The Transforming Spaces “Island Art Hop” Vacation Package is a four day journey into the art and culture of the Bahamas, traversing the modernity of Nassau and exploring the ancestry of Andros. This package is designed around the wildly popular, island-wide tour of Nassau’s art galleries held annually under the name “Transforming Spaces“. For this year’s “Water” themed event, eight participating galleries have curated one of a kind exhibits featuring the work of local and visiting artists. The Island Art Hop package also includes the Transforming Spaces film night, pre-party and artist talk. Book this package to sample the best in Bahamian art while enjoying a real Bahamian experience in the Out Islands. The largest, most sparsely populated and ecologically diverse Bahamian island, Andros, is waiting to immerse you in her rich heritage and culture. Just arrive and we’ll do the rest!
[accordion id=”my-accordion”] [accordion_item parent_id=”my-accordion” title=”Thursday” open=”false”] Plantation Tours: Start your Transforming Spaces weekend celebrating the ancestors at the Clifton Heritage Land and Sea Park, where a guided tour will will take you through the ruins of two colonial era plantations; structures like the Great House, Johnstone Well and Carriage House still stand as relics of a traumatic past. A limestone passage carved into the Clifton cliffs holds memories of enslaved Africans who disembarked on the same shoreline when it was a transshipment port. At Sacred Space, an art installation of grandmothers carved from the trunks of Casuarina trees serves as hallowed ground for a libation that will summon blessings for your weekend journey.(Approx. Time: 1 – 3pm)
Transforming Spaces Film Series and Pre-Party: Transforming Spaces will host its signature film series and pre-party on Thursday night, serving as an introduction to the lineup of art activities.
(Approx. Time: 7pm)[/accordion_item] [accordion_item parent_id=”my-accordion” title=”Friday“]Andros Day Trip: Andros is home to a vast network of mystical blue holes that are featured prominently in Bahamian folklore. Be refreshed by the cool waters of Crusoe Blue inside the Blue Holes National Park before heading North for a cultural exchange with Seminole Indians who reside in Red Bays. There you will find guardians of ancient traditions in basket weaving, wood carving and other art forms. After sampling the Big Yard on this one-day excursion, return to Nassau and prepare for your Saturday night trip to the past.
(Approx. Time: 7am – 4pm)
Transforming Spaces Artist Talk: A light Friday evening artist talk will once again gather the cultural community together for visual and intellectual stimulation. [/accordion_item] [accordion_item parent_id=”my-accordion” title=”Saturday“]Transforming Spaces Gallery Hop: To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Transforming Spaces artists were invited to investigate, exploit and reveal the possibilities of water and all that its properties have to offer. The water theme is intended to identify, provoke and project thoughts on the topic of water and its place in individual and/or collective experiences. Each of the eight galleries have curated exhibits featuring top local and international artists.
(Approx. Time: 9.30am – 2pm)
Nighttime Tour: On the Islandz Tours “Bites on Booze Avenue” nighttime experience bar-hop across Downtown Nassau and travel the road walked by infamous bootleggers of the Prohibition era. Bite on tasty appetizers from three of Nassau’s finest bars, featuring local Bahamian ingredients and flavours. Then, wash these culinary treats down with shots and cocktails crafted with John Watling’s Distillery’s premium rums.
(Approx. Time: 6.30 – 10pm)[/accordion_item][accordion_item parent_id=”my-accordion” title=”Sunday“]People to People Brunch: Conclude your weekend feasting on Bahamian Souse, Boils and Stews during a Sunday morning People to People brunch. Hosted at the home of a Bahamian family, this specially catered event will serve as the perfect social to cool down before heading home.
(Approx. Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm)
Airport Departure: When you settle in to rest on your flight back home, you will have lasting memories of a weekend well spent in the Bahamas on your Transforming Spaces Island Art Hop.[/accordion_item][/accordion]
Book your Transforming Spaces Vacation Package with The Domestic Tourist and experience the ultimate Island Art Hop.