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2022 Bermuda Biennial

Biennial Jurors Revealed

2022 Bermuda Biennial

We are thrilled to be preparing for the 2022 Bermuda Biennial as it is our 30th anniversary and the 15th iteration of this exciting exhibition. The theme, A New Vocabulary: Past. Present. Future, was born out of the challenges and changes that we have all been through over the past two years.

In recognition of the Biennial in this anniversary year, we have also taken the opportunity to expand the submissions to include a poetry category to accompany the visual art submissions and we are excited to see how our island’s poets interpret this.

The 15th Bermuda Biennial will be juried by Claire GilmanChief Curator at The Drawing Center in New York and Alexandria Smith, Head of Painting at the Royal College of Art in London. 

Richard Georges, the first Poet Laureate of the British Virgin Islands, will be the juror for the poetry component.

As with every Biennial, the caliber of our international jurors is one of the key components that stands this exhibition apart, and we look forward to welcoming them to Bermuda and introducing them to our island’s artists.

The deadline for entry is Monday, January 31. Application details can be found here


Claire Gilman, Chief Curator of the Drawing Centre, New York

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Claire Gilman is Chief Curator at The Drawing Center in New York. Over the past ten years, she has overseen the museum’s curatorial program, organizing more than forty exhibitions and public programs and authoring nearly as many catalogues.

She has organized projects that range from the first solo museum shows of artists like Huguette Caland (first US museum show), Torkwase Dyson, Natalie Frank, Eddie Martinez and Curtis Talwst Santiago, to new considerations of work by established artists such as Cecily Brown, Rashid Johnson, and Terry Winters, as well as conceptually-driven group shows including 100 Drawings From Now (2020), The Pencil Is a Key: Drawings by Incarcerated Artists (2019) (both co-organized with The Drawing Center’s curatorial team), and For Opacity: Elijah Burgher, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, and Toyin Ojih Odutola (2018).

Gilman holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and has taught art history and critical theory at Columbia; the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College; the Corcoran College of Art and Design; The Museum of Modern Art; and the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in addition to lecturing on modern and contemporary art throughout the U.S.

She has written for Art Journal, CAA Reviews, Documents, Frieze, and October and has authored numerous essays for art books and museum exhibitions. Her book Drawing in the Present Tense, co-authored with Roger Malbert, is forthcoming from Thames and Hudson.


Alexandria Smith, Head of Painting at the Royal College of Art, London

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Alexandria Smith is a mixed media visual artist based in London and New York. She earned her BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University; MA in Art Education from New York University; and MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons The New School for Design.

She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Queens Museum/Jerome Foundation Fellowship, a Pollock-Krasner Grant, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Fellowship, the Virginia A. Myers Fellowship at the University of Iowa and the Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship.

She has been awarded residencies including Civitella Ranieri, MacDowell, Bemis, Yaddo and LMCC Process Space. Smith’s recent exhibitions include her first solo museum exhibit, Monuments to an Effigy at the Queens Museum and a site-specific commission for the Davis Museum at Wellesley College.

Smith has forthcoming solo exhibits at the Currier Museum (NH) and Gagosian Gallery (NYC). Alexandria is currently Head of Painting at the Royal College of Art in London.


Richard Georges, Poet Laureate, British Virgin Islands

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Richard Georges is a writer of essays, fiction, and three collections of poetry. His most recent book, Epiphaneia (2019), won the 2020 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, and his first book, Make Us All Islands (2017), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. His second book, Giant (2018), was highly commended by the Forward Prizes and longlisted for the OCM Bocas Prize.

Georges is a recipient of a Fellowship from the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study and has been listed or nominated for several other prizes, including the Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize, the Wasafiri New Writing Prize, and a Pushcart Prize.

He is a Founding Editor of Moko, an online publication focused on Caribbean art and literature. In 2020, Georges was appointed the first Virgin Islands Poet Laureate. He works in higher education and lives on Tortola with his wife and children.

Click here for details on how to apply for the 2022 Bermuda Biennial.

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Artist Talk

Jill Amos Raine

My Time in Cape Dorset

Please join us for an insightful talk by local artist Jill Amos Raine on Thursday, December 9. There will be a drinks reception at 5.30pm, followed by the talk at 6pm.

Jill will be discussing her time in Cape Dorset (Kinngait), Nunavut, in the Arctic territories of Canada. The settlement, which is considered the epicenter of contemporary Inuit art, is the subject of  The Shadow Land, currently on display in the Upper Mezzanine Gallery.

The exhibition focuses on stone cut prints from the 1960s, presenting artworks produced by the first generation of full-time Inuit artists based in Cape Dorset. Jill will discuss her time living and teaching English at the settlement with her husband, David Raine, during this time period.

