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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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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. 

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We Need You

2024 Bermuda Biennial

We invite all Bermudian artists and artists living in Bermuda, to submit work to the 2024 Bermuda Biennial, sponsored by Bacardi Limited. The exhibition, which has been showcasing the best of Bermuda art for over three decades, will be juried by Chicago based Jamaican multimedia artist Ebony G. Patterson and N.Y.C based art fair director Helen Toomer

The Bermuda Biennial aims to showcase the best Bermuda has to offer across all artistic disciplines, from artists of all ages, at all stages of their career, and from all walks of life. We need you to make that happen. 

We welcome varied submissions from artists across the island – and Bermudian artists living abroad – in order to best showcase Bermuda’s people and voices. The 2024 Biennial has no thematic limitations, thus, we welcome submissions on all themes; the resulting show will reflect the voices and perspectives being put forth in contemporary art on the island. 

Whether you are an established artist who has exhibited extensively, an emerging artist or someone who simply enjoys making art in their spare time, we encourage you to submit. 

Applications are now open and will close on January 2, 2024. 

The 2024 Bermuda Biennial, sponsored by Bacardi Limited, will be on display at the Bermuda National Gallery from April 2024 through to January 2025.

Featured image: 2020 Bermuda Biennial artwork by Jayde Gibbons (Bermudian, b. 1991) All The Kings Men from the series My Negus for Real (MNFR), 2019. Photography and mixed media. 72 x 96 inches. Collection of Bermuda National Gallery. As exhibited in The Bermuda Biennial: A Retrospective.


Why Submit?

We encourage all artists to submit to the 2024 Biennial. Whether you are an established artist, or in the early stages of your artistic practice, the Bermuda National Gallery’s flagship exhibition provides a unique opportunity to have your work seen by internationally recognised art professionals through the jurying process and if successful, showcase your work to a local and international audience.

“The 2020 Biennial catapulted my career, placed me on an international stage, and also landed me my first solo exhibition […]. The power of a thought, of a vision, of a word, is indescribable.” – Gherdai Hassell

The exhibition provides a great first step to working with the Bermuda National Gallery. Many Biennial artists, such as Will Collieson (2016, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1996, 1994 Bermuda Biennials) and Sharon Muhammed (2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1994 Bermuda Biennials) have gone on to be featured in large solo exhibitions at the gallery, many more have been included in a number of group shows and have had their work accessioned into BNG’s permanent collection. 


BNG PROJECT SPACE

The BNG Project Space is reserved for former Biennial artists to showcase current series of work, as they continue to develop their craft.

Former Biennial artists who have exhibited work in the Project Space over the past two years includes Meredith Andrews, Abi Box, Catherine Lapsley, and most recently, Gherdai Hassell (pictured above). Mediums range from photography, to monotype printing, large scale installation, and fibre works. 

If you have previously exhibited in the Bermuda Biennial and have a new body of work or concept that you would like to propose for the BNG Project Space, you can email director@bng.bm.


ARTISTS ON THE BIENNIAL EXPERIENCE

“Inclusion in major exhibitions such as the Biennial provides recognition and assists in personal growth […]. Their work becomes part of the tapestry that will in time provide a future audience a glimpse into the realities, conversation and values held within this island home.”

Dr Edwin M.E. Smith (2020, 2014, 2012, 2008, 2006, 2004 and 2002 Bermuda Biennials)

“Now that I have this exposure, and with it a heightened sense of courage, I now call myself an artist and know in my bones that I can back it up.”

Judith Aidoo-Saltus (2022 Bermuda Biennial)

“The Bermuda Biennial is a valuable opportunity to publicly share artwork that exists outside local expectation.”

Centipede Art Movement (2020, 2018 Bermuda Biennials)

“The calibre of the Biennial jurors was both inspiring and intimidating. Beyond their credentials, I respect their work.”

Liana Nanang (2022 Bermuda Biennial)

The Jurors

The jurors for the 2024 Bermuda Biennial are Ebony. G. Patterson and Helen Toomer.

Former BNG Trustee Ebony G. Patterson
, (b.1981, Kingston, Jamaica) is an award-winning artist whose multilayered practice in painting, sculpture, installation, performance, and video uses beauty as a tool to address global social and political injustices.

Her work is in the public collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, NC; National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica; Pérez Art Museum Miami, FL; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; among others.

Helen Toomer is a recognized leader in the arts, with over fifteen years’ experience organizing events, exhibitions and residencies. She is dedicated to uplifting women in the arts.

Toomer is Co-Founder of Stoneleaf Retreat, an artists’ residency and connective space in the Hudson Valley of New York focused on supporting women and families. She is also the Founder of Upstate Art Weekend and Director of Photofairs New York, which recently launched its inaugural edition at the Javits Center in New York City.

All submitting artists will be invited to attend a Meet the Jurors evening event and panel discussion at the private Bacardi 1862 Cocktail Bar on Tuesday, January 16, where they will be able to hear directly from Ebony. G. Patterson and Helen Toomer on their experience curating the Biennial.


How To Apply

The Bermuda Biennial, sponsored by Bacardi Limited, celebrates and promotes the best of contemporary Bermuda art.

We invite all Bermudians, residing in Bermuda or living overseas, and foreign nationals who have been resident on the island for at least 6 months during the preceding two years (January 1, 2022 – January 1, 2024) to submit up to five (5) artworks.

