2022 Bermuda Biennial

A New Vocabulary: Past. Present. Future.

This is an important year for the Bermuda National Gallery. It marks 30 years since the opening of the gallery and 40 years since its genesis, the Bermuda Fine Arts Act, was passed in parliament. It also sees the opening of the 15th Bermuda Biennial — a critical platform for our island’s living artists — and, with it, a celebration of thirty years of contemporary Bermuda art. 

Generously sponsored by Bacardi Limited since its inception, the Biennial provides a unique cultural cornerstone for Bermuda. As with every Biennial, the calibre of our international jurors is what stands the exhibition apart, giving local artists the opportunity to have their work seen by professionals from prominent international art institutions.

The 2022 Bermuda Biennial will be juried by Claire Gilman, Chief Curator at The Drawing Center in New York and Alexandria SmithHead of Painting at the Royal College of Art in London.  Richard Georges, the first Poet Laureate of the British Virgin Islands, will be the juror for the poetry component.

The theme for 2022 is A NEW VOCABULARY: PAST. PRESENT. FUTURE. Artists are invited to submit up to 5 artworks, across a variety of mediums. This includes, but is not limited to, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, installation, performance, film, public art and poetry

As we take stock of the seismic societal shifts that have taken place since the last Bermuda Biennial and approach our 30th year in reflection upon the Bermuda National Gallery’s past, present and future, we turn it over to you, our artists, to write a new vocabulary.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, January 31.

Click here to read the entry guidelines.

Writers Workshops

In support of the introduction of a poetry category for the 2022 Bermuda Biennial, we have partnered with the Department of Culture to host a series of writers workshops as part of their Writer-In-Residence Programme, to help develop new work for entry into the exhibition. 

Unlike the Department’s previous Writer-In-Residence programmes, each workshop will be a stand alone experience – focusing on a range of topics, from generating new work to refining already written pieces. Writers are invited to participate in all the workshops or select workshops based on their interests or needs. 

Fri. 21 Jan 12.30-1.30pm – Create New Work with Yesha Townsend 

Sat. 22 Jan 10am -12pm – Create New Work with Dr. Chris Astwood

Fri. 28 Jan 12.30-1.30pm – Create New Work with Yesha Townsend

Sat & Sunday 29 & 30 Jan – various times – one-on-one sessions with Dr. Paul Maddern or Andra Simons to review and edit completed work

The workshops, which are free, will be held via Zoom. Register at https://bit.ly/bdawinr2021, or for more information, please contact the Department of Culture Folklife Officer Catherine Hay at cghay@gov.bm

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