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Blank Canvas: May 15th, 2019, The Current at Bahamar

Katrina Cartwright

On tonight’s Blank Canvas our host Amanda Coulson (NAGB Executive Director) is in the studio with (right to left) John Cox, Creative Art Director; Angelika Wallace-Whitfield, Curatorial Manager; and Natascha Vazquez, Programming Manager from The Current Gallery and Art Center at Bahamar. They discuss upcoming events at The Current and the overall vision of the operation to actively promote Bahamian art to both a local and international audience.

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The Blank Canvas: May 1st with Tessa Whitehead

Holly Bynoe

Tonight’s Blank Canvas invites Bahamian painter Tessa Whitehead on the eve of her first solo show opening at the NAGB.

"...there are always two deaths" features new work from the artist who has been exploring issues around the landscape, everyday life, and the inner working of nature in conjunction with the sacred feminine.

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Whitehead figurative works advance the dialogue within contemporary Bahamian practices and in particular painting revealing new ways to think through personal narratives, dreamscapes, history and growth. Her in-depth exploration offers several entry points which are at once therapeutic and enthralling. "...there are always two deaths" is on view along with Chan Pratt's "Resurrection" through July 28th, 2019.

All are invited to the opening tomorrow at 7 pm which is FREE and open to the public. The Blank Canvas airs every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. on Guardian Talk Radio, 96.9 FM.

Blank Canvas: April 17th, 2019, Popeyes and Matthew Rahming

Katrina Cartwright

Tonight’s Blank Canvas is all about partnerships and the positive, far reaching impact collaborations can have on communities. Guest host Katrina Cartwright, NAGB Education and Outreach Manager, is joined by two representatives from Popeyes, Brand Manager Vashti Simmons and Marketing Manager AnnMarie Romer, for the first segment and for the latter segments, Matthew Rahming, Curatorial Assistant at the NAGB.  

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The Blank Canvas: April 3rd with Saskia D'Aguilar and Alex Timchula

Holly Bynoe

For the last week of "NE9: The Fruit & The Seed”the “Blank Canvas” welcomes the artists Saskia D’Aguilar and Alex Timchula.

L-R: Alex Timchula, Blank Canvas host, Amanda Coulson (NAGB director) and Saskia D’Aguilar.

L-R: Alex Timchula, Blank Canvas host, Amanda Coulson (NAGB director) and Saskia D’Aguilar.

Both artists have created sculptural objects—using very different media—that speak both literally and metaphorically to the influx of non-native species and the issues of both crossing borders, transplantation, and belonging. Timchula, and American artist, who has been coming to The Bahamas for over 50 years and who lives and works between the two spaces, created a massive sculptural object for the NAGB’s burgeoning sculpture garden, which is populated by plants both native and non-native which are encouraged to grow together into an object of beauty and inspiration.

Saskia D’Aguilar—probably better known as the founder and director of the D’Aguilar Art Foundation and wife of Minister of Tourism, Dionisio D’Aguilar—speaks of her lifelong passion for the arts and how she blossomed into a practising artist over the years. Born in Switzerland to Dutch parents, but with her childood spent in Taiwan and Singapore, she often crossed borders and lived in places that—by her nationality alone—were not her “home.” In her piece she observes how seeds and plants can move freely, crossing oceans and borders, and are often welcomed and considered “ native” (such as the beautiful Poinciana trees, which come form Madagascar) when, in fact, they are invasive

The "Blank Canvas" airs weekly on Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. on 96.9 FM Guardian talk Radio.

Blank Canvas: March 20, 2019, Dr. Amatoritsero Ede, Shivanee Ramlochan and Sonia Farmer

Katrina Cartwright

On today's Blank Canvas, guest host Dr. Craig Smith is joined by UB english professor and poet Dr. Amatoritsero Ede, acclaimed Trinidadian poet Shivanee Ramlochan and Bahamian artist and poet Sonia Farmer. They discuss the upcoming third annual Blue Flamingo Literary Festival (BFLF) in partnership with the NAGB, which will be held at The University of The Bahamas March 21-23, 2019.

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Blank Canvas: March 6th, 2019, Eric Rose, Danny Davies and Jenna Chaplin

Katrina Cartwright

The NAGB’s Blank Canvas invites three guests into the studio—all of whom have artwork exhibited in this year’s National Exhibition, “NE9: The Fruit & the Seed”—to discuss different ideas about boundaries and public spaces and how those can be organised in such a way as to be detrimental to our continued positive growth as a society.

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The Blank Canvas: February 27th, 2019: Seph Rodney

Holly Bynoe

On this Wednesday’s "Blank Canvas," we welcome international art critic Seph Rodney, PhD, into the studio. Seph was born in Jamaica and came of age in the Bronx, New York. He is a staff writer and editor for Hyperallergic, writing on contemporary art and related issues. He has also written for CNN Op-ed pages, American Craft Magazine and NBC Universal, and penned catalogue essays for various artists.

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Seph visited The Bahamas to see the “NE9” and start to get familiar with the Bahamian art scene, as well as deliver a lecture at the NAGB about the importance of art criticism and art writing, which was attended by artists and students 9and can be head by visiting the NAGB’s Vimeo page). Seph can also be heard on the podcast “The American Age”. His book, The Personalization of the Museum Visit, will be published by Routledge press in June.

Blank Canvas airs every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. on 96.9 FM

Blank Canvas: January 30th, 2019, DC Pratt and the Island House Film Festival

Katrina Cartwright

On tonight's Blank Canvas we focus on two events taking place over the next few days in New Providence.

First we hear from DC Pratt (second from right), the son of Bahamian artist Chan Pratt, who was a colleague of the great Eddie Minnis and painted with a similar eye for our island. Chan died at a young age and, in his desire for his father’s legacy to live on, DC created the Chan Pratt Foundation, which supports young Bahamian artists in their career path by funding a scholarship to the University of The Bahamas. The annual fundraising event, the "Chan Pratt Inspiration," takes place at Sapodilla on West Bay Street tomorrow night from 7-10 p.m.

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