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The NAGB's Film Series Returns

Katrina Cartwright

NAGB is proud to partner with Bahamian filmmaker Travolta Cooper and “The Cinemas” for the upcoming season for the NAGB Film Series. Cooper is a filmmaker with documentaries, a digital series, and an upcoming feature narrative film all at work; he is also the producer of the show “The Cinemas,” which is dedicated to the rise of Caribbean Cinema and under which banner he will be curating film with the NAGB.

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Experience your school tour in a whole new way

Katrina Cartwright

The NAGB has revamped its school tours to give students and teachers a truly comprehensive experience that goes beyond their visit to the Gallery. Our school tours are designed to stimulate curiosity, reinforce and augment curriculum-based learning, engage students in critical dialogue about the works they see, and bridge subjects so that students can experience artwork in its entirety – as a visual expression of historical, mythical, political, social, spiritual and personal narratives.

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NAGB Tribute to Petrine Archer-Straw (1956-2012)

Dr. Pertrine Archer-Straw at the launch of Dawn Davies' Love & Responsibility

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Petrine Archer-Straw this week. As a highly respected presence in the art community, Dr. Archer-Straw will be greatly missed.

She served as a consulting curator in the formation of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas and will be remembered for her invaluable contributions to its establishment.  She will also be remembered as curator of two large-scale exhibitions at the Gallery: One Man’s Vision, The Vincent D'Aguilar Collection (for the official opening of the NAGB in 2003) in addition to "Past, Present and Personal", The Dawn Davies Collection (30 September, 2004—31 March 2005). Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

National Art Gallery of Jamaica Tribute to Dr. Pertrine Archer- Straw
ARC Magazine Tribute

NAGB To Screen Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase 2012

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is pleased to announce that it will screen select films from The Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase. The Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase is a gathering of films from around the Caribbean showcasing the talent of our region. As the name implies, the showcase travels around the region and the Bahamas.

Below is a schedule of the films, days and times.
Films are screening at The National Art Gallery.For further information or questions, please call us at 328.5800/1.
In case of rain, films will be shown inside of the NAGB instead of the outdoor theater.

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas
7.00 PM: Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North (USA)
: Katrina Browne
Length: 86 min.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide.

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
Location: The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas    
7.00 PM: Yo soy tumbero (Cuba)  
Director: Bilko Cuervo
Length: 15 min.
Synopsis: French Tumba in Bejuco fights to keep alive the magic of its ancestors, who gave us the strength of their passion and art.

7:30PM: Cheila Una Casa Para Maita (Venezuuela)
Director: Eduardo Barberena
Length: 90 min.(Feature film)
Synopsis: Cheila returns from Canada to spend Christmas in the beautiful house that he gave his mother with a great effort. He brings with great news: finally he’’s going to make real his dream of a sex change and being "a total woman". The operation is soon, but he needs his family support. After seeing the once-beautiful "villa" in absolute decline and occupied by a chaotic rush of brothers, sisters-in-law, and nephews, Cheila finally understands hard truths that will make her redefine the relation with himself and with his family, when he finds out their biggest lack: the intolerance, the meanness and lack of affection.

Thursday, October 25th, 2012
Location: The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas
7.00PM: The Amerindians (Trinidad and Tobago)
Director: Tracy Assing/ Spohie Meyer
Duration: 40 min.
Genre: Documental
Synopsis: ““The only real Caribs are dead Caribs.”” In this revealing film, Tracy Assing seeks to put to rest that historical saw. Assing was raised a member of the Santa Rosa Carib Community, the only recognized  group representing indigenous descendants in Trinidad and Tobago. Until now, ␣Amerindian descendants have depended on the stories of their grandparents and great grandparents for their history, while the indigenous story of survival has been written out of the history books. Assing walks us through her  own exploration of the history of the Santa Rosa Community and, as her great aunt,  the Carib Queen, prepares to join the Great Spirit, ponders an uncertain future.           

8:00PM: Ticket to Paradise (Cuba)
Director: Gerardo Chijona
Length: 88 min
Genre: Feature film
Synopsis: The movie is the chronicle of the physical and spiritual trip of Eunice, the protagonist. A  physical trip, which begins in her small town in the interior of Cuba, continues in the road up to Havana, and ends in a sanatorium for AIDS patients. A spiritual trip towards the maturity, which goes of a teenager violated by her father. The dramatic arch that the protagonist crosses, has a particular visual atmosphere in each of three acts of the script, according to the physical landscape and, especially, to her spiritual condition.