Click here to register. Tickets are $10 for BNG members and $20 for non members.

Spaces are limited. Please note that a government SafeKey will be required for attendance.

Top: Jill Amos Raine (right), with husband David Raine (centre) and an Inuit friend on Baffin Island in the 1960s. Above: The Shadow Land: Cape Dorset Prints from the Bacardi Collection. Photographed by Dion Easton.

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Limited Edition Art Prints

By Meredith Andrews

As part of a fundraising programme, a series of limited edition fine art prints have been produced to accompany Flotsam and Jetsam: The Cost of Modern Living by Meredith Andrews. Proceeds benefit Bermuda National Gallery and Keep Bermuda Beautiful.

Limited edition archival prints of each artwork in the exhibition are available to purchase for $250 each (16 x 20 in unframed). Each one is numbered and signed by the artist.

Click here to shop.

An edition of 3 large scale prints, sized 28 x 36 in, are also available to purchase, with price on request from director@bng.bm. 

Photographs by Brandon Morrison.
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Bermuda Artists

A Collector at Heart

In Conversation with Meredith Andrews

Award winning Bermudian artist and photographer Meredith Andrews first began collecting ocean plastic when she moved back to the island seven years ago. An avid environmentalist, she would walk the beaches regularly and pick up plastic that she found washed up on the shoreline as she went. Certain items piqued her interest – her eye taken with the specific shade of purple on a toothbrush perhaps, or the unexpected joy at finding a child’s broken toy soldier – and soon a collection began.

Beachcombing became part of her routine but rather than look for shells, Meredith looks for plastics. Armed with large IKEA bags, she regularly walks along the South Shore, filling them with found objects as she goes. These are then split into two piles: waste, to be responsibly disposed of, and items to be kept. She estimates that on average, she keeps 20% of what she finds.

The items that she chooses to keep are washed and laid to air dry, before being meticulously sorted – by object, colour, shape and texture – into an intricate storage system that she has set up at home for this very purpose. Hundreds, if not thousands, of items are stored in this way – everything from dolls’ heads to glow sticks (one of Bermuda’s most prolific polluters, which are used by commercial fishermen to light their nets as they trawl) – each one carefully collected, washed and stored until it reaches a critical mass and the moment strikes when, led by instinct or the lure of a particular item, she begins work on a collage, creating a flat lay, a composition framed by shape and colour which she then photographs from overhead.

“I let the materials lead me when it comes to starting a pattern” she says. Lighters, a constant source of pollution, are a favourite for the artist, who likens the way that the light shines through them to the effects of a stained-glass window. “I want people to look at the objects in a different way. I want them to see what I see” she explains.

Many years ago, when Meredith was completing an MA at Goldsmiths College in London, her tutor, Ian Jeffries, pointed out that she was in fact a collector, alluding to the fact that her portrait work often sat within parameters that created collections of people. She dismissed this observation at the time. Yet she now realizes that her work, which often features individual portraits grouped into themes, such as Mothers, exhibited at BNG in 2013, a photographic series of portraits focusing on single mothers, and Fathers, held at BNG later the same year, which focused on single fathers; does just that.

“I am a storyteller though pictures” she says. In reference to the similarities in approach to her portraiture and still life work – two seemingly disparate mediums – she says “With my portraits, I have always wanted to make a hero out of the everyman. Elevate the every-day. In the same way that with my patterns, I am taking objects which have been discarded and I am giving them a value again. I want to elevate the objects to make people realise that it is not just totally forgotten trash.”

Meredith smiles, remembering her other tutor at Goldsmiths, Nigel Perkins, who suggested, after seeing a photo essay that she had produced of items that has been crushed underfoot at a music festival, that for one of her projects, she go down to the Thames Estuary to collect and photograph all of the detritus on the shoreline. She laughed at the time, but it is, she now realizes, effectively, exactly what she does today along Bermuda’s coastline. We at BNG, and KBB, are all the more grateful for it.

As part of a fundraising programme, an edition of 20 fine art prints of each artwork, numbered and signed by the artist, are available to purchase. Priced at $250, proceeds will go towards KBB and BNG. Click here to shop.

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Exhibitions

New Exhibition

Now Open in BNG Project Space

Produced by Bermuda National Gallery in collaboration with Keep Bermuda Beautiful (KBB) to celebrate the launch of a public consultation process on the proposed ban of single use plastics by the Bermuda government, Flotsam and Jetsam by Meredith Andrews is a stark reminder of the cost of modern living.

