The inaugural BNG Run for The Arts 5K sponsored by Chubb was held in April 2023. The event, organised by Nhuri Bashir and the Bermuda National Gallery, in collaboration with Donna Raynor and Domico Watson, was conceived of as 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!
2023’s race supported three key initiatives:
A vibrant public art programme, with the installation of three large-scale murals in the North-East Hamilton area, created by local artists to highlight and promote the area’s communities.
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.
Bermuda National Gallery’s education department and 2023 programming, offering enriching educational experiences in the arts for learners of all ages, including tours and materials.
Details on 2024’s race will be coming soon…
Keile Rabain is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer. Her practice focuses on documenting contemporary life in different mediums. She often references the vibrant spirit of Bermudian culture within her work.
She says: “The mural features two Bermudian children having fun outdoors. My main goal was to illustrate the beauty of the simple pleasures of being outside. In my work, I often highlight the idea that ‘life is art’ and in this work, I am illustrating that enjoying being outside is a form of art. This message is particularly significant in this setting, the playground. The mural features an array of different colours of hibiscus and other Bermuda flora.”
Selaah Stephenson is a visual artist whose colourful projects are inspired by the beauty of her island home, specifically Bermuda’s colourful houses and scenic views.
She says: “This mural depicts Earl Cameron, a well-renowned Bermudian actor that made a name for himself in the British film industry. He is identified as one of the first Black actors to have achieved success in the industry, and has had primary roles in several films since the 1930’s. Cameron’s appearances did not stop until 2013 at the impressive age of 96, which is why I chose to produce an art piece of him in his later years.
Earl Cameron will forever be remembered as a trailblazer, someone who created his own path. I hope that this portrait, layered with vibrant colours, stands as a reminder to delve into your passions and lead with tenacity.”
Artist and designer Alshanté Foggo has painted several city murals in Bermuda, and facilitates art workshops for adults and children island wide. She draws inspiration from the rich color palette of Bermuda to create bold, youthful designs that reflect the island’s heritage.
She says: “My goal for this project was to highlight the love and unity you can find in areas that are sometimes overlooked. Things I recall when visiting the surrounding neighborhoods are love, unity amongst neighbors, joy and excitement as children played outdoors. The true beauty of public art is it’s a universal equalizer. It’s free for all to consume regardless of socioeconomic status.”