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Transforming Spaces 2020 Virtual Art Tour is successful
By Pamela Burnside
Nov 25, 2020 - 1:50:19 PM

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The TS2020 Committee members answer questions from their Zoom viewers during the virtual Art Tour

The Transforming Spaces Committee’s first ever Virtual Art Tour Premiere which took place November 14 & 15 was a huge success as ticketed patrons were able to experience the artwork of the seven art spaces: Central Bank of The Bahamas’ Balcony House, D’Aguilar Art Foundation, Doongalik Studios, Project I.C.E., National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, New Providence Art & Antiques, University of The Bahamas - via Zoom over the weekend from the comfort of their homes.

Originally scheduled for the end of March, the popular annual Art Tour had to be put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Realizing that physical visits to the gallery spaces via the regular bus transportation format would not be possible this year due to the ongoing health and safety protocols, the Committee converted the event into a virtual format via Zoom. Patrons logged online from New Providence, several Family Islands, and from U.S. cities over the launch weekend to watch the video presentations that were expertly prepared by the spaces.

“The comments from the patrons were extremely positive,” stated TS Treasurer, Antonius Roberts, who introduced his newly transformed creative space ‘Project I.C.E.’ located in the former Holiday Ice factory on Old Trail Road. “In spite of a few technical glitches, which were to be expected, the viewers remained engaged and enthusiastic throughout the two hour presentation, relishing the fact that they were still able to enjoy the art event in spite of not being physically present at the galleries because of the pandemic, so we are very pleased that our supporters enjoyed the virtual platform experience!”

The TS2020 Virtual Art Tour is now available for free viewing to the general public on the Transforming Spaces (website www.tsbahamas.com and the social media pages @TSBahamas and on facebook) as well as the participating galleries’ social media platforms.

The Committee invites the public, both local and international, to enjoy the offerings which indicate how important the visual arts are to the development and sustainability of the country going forward.

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