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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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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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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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Celebrating Bermuda Art Month

Artist Talk and Live Music

October saw the launch of Bermuda’s inaugural Art Month, hosted by the Bermuda Tourism Authority, in a celebration of the arts at cultural institutions across the island.

The opening event was held at BNG in collaboration with Gherdai Hassell who gave a talk about her practice in partnership with fellow former Bermuda Biennial artist Yesha Townsend celebration of both Art Month and the opening of Threads Unravelling, a new exhibition of her textile work on display in the BNG Project Space. 

We also held two live music sessions in the gallery with D.I.A and Friends who performed with special guests Icarus (KASE and Yesha Townsend) the first week.

The second week saw a special performance by Derek G. and Hana Bushara featuring Buzby in celebration of Derek’s album launch which dropped at midnight that night. Guests enjoyed bespoke cocktails by Alchemy Spirits inspired by the song titles. 

If you missed the events, you can watch Gherdai’s artist talk below.

We look forward to celebrating again next year for the second annual Bermuda Art Month! 

UK based Bermudian multimedia artist Gherdai Hassell joined us in conversation with fellow former Bermuda Biennial artist Yesha Townsend on October 1, 2023.
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Bermuda Art Month

October 2023

We will be opening two new exhibitions next month to celebrate Bermuda’s inaugural Art Month. Celebrations for Art Month, which is hosted by the Bermuda Tourism Authority, sees events happening at cultural institutions across the island throughout the month of October, kicking off with an artist talk by Gherdai Hassell at the Bermuda National Gallery on October 1.

Click here for a full line up events taking place across the island during Bermuda Art Month


Artist Talk: Gherdai Hassell

Join us on Sunday October 1 from 3.30pm-5pm to hear Gherdai Hassell in conversation with fellow former Bermuda Biennial artist Yesha Townsend. The event celebrates both the launch of Art Month and the opening of her new exhibition Threads Unravelling, which will be on display in the BNG Project Space from October through to March.

Registration for this event is now closed.

Gherdai Hassell in her U.K. studio.

Bermuda Live Sessions

Art Month also sees the launch of the Bermuda Live Sessions, a series of live music sessions by DIA & Friends, accompanied by surprise appearances from esteemed local artists, held at the Bermuda National Gallery on the first and last Fridays in October from 7-8pm.

Click here to register. Tickets are $35 for BNG members and $50 for non-members.

Click here for more information on Bermuda Art Month.

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Silverpoint Workshop

Dr Charles Zuill

Last Saturday, twelve-time Bermuda Biennial artist and Founding BNG Trustee Dr Charles Zuill led a workshop on metalpoint drawing in the gallery.

Charles, who is Bermuda’s only contemporary silverpoint artist, took participants through the process in which metalpoint drawings are made by dragging a silver rod or wire across a surface, prepared with gesso, depositing a thin layer of metal on the surface.

A sensitive and delicate medium, metalpoint is remarkable for creating drawings with fine lines and subtle shading. Participants learnt basic techniques and explored the possibilities of the medium by using a variety of tools, including coins and a wire brush.

Participants took home a silverpoint stylus, to continue their metalpoint journey.

We have a number of artist-led workshops coming up this summer. Click here for more information.

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Run for the Arts

2023

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the inaugural BNG Run For The Arts 5k, sponsored by Chubb. Over 240 runners and walkers came out for the unique North Hamilton route, which began and ended at the Parsons Road Playground on Sunday, April 23rd.

The event was sanctioned by the Bermuda National Athletics Association and timing was supplied by Bermuda Timing Systems.

We would like to extend a big thank you to photographer Nhuri Bashir for coming to us with this idea and to Domico Watson and Donna Raynor for working tirelessly to help make it a reality. 

This was not just a race but a community endeavour. Participants helped raise funds for the arts, including:

  • The installation of three large scale murals in North-East Hamilton as part of a new vibrant public art programme in the area.
  • A paid placement on the Bermuda National Gallery internship programme for a student from the area. 
  • Support for BNG’s education programmes.
Photographs (throughout) by Tony Bean.

Peter Lapsley, Executive Director of the Bermuda National Gallery said: “The event went better than we could have anticipated and the feedback has been incredibly positive. It was a great course, a beautiful day and there was positive community engagement. There will be public art installed, a new work development intern at BNG (Jasmeen Codrington-Edmead who will join us for three months) and we have raised funds for arts education. It was a great day.”

Installation of murals in the area will begin shortly, including designs by Alshanté Foggo and DaeNycé Rabain. The third mural is being selected and will announced shortly. 

Nhuri Bashir addded: “It was truly awesome to see people coming together to run, walk and support the community and the arts. A big thank you to all who volunteered and supported!” 

