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2024 Bermuda Biennial Tote Bags

Tote Bags & Catalogues Available

We have produced a limited-edition tote bag to celebrate the 2024 Bermuda Biennial. These are available to purchase in our online shop and in person in the Gallery.

The cotton tote bags are double sided and are $15 each. If you would like a commemorative exhibition catalogue, you can purchase a tote and catalogue set at the reduced price of $20 for both.  

All proceeds support the Bermuda National Gallery, a registered charity. 

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Community

Second Annual Run for the Arts

T-shirts Available From Our Shop

Thank you to everyone who joined us last month to support the second annual BNG Run for the Arts 5K, sponsored by Chubb

The event featured a competitive run, along with a fun run/walk. Organised by the Bermuda National Gallery and Nhuri Bashir in collaboration with Donna Raynor and Domico Watson, the event raised funds for the development of a vibrant public art programme in the North-East Hamilton area. 

If you would like the support the initiative, limited edition T-shirts,designed by Domico Watson and featuring artworks installed as part of the programme, are available to purchase both in the Gallery and from our online store. 

T-shirts are $20 for adults and $15 for youth

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Junior Bermuda Biennial

An Open Call for Artists Aged 5 to 17

We are excited to announce the launch of the Junior Bermuda Biennial – a new addition to the Bermuda Biennial, which will become a key component to every Biennial going forward. 

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).  

We are delighted to welcome Molly Bretton, Head of Learning at the Royal Academy of Arts (RA) in London, as the inaugural juror of the Junior Bermuda Biennial. Molly, who was instrumental in establishing the RA’s Young Artists Summer Show, will select the artworks to be included in the exhibition.  

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.

Applications are open to all Bermudians aged 5 to 17, residing in Bermuda or living overseas, as well as foreign nationals within the same age group who have been living on the island for at least 6 months or more.

Applications must be submitted online between September 14th and September 29th, 2024. Click here for further information.

The 2024 Junior Bermuda Biennial will be on display in the Hereward T. Watlington Room from November 2024 through to March 2025.

Artworks by BNG summer camp students.

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2024 Bermuda Biennial Opening

Places, Presence & Poetics: An Unpacking

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Members’ Opening of the 2024 Bermuda Biennial Places, Presence & Poetics: An Unpacking, sponsored by Bacardi Limited and juried by Ebony G. Patterson and Helen Toomer

We welcomed over 300 people on Friday evening. It was wonderful to share the experience with Members, artists and a great many new faces in the friends and family who came with them. 

The exhibition, which is now open to the public, presents 32 artworks by 25 contemporary Bermudian artists which range from painting to photography, sculpture, film and large-scale site-specific installations.

Photographs by Brandon Morrison.

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Community

Join us for Run for the Arts

Sunday, April 21

Join us on Sunday, April 21, for the BNG Run for the Arts 5K sponsored by Chubb. The event features a competitive run, along with a fun run/walk. Organised by BNG and Nhuri Bashir in collaboration with Donna Raynor and Domico Watson, the event is open to all — those who consider themselves serious athletes, as well as those who don’t!  

    This is not just a race but a community endeavour: a chance to support the vibrant atmosphere in North-East Hamilton, and to help raise funds for the arts

    Your race will help: 

    • To finance a vibrant public art programme, with the installation of additional large-scale murals in the North-East Hamilton area to highlight and promote the area’s communities.
    • To fund a paid placement on the BNG Internship Programme for a student from the area, providing professional development in all aspects of museum operations, and opening the door to a career in the arts.
    • To support the Bermuda National Gallery’s 2024 education department and programming initiatives, offering enriching educational experiences in the arts for learners of all ages.

    The event will feature a competitive run, alongside a fun run/walk.
    All events start at 8:30am. Entry fees for each category are as follows:

    • $15 Youth (under 20) Walker/Runner
    • $35 Competitive Run
    • $30 Competitive Walk
    • $25 Non-Competitive Run/Walk

    Race registration includes a Run for the Arts 5K t-shirt. Race numbers & Run for the Arts 5K shirts can be collected from Bermuda National Gallery on the 2nd floor of the City Hall & Arts Centre on Saturday, April 20 from 10AM – 1PM.

