Smith & Benjamin’s ‘BAHAMIAN ART & CULTURE’ Issue No. 231 Sharing Art & Cultural News of The Bahamas for 16 Years • • • • Can’t see the images?


Smith & Benjamin’s
Issue No. 231

Sharing Art & Cultural News
of The Bahamas for 16 Years

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In honour of The Bahamas’ 42nd Independence anniversary,
Bahamian Artist and Photographer Monty Knowles’ Junkanoo Nymphe
leaves Government House after her courtesy call on the Governor General.
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Body Painting and Photography: Monty Knowles
Model: Analicia Thompson
Outfit designed by Elizabeth Clarke
Crown by Rochelle Knowles.


Thursday, July 16th, 2015


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NAGB Panel Discussion: Central Bank– A Cultural Reservoir

TONIGHT: Thursday, July 16th
At 7pm
National Art Gallery of The Bahamas

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) is proud to host a panel discussion entitled “Central Bank: A Cultural Reservoir” featuring Central Bank administrators to be held on Thursday, July 16 at 7 p.m. at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. Panelists will address the bank’s commitment to developing the country’s visual art movement.

The discussion comes during a time of celebration of Central Bank’s art collection, samples of which are currently on display at the NAGB. It also takes place during the Bahamian independence season. For the month of July, Central Bank has committed to covering the admission costs of all locals and residents at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.

For more information, contact the NAGB at 328-5800.

CLICK HERE for the NAGB’s website.


Genesis Group’s Final Performance
for Junkanoo Summer Festival

Saturday, July 18th, 2015 | 7pm
Arawak Cay, West Bay Street


Summer Playwriting & Dramaturgy Workshop

Saturdays, July 25th–August 29th,
10 am-12 noon
The Dundas Black Box, Mackey Street

Want to write a play but don't know how to begin? Started writing a play but don't know how to end? Finished writing a play but don't know what to do now? This workshop is for you!

Join us on Saturday mornings for six weeks this summer in the Dundas Black Box for a workshop that will outline the principles of writing for theatre, look at ways to transform works created in other genres for theatre, workshop pieces already written, and help participants develop works in progress.

The workshop will be run by Nicolette Bethel, playwright and Shakespeare in Paradise Festival Director.

Location: Dundas Black Box
Dates: Sat., July 25th–Sat., August 29
Time: 10 am -12 noon
Cost: $150
Open to participants ages 15 and above.

To sign up, please email

CLICK HERE for The Dundas Centre of Performing Arts Facebook page.


"Sizwe Banzi is Dead" during SiP 2014 featuring Mark Humes & Dion Johnson. (Photo by David Burrows.)


Dance Production: “Return”

July 30th–August 1st, 2015 | 8pm
The Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts

CLICK HERE for The Dundas Centre of Performing Arts Facebook page.
CLICK HERE for The National Dance Company of The Bahamas’ Facebook page.


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The Road to Jericho Project presents:
“Hands are for Seeing” Exhibition

Saturday, November 21st, 2015 | 7pm
Doongalik Studios Art Gallery | Village Road


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Celebrating an Independent Nation!

Continuing in the spirit of Independence, we at Bahamian Art & Culture wish to share some more great Bahamian music and landscapes that you can watch and listen to whilst still celebrating what truly courageous men and women did 42 years ago for us to become an independent nation.

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Rhythm N' Youth performance at the Cat Island Rake and Scrape Festival 2015. (Video courtesy: Samantha Williams)


Gerald Cash Primary School Rake N' Scrape Band at the Cat Island Rake N' Scrape Festival. (video: Nathaniel J. Adams Jr.)

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Bahamians performing Junkanoo in Cuba. (Video: Bahamas All-Star Band)

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Incredible drone video of a rage at the Glass Window Bridge by the people at


Scenes from the 42nd Independence Anniversary Celebrations in Clifford Park

The Bahamas 42nd Anniversary of Independence was celebrated in grand style on the eve of July 10th at Clifford Park in the country's capital under the theme, “Our Children Our Future.”

