Hello from the NAGB! We have lots to update you on. Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 2, we have a stimulating talk on conserving artwork in the tropical home led by artist and master conservator Katrina Vanderlip. Below you will also find links to videos from some of our talks and updates on some of our Bahamian artists exhibiting overseas. Two artists will be spreading their knowledge and gaining new experiences in upcoming international residencies. We've got other things in the works for the first quarter of 2016, so be sure to check our Facebook page, website and Mixed Media blog.

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February Events:

Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 2, we have a stimulating talk on conserving artwork in the tropical household led by artist and master conservator, Katrina Vanderlip. Below we also share images from the recently concluded IDB sponsored StartUp Weekend and news on several exhibitions and residency postings supporting artists Max Taylor, Blue Curry and Sonia Farmer.  We've got other things in the works for the first quarter of 2016, so be sure to check out our Facebook page, Mixed Media Blog and website too.

The NAGB presents "Conservation in the Tropical Home", a discussion led by Katrina Vanderlip

Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 2, we will host a stimulating talk on conserving artwork in the tropical home, led by artist and art conservator Katrina Vanderlip. One of the things that makes a retrospective exhibition like R. Brent Malone: Reincarnation so special is seeing decades-old works looking as fresh as some of their newer counterparts. However, in planning the show, we had to turn several formerly beautiful works down because of the damage they'd endured from our tropical environment. Humidity and pests take their tolls on paintings quickly, and without knowing how to care for their works, collectors risk seeing some of their favorites deteriorate. Vanderlip will be telling us how to keep our beloved pieces in tip-top shape in our discussion. The talk begins at 6 p.m.

See more here at the Mixed Media Blog and RSVP to attend here

Membership Drive 2016

Greetings from TeamNAGB!  We have been undergoing several changes over the last months, and we are happy to report that our new registrar and assistant education officer, Darchell Henderson, has recently taken over the membership program here at the NAGB. You can call or e-mail the membership department at 328-5800 and

We will be happy to assist you with bringing your status up to date and tell you about the perks of our recently revamped packages which will give you free admission to NAGB exhibitions, exclusive discounts to our Mixed Media Store, insightful talks, fun workshops and entertaining events. We thank you for your support and look forward to having your continued patronage. We hope that you have enjoyed your membership and will enjoy your experience with us in 2016.

See our membership packages here, or email Darchell Henderson at for more information.

The NAGB releases its NE7 archive: Citizenship and Immigration Policies Within Art Practices

The conversation titled Citizenship and Immigration Policies Within Art Practices took place on Sunday, December 14, 2014, at the NAGB. It was led by College of The Bahamas Professor of English Dr. Craig Smith and Keithley Woolward, and addressed one of the nation’s most contentious topics—that of immigration. The roundtable discussion was moderated by activist Joey Gaskins. See more here.
NE7 Artist Talk: Citizenship and Immigration Policies Within Art Practices
Citizenship and Immigration Policies Within Art Practices panel discussion at the NAGB. Click to view.

Master Artist Maxwell Taylor opens exhibition at Scarfone-Hartley Gallery

The University of Tampa Scarfone/Hartley Gallery will present an exhibition of woodcuts by nationally acclaimed Bahamian artist Maxwell Taylor. Sixteen extraordinary woodcuts that include social, economic and political subjects will be on view. Taylor will be a visiting artist at the university creating a series of monoprints from February 15 to 26 and will be in conversation with Dr. Erica M. James on February 23. An open studios and gallery reception are set to take place on February 26 at 6 pm. See more about Scarfone/Hartley Gallery here

Reporting from Nassau Calling

Nassau Calling came to an end at the end of November, and it seems that all the effort and preparation, the shipment, the installation and the presentation itself went by in a flash. But—and therein lies a universal truth of physics —any energy spent is never lost and continues to make ripples and waves, as will our show in Vienna. We did make a quiet mark and impact there, and we can inform you—with not a little pride—that the reaction of the audience was genuinely impressed, deeply curious and fueled with respect. The quality, intensity, variety and strength of the selection put the art scene of The Bahamas once more on the radar of collectors, curators and journalists. Please view the TV show in the link below, it was a two-part show about the art market and the second part included the gallery, Ernst Hilger, and the exhibition!

Use this link for Youtube to get the video and start at 42:59 mins to view Nassau Calling.

Blue Curry on residency at Cannonball in collaboration with the PAMM & Tilting Axis

Next week Blue Curry will start a one-month residency at Cannonball in Miami as an artist invited by the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) in conjunction with the upcoming Tilting Axis conference.  Cannonball's Residency Program is a hybrid, multi-disciplinary program that empowers Miami’s cultural producers and sustains the city’s position as a hotbed for contemporary art by infusing it with artists and arts professionals from around the globe. The primary focus of the residency program is two-fold: 1) provide long-term, affordable live/work space for Miami artists and 2) offer international artists, scholars, curators and other cultural producers year-round opportunities to research, create new work and respond to issues at stake in South Florida.

Sonia Farmer prepares for her Fresh Milk residency in Barbados

Fresh Milk’s upcoming resident, Bahamian writer and artist Sonia Farmer, will be offering a series of four workshops on different methods of book binding and design at Fresh Milk in March, 2016. This four-week course will examine the intersection of text and the book form. Covering a range of book structures, participants will be encouraged to consider the book as an active part of their storytelling practice, rather than as simply a vessel. Each class will build upon the former to provide students who wish to take all four classes with a thorough beginner knowledge in making handmade books and book objects and fresh ideas on how to approach narratives.

See more about the Art of the Book here
 via the Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc

The IDB and Shift the Culture Presents StartUp Weekend at the  NAGB

IDB Country Representative Florencia Attademo-Hirt presents the winning team, Ryder, with a certificate of recognition. Ryder is a ride-sharing mobile application. Stay tuned for updates on the development of their business model. The judging panel in the final photograph comprising Florencia Attademo-Hirt (IDB), Alanna Rodgers (Hands for Hunger) and Professor Michael Edwards (College of The Bahamas), watches pitches at StartUp Weekend Nassau.
The IDB and Shift the Culture supported StartUp Weekend just wrapped up this weekend. We share some images from the event and will support a follow up report in our next newsletter. All images courtesy of Tony Williams Media.
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Housed in the historic Villa Doyle, built in the 1860s and lovingly restored in the 1990s, the NAGB preserves the National Collection of Bahamian art. Its temporary exhibitions engage the history of Bahamian art and visual culture and support contemporary movements and experimental contemporary art practice. The NAGB also has a extensive public program schedule, community and regional projects and partnerships, arts education workshops and a free public art library.
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