    Click here to register. Registration closes at midnight on Saturday, April 20.

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    Public Art Programme

    Run for the Arts

    A series of large-scale murals commissioned as part of the inaugural BNG 5K Run for The Arts sponsored by Chubb are now complete. The project, which was organised by BNG and Nhuri Bashir in collaboration with Donna Raynor and Domico Watson, was conceived to raise funds for a vibrant public art programme in the North-East Hamilton area to highlight and promote the area’s communities. 

    Three murals have now been installed: Earl Cameron by Selaah Stephenson at Belvin’s Variety on Happy Valley Road, One Love by Alshante Foggo at Pembroke Laundromat on Parsons Road and Outside by Keile Rabain at Pembroke Park Playground Bathroom on Parsons Road. 

    The programme returns this year and we hope that you will join us on Sunday, April 21, for the second BNG 5K Run for the Arts sponsored by Chubb, which features a competitive run, along with a fun run/walk. The event is open to all — those who consider themselves serious athletes, as well as those who don’t!

    This is not just a race but a community endeavour: a chance to support the vibrant atmosphere in North-East Hamilton, and to help raise funds for the arts! Your race will help:

    • To finance a vibrant public art programme, with the installation of additional large-scale murals in the North-East Hamilton area to highlight and promote the area’s communities.
    • To fund a paid placement on the BNG Internship Programme for a student from the area, providing professional development in all aspects of museum operations, and opening the door to a career in the arts.
    • To support Bermuda National Gallery’s 2024 education department and programming initiatives, offering enriching educational experiences in the arts for learners of all ages.

    Save the Date: April 21. Race registration details coming soon

    Click here for more information.

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    Exhibition Inspires Camp Programme

    Over the February mid-term break, Kaleidoscope Arts Foundation led two camp programmes inspired by A Sense of Belonging: Community and Connection in Bermuda Art. They brought 38 students aged 4 to 13 into the gallery to see the exhibition and then spent the week making a range of mixed media art projects inspired by it. 

    Kaleidoscope Teacher Corrina Rego, who taught the older age group of camp students aged 10 to 13 explains “We looked not just at the medium, but the message, and what each artist, and each piece had to say, and the conversations between them. When looking at Bermudian artists, we share the context of their work, both artistically and socially. We discuss what each art piece means, and how it is in conversation with the other pieces in the show.”

    Shanna Hollis, who taught the age 7 to 9 group, added, “It is a great opportunity for Bermuda’s students to see themselves in an art show like this. Local exhibitions like this one help us to introduce conversations around diversity, community, and culture. “

    The students were able to attend thanks to the transport generously provided to BNG by the Hamilton and Princess Beach Club. Over 200 from schools the length and breadth of the island have come into the gallery on the bus in the past month. There are a couple of spots left for transport and tours for schools in the last week of March. Click here to book.

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    Free Admission for 2024

    Made Possible by the Christian Humann Foundation

    We’re thrilled to offer free admission for the whole family for 2024. A big thank you to the Christian Humann Foundation for making this possible for a second year running and ensuring that gallery admission is available for all.

    The Christian Humann Foundation has been a significant supporter of Bermuda National Gallery for many years, with the Christian Humann Gallery (situated at the entrance of BNG) being named in 2013. Their generous sponsorship of free admission last year saw visitor figures increase by 76% and we hope to continue this trajectory with a second year of free admission.

    Jennifer L. Phillips, Executive Director of the Bermuda National Gallery says: “We are thrilled that the Foundation is once again supporting this initiative, continuing their sponsorship of free admission for 2024. With four new exhibitions on this year’s calendar, we look forward to welcoming everyone to BNG.”

