From Darkness to Light

Portraits by Henry Ward

From Darkness to Light: Portraits by Henry Ward, curated by Dr Charles Zuill, is now open in the Watlington Room. The exhibition presents a selection of portraits that capture key figures in Bermuda’s diverse communities.

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. 

Dr Wingate at the opening of the exhibition. Photographs by Brandon Morrison.

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.

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Henry Ward with Bermuda National Gallery Chairman Gary Phillips, OBE JP.

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.