The event, attended by thousands featured an extensive Cultural Show with dancers and songs; the Royal Bahamas Police Force / Royal Bahamas Defence Force Tattoo Show and March Pass; ceremonial cake cutting; Junkanoo rush-out and fireworks.

Courtesy of The Bahamas Weekly.


Photos provided by Bahamas Information Services (BIS) - Patrick Hanna.


Photos provided by Bahamas Information Services (BIS) - Patrick Hanna.

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Artwork by Allan Wallace - Photo courtesy of the artist

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Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling Statue done by Phillip Johnston

Statue of Sir Lynden officially unveiled at LPIA

It was 59 years ago that the Right Honourable Sir Lynden O. Pindling began his parliamentary career in The Bahamas. ‘Sir Lynden’ as he was affectionately called became known as the ‘Father of the Nation’ after leading as Prime Minister for over 25 years. In recognition of his contributions to the country, a life-sized statue was erected at the entrance of the International wing of the Lynden Pindling International Airport. The statue, which took two years to build, was created and produced by Bahamian sculptor, Peter Johnston.

During an emotionally charged ceremony commemorating the Official Unveiling of a statue in his image, several persons spoke to Sir Lynden’s legacy as a leader ‘for the people.’ The ceremony was held on Thursday, July 9th at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA).

Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Perry G. Christie was in attendance and paid homage to the former Prime Minister. He said that it was with great pride and humility that he stood before the attendees of the ceremony. […]

CLICK HERE for the full article in The Bahamas Weekly.


A life-sized image of former Prime Minister of the Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling was erected at the entrance of the International wing of the Lynden Pindling International Airport. Sir Lynden’s grandchildren participated in the ceremony. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)

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Governor-General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling smiles after unveiling the plaque at the base of the life-sized statue of her husband, former Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)

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Artist Kishan Munroe

Art depicting Flamingo Sinking wins UK Award

Kishan Munroe, acclaimed Bahamian visual artist, and the youngest artist to mount a solo exhibition at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, became the winner of this year’s prestigious Bridget Jones Award for Caribbean Studies for his multidisciplinary artistic work, “Swan Song of the Flamingo”, which depicts the sinking of HMBS Flamingo of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force fleet on May 10, 1980 by Cuban fighter jets. With the aid of a number of talented Bahamian artists like Cleophas Adderley, Joann Callender, Lee Callender, Sonia Farmer, Gavin McKinney, Patricia Glinton- Meicholas, Obediah Michael Smith, and Cuban dancers such as Eduardo Blanco, Amaya Rodriquez, Munroe was able to bring the project to life after three years of incentive work with the nations and individuals involved in the tragedy.

“Swan Song of the Flamingo”, offers an objective analysis of the tragic event of 1980, situating it within the context of a United States and Cuban relationship and offering an insight into the cultural and historical connections between Cuba and the Bahamas. The goal of this award winning work was to improve the relationship between the government and citizens of these three nations. […]

CLICK HERE for the full article in the Tribune.

The Sinking of HMBS Flamingo

The Sinking of HMBS Flamingo by Kishan Munroe

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Bahamian filmmaker Kareem Mortimer.

Bahamian film chosen for first Caribbean Film Mart at ttff

The 15 projects selected for the inaugural Caribbean Film Mart (CFM), taking place at the 2015 trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) from September 15–29, have been announced.

Award-winning Bahamian filmmaker Kareem Mortimer’s film “Cargo” was amongst the 15 films that were chosen.

The CFM will give the chosen filmmakers, all with Caribbean films in development, the opportunity to meet with international film producers, sales agents and film funds, with the aim of creating partnerships that will enable the production and distribution of their projects.

Over 100 projects were submitted to the CFM, from which the participating 15 were chosen. Eleven are fiction projects, while four are documentaries.

