2024 Bermuda Biennial

Places, Presence & Poetics: An Unpacking

The Bermuda Biennial is an exhibition that generates both ideas and debate. An open call to Bermudian artists and those resident on the island, the Biennial has been at the core of the contemporary art scene in Bermuda since its inception in 1994.

Each iteration is overseen by different jurors. This year artist Ebony G. Patterson, who held her first ever museum solo show at the Bermuda National Gallery in 2012, returns to BNG over a decade later in the role of Biennial juror. She is joined by Helen Toomer, a seasoned art fair organiser whose wealth of experience brings a fresh perspective to Bermuda. The resulting exhibition brings together 32 artworks by 25 artists. The works, which range in both scale and medium, provide a striking insight into the themes preoccupying artists today.

“A national gallery holds the treasure of home,” says Ebony G. Patterson. “But even more importantly, when thinking about artists and the importance of artists in a society, it also positions ways of moving forward.” She adds, “The Biennial is centred around artists who either live in Bermuda or its diaspora. And so, in many ways, it is a gift. It’s a gift to its public. But then also too, it’s a gift for you to unpack.”

Helen Toomer also likens the exhibition to a gift. “I hope that people realise that the Bermuda Biennial is such a gift,” she says. “This space, this institution, is a gift. These artists, most importantly, are a gift. Obviously, you always want to look to see what’s going on in the world, but if you realize what’s on your doorstep, it’s pretty special.”

Exhibition sponsored by Bacardi Limited. The 2024 Bermuda Biennial is on display in the main galleries through to January 2025.