Inaugural
National Exhibition

In March 2003, a call for works was sent out inviting Bahamian artists, residing at home and abroad, to submit three pieces created during or after 1973 for a juried inaugural exhibition. More than 270 works were submitted from more than 130 artists. Seventy three works were chosen for inclusion in the show by a seven-member panel of judges. As a result, the INE featured some of the most exciting art produced in The Bahamas over the past 30 years.

“The Inaugural National Exhibition is of particular significance for The Bahamas as it brings together the best of Bahamian art created since our independence in 1973. Indeed, it is in keeping with the Mission of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas which is to ‘collect, preserve, document[,] and promote a National Collection of art for the benefit and education of Bahamians and the wider international audience’. This exhibition supports the artistic community by extending its audiences, and by helping to define its standards and practices. Bahamians can be proud [of the] Inaugural National Exhibition and all [to follow].”

—Dr. Gail Saunders, INE catalogue foreword

The National Exhibition (NE) provides a platform for the creative community—both locally and in the diaspora—to channel their collective experiences in unpacking and rebuilding what Bahamian creativity is and can be. The biennial exhibition chronicles the island nation’s social, political, and cultural shifts in that time, while giving space for the community to grow and welcome emerging and established artists alike into its ranks.

Artists

Janine Antoni
John Beadle
Dionne Benjamin-Smith
Jason Bennett
Sue Bennett-Williams
Chantal Bethel
Lillian Blades
Wellington Bridgewater
Jackson Burnside

Stanley Burnside
Arlington Capron
Richard Peter Cooper
John Cox
Claudette Dean
Ellery Deveaux Jr.
Michael Edwards
Eric Ellis
David Ernest

Ritchie Eyma
Amos Ferguson
Nicole Ferguson
Tyrone Ferguson
Kendal Hanna
Kathy Hayes
Marlon Hunt
Jessica Colebrooke
Susan Katz-Lightbourn

Thierry Lamare
Alton Lowe
Toby Lunn
R. Brent Malone
Tony “Exuma The Obeah Man” McKay
Eddie Minnis
John Paul
Joyce Petrina
Chan Pratt

Livingstone Pratt
Malcolm Rae
Antonius Roberts
Angelo Roker
James Rolle
Roland Rose
Nadine Seymour-Monroe
Sheldon Saint
Dave Smith

Jan Yves-Smith
Jolyon Smith
Kim Smith
Nora Smith
Clive Stuart
Dorman Stubbs
Maxwell Taylor
Allan P. Wallace
Nancy Young

Selected works

Exhibition catalogue

Not currently available online, but available for purchase in the museum store