CLICK HERE for full list of films that were chosen.


Bahamian artist Xan Xi Bethel.

Bahamian artist’s personal challenge inspires project to help special needs kids

by Xan Xi Bethel

One day, I woke up and God had FedExed me a truck load of responsibility. On April 1st, 2015, I discovered that my 8 week old son had retinal detachment in both eyes. My son is blind. In the flurry, fear, sadness, and confusion that followed – my purpose was born.

I am a painter, jewelry designer, and every so often, I write a poem and for years, I struggled with finding direction to my work and purpose to my art. But my beautiful son has shown me what I am to do.

The Road to Jericho Project is an organization I have founded that is geared toward raising funds and resources for blind and other special needs children in The Bahamas. We intend to do this by hosting a number of events throughout the year and creating projects and outreach programmes for the differently-abled.

Our focal event will be a quarterly art exhibition with the first one scheduled for Saturday, November 1st at Doongalik Studios Art Gallery on Village road. The theme: “Hands are for SEEING.”

Participating artists have been asked to create work with the blind in mind. The artists will create a 4D art experience, going beyond the aesthetic and building on the tactile. No more ‘DO NOT TOUCH THE ART’ signs. Rather, ‘PLEASE, TOUCH THE ART!’

At this point, in the foundational stages of this event, we are making a call to persons who would like to lend their skills to the building of this project. Artists, poets, musicians, accountants, lawyers, doctors, business men/women, teachers, and YOU are all invited.

We want sight for the blind, hearing for the deaf, mobility for the crippled, and a better life for all of our citizens. We will do this through the power of the community.

For more information, please contact Xan-Xi Bethel at or at (242) 552-2127.


A Bahamian Junkanoo dancer entertains the crowd at the Bahamian gala. The event was a part of the Festival de Caribe in Santiago de Cuba held July 3-9. Over 300 Bahamians participated in the festival. (Photo: Derek Smith)

300 Bahamians participate in Cuba’s Festival of Fire

Music, dance and a whole lot of Junkanoo were featured in Santiago De Cuba’s Festival de Caribe from July 3-9, as 300 Bahamians showcased all The Bahamas has to offer in Cuba’s second city.

It was particularly special for Santiago de Cuba, as the city was celebrating its founding 500 years ago. The Festival de Caribe, also known as the Festival of Fire, invited 28 countries to be a part of the special occasion.

The Bahamas was the featured country and had the task of organizing several events to showcase Bahamian talent.

The events included a Junkanoo expo; a pop-up art gallery; a state dinner for Bahamian and Cuban dignitaries, a storytelling expo; a Bahamian film showing; a fashion show; a children’s workshop; bush tea demonstrations; food tastings; a gala which told the stories of The Bahamas from Columbus to Junkanoo and two Junkanoo street parades.


Bahamian poet Marion Bethel’s book of poetry "Bougainvillea Ringplay" was translated in Spanish and launched at the recent Festival del Caribe in Santiago de Cuba. (Photo: Chantal Bethel)

The exchange was decided several months ago when the Cuban government invited The Bahamas to participate. It was then that the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture collaborated to plan the events.

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson; wife of Prime Minister Perry Christie, Bernadette Christie and Bahamas Ambassador to Cuba Alma Adams were among the delegates in attendance at the festival. Events climaxed at Bahamas House – the epicenter of Bahamian culture during the festival [...]

CLICK HERE for full article in The Nassau Guardian.


"Caribbean Majesty" by Jackson Burnside, 1992, 40" x 30". (Photo: Tourism Today).

NAGB creates pop-up Gallery in Cuba

Dozens of priceless art pieces from the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) made it to Santiago de Cuba recently during the city’s Festival de Caribe, which was held July 3-9, 2015.

Over 60 art pieces were featured as part of a pop-gallery with the theme from “Columbus to Junkanoo.”

