2024 Bermuda Biennial BNG Kids

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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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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Students Visit Wonderland

Schools Visit Interactive Exhibition

Over 150 students have visited the Gallery to experience Elizabeth Mulderig’s Bermuda Wonderland since the exhibition opened this fall.

Aimed at children and children-at-heart, Bermuda’s best-selling children’s author and illustrator depicts each of the island’s nine parishes through the lens of Alice in Wonderland in a series of large-scale paintings in which characters from Lewis Carroll’s much-loved book intermingle with Bermuda flora and fauna

There is a purpose-built children’s education space to take young visitors through Elizabeth’s process and an interactive game, designed in collaboration with virtual experience company Hi From the Future which brings the paintings to life. Click here to play along at home

Students from twelve classes have had the opportunity to visit the Bermuda Wonderland exhibition and explore the links between art and storytelling. We welcome all schools to bring their students in for a tour of Bermuda Wonderland.

Contact BNG’s Education Officer, Rehana Packwood at to book your tour today.

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Simple Acts, Big Impact

Kaleidoscope Arts Foundation Fundraiser

As part of the closing celebrations for Simplicity of Form: Unfolding Abstraction, we collaborated with Kaleidoscope Art Foundation to display a series of artworks made by students aged 2 to 18 in their after-school programmes which were inspired by the exhibition. 

The exhibition, which brought together an unparalleled selection of artwork from the Green family’s private collection, was the inspiration for all of Kaleidoscope’s spring term projects and the two were presented together for one night only. 

Attendees enjoyed cocktails, live music, a silent auction and the chance to participate in two collaborative art making projects with KAF teachers, whilst raising funds for the children’s art centre. 

Collaborative art pieces made by students aged 2 to 18 in Kaleidoscope’s spring after school programmes hang alongside the artworks that inspired them in Simplicity of Form: Unfolding Abstraction
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BNG Wins Family Favourite Awards

Voted by Readers of The Bermudian Magazine

We are thrilled to announce that the Bermuda National Gallery has won two awards in The Bermudian magazine’s first ever Family Favourite Awards: Best Gallery/Museum for Kids, and Best Holiday Camp for Kids ages 9-13!

With free admission for the whole family generously made possibly by the Christian Humann Foundation, there has never been a better time to visit.

Free BNG Kids Activity Packs accompany each of our current exhibitions. Pick up a copy and encourage little ones to explore the gallery in their own time.

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2023 Art+Tech Camp

School’s Out for Summer

Over 75 students have taken part in BNG’s signature Art+Tech summer camp this summer. With the generous support of the Centennial Bermuda Foundation, we have been able to offer 34 bursary places and have worked with youth mentoring organisation Big Brothers Big Sisters Bermuda to offer 10 places for children in their programme.

Students, age 11-14, have learned new technical skills in animation, digital painting and photo bashing and enjoyed a variety of field trips to encourage their creativity, from tours of our current exhibitions and the BNG Sculpture Park, to tours of the Hamilton Princess art collection (where they have managed to find 5 Space Invaders so far) and the City Art Tour.

Each one has produced a portfolio of digital art.

Photographs by Brandon Morrison
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Kids Workshop

With Abi Box

Earlier this week, Bermuda-based British artist Abi Box held a private printmaking workshop for preschool students aged 3 to 5, inspired by her current exhibition Identical Days, which is on display in the BNG Project Space through to May 6.
The children from Treetops Preschool enjoyed a look at the exhibition with the artist, who then showed them how to make simple prints from Styrofoam plates and ink.

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Camps and Classes over the Mid Term Break

The gallery was a hive of activity last week as the mid-term break brought in two camps, along with Bermuda’s primary and middle school art teachers for a day of professional development. 

BNG Narrative Art Camp

In the BNG Narrative Art Camp, ten students aged 8 to 12 explored the possibilities of narrative art making. Under the direction of Rehana Packwood, the Bermuda National Gallery’s Education Officer, students created comics and wrote stories from which they sculpted scenes with clay.

In celebration of Halloween, students also painted mini pumpkins inspired the Yayoi Kusama artworks displayed in the 2019 exhibition What’s Poppin: Pop Art and Its Influence. 

BNG camp students pose in the 2022 Bermuda Biennial artwork The Birdcage by Jacqueline Alma.
Students wrote stories (left) which they then illustrated with clay. Sculpture (right) by Leilani Carpol (age 11), Nalini Minors (age 12), and Georgina Dunkerley (age 9). 

Kaleidoscope Arts Foundation

With 3 of their teachers exhibiting in the 2022 Bermuda Biennial, Kaleidoscope Arts Foundation turned their attention towards the Biennial as the inspiration for their October camp. Students explored the exhibition with the BNG team and were able to learn more firsthand from featured artists and camp teachers Jahbarri Wilson and Cheryl Hastings, while also discovering work by KAF teacher Corrina Rego.  

