JACKSON BURNSIDE, NATIVE SON, chronicles the diverse life and times of this deeply respected Bahamian cultural icon. He loved his Bahamas with a burning passion, devoting his life to exposing the rich design, architecture & heritage of his native land.


JACKSON LOGAN BURNSIDE III, Architect, Artist, Designer, Cultural Advocate, Educator and ‘true true’ Bahamian, died on May 11, 2011.

He was a well respected and multi talented Bahamian who loved The Bahamas with a burning passion. Born in Nassau on East Street to Dr Jackson Burnside and Gertrude Burnside (nee Fawkes) he claimed roots in Cat Island, Inagua, Long Cay, Rum Cay, Abaco, Grant’s Town and Bain Town.  He was married to Pamela Burnside (nee Jones) and was the father of two daughters, Ebony and Orchid.

 Jackson attended Sands School, Southern Senior and Saint Augustine’s College in Nassau and studied abroad at Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) and the Graduate School of Fine Arts of the University of Pennsylvania where he obtained two Masters Degrees in Architecture, including one from the Design Studio of Louis I. Kahn.

He was the owner of Jackson Burnside Limited, an architectural and planning firm that specialized in promoting and exposing the rich design and architectural heritage of The Bahamas. In his professional capacity he was a sought after lecturer at home and abroad and he was a visiting professor at the University of Miami and The Caribbean School of Architecture, Kingston Jamaica, among other institutions. He was also an avid artist and his paintings were exhibited both at home at abroad. He was a Founding Member of the art group, B.-E.C.A.U.S.E. and also produced a series of paintings entitled “Jammin” with his brother, Stan Burnside and friend, John Beadle.

Jackson loved all things Bahamian. He was a Junkanoo co-leader with the Saxons for many years before leaving to form, along with others, the One Family Junkanoo and Community Organization where he was Chairman Emeritus and designer. He was the founder and host of the popular interactive radio show “Junkanoo Talks”.

Jackson was the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizens Award for the Creative and Performing Arts and The E. Clement Bethel Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Along with his wife, he owned and operated Doongalik Studios Art Gallery where they promoted and showcased the rich art and cultural talents of the country for over thirty years. Jackson was passionately committed to the belief that Design that focused on The Bahamas’ resources and heritage could play a major role in the continuous improvement of the physical, social and economic environment of the country. He dedicated his life to ensure that by the year 2020, more visitors would come to The Bahamas for its Art, Culture and Heritage, rather than just for its sun, sand and sea.

Contact: Pam Burnside doongalikart@batelnet.bs

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