Pamela Burnside graduated from McMaster University in Canada with a B.A. Degree in English. She subsequently earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion and Textiles from St Martin’s School of Art in London, England and for a number of years operated a clothing factory and designer boutique in The Bahamas.
Pam is the editor of the book I Come To Get Me by Arlene Nash-Ferguson which provides an inside look into The Bahamas’ cultural festival of Junkanoo, and was a proofreader for the Dawn Davies’ Art Collection Catalogue, Love & Responsibility.
In 1978, Pam and her late husband, Jackson Burnside III, established Doongalik Studios to offer diverse art, design and cultural entertainment services to the public with the mission that ‘by the year 2020 more persons will visit The Bahamas for its Arts, Culture and Heritage rather than merely for its sun, sand and sea. To solidify this mission, in 2008 they also formed Creative Nassau, an entity which in 2014 was successful in obtaining the designation for the City of Nassau to become a City of Crafts and Folk Art in the prestigious UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Pam is the President of this non-profit community organization.
Pam is a founding member and Secretary of Transforming Spaces and is actively involved in the development and planning of this successful annual art tour event, now in its 13th year of operation. In 2011 she curated, in conjunction with the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, the art exhibition, ‘Master Artists of The Bahamas’ an eleven-man Bahamian artists’ exhibition which travelled to the Waterloo Center for the Arts in Iowa, USA and then on to Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida in 2012.
Pam presently manages the Doongalik Studios Art Gallery on Village Road, exhibiting and promoting the work of a wide variety of local artists, as well as hosting a weekend Farmer’s Market. She also coordinates the new bi-monthly Art Walk in Marina Village at the Atlantis, Paradise Island Resort, and is the curator of the art display showcases at the Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau.