The African Collection: Our People, Our Places, Our Storiescloses on May 28. The striking exhibition showcases the Bermuda National Gallery’s permanent collection of African art, which consists of 37 works, representing 22 peoples from 12 countries in sub-Saharan west Africa, which range from ritual sculpture to masks, functional objects and textiles.
On display alongside the collection is a series of works by French documentary photographer and film directorCatherine de Clippel which illustrate several of the masks on display being used in ritual ceremonies and capture the distinctive mud architecture of Djenné and M’Pessoba that serve as the backdrop for many of the customs.
We recently welcomed P2 students from Bermuda High School (pictured below) and P3 students from West Pembroke for class tours of the exhibition. If you would like to arrange a class field trip please email our Education Officer Rehana Packwood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Ruth Thomas MBE, founding trustee of the Bermuda National Gallery and the first Bermuda Cultural Affairs Officer, to Alan Burland, co-founder of the Bermuda Sloop Foundation, the exhibition shines a light on Bermudians who have given back to the community in a number of different ways.
Included in the cast is Dr David Wingate OBE. Affectionately nicknamed the Bird Man of Bermuda, the award winning ornithologist, naturalist and conservationist helped to re-discover and breed the Bermuda Cahow, which was believed to have been extinct for 300 years.
The painting of Dr Wingate has been generously donated to the Bermuda National Gallery’s permanent collection by the Bermuda Zoological Society. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to BAMZ for making this gift possible.
This artwork not only honours a Bermudian whose work has had such substantial and positive impact on our island, but provides BNG with important exhibition and learning opportunities for the community for future generations.
From Darkness to Light: Portraits by Henry Ward is on display in the Watlington Room from May 10 through to October 15. With support from Christian Humann Foundation, Bermuda Centennial Foundation and D&J Construction.
From Darkness to Light: Portraits by Henry Wardopens to the public on Tuesday, May 10. The exhibition, which is curated byDr Charles Zuill, captures key figures in Bermuda’s diverse communities.
Having honed his craft for over 20 years, Henry Ward’s approach to portraiture is inspired by techniques developed over the centuries by the Old Masters “in whose works light represented the presence of the Divine — darkness, our universal origins.” In his studio-based practice, Ward employs traditional materials in his selection of oil paint and Belgian linen; however, stylistically, he seeks to blend the old with the new.
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From Darkness To Light: Portraits by Henry Ward will be on display in the Watlington Room from May 10 through to October 15. With support from the Centennial Bermuda Foundation, the Christian Humann Foundation and D&J Construction.
For over 50 years April has been designated Earth Month – a yearly pause in the calendar to encourage us to reflect on the state of our planet and take stock of humanity’s impact upon it. Established in 1970 with a mission to “diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide“, the organisation has since immobilised an estimated 1 billion individuals from 192 countries to advocate for the future of our planet.
The theme for 2022 is Invest In Our Planet, which encourages communities to come together to preserve and protect the earth. This theme is also at the core of Flotsam and Jetsam: The Cost of Modern Living, a photographic exhibition by Meredith Andrews, which closes in the BNG Project Space at the end of this month.
The striking exhibition, which is produced by the Bermuda National Gallery in collaboration with Keep Bermuda Beautiful (KBB), looks at the environmental impact of life in the 21st century and celebrates the Bermuda government’s proposal to ban single use plastics by the end of 2025.
This exhibition is sponsored by Zurich Bermuda (a member of the Zurich Insurance Group).
As part of a fundraising programme, we have released a series of limited edition fine art prints by Meredith Andrews to accompany Flotsam and Jetsam: The Cost of Modern Living. The initiative, which has seen prints bought for both private and corporate collections, including the Green family, Clarien, Conduit Re and Butterfield Bank, has so far raised $30,000, with proceeds go to Bermuda National Gallery and Keep Bermuda Beautiful.
Help us raise more for these two registered charities by purchasing a print today. A limited edition of 20 fine art prints of each artwork in the exhibition, numbered and signed by the artist, are available to purchase, priced at $250. Size 16 x 20, unframed.
