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The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is pleased to announce the official opening of its three newest exhibitions: EN MAS’: Carnival, Junkanoo and Performance Art of the Caribbean; Livingstone Pratt's solo show, Genesis: The beginning of souls in time; and From Columbus to Junkanoo.
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EN MAS': Carnival, Junkanoo & Performance Art of the Caribbean
Traveling to The Bahamas from New Orleans and The Cayman Islands, EN MAS’: Carnival, Junkanoo and Performance Art of the Caribbean explores the influence that street festivals like Junkanoo can have on the visual arts. EN MAS’ features nine artists from across the region and internationally, including Bahamian John Beadle.

The exhibition is particularly appropriate in The Bahamas, where the division between visual artists and Junkanoo has become blurred by the partnerships forged by artists like John Beadle; Stan Burnside and his late brother, Jackson; and the late Brent Malone, among many others. The NAGB hopes that visitors will engage in discussion on the historic and social significance of  ‘mas’, which has inherited elements of traditional African festivals, Christian celebrations and European masquerade parties. 

All members of the public are invited to attend the official opening ceremony from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., this Thursday, April 28 at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. Parking is available onsite and across the street at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral.
From Columbus to Junkanoo
April 19, 2016 - Oct 2, 2016

The new permanent exhibition will be From Columbus to Junkanoo, a show curated by emerging curators Jodi Minnis and Averia Wright. Showcasing a collection of contemporary and historic artworks, From Columbus to Junkanoo guides viewers through a timeline of the country’s historical and social evolution. 

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Livingstone Pratt: Genesis: The beginning of souls in time
April 19, 2016 - May 29, 2016

In the project space at the NAGB will be Livingston Pratt’s Genesis: The beginning of souls in time. Pratt is a completely self-taught artist and trained designer whose visual art practice is influenced heavily by his spirituality and religious beliefs.

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On Friday, April 29, the curators of EN MAS': Carnival, Junkanoo and Performance Art of the Caribbean, Claire Tancons and Krista Thompson, will lead a discussion on the exhibition. The two will discuss the concept of having a show that links performance art and street festivals with fine art. They will share details about the process that connected artists across many borders. Guests will be encouraged to think critically about the origins of particular elements of street festivals like carnival and Junkanoo that we often overlook, including the mask, the drum and the parade. The talk begins at 6 p.m. and all members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend.

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Volunteers make Sculpture Garden
clean-up a success!!

Over the last weekend, the Sculpture Garden at the NAGB began to take shape, thanks to the involvement of the wider local community and a group of passionate volunteers. Under the direction of Dr. Ethan Fried, botanist at the Bahamas National Trust’s (BNT) Leon Levy Preserve in Eleuthera, enthused gardeners — both amateurs and pros — shovelled dirt, moved rocks, recovered ceramic shards and cleared brush to start giving shape to the creation of a public space that would fuse native plants with local artworks.
 
Under the guidance of St. Andrew’s School teacher Mr. Enzil Cooper, a slew of young people came out to rack up their “Creativity, Action and Service” (CAS) hours. Eleventh graders Celine Seymour, Plesha McPhee, Jack Moree, Keita Smith, Jason Ren and Andrés Arenos, put their backs into the hard work.
 
Members of the local art community, including artist Thierry Lamare, collector Dawn Davies, cultural pioneer Pam Burnside, wood-turner Robin Hardy and NAGB Education Officer Corinne Lampkin, also pitched in. Art world representatives from further away joined us, including visiting Assistant Curator from the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands Kerri-Anne Chisholm. Bahamas Waste and Rotary Club of East Nassau were represented by Francesco de Cardenas and Diane DeWitt, respectively, while local kids from the surrounding neighbourhood also came out to participate in the happenings.

The NAGB sends a big thank you to Princess, Immanuel, Rashad and Valente, as well as the adults from Meeting Street and beyond! We are grateful also to Brittany, Aliahar, Teddy and Josué, of Kemp Road. The pros included BNT and the team from New Leaf Landscaping, who were thankfully on hand to rein in some of the kids’ over-enthusiasm.
 
With mighty assistance from NAGB volunteer Ms. Katrina Vanderlip, we worked together to coordinate donations from Craig “Crab” Roberts of Native Sun Nursery. From his hidden treasure trove in Palmdale, we collected three beautiful native wood benches, donated by supporters of the Sculpture Garden. We also happily received various shrubs and plants for the future art space, which were donated by Native Sun.
 
On Sunday, Eric Carey, the Executive Director of BNT, with whom the NAGB is partnering for the space’s creation, also paid a visit. The motley gardening crew were given “two thumbs up” for their progress. While there is still much to do, including the relocation of Candis Marshall's “A Garden of Dreams”, the Sculpture Garden looks to be taking root.
 
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