The work of artists such as Brent Malone, Antonius Roberts, Stan and Jackson Burnside and Amos Ferguson were among the pieces featured.

The curators of the show were Averia Wright and Jodi Minnis. It was the first time they produced a show outside of The Bahamas.

“Basically we looked at pieces that we knew really represented The Bahamas,” Ms. Wright said. “This has trained me and I learned what not to do and what to do and how to prepare for the next thing. It is a learning experience as a curator.”

“Bahamian art is the foundation for Bahamian history,” Ms. Minnis said. “These artists document historical events and culture. This is what makes these kinds of events possible because if not for them, we wouldn’t have this art. I live for Bahamian art history and everything I do I look for how art defines us” [...]

CLICK HERE for full article in Tourism Today.


Curators representing the NAGB were Averia Wright and Jodi Minnis.

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Officials say Cuban children were eager to learn about Bahamian culture during the Bahamian Children's Workshop. The workshop was a part of Festival de Caribe, where 300 Bahamians participated. (Photo/Derek Smith)

Cuban children learn Bahamian culture

by Kendea Smith

Scores of Cuban children in Santiago de Cuba received priceless lessons on Bahamian culture during a five-day children’s workshop. The workshop was a part of the Festival de Caribe, a nine-day festival where The Bahamas was honoured.

Over 300 Bahamians traveled for the event to display Bahamian culture. The group included artisans, musicians, junkanooers, fashion designers and models and chefs. During the children’s workshop, the participants learnt about Bahamian history, Junkanoo and how to create a costume, Bahamian traditional ring plays, stories and art. […]

CLICK HERE for the full article in The Bahamas Weekly.

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Cuban children learning Bahamian culture at Bahamas House in Santiago Cuba. (Photo/Derek Smith)

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Singer and Bahamian Icon Award nominee JoAnne Callender wearing a one-of-a-kind custom-painted evening gown by Bahamian artist Allan Wallace. (Source: Kedar in Style)

2015 Bahamian Icon Award Winners in Art and Culture

The third Annual Bahamas Icon Awards was held on the 11th of July at Melia Nassau Beach Resort. Thirteen distinct men and women were chosen because of their contribution to this nations growth and development from different areas of society. They were chosen from diverse categories including Commerce, education, entertainment, entertainment live, entertainment recorded, entrepreneurship, health, fine arts, humanitarianism, music, youth development, sports and tourism.

Mr. Addis Huyler, founder of The Bahamian Icon Awards said “The true message of the Bahamian Icon award speaks to the notion that we each have the purpose and the platform to be icons in our own lives, that is the ability to seek out the best in ourselves and for ourselves.”

2015 Bahamian Icon Award Winners in Art & Culture:

• Lifetime Achievement – Ronnie Butler, musician and entertainer.
• Entertainment – Timico Sawyer, Sawyer Boy TV.
• Live Entertainment – Philip Burrows, The Legend of Sammy Swain.
• Recorded Entertainment Recorded – Kareem Mortimer, Passage.
• Fine Art – Willicey Tynes, Coral Reef Sculpture Garden.
• Music – Baha Men, Night and Day.

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Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Ronnie Butler


Live Entertainment: Philip Burrows, The Legend of Sammy Swain


Fine Art: Willicey Tynes, Coral Reef Sculpture Garden.


Recorded Entertainment: Kareem Mortimer, Passage.


Entertainment: Timico Sawyer, Sawyer Boy TV

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Music - Baha Men, Night and Day

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Photographer Alessandro Sarno

Condé Nast features photographer’s view of life in The Bahamas

Conde Nast Traveler magazine Photographer Alessandro Sarno is originally from Italy, but every year spends a few months amidst the beautiful islands of The Bahamas. During his stay, he puts his talent to work capturing the rare beauty of these islands and also the beauty that can’t be missed in the culture of this nation. Below are but a few photos taken by the Italian photographer.

