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UB and NAGB Formalize Agreement for the Arts

Natalie Willis

University of The Bahamas (UB) and the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) have solidified an agreement that will facilitate academic and cultural interchange in arts education, research and collaboration, thereby strengthening the relationship between the two national institutions.

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Belize Film Festival Open Call

Natalie Willis

The 14th Belize International Film Festival will officially open on Wednesday, Nov. 6th and close on Sunday, Nov. 10th, 2019 at the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts in Belize City (unless otherwise advised). Each film will screen 2x. Once during the dates of the Festival in Belize City and the second screening will take place either at the BelizeIFF Preview Event on Friday, Sept 13th, 2019 or during our Encore Presentations which are public screening events held at various community spaces across the country of Belize typically within one month after the official close of the festival.

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The United Nations Civil Society Conference + Exhibit Proposal Open Call!

Natalie Willis

The United Nations Civil Society Conference is the premier event in the civil society calendar at the United Nations. It typically attracts more than 3,000 participants representing over 700 civil society organizations from over 100 countries. Each Conference focuses on a different UN topic of interest related to the work of civil society and NGOs. This international forum also brings together senior UN System officials, prominent international civil society organizations, academicians, public opinion makers and international media to discuss issues of global concern.

The Exhibits Sub-Committee for the 68th UN Civil Society Conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, from 26 to 28 August 2019 now welcomes proposals for Exhibits from Civil Society, UN Agencies, private sector, national and local authorities. Conference Title: “Building Inclusive and Sustainable Cities and Communities.” All Exhibits must relate to the overall theme of the Conference.

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FRESH MILK BARBADOS WELCOMES A TRIO OF RESIDENTS FOR JUNE 2019

Natalie Willis

Fresh Milk is excited to announce that we will have three writers/researchers in residence with us for the month of June, 2019: Bahamian writer and photographer Ethan Knowles (June 10th – July 5th) as part of our international residency programme; Barbadian artist Kia Redman (June 10th – July 5th) as the selected participant in the Colleen Lewis Research/Writing Residency; and Barbadian writer Mark Ramsay (June 17th – July 12th) as the sponsored participant in this year’s ‘My Time’ Local Residency Programme.

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Creative Nassau Survey Open! Help us learn about our Orange Economy in The Bahamas!

Natalie Willis

This survey will be used to create a comprehensive database of persons in The Bahamas who are involved in creative endeavors in order to determine how they are contributing to the growth of the economy.  Collectively, the creative industries and other contributions in this area are often referred to as the 'creative economy'. The results of this survey will also be used to get a sense of how Creative Nassau can better meet some of your needs and interests as an entrepreneur working in areas of Bahamian art, culture and heritage.

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2019 MAC Conference and Annual General Meeting

Natalie Willis

The Museum: Identity Marker, Actor of Cultural and Socio-economic Development in the Caribbean and its Diasporas. The 2019 MAC Conference and Annual General Meeting will take place in Fort-de-France, Martinique from Nov. 12-16. Hosted by the Collectivité Territoriale de Martinique (CTM), this multi-lingual conference will bring together museum and cultural heritage site professionals and students across the globe to explore the ways in which Caribbean museums in the region and in its diasporas have served as socioeconomic agents for the creative industry, drivers for economic development and heritage instruments in the service of cultural diversity.  For its 30th anniversary, MAC is pleased to be returning to the French Caribbean to explore its current museum landscape and intersect with museum professionals in the region. Session content will be presented in English and French through simultaneous translations. We are also exploring the addition of Spanish translation. The CTM and MAC will provide additional travel, visa, and accommodations information by July 1.

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Open Call for Submissions: Telling Yinna Stories

Holly Bynoe

The NAGB invites creative and art writers and critics to submit to tell your stories by joining our expanding writing cohort through an open submission process called “Telling Yinna Stories”. The NAGB aims to be a comprehensive platform welcoming multiple voices that will lend to the expansion of our narratives and development of more comprehensive, inclusive scholarship, critical analysis and various readings around the growing National Collection, your collection.

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This opportunity would afford art writing development opportunities, rejuvenating the creative ecology by lending voices continuing the extensive and robust history of critical writing that our we have come to learn ourselves and to enjoy. 

The NAGB is asking for entries from those who might be unlikely, those off the beaten path and who may be finding a new way to think about their culture, histories, presents and futures. Up to five writers will be brought on with a modest stipend to develop essays, exposés, other informal writings and interviews or reviews for the Weekly Nassau Guardian Arts and Culture segment, the NAGB website, database and if applicable, supported on view in our gallery spaces.

Please send all submissions to thenagb@gmail.com with the subject line:  “Telling Yinna Stories”.

All applications should be sent with a 200-word biography and a 300-word statement on the intention of your submission. 

Applicants are allowed to submit up to three pieces of writing.

Applications must be submitted in word doc format.

The application deadline is Friday, June 28th, 2019

Tilting Axis 6 to be hosted by NAGB in 2020!

Holly Bynoe

The NAGB is thrilled to announce our partnership for Tilting Axis 2020! The roving, pan-Caribbean conference will find itself on Bahamian limestone in a rather significant year.

The mission of the late Jackson Burnside III and his wife Pam Burnside, in establishing Doongalik Studios, stated that “by the year 2020 more persons would travel to The Bahamas for its art, culture and heritage rather than for its sun, sand and sea.” With 2020 on the horizon, the question remains - how close are we to reaching this goal not just as a country, but as a region?