In 2020 KBB cleared 22,250 pounds of litter and illegally dumped waste from locations across Bermuda. Much of this was generated on island, where it is estimated that 85% of litter is intentionally discarded. Bermuda also sits within one of the world’s largest oceanic garbage patches, where four major currents in the North Atlantic force marine debris into an accumulation of floating trash the size Texas.

This is made up of a large swathe of harmful micro plastics, as well as larger items such as bottles and discarded fishing gear. KBB have recorded growing numbers of plastic octopus pots reaching our shores all the way from Africa, as well as lobster trap lids from the Gulf of Mexico and the Eastern Seaboard.

Here, Meredith Andrews turns our attention to intrinsic everyday items – a broken hair comb, a lost football and forgotten toys – reminding us of the short life span of these plastic objects and the implications of using them and discarding them.

It is estimated that one third of all plastic waste ends up in nature where it will never fully break down. These striking collages, each one made up of items that the artist has collected along Bermuda’s shoreline, create beauty out of chaos and bring to the forefront the ramifications of the 21st century’s throwaway culture.

Flotsam and Jetsam: The Cost of Modern Living is sponsored by Zurich Bermuda. With support from Colourlab and Frameworks.

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Virtual Walkthrough

The Shadow Land

We have launched a new, immersive digital walkthrough of the The Shadow Land: Cape Dorset Prints from the Bacardi Collection. This unique, 360 degree experience is generously supported by the Canadian Consul.

The exhibition presents artworks produced by the first generation of full time Inuit artists based at Cape Dorset. The settlement, which is situated in Canada’s Arctic Territories, is considered to the epicentre of contemporary Inuit art. The works, which were collected by Bacardi’s Canadian office in the 1970s, include prints by Kenojuak Ashevak (1927-2013) and Pitseolak Ashoona (1904-1983), two of Canada’s most esteemed artists.

We recently welcomed the Honorary Consul of Canada in Bermuda, Isabelle Ramsay-Brackstone, to the gallery (pictured above with BNG Executive Director Peter Lapsley. She said: “Canada’s cultural contributions are a big part of who we are as a people and what we value as a country. The Cape Dorset exhibition beautifully highlights our diversity of voices and we’re happy to see this art shared at the Bermuda National Gallery.”

Click here to explore the digital walkthrough

The Shadow Land: Cape Dorset Prints from the Bacardi Collection is on display through to the end of the year. 

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New Exhibitions

Opening Soon

Thedoors to the gallery are currently closed as we install two new exhibitions. BNG will re-open to the public on Saturday, November 13. We are planning an exhibition opening for BNG members on Friday, November 12. Details will be shared next week. Keep an eye on your inbox! 

The Bermuda Biennial: A Retrospective, which opens in the Watlington Room, presents a selection of artworks produced for the Bermuda Biennial which have been collected by the Bermuda National Gallery over the last three decades, providing an insight into the evolution of contemporary art in Bermuda.

In reflection of the diversity of both materials and ideas for which the Biennial is known, there will be a wide range of media on display. As Dr Daniel Rosenfeld, co-curator of the 1998 Bermuda Biennial and former Academy Professor of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, wrote in the exhibition catalogue that year, a Biennial is unique in its approach as “a type of exhibition which questions our assumptions about the nature and limits of artistic expression.”

Flotsam and Jetsam, a photographic exhibition by Meredith Andrews, opens in the BNG Project Space. Produced by Bermuda National Gallery in collaboration with Keep Bermuda Beautiful (KBB) to celebrate the launch of a public consultation process on the proposed ban of single use plastics by the Bermuda government, the exhibition is a stark reminder of the cost of modern living.

In 2020 KBB cleared 22,250 pounds of litter and illegally dumped waste from locations across Bermuda. Here, Meredith Andrews turns our attention to intrinsic everyday items – a broken hair comb, a lost football and forgotten toys – reminding us of the short life span of these plastic objects and the implications of using them and discarding them.

It is estimated that one third of all plastic waste ends up in nature where it will never fully break down. These striking collages, each one made up of items that the artist has collected along Bermuda’s shoreline, create beauty out of chaos and bring to the forefront the ramifications of the 21st century’s throwaway culture.          

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Community

Gallery Closed

For Exhibition Install

Please note that the doors to the gallery will be closed for the next two weeks as we install two new exhibitions. We will re-open on Saturday, November 13.

In the meantime, please visit our exhibitions section to tour our exhibitions online.

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Design

Design Competition

BNG X GOSLINGS

The Bermuda National Gallery and Goslings Rum have teamed up to launch their second Annual Holiday Wrapping Paper Design Competition

Artists and designers are invited to submit designs for a holiday-inspired wrapping paper which will be produced in time for the upcoming festive season and sold at the Goslings Dundonald Street and Front Street stores and via the Bermuda National Gallery online shop.

