Transforming Spaces 2018 featured the following Galleries:
Doongalik Studios is focusing on a Junkanoo-themed exhibition entitled JUNKANOO - A Celebration of Life which will introduce junkanoo artisan and entrepreneur, Kevin Knowles and his wife Vanessa of Jujukanoo who has worked in the medium since he was a teenager, producing colourful junkanoo ornaments and figurines which have amazed both locals and visitors. This will be his first full exhibition of his junkanoo work, something which he always dreamt of doing. In conjunction with Jujunkanoo, the Junkanoo Commandos will design a pop up Junkanoo Shack on the gallery premises for patrons to experience the ‘behind the scenes’ journey to Bay Street. Academicians, Dr Nicolette Bethel, Noelle Nicolls and Arlene Nash Ferguson, who were key members in the Junkanoo Think Tank will offer their audience an innovative and educational exhibition of “Junkanoo – towards a new Future.”
Hillside House is pleased to partner with the University of The Bahamas (UB) to host a unique cultural experience that showcases the talents of UB’s Visual Arts, Music, Culinary and English Studies disciplines under the theme Historic Nassau. The three-day event promises to offer an engaging and interactive program of live art, literary and musical performances, educational experiences, and creative workshops that for the first time bring together UB students, staff, faculty and alumni who will be highlighted in three group exhibitions. Lead by UB art faculty Keisha Oliver with guidance from Master Artists Antonius Roberts and Maxwell Taylor ‘Historic Nassau’ is designed to celebrate and reinterpret Bahamian traditions through a sense of community.
Although the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas will not be a scheduled stop on this year’s Tour, they invite the public to view their new multimedia exhibition opening on March 22 entitled “We Suffer to Remain”.
Moved by the late Brent Malone’s use of muses in his life’s work, contemporary artist Allan Pachino Wallace also works with selected live models whether working in acrylic, ink or charcoal. MUSE brings together paintings from Malone and Pachino featuring the women and men that inspired these master artists to create some of their greatest oeuvres.
The DAF is delighted to present MUSE for Transforming Places 2018, showcasing the intimate artist-muse relationship spanning over 50 years in Bahamian painting.
The Current: Baha Mar Art Studios
The Current: Baha Mar Art Studios is pleased to present two Exhibitions for the Tour: Rooted: An Exploratory Celebration of Blackness, Hair and Womanhood, works by Bahamian Artist Gio Swaby that celebrate a type of self-love and appreciation within black women communities. This series of stitched female portraits on canvas attempt to illustrate an exchange of cultural information related to hair-care.
The second exhibition: Instinct II: From Darkness to Light, is an investigation into the dichotomies of concepts related to life and death, good and evil, love and hate, hope and despair and struggle and victory, to name a few. By juxtaposing these narratives, symbolically described as ‘darkness’ and ‘light’, this exhibition interprets writings from Genesis Chapter 1 vs 1-3: The Beginning: God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning – the first day.’
Instinct II: From Darkness to Light showcases new works by ten female artists, including Nadine Seymour-Munroe, Ana-Lisa Wells, Chantal Bethel, Claudette Dean, Jessica Colebrooke, Leanne Russell, Lillian Blades, Lisa Codella, Sue Bennett-Williams and Sue Katz. Each artist has illustrated their particular responses to the duplicities of life and how they inherently create balance.