A very limited number of large scale prints, sized 28 x 36 in, are also available to purchase, with price on request from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us on Thursday, April 21 to celebrate Earth Day and the close of Flotsam and Jetsam: The Cost of Modern Living.
Join us for drinks reception and private viewing of the exhibition at 5pm, followed by Meredith Andrews in conversation with BNG Executive Director Peter Lapsley and KBB board member and the Waste Education and Enforcement Officer for the Waste Management Section of the Ministry of Public Works, Vanese Flood Gordon.
Tickets are $10 for BNG members, $20 for non-members. Drinks at 5pm, followed by the panel discussion at 6pm.
Our People, Our Places, Our Stories: The African Collection
We will be opening two new exhibitions at the beginning of February. In celebration of our 30th anniversary year, we will be revisiting one of the Bermuda National Gallery’s inaugural collections inOur People, Our Places, Our Stories: The African Collection, which will be displayed in the Humann and Young Galleries.
Part of of BNG’s permanent collection, the African Collection was purchased by the people of Bermuda in 1996 and brings together 40 works representing 22 peoples from 12 countries in Sub-Saharan West Africa, ranging from ritual sculpture to masks and functional objects.
Alongside this, we will be presenting a small selection of striking works by French documentary photographer and film director Catherine de Clippel (above and below) focusing on the architecture and ritual practices of West Africa.
Testing Boundaries: In the Studio withNancy Valentine and Christina Hutchings
Opening in the Upper Mezzanine Gallery, Testing Boundaries: In the Studio with Nancy Valentine and Christina Hutchings looks at a diverse range of artworks created by a mother, Nancy Valentine (American/Bermudian, 1925-2019, above left), and daughter, Christina Hutchings(Bermudian, born 1953, above right), both former Bermuda Biennial artists and each a pioneering creative in her own right.
The genesis for this exhibition arose from a pairing of works in Illusion and Abstraction: Capturing the Landscape, held at BNG in 2021. There, two artworks – Quarry in Warwick (below, bottom image) and Modern House on North Shore (below, top image) – sat side by side, united in their distillation of the Bermuda landscape into a study of shape, colour and form. Despite being created over 60 years apart and in very different mediums – the first in oils in 1950 and the latter, a mixed-media collage, in 2014 – the synergy between the two was evident.
Testing Boundaries looks at the work of these two Bermudians, whose lives and studio practices are intertwined, and who each forged a unique path both as women and as interdisciplinary artists.
Our People, Our Places, Our Stories: The African Collection and Testing Boundaries: In the Studio with Nancy Valentine and Christina Hutchings will be on display from February through to June.
This is your last chance to seeIllusion and Abstraction: Capturing the Landscapeand The Shadow Land: Cape Dorset Prints from the Bacardi Collection, which will be closing on Saturday, January 22.
Illusion and Abstraction
Illusion & Abstraction: Capturing the Landscape looks at how the landscape, once taken for granted, has taken on new meaning and re-ignited our imagination as we continue to navigate the Coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing travel restrictions.
Curated by Mitchell Klink, the exhibition provides the opportunity to see how others experience our shared world and encourages us to consider other perspectives; and, perhaps, see the world anew ourselves.
The exhibition is supported by SolTerra Landscape and Design with education programming sponsored by AXIS.
Produced in Cape Dorset, Nunavut, in the Arctic Territories of Canada, which is considered the epicenter of printmaking and contemporary Inuit art, the exhibition presents a visual history of their culture and captures the strong bonds that the Inuit share with their ancestral homelands.
The exhibition is sponsored by Bacardi Limited with support from the Canadian Consul.
BNG Kids Activity Books
BNG Kids Activity Books to accompany both Illusion & Abstraction: Capturing the Landscape and The Shadow Land: Cape Dorset Prints from the Bacardi Collection are available in the gallery and can also be downloaded on the exhibition pages.
The booklets, which are free, encourage children aged 11 to 14 to explore the exhibitions independently and learn through art.
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.
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.
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.”