This year, in celebration of the launch of Goslings’ Flora Duffy Rum and in honor of Bermuda’s newest National Holiday, we ask designers to take inspiration from Flora Duffy’s historic success as Bermuda’s first Olympic gold medal winner.

The competition is open to professional and amateur artists alike and will be split between two age categories: 18-25 and 26 and over. There is a cash prize of $500 for each category. Both winners will also receive a private tour and rum tasting for up to 10 friends at the Bermuda National Gallery, a BNG membership and 10 sheets of wrapping paper. 

In addition to this, the winner of the 18-25 category will receive a Bermuda National Gallery Mentorship which includes meeting with local art and design professionals, and the opportunity to be involved in upcoming BNG exhibition design as well as a Goslings Rum Mentorship in Brand Development, giving the winner an insight into how Goslings maintains and advances their brand identity.

The two winning designs will be featured in the windows of the Goslings Front Street store and on both the Bermuda National Gallery and Goslings Rum social media platforms.

The deadline for entry is midnight on Sunday, November 7. The winners will be announced on Monday, November 15.

APPLICATION DETAILS

  • This contest is open to Bermudian nationals residing both in Bermuda and overseas and residents in Bermuda who have been living on island for 6 months or more.
  • Must be age 18 or older at the time of application. 
  • Submission is limited to one design per applicant. 
  • Employees of the BNG and Goslings are not eligible to enter.

DESIGN GUIDELINES

There are key concepts of the 2021 Holiday Wrapping Paper Competition that the organizing committee would like you to incorporate into the design:

  • Design must be inspired by Flora Duffy and her historic win
  • Please note that the Olympic rings cannot be included as these are trademarked. Designs which include the rings will be automatically disqualified.
  • Design must work as a repeat pattern
  • Print size: 25.5” x 19” 
  • Include a 0.125” bleed on all four sides.
  • Submission can be lower res for emailing and judging purposes; if chosen, final art for production should be 300 dpi at size. 
  • Include with entry any ideas for varnish or finishing techniques.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION

  • Entrants must follow @bermuda_nationalgallery and @goslingsrum on instagram to be eligible for entry. Alternatively, those who are not on social media must sign up for the BNG e-newsletter at www.bng.bm.
  • Complete the online application form and send a PDF of your design to entries@bng.bm
  • Entries without a complete application form and who do not follow both Instagram accounts will not be eligible for inclusion in the competition.
  • Entries received after midnight on Sunday, November 7 will not be counted. 

PRIZES

  • There are two age categories: 18-25 and 26 and over. 
  • The winners will be contacted directly and announced on Monday, November 15.
  • Both winning designs will be put into production and sold at the Goslings Dundonald Street wine shop and the Goslings Front Street store. 
  • There is a cash prize of $500 for each category. 
  • Both winners will also receive a private tour and rum tasting for up to 10 friends at the Bermuda National Gallery, a BNG membership and 10 sheets of wrapping paper. 
  • In addition to this, the winner of 18-25 category will receive a Bermuda National Gallery Mentorship which includes meeting with local art and design professionals and the opportunity to be involved in upcoming BNG exhibition design, plus a Goslings Rum Mentorship in Brand Development, giving the winner an insight into how Goslings maintains and advances their brand identity.
  • Winners will have the right to use their wrapping paper design as part of their design portfolio. 
  • The winning designs will be featured in the Front Street facing windows of the Goslings Front Street store and on both the BNG and Goslings Rum social media platforms. Winners will also be showcased on the Bermuda National Gallery website and in their arts newsletter. 

JUDGING

  • The  winners will be chosen by a selection committee who will pick their favorite design from each category. 
  • The committee will be formed by competition organizers and include island arts professionals. 
  • Designs will be judged anonymously.

NOTE: All judging will be based solely on the designs. Submissions will be posted to social media through the organizers. All entrants will automatically be added to the Bermuda National Gallery e-mail list and will receive their fortnightly arts newsletter. 

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Special Guest

U.S. Consul Grissette

We recently welcomed U.S. Consul General Grissette to the gallery for a private tour led by Bermuda National Gallery Executive Director Peter Lapsley and Chairman Gary Phillips.⠀

She explored our current exhibitions: Illusion & Abstraction: Capturing the Landscape (above), I Am Because You Are by Gherdai Hassell (below), The Shadow Land: Cape Dorset Prints from the Bacardi CollectionIn Dark Seas: Swimming with Sea Butterflies and A Source of Inspiration: St George’s Through the BNG Collection