edition of the newsletter delivers a diverse platform of programming at
the NAGB. We've been busy preparing to deliver new exhibitions and
events designed to educate, uplift and inspire people of every age.
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NAGB Film Series Presents Fire at Sea
The NAGB is pleased to present the film Fire at Sea,
an Oscar-winning documentary by filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi. Shot on the
Sicilian island of Lampedusa, during the European migrant crisis, it
sets the migrants' dangerous Mediterranean crossing against a background
of the ordinary life of the islanders.
Lampedusa has hit world headlines in recent years as the first port of
call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern migrants
hoping to make a new life in Europe. Rosi spent months living on the
Mediterranean island, capturing its history, culture and the current
everyday reality of its 6,000-strong local population as hundreds of
migrants land on its shores on a weekly basis. The resulting documentary
focuses on 12-year-old Samuele, a local boy who loves to hunt with his
slingshot and spend time on land even though he hails from a culture
steeped in the sea.
The screening is free and open to the public. Popcorn and drinks will be on sale. Come out and spend a quiet evening with us.
we move into spring, the NAGB is bringing you a FREE portfolio workshop
this Saturday, March 14th, 2020! These workshops were designed for
aspiring young artists with big hopes and dreams who are applying for
entry into college/university art programmes in 2019/2020. We are
pleased to share that Bahamian sculptor and painter Tessa Whitehead will
be joining us to share her experiences and give students feedback on
want to do our best to support young artists and know how daunting
college/university applications can be (we have all been there!) so
please let us help you learn the ins and outs of creative arts
applications. A little extra knowledge goes such a long way to making
your application stand out in the ways that count.
For more details call the NAGB at 328-5800 during weekdays or email Katrina Cartwright at email@example.com.
NAGB is happy to present “From Time: Water Has A Perfect Memory” to the
Eleutheran community on Thursday, March 12th, 2020 at the Worker’s
House meeting room in Governor’s Harbour. This is the first stop for
this exhibition, which will travel to at least three other Family
Islands. This exhibition functions in some ways as a time capsule, using
historical knowledge and visual interpretations to engage with the
country’s past and present and envision a more hopeful future. Our
curators will dissect national identity as it exists now and as it has
evolved through time. “From Time”draws
on works from the National Collection to prompt our thoughts on
pressing issues of sustainability, environment, evolution and
us at 6:00 p.m. for a night of community, artworks, quick bites, drinks
and thrilling conversation. “From Time” will remain on display until
April 18th, 2020.
NAGB's Mixed Media Summer Camp Preregistration Opportunity
NAGB is pleased to announce the return of the annual Mixed Media Art
Summer Camp (MMASC). Kids ages 5 to 17 are welcome to participate and
learn visual art techniques, explore different avenues of creativity and
develop their knowledge of art. This year’s summer camp theme is
“Spaceship: Planet Earth” branching into four weeks of
sustainability-themed creation. The Spaceship Earth theory is one
environmentalists and other scientists have long used to discuss our
planet as a complex system, one that human beings must aggressively
monitor, manage and sometimes reengineer – kind of like a spaceship.
NAGB is pleased to once again join the Transforming Spaces bus tour.
With several offerings, the holder of a TS2020 bus ticket may enter the
NAGB at any time, prior to or during the TS weekend, to see the last few
days of the “Refuge” exhibition, which closes on March 29th.
There will also be a public kick-off event at the NAGB, starting at
5:30 p.m. This event includes a walking tour through the sculpture
garden and surrounding neighbourhood, revealing how the NAGB has
transformed its own campus and the surrounding community with
sculptures, public works and murals. The walk will end at Hillside House
on Cumberland Street for the Transforming Spaces opening night party
from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The offerings do not end there, however. As part of the bus tour, there
will be a special exhibit in the NAGB’s Project Space (PS) Room.
Originally conceived as a response to the “Refuge” open call for works,
Edrin Symonette’s "Balance"(2020) will offer a space for opening up our conceptions of what (and who) citizenship can look like in The Bahamas.
NAGB is pleased to announce Lynn Parotti's upcoming exhibition,
"Inherit the Earth". This insightful exhibition proposes to delineate
some of the time-sensitive reactions which we are experiencing today
whilst highlighting the urgency of the matter through the frozen stills
of these moments on oil-painted canvases. If memory were the vehicle for
these episodes, then they would certainly be recent or maybe even
"Inherit the Earth" opens April 16th, 2020 at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.
From The Collection "Max and Amos: Enchantment and Magical Realism in Service to Freedom" By Patricia Glinton-Meicholas
"The Dragon" (1991), Amos Ferguson, house paint on board, 36 x 30 inches. Part of the National Collection.
of the permanent collection of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas
(NAGB) should always demand an examination of the works and aesthetics
of two of the country’s outstanding and prolific indigenous artists,
Amos Ferguson (1920-2009) and Maxwell Taylor, better known as “Max”.
Ferguson has a particular call on prominence in this regard because it
was the Bahamas Government’s purchase of twenty-five of his paintings in
1991 that launched the National Collection.