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SeaWords Bahamas Literary Festival: Creative Nassau hosts its first ever festival and conference for literary enthusiasts 

Natalie Willis

By Kevanté A. C. Cash, NAGB Correspondent. The inaugural SeaWords Bahamas Literary Festival (SBLF), an initiative of Creative Nassau, became a haven for rhetoricians, wordsmiths and literary enthusiasts to come and explore a world solely created for them. Held in the Atlantis Grand Ballroom, Day two’s festival activities proved a learning experience for its eager participants. Members of the literary community, teachers and students were all in attendance to gather from what the conference had to offer. 

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Denis Knight: An Incredible Journey (1926-2018)

Natalie Willis

 By Katrina Cartwright. Celebrating the life of the grandfather of ceramics in The Bahamas. In a small pottery studio, a little off the beaten path in Petty’s, Long Island, a teacher patiently instructs his student on the appropriate techniques to use to complete the ceramic piece she is working on. They are discussing the student’s pending college application and what she is choosing to study. He suggests “Why don’t you study ceramics? It’s something you seem to enjoy and you have a knack for it.” The student scoffs at the idea--what kind of job could one possibly get with a degree in ceramics? The instructor doesn’t push, only encourages the student to think about it, and they go on to discuss other ideas in the peaceful quiet, broken only by the occasional bird call or rustle of leaves. 

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Big Yard, Big Heart, Big Art: The NAGB Inter-Island Traveling Exhibition in North and Central Andros!

Natalie Willis

By Natalie Willis. Oh my Andros! Da Big Yard, the wild and wonderful island full of love vine, graceful-yet-sinister buzzards, and full to the brim with people showing spirit as big as they come and then some. This October, the NAGB extended itself into the open arms of this vast island (by our standards anyway!). The Inter-Island Travelling Exhibition (ITE) is a cause near and dear to our hearts here at the NAGB, and for one very simple reason: the “N” in the NAGB stands for National, not Nassau. And with this in mind, the National Collection should follow this same line of thinking. Most recently, the current iteration of the ITE, “TRANS: A Migration of Identity”, made its way to the most gracious and welcoming of hosts in Central Andros at Brigadiers Restaurant in Davis Creek. Workshops, the construction of a mural, exhibition installation, and personal visits to schools all took place over a hectic fortnight, but as always the work we do to bring art to you is the most important. Who needs sleep right?  

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Northwestern University "Decolonizing Conference featuring Bahamian Speakers!

Natalie Willis

Decolonizing Critical Theory: Decolonial Aesthetics and Epistemic Violence

An initiative of Northwestern University's Critical Theory Cluster an the ICCTP (International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

November 30 to December 3, 2018. All events will be held in the John Evans Alumni Center, Northwester University, unless otherwise noted in the event's program. 

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Blank Canvas: November 28, 2018, Max Taylor

Katrina Cartwright

Tonight on the Blank Canvas, host Amanda Coulson, Executive Director at the NAGB, welcomes well known artist Max Taylor to the studio to discuss the upcoming exhibition "Imprint" that will be opening at Doongalik Studios on Friday, November 30th, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Taylor has teamed up with artists Sue Katz and Kendra Frorup for what will make an interesting exhibition as they each bring their own style of printmaking to the mix.

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The NAGB brings variety to the holidays: The holidays are for friends, family and art!

Natalie Willis

By Katrina Cartwright. The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is bringing a busy 2018 to a close with an amazing line up of activities and events that will appeal to holiday recreation seekers of all ages. Beginning on December 7th with a free live Willis and The Illest concert and ending with musical sweetness of Jazz Etc. on December 21st, the NAGB is giving residents and visitors alike a selection of options to engage and access the museum in ways that are comfortable and interesting to them.

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The Life and Death of Street Trees: Jenna Chaplin’s call to attention for the importance of street trees for the upcoming NE9

Natalie Willis

By Natalie Willis. “Space is not a scientific object removed from ideology or politics. It has always been political and strategic.” - Henri Lefebvre. But how do you strategize something that grows organically? Cities pose that very question for us. Henri Lefebvre, a French philosopher and sociologist with a heavy Marxist influence, was interested in the fabric of our everyday lives and particularly in the ownership of spaces, particularly cities. I’d wager he’d have a field day in Nassau - with our planned and unplanned spaces, historic and new, and that the upcoming printmaking project by Jenna Chaplin for the National Exhibition 9 (NE9) might whet his appetite too.