Chief Curator, Holly Bynoe, announcing the hosting of the next convening of Tilting Axis 6 which will be held in The Bahamas at the NAGB. Image courtesy Guillaume Aricique and Memorial ACTe

Chief Curator, Holly Bynoe, announcing the hosting of the next convening of Tilting Axis 6 which will be held in The Bahamas at the NAGB. Image courtesy Guillaume Aricique and Memorial ACTe



Pivô Research Program 2019: OPEN CALL

Natalie Willis

Pivô announces the open call for two fully sponsored residencies at Pivô Research program 2019. The first residency grant is directed to Brazilian artists born and currently living in Brazil, with exception of the states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The second one is directed to non-Brazilian artists born and currently living in Latin American countries.

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Transoceanic Visual Exchange 2019: OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Natalie Willis

The Fresh Milk Art Platform (Barbados), China Residencies (NY and China), The Barbados Museum and Historical Society, I: project space (Beijing) and Alice Yard (Trinidad & Tobago) are pleased to welcome submissions of recent film and video works – screenings, installations, new media and expanded cinema – by contemporary artists, to be included in the third edition of Transoceanic Visual Exchange (TVE), a series of programmes taking place this year between Barbados, China and Trinidad & Tobago. Submitted works must have been completed in the last five years and must be made by artists practicing in the Caribbean, China and their diasporas.

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Dialect and Diaspora: The intuitive art of Joseph “Joe Monks” Weaver

Natalie Willis

By Natalie Willis . As the current Permanent Exhibition, “Hard Mouth: From the Tongue of the Ocean” comes to a close next month, it’s an apt time to review one of the key themes that resonated with many during our tours and casual chats here at the museum. We love to speak about how special, confusing, and linguistically interesting our Bahamian dialect is, but one of the questions posed in this exhibition in the section titled “Dialeck” [sic] gives us a moment to think on what our visual dialect could look like. When we look at the work of intuitive artists such as Amos Ferguson, Netica “Nettie” Symonette, or Joseph “Joe Monks” Weaver, we see just that - people who move beyond the “proper grammar” of Eurocentric art history and the canon of art practice, choosing instead to communicate in an art dialect of their own making.  

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The Blank Canvas: May 22nd with Anthony “Big Mo” Morely

Holly Bynoe

Anthony “Big Mo” Morely joins us in the Blank Canvas studio, to share with us the story of his creative journey, as we celebrate his work in the PS room (lower gallery) at NAGB in “The Bahamas on Canvas: Historic and Nostalgic."

Blank Canvas host, Amanda Coulson with Anthony “Big Mo” Morley.

Blank Canvas host, Amanda Coulson with Anthony “Big Mo” Morley.

Growing up on the Island of Grand Bahama in Eight Mile Rock, Morley’s artistic journey began surrounded by the beauty of nature which set his creative juices flowing. A sketchbook was purchased for him by Mr Allan Martin, a pastor and surrogate father, who admired his work, and encouragement was provided by his teacher, Mr Charles Farrow at Freeport High School. His path wound through many years dedicated to painting, then photography, then Junkanoo (with Gus Cooper and The Vallery Boys), until a chance encounter re-charged his painting career.

Since then “Big Mo” has seen great highs and lows; he has been through some of life’s harshest tests and joins us to speak of his career, his struggles and his new vision.

A Choice Landscape: The early work of the late Chan Pratt and how art practice gets shaped by the environment - literal and imagined.

Natalie Willis

By Natalie Willis. There are a few names that come to mind for us when we think of the quintessential, traditional, picturesque Bahamian landscape: Hildegarde Hamilton, Alton Lowe, Eddie Minnis, Dorman Stubbs, Ricardo Knowles, and the well-collected (but not quite always at the forefront of our minds), Chan Pratt. Landscape painting is quite a contentious genre of painting for The Bahamas and certainly for the rest of the Caribbean region, and this is for good reason. The colonial photography and postcards and paintings of days-gone-by were instrumental in framing and re-shaping the region as an idyll for tourist consumption, and this growing industry would later become the backbone and difficult foundation of many Caribbean economies.  

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Beauty and Loss in Tessa Whitehead and Chan Pratt’s Work: A death foretold, yet not dying!

Natalie Willis

By Dr Ian Bethell-Bennett, The University of The Bahamas. Beauty, as we began two weeks ago, heals souls and allows us to come to a higher place where we feel more human, connected, communal and loved.  Nature, green trees, and shade along roads allow us to walk in and explore the special areas and spaces around us.  This exploration is seen in Jean Rhys’ novel Wide Sargasso Sea (1966), and in Tessa Whitehead's work, the creek (2018) as beauty envelopes us in its natural form.  When cement covers every inch of land, the soul is taken out of life.  Singer Gloria Estefan’s Mi Tierra (1993), similar to Coulibri, the main location in Wide Sargasso Sea speaks of the loss, longing and nostalgia for a home that we have lost the deep connection to and the healing that comes from revisiting even if only metaphorically, metaphysically or through imagination. 

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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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From the Collection: “Ain’t I A Good Mother?”

Natalie Willis

By Kelly Fowler, Guest Writer. Maxwell Taylor honours Black Bahamian mothers. As with many things, the concept of motherhood does not always translate neatly or equally cross-culturally. While it is not unusual for a society to have defined gender roles and to encounter expectations based on them, women of marginalised groups tend to face harsher criticism of their lifestyles for not meeting the concept of womanhood or motherhood that is associated with the “ideal.” Naturally, this would lead to feelings of inadequacy and questions of being good or good enough. Bahamian master artist, Maxwell Taylor, delves into this subject matter in much of his work, but his black and white woodcut print on paper entitled Ain’t I A Good Mother?, 2003 is one that addresses Black motherhood specifically. 

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