This event would not have been possible without support from the following people. We would like to extend a big thank you to:
 
Title Sponsor
Chubb
 
Internship Sponsor
Zurich Bermuda
 
Mural Sponsors
Belco
RVB Trust

Graphic Design
Domico Watson
 
Drink Sponsor
Barritts
 
FunZone Sponsor
ATL (Ascendant Technologies Ltd)
 
Sound system
Keidric Smith and Party People

Prizes Sponsored by:
ATL (Ascendant Technologies Ltd)
Burrows Lightbourn Ltd
Cassine
Gosling’s
Hamilton Princess
The Loren
People’s Pharmacy
Sports Source
TABS

Thank you to:
Bermuda Blueprinting
Bermuda National Athletics Association
Bermuda Timing Systems
City of Hamilton
Department of Parks
Ed Christopher
Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport, the Hon. Owen K. Darrell, JP
Patrina O’Connor
Victor Scott Primary School
Works and Engineering

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Monotype Workshop

With Abi Box

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Saturday for the monotype printing workshop with Abi Box, which was inspired by her current exhibition Identical Days, in which the British artist, who has been based in Bermuda for 5 years, explores the possibilities of monotype printing.

Abi led the group on a private tour of her exhibition, before taking them through the process of a creating a monotype print – in which a unique print is pulled by hand from paint applied directly onto a Plexiglass plate – before turning it over to each of the participants to create a monotype of their own.

Box likens the effect of painting on Plexiglass to painting on canvas. “It is a flexible, forgiving way of creating a picture. No mark is fixed, and the paint can be pushed and moved around,” she says. “It allows me to indulge in the grittiness and unpredictability of paint.”

Like Abi, the participants worked in watercolour, which pools and fragments on the surface, creating a sense of abstraction in the printed image.

We will be hosting a second Monotype Workshop in May to celebrate the close of the exhibition. Details will be released soon. Members will be given priority booking and a discount on the ticket price. If you are interested in attending, make sure that you renew/take out a membership today and this one sold out in two hours!

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Creating Opportunity

Nhuri Bashir

Nhuri Bashir is one of Bermuda’s leading contemporary commercial photographers and the co-founder of Burnt House Productions. A self-taught photographer, 10 years ago Nhuri swapped a corporate career for one in the arts and is passionate about creating opportunities through art for residents in the neighborhood in which he grew up.

He approached us with an idea for a public art programme in the North Hamilton area and several meetings later, the BNG 5K Run for the Arts was born. Sponsored by Chubb, and with support from Zurich, the inaugural run takes place on April 23, with funds raised supporting both the installation of several murals in North Hamilton and a paid placement on the BNG Internship Programme for a student from the area.

As preparations for the race gather pace, we caught up with Nhuri to discuss his passion for giving people the opportunity to create their own platform, how the prevalence of graffiti in his neighborhood led him to the realization that public spaces could also be used as canvases for good and why we all need to be part of change in order to make it happen.

Three sites have been identified as potential locations for murals. Local residents and business owners have offered their properties, free of charge, including Belvin’s Variety on Happy Valley Road.

BNG: Ten years ago, you swapped a corporate career for one in the arts, moving from banking to photography. Was this a gradual process? What prompted you to make this change?

NB: Honestly, I had always intended to begin the path of entrepreneurship at the age of 30. I grew up in a household that encouraged a business mindset, and I carried that energy with me through university and into my corporate life. Similarly, I have always had a strong knack for the arts and a love of art and so when I had made the decision to embark on an entrepreneurial path the best blend was one that combined business and art (in the form of photography).

BNG: Part proceeds from the run will fund a paid placement on the BNG Internship Programme for a student from North Hamilton, providing professional development in all aspects of museum operations and opening the door to a career in the arts. Do you think that you would have turned to photography sooner if such opportunities had been open to you? What are the benefits of such experiences?

NB: I think that my path was destined to be the way it was. I don’t really look to my past as much as I believe that this is a great opportunity for someone else’s future! These are tough times for people and I am honored to be able to assist in giving someone an opportunity to create their own platform. I am also encouraged by the support from the corporate community – to see public and private coming together for positive change and creating opportunities for “non-corporate” career paths.

The BNG Run for the Arts 5k will bring race participants through several neighborhoods that have identified spaces for murals, including Pembroke Laundromat. Murals will be created by local artists who will submit their design for review and selection.

BNG: Alongside the internship, proceeds raised will finance a vibrant public art programme with the installation of one, or more, large scale murals in North Hamilton, to highlight and promote the community that you grew up in. What inspired this idea?

NB: A few years back, there was a person that had taken to the neighborhood walls with a spray-can and had written obscenities on various locations. I and some other people from the area paid to have the obscenities painted over. Within a few weeks the obscenities had returned in the same locations. We had them painted again. They haven’t returned, but it made me think that if these spaces are available, they can be canvases for either bad or good. I prefer the good. I am also a well-traveled individual and some of my favorite areas to frequent have vibrant art as far as the eye can see. I would love for the area to be a mecca of sorts for the arts and art enthusiasts.

Pembroke Park Playground Bathroom on Parsons Road, opposite the newly built Transformational Living Centre for Families, is the third location for the mural project. The murals will be selected by a committee including Nhuri Bashir, representatives of Bermuda National Gallery and selected community stakeholders.

BNG: Will you be running on April 23?

NB: Yes!

BNG: Why should people join you?

NB: It is a great cause and it’s a beautiful area. We can’t only talk about change – we can also be a part of it!

Click here to register for the BNG 5K Run for the Arts. Sponsored by Chubb, the event features a competitive run, along with a fun run/walk. It is open to all — those who consider themselves serious athletes, as well as those who don’t!