Second Annual Arts Pavilion announces return

This coming week Hillside House welcomes the return of the second annual Arts Pavilion from May 5-8. In coordination with the second Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, the historic space on Cumberland Street will be transformed into a platform showcasing works by contemporary visual artists.

The Arts Pavilion is intended to promote emerging artists by providing them with exposure and economic opportunities to make their practices sustainable. At this year’s Arts Pavilion, 28 interdisciplinary artists will showcase more than 60 works. Organizers hope the four-day event will encourage the public to engage with the visual arts community in a welcoming and informal setting.

The Arts Pavilion Gold Star Award acknowledges the creative excellence of an individual who has made unique contributions to the visual arts community in The Bahamas. This year, art dealer and Co-founder of VOLTANY Uli Voges was invited to review the expo’s submissions and select the Arts Pavilion Gold Star Award winner.

The winner receives a gold star pin and $1,500 grant provided by Esso Winton to assist in the development of his or her practice. This year’s award recipient will be announced at the expo’s official opening on Thursday, May 5.

Participating artists at the 2016 Arts Pavilion include: Dale Allen, Caroline Anderson, Shashla Bethune, Jeff Cooper, Danielle Darville, Allia Dean, Shorlette Francis, Celeste Harding, Thomas Hairston, Jalan Harris, Rosemarie Laing, Daleana Lynch, Candis Marshall, Tina Maycock, Jodi Minnis, Spurgeonique Morley, Nyles Neymour, Timothy Nottage, Judith Papillon, Kimetria Pratt, Abby Smith, Lamaro Smith, Nowe Harris-Smith, Edrin Symonette, Trevor Tucker, Christina Wong and Lemero Wright.

For more information on the 2016 Arts Pavilion, visit its Facebook page,