Call for works for National Exhibition 11 - National Art Gallery of The Bahamas

When : March 2025
Where : National Art Gallery of The Bahamas
Application Deadline : 4 July 2024
Application Fee : none
Stipend : none

Welcome on board the NELEVEN – a ship that travels  INTO THE VOID. The Void can be thought of as nothingness, everywhere and nowhere, a space ripe for opportunity and growth. In quantum physics, the Void is the space between  filaments (i.e. structures of the universe, such as galaxies), and it is this liminal space that connects everything. This concept of the Void is an apt analogy of Caribbeanness, where the liminality we inhabit as a people forces us to define and redefine ourselves. Voids, then, are a perfect space to birth innovative ideas, new creations, and new ways of life.  

This NE asks contemporary artists to visualize these new ways of being through the lens of Caribbean Futurism. This imagining is already imbedded in Bahamian identity – for around 100 years, after the Spanish arrived, kidnapped, and massacred the indigenous Lucayans that lived here, these islands sat in relative emptiness – a Void waiting to be filled with people, culture, and histories. Quite literally, most people who currently live on these islands were born of a line of people who travelled into this Void. Thus, like most Caribbean nations, our current culture developed from the intersectional milieu of peoples and cultures that settled on these islands throughout our history.  

We are open to all mediums, including (but not limited to) digital media (video art, sound art, interactive art); sculpture; assemblage; installation; fashion; works on paper (drawing, collage, original prints, watercolors, pastels, etc.); painting; photography; writing (experimental short and long form); spoken word and performance-based works.

Submission Guidelines

Proposals should be submitted as a single, multi-page PDF or Word document, and include the following:  

  • A CV/resume with exhibition record;  
  • A biography (max. 200 words);  
  • An artist statement that explains the proposed submission (max. 300 words);
  • A detailed description with technical specifications, including space requirements, sketches, diagrams, and in-progress photographs. Up to five (5) images, sketches, etc., will be reviewed. If an entire body of work is available to view, please submit a link for viewing. 

Submissions should be sent via email to with the subject: NELEVEN SUBMISSION Surname. Submissions that are over 20 MB should be sent via WeTransfer. If you have questions not addressed in this call, please contact Letitia Pratt at 242.328.5800 or for more information.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submissions:  July 4, 2024
  • Preliminary Review:  July 18, 2024
  • Studio Visits:  July 19 – August 4, 2024*
  • Final Review:  August 6, 2024
  • Notice of Selection:  August 8, 2024
  • Announcement of participating artists:  August 22, 202
  • Installation:  February 17, 2025 – March 7, 2025
  • Opening Reception: March 13, 2025
  • Programming: TBD