Transforming Spaces Set For March 24 & 25

By in News on February 11, 2012

Transforming Spaces Committee members from left to right sitting: Margot Bethel,The Hub; John Cox, Popop and NAGB; Sonia Farmer, The Hub. Standing: Neko Meicholas, Pink ‘Un; Sue Bennett- Williams, PRO Gallery; Jay Koment, New Providence Art & Antiques; Pam Burnside, Doongalik Studios. Not shown: Heino Schmid, Popop; and Antonius Roberts, Hillside House.

The Transforming Spaces committee is completing plans for its eighth year on the Bahamian art scene. The popular annual bus tour which provides a window into the galleries, studios, artwork and lives of the best visual art organizations and practitioners in the country, will take place this year on Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25.

Eight art spaces will be participating: The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, Doongalik Studios Art Gallery, New Providence Art & Antiques, the Pink ‘Un Gallery, Popopstudios International Center for the Visual Arts, Hillside House Gallery, The PRO Gallery at COB and The Hub.

This year the tour is offering a different component by examining the single theme, FIBRE, at all of the galleries. A call was placed last year to artists from all disciplines to challenge participants to look at the history of local materials and re-imagine their original purposes, characteristics and contexts.

Over 60 artists were accepted based on their response to the call, including participants from the Family Islands as well as four international artists from Jamaica, Cuba, Canada and the United Kingdom. Over half of the artists in this year’s show are new to Transforming Spaces so patrons can look forward to an array of interesting artwork which will include sculpture, installations, fashion, jewelry, quilts, furniture, paintings, ceramics and more.

Transportation will once again be provided by the professional team from Bahamas Experience Tours who will drive patrons in air conditioned buses to the various galleries around the island. Each bus will have its own knowledgeable tour guide to discuss and enlighten travelers during the journey. All buses will leave daily from the NAGB.

In addition to having the opportunity to view and purchase art, patrons will also get to meet many of the artists and indulge in a variety of food and drink at each stop.

Ticket prices will remain at $30 and will be on sale at the end of the month at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon – 4 p.m.; Tel: 328-5800) and Doongalik Studios Village Road (open Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Tel: 394-1886). For further information on the tour, you can find them on Facebook or log on to

By Sonia Farmer,
The Nassau Guardian
Arts & Culture
Published: Saturday February 11, 2012

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