    Madame Faith Humann, Chairman of the Christian Humann Foundation, says: “On behalf of the Christian Humann Foundation, we are pleased to carry on Christian’s legacy in supporting the arts by partnering with the Bermuda National Gallery to provide free admission for 2024. Our hope is that the public will attend and enjoy the exhibits throughout the year and leave with a renewed passion for the arts and all that BNG has to offer.”

    Pictured from left to right: Jennifer L. Phillips, Executive Director, Bermuda National Gallery; Ryan Jones, Trustee and Treasurer, Christian Humann Foundation; Madame Faith Humann, Chairman, Christian Humann Foundation; Gary Phillips, Chairman, Bermuda National Gallery. 

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    Education

    Free Transport for Schools

    Made Possible by the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club

    We are offering free transport to and from the gallery for school children through to April. The programme is made possible by the generous support of the Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club who have generously loaned their minibus. 

    Schools island-wide are invited to sign up for a free art tour, and free transportation, on our website where they can select their preferred date and time. Tours, which are led by BNG Education Officer Rehana Packwood, are open to students of all ages and can be linked with the classroom curriculum to support class studies and projects. 

    This is the third time that the hotel, which has a world-class art collection, has lent its bus to the gallery. Last year, over 1,200 students and 100 teachers made use of the free transportation to visit the Bermuda National Gallery exhibition Simplicity of Form: Unfolding Abstraction, which brought together a selection of artworks from the Green family’s private collection.

    Jennifer L. Phillips, Executive Director of the Bermuda National Gallery, said “BNG has a strong focus on educational outreach, offering free student tours for all of our exhibitions. We are delighted that the Hamilton Princess has once again partnered with us on this transportation initiative, to facilitate access to the gallery for schools island-wide.” 

    Tim Morrison, General Manager, Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, said: “We are pleased to partner with the Bermuda National Gallery for this our third year, to provide transport for their school art tours. Transportation is an integral part of moving our island’s children from their classrooms for school outings, and safely returned. We hope that the use of our hotel jitneys will allow more students to visit the gallery.” 

    Transport and tours are offered twice a day Monday to Friday between now and April 5. Students will be given the opportunity to interact with, and respond to, the art and will be provided with an activity pack to use in the gallery and take home. 

    Tours are available of all four of BNG’s current exhibitionsA Sense of Belonging: Community & Connection in Bermuda ArtBermuda Wonderland by Elizabeth MulderigA Bermuda Interlude: Paintings by Owen Merton and Threads Unravelling by Gherdai Hassell

    Click here to book a tour. Rehana Packwood, BNG’s Education Officer, can be reached at education@bng.bm or on 295-9428. 

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    Biennial Jurying

    Ebony G. Patterson and Helen Toomer

    Last week we welcomed multimedia artist Ebony G. Patterson and art fair organiser Helen Toomer to Bermuda to jury the 2024 Bermuda Biennial. Over 200 individual artworks were submitted, from which the pair selected 33 to be displayed in the exhibition. 

    The jurors gave an insightful talk at the Bacardi headquarters for artists who submitted to the Biennial, in which they provided insights into the jurying process and their vision for the upcoming exhibition, which opens in April. ⁣

    The Bermuda Biennial is a critical platform for Bermuda’s contemporary art community. Organised by the Bermuda National Gallery since 1994, and sponsored by Bacardi Limited, the exhibition showcases the dynamism of local artists as well as international artists living on the island, and serves as a platform for programmes on art, culture and dialogue. 

    The 2024 Bermuda Biennial, juried by Ebony G. Patterson and Helen Toomer, opens at the Bermuda National Gallery on April 13 and runs through January 2025. Members are invited to join us for the opening reception on Friday, April 12. Please save the date

    From left to right: Danielle Paynter, Director of Corporate Affairs, Bacardi; Eve Godet Thomas, Director of Exhibitions, Bermuda National Gallery; Ebony. G. Patterson; Helen Toomer; Jennifer Phillips, Executive Director, Bermuda National Gallery. Photographed at the Bacardi 1862 Cocktail Bar.