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Celebrating Bermuda Art Month

Artist Talk and Live Music

October saw the launch of Bermuda’s inaugural Art Month, hosted by the Bermuda Tourism Authority, in a celebration of the arts at cultural institutions across the island.

The opening event was held at BNG in collaboration with Gherdai Hassell who gave a talk about her practice in partnership with fellow former Bermuda Biennial artist Yesha Townsend celebration of both Art Month and the opening of Threads Unravelling, a new exhibition of her textile work on display in the BNG Project Space. 

We also held two live music sessions in the gallery with D.I.A and Friends who performed with special guests Icarus (KASE and Yesha Townsend) the first week.

The second week saw a special performance by Derek G. and Hana Bushara featuring Buzby in celebration of Derek’s album launch which dropped at midnight that night. Guests enjoyed bespoke cocktails by Alchemy Spirits inspired by the song titles. 

If you missed the events, you can watch Gherdai’s artist talk below.

We look forward to celebrating again next year for the second annual Bermuda Art Month! 

UK based Bermudian multimedia artist Gherdai Hassell joined us in conversation with fellow former Bermuda Biennial artist Yesha Townsend on October 1, 2023.
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Video: Rana Begum Talk

Artist Talk

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the talk by London-based multi-media artist Rana Begum. As Charles Zuill wrote in his review of the lecture in the Royal Gazette, “Begum is a highly versatile artist, whose work is wide-ranging and yet identifiable as being uniquely Rana Begum.  She is a painter, a printmaker, a sculptor, a creator of installations, a designer of furniture, a film-maker. She is an explorer, an experimenter, a modernist and yet a traditionalist.”

Her talk was fascinating and we were thrilled to welcome her to the gallery, where her work is on display in Simplicity of Form: Unfolding Abstraction through to the end of October. The video of talk, courtesy of CITV, is now available to watch for those who weren’t able to make it in person.

Click the image below to watch the video.

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In Conversation: Jacqueline Alma

BNG Lecture Series

The BNG Lecture Series featuring Jacqueline Alma is now available to watch on the BNG YouTube channel

The film provides a behind the scenes look at Jacqueline’s methodical approach to art making and the background to her dynamic exhibition Like A Tree Let The Dead Leaves Drop which featured drawings and paintings inspired by her personal experiences.

Soul Tree I by Jacqueline Alma 2015-2018. Oil on linen.

You can view the film, which was recorded live at the BNG in June 2019, here

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In Conversation: Bryan Ritchie

The Art of Printmaking

2020 Bermuda Biennial artist Bryan Ritchie recently gave a talk for the BNG live from his home studio in Wisconsin in which he gave an overview of his practice and the concepts behind the art he creates, which primarily focuses on drawing and lithography.

Bryan has exhibited extensively in Bermuda, Canada and the United States and his work has been included in five Bermuda Biennials. He is currently a Professor of Art in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Stout where he recently concluded an additional role as Department Chair. 

You can watch the talk HERE.

Swimmer (Maybe I should get out and participate), 2019. Charcoal and pastel on paper. 30 x 22 in. Selected for the 2020 Bermuda Biennial.
Maybe I Should Be Me, 2018. Charcoal and pastel on paper. 30 x 22 in. Selected for the 2020 Bermuda Biennial.

Artist’s Statement

My work explores social and political paradigms through implied narratives. I respond to a myriad of sources, including social interactions, media influences, daily rituals and memories.  My process stresses invention, with an emphasis on mark making and character development, to create depictions that explore a place between abstraction and representation. My entries for the 2020 Biennial represent a recent body of work produced while serving a new employment role as a department chairperson.

To remain connected with my creative practice while I learned the administrative assignment, I established a drawing ritual with specified working parameters. The resulting body of work became a whimsical snapshot into a period of risk, vulnerability and achievement. I questioned axioms regarding what is valued, what are aimers in life, and how does one navigate doubt, insecurity, failure and loss to achieve goals. The work was raw, but honest and gave form to shared questions about how to remain hopeful and vigilant as we age and accept new challenges.

Find Bryan at www.Bryanritchie.com and @bryanritchie4617