CLICK HERE for more amazing photos by Alessandro Sarno.


Hurricane Sandy had a huge impact on Cat Island. This home at Port Howe was completely devastated, leaving only a few walls standing. Vegetation and flowers have grown up, forming a beautiful frame for the bluest shades of the Bahamian sea. (Photo by Alessandro Sarno)

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Waking up early offers new perspective each day on Ship Channel Cay in The Exumas. I love to see our "pets" swim by and share the beach with Fred, a "potcake," which is the Bahamian term for mutt. (Photo by Alessandro Sarno)

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The band and crowd approaching Lakeview cemetery on New Providence Island captured my attention with color and music. This joyous parade was a celebration of the life of Vincent “Gus” Cooper, a Junkanoo pioneer and founder of the Valley Boys. (Photo by Alessandro Sarno)


(Photo: Starter Island)

Bahamian entrepreneurs compete to develop business concepts on week-long
sailing journey

1 ship, 5 teams and 5 days to build their ideas in The Bahamas

A creative group of young Bahamian and International entrepreneurs will embark on a week-long journey focused on developing business ideas and concepts this summer. The competition, entitled “Starter Island” is scheduled for August 21-28 2015, and invites teams of entrepreneurs to plan and strategize their concepts for products and ideas, while vying for the grand prize.

Organized by dynamic and innovative entrepreneur group “Shift the Culture”, Starter Island participants will board a Double-masted Schooner called Beacon Won and develop their business ideas, practice pitching their concepts, explore the islands and restore their creative energy with stops between New Providence and the Exumas. Once completed, the teams will return to New Providence and present their ideas in the finals to an audience and a panel of judges, who will determine the grand prizewinner. […]

CLICK HERE for the full article in The Bahamas Weekly.
CLICK HERE for Starter Island’s website.
CLICK HERE for Starter Island’s Facebook page.


Pictured are some of the members of Shift the Culture.


Genesis Junkanoo group performing at the 42nd anniversary celebrations of the Bahamas’ attainment of independence reception in the ballroom of the Hyatt in Bethesda, Maryland, on Friday evening, July 10.

Genesis Junkanoo performance highlights Bahamas Independence
in D.C.

By Oswald Brown

The ballroom of the Hyatt in Bethesda, Maryland, reverberated with the pulsating rhythm of Junkanoo on Friday evening, July 10, 2015, as Bahamians in the diaspora were joined by a well-represented cross-section of diplomats and members of the Washington, D.C., business community in celebrating the 42nd anniversary of The Bahamas’ attainment of independence from Great Britain.

His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, and Mrs. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to Washington, D.C., welcomed guests to the first of three events planned by the Embassy of The Bahamas to celebrate that historic occasion on July 10, 1973, when the British Flag, the Union Jack, was lowered for the final time and the new aquamarine, gold and black flag of The Bahamas was slowly and majestically raised on a flag pole at Clifford Park. […]

CLICK HERE for the full article in The Bahamas Weekly.


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Kenyan sculptor and painter Cyrus Kabiru

Artist’s spectacular glasses ‘give trash a second chance’

by Teo Kermeliotis

Ever since he was a young boy, Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiru has envisaged breathing new life into his surroundings. “When I woke up every morning, the first thing I’d see was trash,” recalls Kabiru, whose childhood home faced a garbage heap where all of Nairobi's waste was dumped. “I used to say to my dad that when I grow up, I want to give trash a second chance.” And that’s exactly what he went on to do.

A self-taught sculptor and painter, Kabiru is crafting visually striking artworks from abandoned refuse he collects from the streets of the Kenyan capital. The talented artist is best known for his “C-Stunners,” a series of eye-catching handmade spectacles. In Kabiru’s hands, cast-aside bolts, wires, spoons and bottle tops gain a new lease of life as vital components of whimsical pieces of art. […]

CLICK HERE fore the full article on CNN.
CLICK HERE to watch the video about Cyrus Kabiru.