Saturday, October 27th, 2012
Location: The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas
4:00PM: Classical Steel (Trinidad and Tobago)
Director: John E. Barry
Length: 42 min.
Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: Playing classical music on the steel pan showed Trinidad society that a percussion instrument invented in the poorer areas of Port of Spain could reach the heights of a symphony orchestra. The film  looks at the importance of classical music in the development of the steel band and its acceptance worldwide as a legitimate instrument.

5:00PM: The Promised Ship (Costa Rica)
Director: Luciano Capelli/ Yazmin Ross
Released in: 2000
Length: 52 min.
Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: “The promised Ship”” is a bilingual documentary that goes after the oral trace of the Black Star Line, a shipping adventure taken by Marcus Garvey, the leader of the first black mass movement of the XX century and founder of a line of steamboats intended to cross the Atlantic in search of a lost continent. Today, a barber, and fourteen officers keep alive the utopia that mobilized millions of people of African descent around the world.

7.00PM: Barra-bas
Director: Giuliano Salvatore
Released: 2009
Length: 90 min. 
Genre: Documentary 
Synopsis: This documentary is about Rafael Serrano Toro, Venezuelan writer, famous in the 70’’s as “The number 1 public enemy in Venezuela””. He was put in jail and condemned. In jail became a writer.

8:30PM: Rain
Director: Maria Govan
Released: 2008
Length: 85 min. 
Synopsis:  A  teenager named Rain has lived her entire life with her grandmother on a tiny rural island in the Bahamas. When her grandmother dies, Rain goes to Nassau to find her mother, Glory, whom she has never met. When she arrives, Rain is devastated to discover that Glory lives in a desperately poor, AIDS ravaged neighborhood called ““The Graveyard”” and that she turns tricks to support her drug habit. With no strong maternal role model in her life, Rain must look within for strength and discovers she has a gift for running. Rain receives guidance from her school’’s track coach, Ms.Adams, but Rain’’s living situation threatens to spoil her dream.

Bahamian Outsider Exhibition Catalogue Available Soon

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is pleased to announce the publication of the Amos Ferguson: Bahamian Outsider Exhibition Catalogue.

On Thursday, September 20th, a print of 100 copies will be available the Mixed Media Store. The general public is encouraged to reserve copies of the catalogue. Additional copies will be published and tentatively sold as of October 2012.

To reserve your copy of Amos Ferguson: Bahamian Outsider Exhibition Catalogue please call 328-5800/1 or email

To download a PDF Preview of the exhibition catalogue click, Here.

New NAGB: Blank Canvas Page

The NAGB: Blank Canvas now as its own page on our website!

Updated every week, the page includes information on guests, hosts and links to any Blank Canvas shows that you may have missed.

To go to the official Blank Canvas page, click Here.

To listen online or download past shows, click Here or click on the dates below.

To see Blank Canvas pictures, click Here.

Ganoid's and Madonnas: A Short Review of NAD Exhibition Two

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) and the Nassau Airport Development (NAD) have partnered to beautify the airport. The inaugural exhibition occurred in 2011, with February 2012 marking its second rotation. In charge of the project is Curatorial Assistant, Ashley Knowles, who curated 7 cabinets with the Curatorial team: Jackson Petit, Nastassia Pratt and Averia Wright. Each cabinet features works by different 3D artists.

Hoping to bring some diversity airport, Knowles intends to make a "call-for-artworks" for the September 2012 rotation encouraging all types of 3D artists to submit proposals. Knowles states, "I might have 14 cabinets in September, I am not too sure actually but I know that I want to push forward thinking that I do. I have submitted a proposal to further the collaboration between the NAGB and NAD, so there may be a big surprise coming soon- just wait and see! I'd also like to point out this project was alot of team work and was a big Curatorial effort." The public can expect and official call and press release to come out mid-May.

Cabinet 1, featuring "Ganoid" by Averia Wright and "Untitled Vase" by Denis Knight.

Cabinet 3 with artworks by Robin Hardy. All of his wood sculptures feature local wood such as guinep or sapodilla. 
Cabinet 2 featuring "Bahamian Madonna 1" and "Bahamian Madonna 2" sculpted women by artist, Joann Behagg.
Alternate view of Cabinet 2.
The first view, Cabinet 1 with artworks by Averia Wright and Denis Knight.
 Cabinet 2 featuring Bahamian Madonna's sculpted women by artist, Joann Behagg.
 Cabinet 5 featuring 3 amazing ceramic sculptures by artist, Imogene Walkine. Walkine is also featured in Cabinet 7.
Front view of Cabinet 4 with Botanical Vase and 2, 8 in. tiles by artist, Jessica Colebrooke.
Colebrooke is also featured in Cabinet 6, with 1 large rippled turtle and 2 baby turtles.

