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.
Avid Junkanoo practitioner, Carlos Bain, lights up the Project Space (PS) room for the month of December 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 from Saturday, December 8th, 2018 through Sunday, January 20th, 2019.
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 Fifth National Exhibition asked participating artists to respond to environmental tra
"In the past, artists were invited to submit three pieces from their portfolio that had been produced in the past two years. This time they were asked to produce one piece in response to the theme with the objective of raising a social consciousness within our community," David A. Bailey, Acting Director of the NAGB during 2010 says, "It is the intention of the NAGB to explore this area from an artist's perspective seeing how they use their own unique artistic tools and vision to produce works that look at areas such as urbanisation, mobility (cars, planes, boats, etc.), domesticity, personal space, landscape, industrialisation, natural earth elements, fabricated non-natural elements, etc. that relate to carbon footprint and climate change."- Holly Parotti
“The NAGB’s Fifth National Exhibition asks “What is Your Carbon Footprint?”
These are just a few examples of the Earth reacting to the burdens and demands we manufacture and place on it. These events are ALL related one way or another to various forms of global climate change. It has been obvious that the planet has been showing us that we should strive to live in harmonious rhythm with nature. Should we choose to ignore the effects of our actions, we will have to accept the potential dire penalties.
Because of these and other global events, the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas resolved that for the first time in the Gallery’s existence, its Fifth National Exhibition (also known as “The NE5”) would be a themed exhibition exploring ideas and narratives on issues relating to the 21st century global question of our carbon footprint and climate change. Professional artists of The Bahamas, residing here and abroad, were invited to create work which responded to the theme “The Carbon Footprint: Bahamian Artists’ 21st Century Response to the Environment.”
In keeping with the idea of reducing the Gallery’s own carbon footprint, the NAGB chose to forego commercially printing and mailing its Invitations to the Opening Reception but opted for the paperless route and digitally emailed invitations to its guest list.
Further to this, in another innovative move, the Gallery also decided to not produce a printed catalogue as in years past, but instead created a “digital” catalogue in the form of a specially designed and produced Jump Drive which features images of all the artwork, video interviews of and information on the participating artists. The NE5 digital catalogue will be available for purchase in the Gallery Store, Mixed Media.
Additionally, Holly A. Parotti, Curator of the NE5, and Assistant Curator, Jackson Petit, researched films that were included in the submission process to motivate those interested in submitting work and also to support a more cohesive conversation in the community.
Attendance to these films was compulsory but in no way meant to dictate how the artist would interpret or react to the theme. The two films, Remembering Saro-Wiwa and Home, were profound and exceptionally moving.Remembering Saro-Wiwa is a monument to the activist Ken Saro-Wiwa who was executed because of his campaign against the annihilation caused by the depletion and rape of the Niger Delta by certain oil companies. Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s Home was also presented because of its beautiful aerial cinematography that documented the threat humanity imposes on the planet.
With the NAGB’s vision to further catapult Bahamian art into the international arena, the Gallery invited two world renowned artists, Janine Antoni and Alfredo Jaar, along with Director of Gasworks UK, Alessio Antoniolli, to be a part of the jury that judged the submissions. By doing this, the NAGB hoped to open the conversation to the international contemporary art platform.
This was not an easy challenge but at the NAGB, we feel that with difficult and complex times, it is important that artists are given the opportunity to respond,” said David Bailey.
Participating artists include: John Beadle, Sue Bennett-Williams, DeDe Brown, Apryl Burrows, John Cox, Blue Curry, Claudette Dean, Jan Elliott, Kendra Frorup, Jenny Guy & Michael Guy John B. Gynell, Ken Heslop, Kristaan Ingraham, Susan Moir-Mackay, Kishan Munroe, Lavar , Lynn Parotti, Dylan Rapillard, Heino Schmid, K Smith, Alisa Streather, Natasha Turnquest, Eleanor Mae Whitely
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 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 (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 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 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'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.
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 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.