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A print shows African captives being taken on board a slave ship. Photograph: Print Collector/Getty (Cropped)

The scope of British slave ownership history now revealed

by David Olusoga

A new BBC documentary tells how a trove of documents lays bare the names of Britain’s 46,000 slave owners, including relatives of Gladstone and Orwell

The past has a disconcerting habit of bursting, uninvited and unwelcome, into the present. This year history gate-crashed modern America in the form of a 150-year-old document: a few sheets of paper that compelled Hollywood actor Ben Affleck to issue a public apology and forced the highly regarded US public service broadcaster PBS to launch an internal investigation.

The document, which emerged during the production of Finding Your Roots, a celebrity genealogy show, is neither unique nor unusual. It is one of thousands that record the primal wound of the American republic – slavery. It lists the names of 24 slaves, men and women, who in 1858 were owned by Benjamin L Cole, Affleck’s great-great-great-grandfather. When this uncomfortable fact came to light, Affleck asked the show’s producers to conceal his family’s links to slavery. Internal emails discussing the programme were later published by WikiLeaks, forcing Affleck to admit in a Facebook post: “I didn’t want any television show about my family to include a guy who owned slaves. I was embarrassed.” […]

CLICK HERE for the full article in The Guardian.

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Plan of a slave ship showinmg how slaves were stowed, manacled, into the hold. Photograph: Christopher Jones/Bristol Museum


Photo by Vivian Maier

Discovery of one of the most important street photographers of the mid-20th century

Imagine this: perhaps the most important street photographer of the twentieth century was a nanny who kept everything to herself. Nobody had ever seen her work and she was a complete unknown until the time of her death. For decades Vivian’s work hid in the shadows until decades later (in 2007), historical hobbyist John Maloof bought a box full of never developed negatives at a local auction for $380.

John began to develop the negatives and it didn’t take long before he realised that these were no ordinary street snapshots from the 50s and 60s — these pictures were a lot more then that. Maier’s work is particularly evocative for those who grew up in the 50s and 60s because she seemed to stare deep into the soul of the time and preserve the everyday experience of the people. She ventured outside the comfortable homes and picturesque residential neighborhoods of her employers to document all segments of life in and around the big city [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at Upshout.


Photos by Vivian Maier

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Photos by Vivian Maier


A detail of ‘Dear Artist, We Regret to Tell You’
(Photo: Dana Stirling)

In a success-driven culture, an artist publishes her rejection letters

by Laura C. Mallonee

“Not every thing an artist does succeeds. More times than not, you have more failures than successes. Understanding this will help you to handle disappointments in a balanced way.”

Dana Stirling isn’t exactly what you’d call unsuccessful. Her photographs have been exhibited in prestigious spaces around the world, from Saatchi Gallery in London to Aperture in New York. Not at all bad for a 26-year-old.

But in a new book, Stirling reveals her private — yet universal — struggle to make it as a photographer. Dear Artist, We Regret to Tell You features 13 rejection letters from various grant foundations, residencies, magazines, and websites. They’re just a fraction of what she’s received over the years. “After 50 rejections letters, I stopped counting,” she told Hyperallergic.

In a success-driven culture full of child prodigies and overnight media stars, the book speaks to the slower route most artists take to getting their work out there. “While your photography is no doubt skillful, it is not quite a good fit for our magazine,” one letter reads. The words are depressingly familiar — many of us have heard them before, in one disappointing form or another. […]

CLICK HERE for the full story in Hyperallergic.


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Call for Writings: Screenwriters Residency Programme

Submission Deadline:
July 22nd, 2015

This program connects talented emerging writers with top Hollywood mentors at a world-class film festival.

The 2015 Screenwriters Residency Program at the Bahamas International Film Festival is now open for entries! This program connects talented emerging writers with top Hollywood mentors at a world-class film festival. The program will select 4 winning screenwriters for an all-expenses paid trip to The Bahamas in December.

