlight and promote the talent occurring throughout the breadth of The Bahamas and welcome Family Islanders participation inproducing artistic works for display, while mentoring their passion for the arts, in the talents of their young students.
Thus, the first showcasing is a collection of photographs from the Haynes Library in Eleuthera, Bahamas that were done by students ages 10-15 years.
If there are any other Family Island schools interested in showcasing their student body art work, please contact Ms. Benjamin at 328-5800/1 or email at email@example.com.
Features from The Middle Passage:
Created for Transforming Spaces 2012 by artist, Jeffrey Meris.
Features ceiling length strips of plywood filled with cotton.
Passage has a wide opening and narrows as it nears the exit, making a personal and uncomfortable experience for the visitor.