Students then worked on a variety of mixed media projects inspired by the artworks they had encountered in the gallery. 

2022 Bermuda Biennial artist and KAF teacher Jahbarri Wilson takes students through a drawing exercise inspired by the exhibition.
Artwork by Tucker Champion, age 9 (left), inspired by Corrina Rego’s Biennial artwork Phoenix (right).

Ministry of Education

After a 2-year hiatus on school field trips imposed by Covid-19 restrictions, we worked with the Ministry of Education to devise a day of professional development for primary and middle school art teachers. 

BNG trustee Mitchell Klink guided the group through a “slow looking” exhibition tour and Education Officer Rehana Packwood shared all of the online resources available for teaching, including BNG’s virtual walkthrough and downloadable kids activity books

Mitchell Klink leads the group through a “slow looking” tour.
Left: Rehana Packwood takes the group through BNG teaching resources. Right: BNG Kids activity books are produced to accompany each exhibition. 

BNG endeavours to enrich the lives of all school children through free school tours, supplementary art classes, art camps and workshops, as well as at school presentations. For further information please contact

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Exhibition Activity Packs

Are you looking to entertain the kids over the summer holidays? Escape the heat by bringing them in see our current exhibitions. Pick up a free BNG Kids Activity Book to encourage them to explore the gallery on their own.

Admission is free for children, $5 for adults (free for students, seniors and both BNG and NARM members). Bespoke activity books, aimed at children between the ages of 7 and 14, have been produced to accompany each of the three exhibitions on display, providing children with opportunities to explore the themes presented and learn new skills.

2022 Bermuda Biennial

The theme for this year’s exhibition, A New Vocabulary: Past. Present. Future, asked artists to examine the seismic changes that have taken place since the last Biennial. The show brings together 43 local artists and presents a variety of media, including animation, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and poetry.

The accompanying BNG Kids Activity Book is aimed at ages 11 to 14 and features a guided exercise on planning art, including composition, the elements of design, colour theory, and thumbnail sketching.

A Personal Perspective: Photographs by Richard Saunders

This exhibition focuses on a selection of striking black and white prints by local photographer Richard Saunders (Bermudian, 1922 – 1987). Saunders left the island due to segregation, moving to NYC in the late 1940s, where he went on to shoot for publications such as The New York Times, Life, National Geographic and Time.

The BNG Kids Activity Book produced to accompany the exhibition, aimed at ages 7 to 10, explores the principles of photography from how cameras work, to 35mm film and the focal point.

From Darkness to Light: Portraits by Henry Ward

Henry Ward is a portrait artist. Hismethod and philosophy of painting are based on the techniques developed over the centuries by the Old Masters, however, stylistically, he seeks to blend the old with the new. In this exhibition he captures key figures in Bermuda, such as Dr David Wingate OBE, Miss Ruth Thomas MBE and Alan Burland.

In the accompanying BNG Kids Activity Book, children aged 11 to 14 are introduced to the effects of light and shadow and a step by step guide to representing the planes of a face.

Tours of all current exhibitions, for groups large or small, can be arranged with Education Officer Rehana Packwood (pictured above with kids from the AKSC and Youth Library Camps). Contact for further information, or call 295 9428.

If your kids enjoy the activity books, please take a picture and tag us on Instagram. We’d love to see their work!

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Scholarships Available

BNG Art+Tech

Recognizing the importance of art education in developing critical thinking skills, confidence and teamwork, Bermuda National Gallery with the generous support of Centennial Bermuda Foundation are offering needs based scholarships for the Art+Tech Summer Camp programme.

This year, the Art+Tech programme, which has been running since 2009, is open to 15 students per week. They will be based between the gallery and the BNG Education Satellite Space in the nearby Washington Mall, generously supported by Washington Properties. Each student will be assigned an iPad and Apple Pencil to work with. 
To ensure that as many students as possible have access to the course, registration is limited to one week per student. They can choose from a variety of modules: 

Animation: Students will learn the principles of animation and apply those to making short 2D animations.
Digital Painting: Students will learn colour theory and perspective as well as digital painting techniques.
Photo Editing : Using photography and photo editing techniques, this week will introduce students to digital collage and photobashing.

A selection of artworks produced in the 2021 Art+Tech summer camp programme can be viewed here
Scholarships, which cover up to 85% of the cost of camp, are needs-based and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. The cost of camp is $250 for BNG Family Members (or higher), and $325 for non-members. An annual Family Membership is included for non-members. 

Membership includes unlimited free gallery access for up to 4 family members (2 adults and 2 children), invitations to exhibition previews and exclusive events plus priority access to all BNG education programmes. 
For more information, and to register, click here

For further information please contact Rehana Packwood, Education Officer on 295 9428 or email