The program consists of 4 days of screenplay development, mentorship and networking with some of Hollywood’s top professionals, set against the backdrop of The Bahamas’ breathtaking natural beauty and rich culture. The Bahamas International Film Festival is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization committed to providing the local community and international festival attendees with a diverse presentation of films from The Bahamas and around the world. In addition to showcasing films that might not otherwise be released theatrically, BIFF provides unique cultural experiences, educational programs, and forums for exploring the past, present & future of cinema. […]

CLICK HERE for the full article in Bahamas Buzz.
CLICK HERE for BIFF’s website.


Call for Artists: Bahamas Sickle Cell Association Logo Competition

Submission Deadline: July 31st, 2015

CLICK HERE for the entry forms and the logo competition guidelines.

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Out of the Blue Photography Competition

Submission Deadline:
September 6th, 2015

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is launching a new photography competition across the Commonwealth called ‘Out of the Blue’.

Two-thirds of our planet is blue, blanketed by oceans and seas of water, that vital substance by which all life on earth is made possible. Our oceans are host to the vast majority of life on this planet and hold some of our most diverse ecosystems. Throughout history, they have moved and inspired us with their beauty and supported us with their bounty – after all, ocean life produces half of the world’s oxygen and enough fish to feed millions of people. But our oceans are under threat: climate change, over-fishing, habitat destruction on an epic scale and pollution of all kinds are jeopardizing the health of our oceans and their ability to provide for us. […]

CLICK HERE for more in Out Of The Blue
CLICK HERE to register for the competition.

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HRH The Prince of Wales invites entries for ‘Out of the Blue’ – a new photography competition to celebrate the importance and beauty of our Blue Planet

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Call for Writings:
The Caribbean Writer
Volume 30 (2016)

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2015

Where the Caribbean Imagination Embraces the World--announces a submission call for its 30th Anniversary edition. The Caribbean Writer is an international, refereed, literary journal published annually by the University of the Virgin Islands. Issues unique to the Caribbean should be central to the work, or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience, or perspective.

Besides the usual poetry, fiction, essays, book reviews and one act plays in the 30th Anniversary edition; Volume 30 will highlight the theme: Journeys and Pathways. We invite writers to explore this theme in the context of their unique personal, cultural, national or collective Caribbean memory.

“The Caribbean experience continues to evolve and shift in the same way that families, relationships, communities, landscapes, pass times and ideas about self, have evolved and shifted. Therefore, in the meanderings of the Caribbean imagination, the focus of creative expressions will, necessarily, vary and this variation makes for richly textured diverse experiences worth sharing, said Alscess Lewis-Brown, Editor of The Caribbean Writer. “So, writers are encouraged to consider the way the people of the Caribbean and its diaspora respond to those ideas and experiences that matter most in their singular or collective Caribbean journey.” […]

CLICK HERE for more information in The Caribbean Writer.
CLICK HERE for The Caribbean Writer’s Facebook page.


now that’s art!


The Junkanoo Nymph

by Bahamian artist Monty Knowles

The Junkanoo Nymph is living art. Body painted and photographed by Bahamian Monty Knowles, she is an ambassador to the world for Bahamian culture and art. (All photography by Monty Knowles.)

CLICK HERE for Junkanoo Nymphe’s Facebook page.
CLICK HERE for Monty Knowles’ Photography website.


Junkanoo Nymphe closeup.


Outside of Government House with guests.


Junkanoo Nymph with creative headdress.


Junkanoo Nymphe Analicia glowed under the blue stage lights during the opening of Junkanoo Summer.


Junkanoo Nymphe Analicia on Bay Street.


Arriving in style at Odyssey Aviation in Nassau, on Trans Island Airways' Lear Jet.


Another look for the Junkanoo Nymphe.


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