2020 Bermuda Biennial

Welcoming Special Guests

Governor Lalgie and Mayor Gosling

We welcomed several special guests to Bermuda National Gallery this week. Governor Rena Lalgie, who made history when she became Bermuda’s first Black and first female Governor at the end of last year, was welcomed by BNG Chairman Gary Phillips and Executive Director Peter Lapsley when she and her husband Jacob Hawkings came in for a private a tour of Let Me Tell You Something, the 2020 Bermuda Biennial.

They were joined by Dr Edwin M.E. Smith, Senior Lecturer in Art and Design at Bermuda College, and several of his students. Dr Smith provided them with insight into the making of his 2020 Bermuda Biennial artwork, Transience. The large work, which is made entirely of duct tape, will come down this week as the exhibition closes.

Transience by Dr Edwin Smith 2020 Bermuda Biennial
Top: Dr Edwin M.E. Smith, Governor Lalgie and BNG Executive Director Peter Lapsley with Sophie Tessitore and Eva Bottelli, students in the Postcolonial Visual Arts class at Bermuda College. Above: 2020 Bermuda Biennial artwork Transience by Dr Edwin M.E. Smith. Duct tape, 144 x 96 in.

Later in the week, BNG Executive Director Peter Lapsley and Mayor of Hamilton Charles Gosling congratulated three primary school children whose artworks have been tuned into a mural as part of the Peaceful Art Protest Mural Project – a collaboration between the Bermuda National Gallery and VIVID – the City of Hamilton’s Public Art Initiative as part of the programming for the 2020 Bermuda Biennial.

Dennis Joaquin, Thomas Smith, Angelo Burgess, William Leman, Mayor of Hamilton Charles Gosling and BNG Executive Director Peter Lapsley.
Peaceful art protest mural project
Thomas Smith, Angelo Burgess and William Leman.

The artwork brings together three drawings made by Thomas Smith, William Leman and Angelo Burgess, translated into a mural by Dennis Joaquin. The artworks were submitted to the Peaceful Art Protest, a project conceived by former Bermuda Biennial artist Rachel Swinburne in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

The team concluded the day with a visit to a second mural, based on a photograph taken by Meredith Andrews, at No1 Carpark on Front Street where they congratulated the photographer on her work.

Dennis Joaquin, Meredith Andrews and Mayor of Hamilton Charles Gosling.