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Detail of artwork by Artist Susan Moir Mackay
From exhibition "Amuse Bouche" at the Hub Gallery, Bay Street, Nassau




Memorial Service for Telcine Eureka Turner Rolle

TONIGHT: Wednesday, May 30 at 7pm

A memorial service to honour the life of Mrs. Telcine Eureka Turner Rolle will be held this evening at St. Agnes Anglican Church on Baillou Hill Road at 7pm. Friends, colleagues and loved ones will be bringing remarks and reflections of Mrs. Rolle.

The homegoing service for Mrs. Rolle will be held this Saturday, June 2nd at 3pm also at St. Agnes Anglican Church, Baillou Hill Road.


(L to R) Metal Artist and Pastor Tyrone Ferguson and Multimedia Artist Antonius Roberts

NAGB Radio Show
'Blank Canvas'

TONIGHT: Wednesday at 6.30 pm

Guests: Artists Antonius Roberts and Tyrone Ferguson

Please tune in this evening to the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas' Radio Talk Show "Blank Canvas" on Guardian Radio 96.9 FM or by live streaming via the internet.

Tonight's show welcomes Bahamian artists Antonius Roberts and Tyrone Ferguson. The theme will be "Art Spaces in The Bahamas" where they will be talking about Antonius Roberts' new Studio & Gallery at Hillside House on Cumberland Street, Schooner Bay in Abaco, and New Providence Community Centre on Blake Road as well as the new opportunities opening in this field.

"Blank Canvas" airs each Wednesday from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm with host John Cox, Chief Curator of the NAGB.

CLICK HERE to listen this evening at 6:30pm.


The Meridian School
Children's Concert Series

TONIGHT: Wed, May 30 at 6:30
The Potential Auditorium
JFK Drive

The Meridian School at Unicorn Village will host their Children's Concert Series on Wednesday, 30th May at 6:30 at The Potential Auditorium just across J.F.K. Drive. The proceeds of this concert will benefit the members of the choir who are traveling to Philadelphia on June 7th through 11th.

The choir will perform a repertoire of songs including the debut of original songs written by Meridian School students. There will be performances by guest artists, soloists and members of staff during the evening. It promises to be a night of musical genius!

Tickets are $10 and can be obtained at the school. Telephone: 328-1151 or email:


Movie Casting Call

Saturday, June 2 from 2-5pm | At The Hub, Downtown Bay Street

Haitian Creole speaking actors needed.


All Andros Crabfest

Thursday, June 7 to
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Queen's Park
Fresh Creek, Andros

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn the 115 ways to catch, pen, cook and eat an Andros crab at the world famous All Andros Crabfest which takes place Thursday, June 7 to Sunday June 10, 2012 in Andros at the Queen's Park in Fresh Creek.

Andros is known as the land of crabs and its people are renowned for their crab-catching expertise. One of the highlights of this cultural event is the Crab Cultural Show, which features top Bahamian bands, solo artists, and sweet Rake 'n' Scrape music; and the releasing of the crabs. Take a flight with LeAir or catch the boat with Sealink!

CLICK HERE for more information or call (242) 368-2286.


Violinist Afrika Karamo-Miller

Nassau Chamber
Ensemble 2012
Spring Concert

Sunday, June 10 at 3pm
Bahamas Historical Society

The Nassau Chamber Ensemble is pleased to present its third concert, an afternoon of delightful Baroque, Classical and Romantic Chamber Music to be held at the Bahamas Historical Society on Sunday, 10th June 2012 at 3pm. It is hoped that everyone interested would be able to attend this delightful event. Refreshments will be served.

As seating is limited, persons wishing to attend should purchase tickets in advance of the date of the concert. Tickets can be purchased at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas Mondays to Saturdays: 10am to 4pm and 12 noon to 4pm Sundays. Ticket price: Adults $20.00 / Students with ID - $10.00. Contact: Ms. Luann Morris at 328-5800/1 or email:


tmg* talks presents discussion on Built Environment Sustainability

"Architecture, Design and
Sustainable Development"

Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 6:30pm
National Art Gallery of The Bahamas

tmg stands for The Method Group and they are hosting a series of talks this summer on sustainable development from a national economic, human and physical development perspective. Last year, they looked at how architecture and design show a city’s character and inform our behaviour in a space. This year, tmg wants to talk about the importance of holistic design, sustainable architecture and planning in land development, especially on islands with an expanding population. Is this type of design thinking happening? Are there policies in place to support it? If not, what can we do about it?

