About

The Junior Bermuda Biennial is a new addition to the Bermuda Biennial – the Bermuda National Gallery’s flagship exhibition, which has been running for over three decades. 

The Junior Bermuda Biennial provides our youngest artists with a national platform and encourages them to push the boundaries of their creativity. It is a free, open submission, internationally juried exhibition which showcases the next generation of artists (age 5 to 17).  

The 2024 Junior Bermuda Biennial will be juried by Molly Bretton, Head of Learning at the Royal Academy of Arts (RA) in London, who will select the artworks to be included in the exhibition.  

The exhibition will be on display at the Bermuda National Gallery from November 2024, through to March 2025. 

Applications must be submitted online between September 14 and 29, 2024. Click here to be added to the BNG mailing list, to be sent a link to the application form when it opens.  

Juror

We are thrilled to welcome Molly Bretton as the very first juror of the Junior Biennial.

As Head of Learning at the Royal Academy of Arts (RA) in London, Molly leads a department delivering creative learning programmes and resources with and for students, young people, teachers, families and community groups.

She was instrumental in establishing the RA’s Young Artists Summer Show, an open submission exhibition for UK students. Now in its sixth year, it serves to champion the importance of art in education, celebrate teachers fostering creativity in children, and showcase the breadth and quality of work being produced by young people across the country.

In 2017, Molly won a Marsh Award for Excellence in Gallery Education for her work in accessible and inclusive arts education.

2024 Junior Biennial Juror Molly Bretton

How is the artwork selected?

Artworks will be selected based on originality, unique imagination and technical skill

We are looking for a wide variety of artwork. This can be in any medium – from painting to drawing, printing, photography, film, textiles or sculpture, or a combination of mediums.

There is no set theme and there is no size limit.

Please note, not all submitted artworks will be selected for the final exhibition

Who can apply?

The exhibition is an open call and applications are open to all Bermudians aged 5 to 17, residing in Bermuda or living overseas.

Applications are also open to foreign nationals aged 5-17 currently resident on island.

Artists can apply as individuals or in collaboration.

There is no application fee.

How do I apply?

Artists are invited to submit one artwork made in the past two years (September, 2022 -September, 2024). 

Artworks should be submitted digitally and will be reviewed this way, so it is really important to get a good photograph. See application guidelines for tips on how to photograph your artwork.

Applications should be made online via this webpage between September 14 and September 29, 2024. Click here to be added to the BNG mailing list, to be sent a link to the application form when it opens. 

If works are selected for the exhibition, they should be delivered unframed

What do artists receive?

All submitting artists will be given a certificate of participation

Those selected for the exhibition will have their work displayed at the Bermuda National Gallery and included in the accompanying exhibition catalogue.

Featured artists will also be given a complimentary BNG Family Membership and will be invited to attend the opening reception on November 30.

Key Dates

Saturday, September 14 Applications open (9am) 

Saturday, September 20 Applications close (midnight) 

Friday, October 18 Artists will be notified whether or not they have been selected for the exhibition. 

Monday, October 21 – Wednesday, October 23 Selected artworks to be dropped off at the Gallery. These should be delivered unframed. BNG will arrange framing. 

Saturday, November 30 Preview reception for exhibiting artists and BNG members. 

Tuesday, December 3 The 2024 Junior Bermuda Biennial opens to the public and runs through to March 2025. 

Applications must be submitted online between September 14th and September 29th, 2024 via this webpage. Click here to be added to the BNG mailing list and to be sent a link to the application form when it opens.