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The 13th Annual Anatol Rodgers Memorial Lecture

Natalie Willis

By Kevanté A. C. Cash, NAGB Correspondent. In conversation with Rhetorician, poet, photographer & author Kevin Browne about the release of his book “High Mas” and Caribbean similarities .“The Caribbeanist photographer, having emerged from a history of broken things and missing pieces, knows better than to aspire to the outdated luxury of art for its own sake. Every image is also a reminder of a struggle for access: continuously sought, easily denied, and always only tenuously granted. A reminder of the very public executions of our subjectivities – our being in this place,” (HIGH MAS, 103).

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Blank Canvas: November 21, 2018, Jodi Minnis and Angelika Wallace-Whitfield

Katrina Cartwright

On this week’s Blank Canvas, host Amanda Coulson is joined by artists Jodi Minnis and Angelika Wallace-Whitfield who speak to their participation in the upcoming exhibition “FOUR” at the Island House. “FOUR” is a collaboration between four young Bahamian artists, all women, who are making images of women, questioning their status in contemporary Bahamian society and mining their own growth.

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“Yin” Calls Forth a New World of Feminine Transformation: Conjuring resistance, hope and peace

Natalie Willis

By Ilene Sova, Hon BFA, MFA. Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Drawing and Painting Ontario College of Art and Design University.

I’ve always said the fact that all women aren’t stark raving mad is a complete miracle because to live in a world where basically every bad thing that happens to you, you’ve somehow brought on yourself by being female … it’s just like, come on, man! It’s like … to the least of us, whatever is going on, it’s happening to all of us.”  Callie Khouri, screenwriter of “Thelma & Louise”. The past two years have been extraordinarily difficult on the psyches of women around the globe. Newsfeeds are full of disturbing stories of sexual assault, the falls from grace of several male celebrities and cultural icons, and the pulling back of dark curtains revealing immense pain and abuses of power in all sectors of our society. Social commentary abounds on how the enormity of this abuse was allowed to go on for such long periods of time. Women from all levels of society began to speak out in large numbers, bringing what was hidden behind closed doors, out into public view. Secrets of violence whispered to each other in back channels were suddenly being blasted loudly on cable news; relentlessly dissected, cast with doubt, and denied by powerful men. How does this onslaught affect our consciousness? How does bearing witness to these damaging stories change the way we view ourselves and the women around us? How will these revelations and their ubiquity change how we interact with one another? What does the future hold for the human relationships we hold the dearest?  

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THE BLACK PRINCE OF GRANTS TOWN:  LIFE OF A BAHAMIAN HERO

Natalie Willis

The Black Prince of Grant’s Town is a biography / memoir of Felicity Johnson’s father, Basil L. I. Johnson, C.B.E., D.F.M (1920 – 2004). Basil Johnsons’ life is a walk through our nation’s history spanning 80 plus years of significant change.  The book provides invaluable insight into important events such as unionism and the 1958 General Strike, the Bahamas’ involvement in World War II, The Electricity Department and the treatment of World War II veterans by the Government of the Day.

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“FOUR”: Quartet women exhibition hosts conversations of Bahamian womanhood through a millennial perspective

Natalie Willis

By Kevanté A. C. Cash, NAGB Correspondent. “FOUR” will break down the barriers to entry to conversations we neglect to have. “FOUR” will continue the conversations that exist today. It will spark new conversations, add layers of perspective to old ones, and shift the paradigm on what is understood as Black art, Black Bahamian art and Black Bahamian women artistry. “FOUR” will move the heart to hear, soul to speak and eyes to understand truth from a different vantage point. “FOUR”, a quartet female exhibition, encompasses the works of Bahamian artists Gabrielle Banks, June Collie, Jodi Minnis and Angelika Wallace-Whitfield.

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Art of The Bahamas: An era of negotiating self-definition

Natalie Willis

By Patricia Glinton-Meicholas. Its foundation announced in 1996, The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) was officially opened on Monday, 7 July 2003, which means that it is still a youth as art museums go, still engaged in defining its identity. I envision for it a plum role, ready for the plucking from a fertile tree of a people richly endowed with creativity. The Gallery can be an important builder in the development of people and nation, employing a diversity of creative impulses of artists, exotic and indigenous to “story” The Bahamas, providing a mirror to prompt Bahamians to take a deeper look inward and bear even greater fruit.

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Blank Canvas: November 14, 2018, Richardo Barrett and Natalie Willis

Katrina Cartwright

On tonight's Blank Canvas we look at museum programming from a different perspective--through the eyes of a curator. Guest host NAGB Education Officer Katrina Cartwright is joined by NAGB Assistant Curators Natalie Willis and Richardo Barrett, both of whom have worked closely with the museum's education department on various initiatives and activities including the Inter-island Traveling Exhibition, mural programme, workshops and tours.

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