On Thursday, June 21st at the NAGB beginning at 6.30pm, tmg* will be hosting its first talk of the season on "Architecture, Design and Sustainable Development".

Panelists: Franon Wilson, President, Arawak Homes | Carlos Hepburn, Principal, TDG Architects | James Malcolm, Director of Marketing, Sales and Public Relations, Schooner Bay, Abaco

CLICK HERE for more information on the series of talks.




Bahamian poet Christian Campbell

Bahamian poet heads
to 2012 Olympics

From Ireland's Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney to Kim Jong-il's exiled former court poet Jang Jin Seong, hundreds of poets from around the world are set to gather on the banks of the Thames this summer in an attempt to recreate the poetic spirit of the ancient Olympic Games in what is being called the biggest gathering of poets in world history – Poetry Parnassus.

Representing The Bahamas is poet Christian Campbell and he will be participating in this week-long series of poetic events at the end of June 2012 led by the Southbank Centre's artist-in-residence Armitage and artistic director Jude Kelly and inspired by epinicians, poetry commissioned as part of the ancient Olympic Games in Greece. It will see poets, rappers, storytellers and praise singers reading their work in more than 50 languages, from Haitian creole to Maori, with the event to open as 100,000 poems are dropped from a helicopter on to the waiting crowd.

Thousands of nominations were received from the public for the best poet in their country, with a panel including the poet Simon Armitage and other experts whittling this down to find one poet from each of the 204 competing Olympic nations. One hundred and forty poets, from Kazakhstan's 24-year-old Akerke Mussabekova to 83-year-old Anise Koltz from Luxembourg, have already confirmed attendance at the festival, with the quest now to pin down writers from the remaining 64 Olympic countries.

CLICK HERE for full article on Christian's participation in the Guardian.
CLICK HERE to read article on event at The


Bahamian art historian Dr. Erica M. James

Bahamian art historian speaks on Caribbean Art

The Americas Society on Park Avenue in New York in collaboration with the exhibition "For Rent: Marc Latamie" hosted a panel discussion on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 on Caribbean Art and the African Diaspora. The panelists included Bahamian art historian and scholar Dr. Erica M. James, Assistant Professor in the History of Art and African American Studies Department at Yale University; artist Marc Latamie; Lowery Stokes Sims, Curator of the Museum of Arts and Design and Gabriela Rangel, Director of Visual Arts and Chief Curator of the Americas Society.

The Caribbean is a vast region resulting from the encounters that occurred on foreign soil of Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Amerindian communities. It exemplifies a cross fertilization of cultures as well as the traumatic chapters of colonization and slavery. Since their settlement, the multilingual nations of the Caribbean have been faced with a challenge of cultural development which rests firmly on the difficult process of simultaneously negating and affirming, demolishing and constructing, rejecting and reshaping the varying influences and constraints of their colonizers.

The panel discussion addressed matters of cultural hybridity as a means to explore transversal paths and the creolization of Caribbean contemporary artistic practices.


Top: Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming Bottom: Dr. Nicolette Bethel

Bahamian poets rock the house at Caribbean Literary Festival

A welcome slice of Bahamian artistry was brought resoundingly to life at the National Library in Trinidad at the 2012 Bocas Literary Festival in Trinidad & Tobago, when Bahamian writers Nicolette Bethel and Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming shared their poems with infectious gusto, passion and intensity.

Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming read first, quickly turning the mood electric and infectiously upbeat with her work. Even when she shared poems that gave dreadful pause, such as the incest-stained “Full Moon Healing”, I couldn’t help but be forcefully struck by the power of her culturally syncretic imagery, of visions of saris on silken skin versus the defiling of sexual innocence, of ruminations on blood, bindis, the mother moon.......

Nicolette Bethel wondered a little about how she could possibly follow gracefully after her colleague’s fiery renditions, but she needn’t have been even remotely troubled. I have had the good fortune to read several of Bethel’s poems online, in journals and magazines, and I’ve been awed at the clarity and strength of her imagery, the deftness in construction of her verses. Hearing them read aloud by the poet herself proved to be indulgent icing on an already sumptuous cake........

CLICK HERE to read full article by Shivanee Ramlochan.


NAGB & Popopstudios collaborate with Summer Internship Programme

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas and Popopstudios International Center for the Visual Arts have established a summer 2012 internship program for high school, college and graduate students who are interested in the visual arts and the careers in this field.

