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Press Release

36th High School Competition and Exhibition


For immediate release:


In 1984 the Governor of the Central Bank at the time, Sir William Allen had a vision how a competition and art exhibition for High School students could encourage young Bahamians to look at their life, their country and at the future in a creative, critical and constructive way.

He expressed that “we are hoping to establish this competition as an annual event sponsored by the Bank”.


Winding forward 36 years we can attest that his vision came true and we are happy to announce the opening of the 2019 High School Student Art Competition and Exhibition on November 7th at 6 pm under the patronage of His Excellency, the Governor General Cornelius Smith.


The theme for this year’s competition was “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for” and it continues the idea of encouragement and inspiration for our next generation to take action and responsibility.


The Bank’s art department reached out actively to art educators across the Bahamas. We received an especially good feedback from North Eleuthera High School, where among others many displaced students from Abaco and Grand Bahama found shelter after Dorian and where they were able to continue their studies.

In addition - and as done in previous years - the Bank offered also assistance in bringing art works from the Family Islands to the Capital in order to be exhibited at the competition.


Cash prizes and scholarships are ready to be awarded to the students and will be judged by the former curator of the Central Bank Antonius Roberts, OBE together with Katrina Cartwright (NAGB Education Officer) and June Collie (artist).


Exhibition opening and award ceremony: November 7th, 2019 at 6pm


The opening and exhibition is free and open to the public.

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