Artists may submit as an individual artist, a collective or in collaboration, and can be at any stage in their career (emerging or established). Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Submission requirements:

  • Artwork must have been completed between January 1, 2022 – January 1, 2024.
  • Artwork cannot have been previously exhibited.
  • Artists are invited to submit a combined total of up to five (5) artworks. Each one will be judged individually.
  • If a single artwork has numerous elements, that are integral parts of the same artwork such as a diptych or triptych, then it is considered as one artwork submission.
  • Artworks can be in any medium, including but not limited to painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, ceramics, textiles, performance, digital, film and installation.
  • There is no specific size limit.
  • Artists are also invited to submit proposals for site-specific projects located in and around the Bermuda National Gallery and within the City of Hamilton. 

Applications are now open online and close at midnight on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.

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2024 Bermuda Biennial Jurors Revealed

Ebony G. Patterson and Helen Toomer

April sees the opening of the 2024 Bermuda Biennial, sponsored by Bacardi Limited – BNG’s flagship exhibition and a critical platform for Bermuda’s art community.

As a member of the International Biennial Association, the Bermuda National Gallery’s Bermuda Biennial represents the excellence of local contemporary art. The exhibition brings Bermudian artists the opportunity to engage in an internationally juried process overseen by established international curators, both independent and from prominent art institutions.

We are thrilled to announce that the jurors for the 2024 Bermuda Biennial will be Ebony. G. Patterson and Helen Toomer. There are no thematic limitations for submissions to the 2024 Bermuda Biennial. The Biennial jurors will tease our curatorial threads upon their selection of the artworks and will set the title, which will be revealed at a later date.

All submitting artists will be invited to a Meet the Jurors evening event and panel discussion on Tuesday, January 16, where they will be able to hear directly from Ebony. G. Patterson and Helen Toomer on their experience curating the Biennial.

Submissions are open to all Bermudians living at home and overseas, as well as residents who have been living in Bermuda for 6 months or more. Applications are now open online and close at Midnight on Tuesday, January 2.

The 2024 Bermuda Biennial, juried by Ebony G. Patterson and Helen Toomer, opens to the public on April 13 2024 and runs through to January 12, 2025. Sponsored by Bacardi Limited. Click here for further information.


Ebony G. Patterson

Ebony G. Patterson photographed by Franklshman. Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery.

Former BNG Trustee Ebony G. Patterson is an award-winning artist whose multilayered practice in painting, sculpture, installation, performance, and video uses beauty as a tool to address global social and political injustices.

Patterson recently presented a major site-specific exhibition of sculptural and horticultural installations at the New York Botanical Gardens titled …things come to thrive…in the shedding…in the molding…. This fall, her work will be included in A Two Way Mirror: Double Consciousness in Contemporary Glass by Black Artists, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA. In 2022, Patterson was appointed as the first Susan Brennan Co-Artistic Director of Prospect.6, which will take place in Fall 2024.

Her work is in the public collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, NC; National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica; Pérez Art Museum Miami, FL; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; among others.

Patterson has been the recipient of several awards and fellowships including the David C. Driskell Prize (2023); Tiffany Foundation Grant (2017), the United States Artist Award, Painter, and Mixed Media Artist (2018) and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Art Grant (2015). Patterson lives and works between Kingston, Jamaica and Chicago, IL.


Helen Toomer

Helen Toomer, photograph courtesy of PHOTOFAIRS and Casey Kelbaugh.

Helen Toomer is a recognized leader in the arts, with over fifteen years’ experience organizing events, exhibitions and residencies. She is dedicated to uplifting women in the arts.

Toomer is Co-Founder of STONELEAF RETREAT, an artists’ residency and connective space in the Hudson Valley of New York focused on supporting women and families. She is the Founder of UPSTATE ART WEEKEND, Co-Founder of Art Mamas Alliance and Director of PHOTOFAIRS New York, which recently launched its inaugural edition at the Javits Center in New York City.

Formerly, Toomer was executive director of Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) and director of the IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair, Collective Design Fair, and PULSE Contemporary Art Fairs. She also co-founded and managed a contemporary art gallery, toomer labzda, in New York City.

Toomer lectures on art fairs and professional development at universities and arts organizations in the United States and the United Kingdom, and was an adjunct professor at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and the Fashion Institute of Technology. She serves on Advisory Committees for Foundwork, The Dorsky Museum and the Baxter St Camera Club of New York.


Applications Now Open

The Bermuda Biennial, sponsored by Bacardi Limited, celebrates and promotes the best of contemporary Bermuda art.

We invite all Bermudians, residing in Bermuda or living overseas, and foreign nationals who have been resident on the island for at least 6 months during the preceding two years (January 1, 2022 – January 1, 2024) to submit up to five 5 artworks.

Artists may submit as an individual artist, a collective or in collaboration and can be at any stage in their career (emerging or established). Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Submission requirements:

  • Artwork must have been completed between January 1, 2022 – January 1, 2024.
  • Artwork cannot have been previously exhibited.
  • Artists are invited to submit a combined total of up to five (5) artworks. Each one will be judged individually.
  • If a single artwork has numerous elements, that are integral parts of the same artwork such as a diptych or triptych, then it is considered as one artwork submission.
  • Artworks can be in any medium, including but not limited to painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, ceramics, textiles, performance, digital, film and installation.
  • There is no specific size limit.
  • Artists are also invited to submit proposals for site-specific projects located in and around the Bermuda National Gallery and within the City of Hamilton.

Applications are now open online and close at Midnight on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. Click here for the 2024 Bermuda Biennial Application Guidelines.