Alternate view of Cabinet 4 by artist, Jessica Colebrooke.
 Cabinet 5 featuring amazing ceramic sculptures by artist, Imogene Walkine.
 Alternate view of Cabinet 5 featuring sculptures by artist, Imogene Walkine.
 Cabinet 4 featuring wood sculptures by artist, Robin Hardy.

There will be upcoming opportunities for young artists to participate in the NAD Exhibition 3 rotation in September, 2012. Interested 3D artists can contact Ashley Knowles at

Blank Canvas: The Creative Community

NAGB Chief Curator John Cox welcomes Pam Burnside to NAGB: Blank Canvas on Guardian Radio 96.9FM. Together with NAGB Curatorial Assistant, Ashley Knowles they discuss the ‘Creative Community,’ Junkanoo’s place in the modern artistic community.

Junkanoo’s community based ideas and origins as well as the ongoing designation of Nassau as a city of folk art and craft by UNESCO

Blank Canvas will air every Wednesday at 6:30PM on Guardian Talk Radio 96.9 FM. Remember to stay tuned! Every week there will be different cohosts from the NAGB team and amazing guests.

Notice: As We Knew Him Exhibition Closing

Junkanoo is a celebration. Junkanoo represents the spirit of the Bahamian culture, and it is this spirit, once celebrated with the intensity of the parades in all other aspects of our culture, that will provide the leadership for our society in the future.”  - Jackson Burnside III, 2009.

Sunday, April 29th, 2012 is the last day to catch “As We Knew Him: One Family’s Tribute to Jackson Burnside Boxing Day 2011,” the NAGB’s first Junkanoo exhibition. The show has been running since February 3rd, 2012.

Covering the One Family Boxing Day Junkanoo parade, the show boasts a lively discussion on contemporary Junkanoo within an artistic setting. The show also commemorates Jackson Burnside through his art and participation in One Family. A popular show, the exhibition has hosted many tours, workshops and educational activities. There are still 2 opportunities to visit the gallery! Saturday, April 21st there is a Junkanoo Pasting Workshop, and on Thursday, April 26th there is a film entitled: A Beat Forever, Junkanoo.

Junkanoo Pasting Workshop
Join The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas in an educational celebration of Junkanoo on Saturday, April 21st, 2012.

The NAGB’s Educational Department has created a complete family day where guests can: Participate in the following hands-on activity, create and paste your own Junkanoo piece.

Date: Saturday, April 21th, 2012
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm

RSVP by paying in advance by Friday, April 20th.

The workshop will only take place with a min. 10 RSVP's. We reserve the right to cancel this workshop if numbers are not met.

Prices are as follows:
$25 Adults
$20 NAGB Members
$10 for children under 12
$40 Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 kids; or 1 adult, 3 kids)

Price includes workshop and FREE entrance to gallery.

NAGB FIlm Series: A Beat Forever, Junkanoo
Produced By: Isabella Astengo
Date: 8:00 pm, Thursday, April 26th, 2012

The film documents, 6 Characters, 6 Bahamians, 6 Junkanoers that takes the viewer on an incredible travel inside Junkanoo. The film follows the characters throughout a full year, discovering their inside passion, which begins with the conceptual idea to the performance on Bay Street. Darren Bastian, Jackson Burnside III, Arlene Nash Ferguson and Shona Wood, from One Family Warriors group; Howard Bethel and Chris Justilien from Colours talks about their passion, their life with and for Junkanoo.

"When I hear the music, the transformation take place, it starts with my head, then goes to my heart, then the cloths come off and then I become a fanatic, A Real Junkanoo Fanatic”, Darren Bastian, One Family’s Chairman Magnus.

The Education Department is excited to screen the film, “A Beat Forever: Junkanoo” because of the contents it offers the viewer. For the first time, the viewer can receive a ‘back stage pass” and go behind the scenes in the Junkanoo shacks, Junkanoo groups meetings, practices, and personal interviews with the individuals that make this event possible. The film also has interviews with Jackson Burnside III who is the star of the current exhibition at the gallery. The viewer will walk away with a complete understanding and appreciation of the Bahamian culture expression, Junkanoo.