Interns will receive hands on experience working within a museum setting and art studio space. The internship program will create yet another facet of learning for young adults looking to gain experience in the arts, thus influencing future career decisions.

CLICK HERE for more information.


Bahamian artist Lavar Munroe

Bahamian artist explores new work in residency with international master artist

In June 2012, Bahamian artist Lavar Munroe starts an Artists-in-Residence programme at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida, a programme which is listed in the top 20 residencies in America. Munroe is excited that he will be working along with internationally acclaimed master artist Pepon Osorio, a prolific artist of spanish descent who was recently featured on art21. Munroe plans to continue his recent explorations and investigations into sculpture which are physical incarnations and a natural progression of his body of paintings, drawings and two dimensional work.

Munroe's most recent work, Nigger Gods and Goddesses, examines the notion of “Other” within society. This work navigates themes of race, class, culture, religion, and colonialism within impoverished black communities. It also addresses stereotypes of ‘blacks’ held within many circles within society.

The function of this work is manifold. One aspect of it highlights the marginalized ‘black’ within society based on behavioral stereotypes. It also examines what it means to live with a sense of immortality in a mortal world as well as it examines the acquired religion of living by an internal, and in many ways, exclusive code of governance. It questions what does religion mean in today’s society.

The animal serves as a response to the generalization and stereotypes of blacks as angry, animal-like, uneducated, and lawless. In depicting animal as an allegory of the marginalized ‘black,’ Munroe's intention is to address these stereotypes. The paradigm between historic, civic and contemporary notions of the animal serves as a trajectory of investigation in his objects. Opposed to the negative associations “mainstream” society has about the animal and its relation to humanity, this work inverts the role of animal, giving it positive connotations.


"BIG C: Goddess of Coke (Heavens' Dust)" by Lavar Munroe, 2012


"Goddess of The Street" by Lavar Munroe, 2012

Like in early African civilization, the animal in this work serves as deities. The uplifting of the status through man animal hybridity and labels of gods and goddesses serves as the foundation of his investigations. A sense of power is communicated, thus reversing the role of the marginalized “Other.” In doing so, the work simultaneously shifts the hierarchical systems of meaning within the objects. The naming and attributes of the gods are specific to various human behaviors. Using the Seven Deadly Sins as a point of reference in this work, Munroe chose to focus on the negative stereotypes and realities faced by ‘blacks’ in society. Themes of abuse, sexuality, crime, disease and violence are addressed.

The use of cardboard and found objects is important in this work. Many less fortunate and homeless people worldwide resort to these materials as means of survival.
In particular, cardboard is used as shelter, beds, umbrellas, suitcases, plates, signage, ass wipe, and the list goes on. Middle class society use cardboard for packaging valuables, shipping these items across states and countries. Upon delivery, the valuables are extracted and the cardboard is disposed of, submerging this material back into the world. The cardboard is then claimed, becoming an essential material needed for basic survival by the less privileged in society. I am interested in the many “lives” this material has and how one class as opposed to another values it. The usage of cardboard also addresses the displacement of the underprivileged black.

In converting used and disposable material to high-art sculptural forms, the work serves as and inquiry and excavation of humanity. It addresses the human psyche, inviting the viewer to examine the grotesque representation of mankind. It also inverts the scenario of otherness, as a room of “transanimalistic” beings encompasses the solitary viewer.

CLICK HERE to view Lavar Munroe's website.


"Of a Lesser People according to Tyler" by Lavar Munroe, 2012


"Of a Lesser People according to Tyler" by Lavar Munroe, 2012


Painting by Lavar Munroe, 2012


"Of a Lesser People according to Tyler" by Lavar Munroe, 2012


Artist Susan Moir Mackay explains work

Scenes from Susan Moir
Mackay's Exhibition "Amuse Bouche" at The Hub

It’s not often that an entire body of artistic work can provide such a complex experience as that provided by Susan Moir Mackay. Her mixed media conceptual pieces, in all their exposed vulnerability, invite endless interpretations from viewers willing to confront uncomfortable abject realities about humanity.

Used in culinary art, an amuse bouche provides diners with a bite-sized meal, more elaborate that an appetizer, but wholly satisfying as a special culinary insight. The theme of the evening revealed the beauty of Mackay’s work – being records of vital physical and emotional processes, her final pieces allow for new interpretations with every revisitation........

CLICK HERE to read full story by Sonia Farmer of The Guardian.


Artist Susan Moir Mackay with her work



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