Bahamian Art Lending Program

The D'Aguilar Art Foundation's Bahamian Art Lending Program, launched in 2009, intends to engage the local business community in promoting Bahamian art while allowing them the opportunity to enliven their work spaces.

  • Increase exposure of Bahamian art to heighten public appreciation for the many
    and varied forms of artistic expression produced by our artists.
  • Promote the artists whose works are on display and encourage interested persons
    to see more of the artist's works, with a view to promote private or corporate
    purchases of original Bahamian artwork.
  • Raise funds for the D'Aguilar Art Foundation Global Discovery Program,
    as well as cover the costs of insuring the works on loan.
Program participants must be reputable, ethical and community-minded businesses with significant numbers of visitors, so that art works can receive widespread exposure. It is not intended that any artworks be displayed in private offices or back office areas. Rather, artworks should be displayed in reception areas, board rooms, meeting rooms, etc.

Office premises must be situated in a clean and secure building in a reputable business district. Rooms where art is to be displayed must be attractive, clean, climate controlled, properly lit, and secure.

Art works must be hung so that they are protected from potential damage by office equipment and internal traffic. Art work may not be hung where it will receive direct sun exposure during any portion of the day.

Businesses must play an active role in promoting the art works and the artists. Every participating business must label all paintings with the name of the artist, the name and date of work, and "On loan from the D'Aguilar Art Foundation, see receptionist for further details". Each participant must display (on reception desk or similarly visible area) brochures describing the Bahamian Art Lending Program, which brochures will also contain detailed contact information for each artist with works on display.

Finacial obligations of the participant
Participants must contribute 100% of the annual insurance premiums, paid annually in advance to J.S. Johnson, for the borrowed art works. Participants will be informed of renewal rates at the end of every year. Participants should make an annual donation of another 50% of the value of the insurance premiums, to the D'Aguilar Art Foundation Global Discovery Program, as described below. Art work labels and Program brochures will be provided at no cost to the participant.

Based on a tour of the participants' office premises, the administrators of the Bahamian Art Lending Program will suggest art works that are suitable in subject matter, size and format. Participants are asked to review suggested works and discuss options with the administrator so that a suitable number of art works can be agreed upon.


The Global Discovery Program operates under a rolling deadline and will accept applications throughout the year. As the program accepts only three participants per year, it is advised to submit an application as early as possible. Applicants who apply after the three positions have been filled will be considered as candidates for the following year.

  • The minimum borrowing period is twelve (12) months.
  • A substantial portion of art works loaned to participants will be rotated or changed
    after two years (24 months) of being displayed in a single location within the
    participant's offices.
  • Proposed display areas at participant's offices will be reviewed and approved
    by an administrator of the Bahamian Art Lending Program.
  • All works will be moved, transported, and hung only under the supervision of an
    administrator of the Bahamian Art Lending Program.
  • The administrators of the Bahamian Art Lending Program will have reasonable
    access to borrowed art works, and may occasionally need to make substitutions in
    the artworks on loan.
  • The administrators of the Bahamian Art Lending Program may, at their sole discretion,
    discontinue this program with any participant upon two (2) weeks notice. Pro-rata
    contributions to insurance and the annual donation will be refunded to the participant.
For further information and or to become a participant in the Bahamian Art Lending Program, please contact Saskia D'Aguilar by telephone at 357-9263 or via e-mail at