Doongalik Studios Art Gallery
Doongalik Studios was formed in the 1970s by the late Jackson Burnside III, architect, artist and cultural advocate, and his wife, Pam. The couple have spent their lifetime committed to promoting the country's outstanding artistic talent which they firmly believe can establish The Bahamas as an international center of creativity.
Doongalik Studios Art Gallery has one location in Nassau - #20 Village Road which is home to a large Exhibition Gallery in an historically traditional building nestled amongst a lush garden.
Doongalik's mission is to ensure that by the year 2020, the majority of visitors to The Bahamas will come to experience Bahamian Art, Culture and Heritage rather than merely Sun, Sand and Sea.
Doongalik is home to the registered non-profit organization, Creative Nassau www.creativenassau.com that was also founded by the Burnsides in 2008, along with a group of passionate Bahamians who believed in its mission to “celebrate and promote Bahamian Art, Culture, and Heritage from the inside out.”
In 2014 Creative Nassau secured the designation for the City of Nassau to become a Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art in the prestigious UNESCO Creative Cities Network which consists of 180 cities all around the world. Nassau is one of the first of only 3 cities to hold this designation in the region.
Doongalik is also home to Transforming Spaces, another registered non-profit organization www.tsbahamas.com that was formed in 2008 by a group of Bahamian gallerists (Doongalik being a founding member) whose mission it was to expose the public to the wide offerings of Bahamian Fine Art in Nassau by hosting an annual art tour at these galleries.
Celebrating its 15th anniversary tour on April 6 & 7, 2019, the Transforming Spaces team is honouring Jackson ’s prediction and Doongalik’s 2020 mission statement!