2022 Bermuda Biennial

The Birdcage

By Jacqueline Alma

Standing on the lawn outside the City Hall & Arts Centre is The Birdcage, a 2022 Bermuda Biennial artwork by Jacqueline Alma. The three birdcages were created as a way to encourage people to express their own version of Past, Present and Future in response to the theme of this year’s exhibition. People can choose where to stand within the frames and be alone or in a group. The hope is that people will be creative and that the photos will tell unique stories.

There is a stand to hold phones to create selfies, but Jacqueline is also looking for a few participants to be photographed by Amanda Temple on Nov 26th. If you are interested, please email your idea to Jacqueline at

You can also follow on Instagram @birdcagepastpresentfuture and share your own photos using #birdcageppf and tag @bermuda_nationalgallery

Jacqueline Alma was born in South Africa and worked as a designer in London before moving to Bermuda in 2008. She has held two solo exhibitions on the island, The Red Thread at Masterworks in 2013 and Like a Tree Let the Dead Leaves Drop at Bermuda National Gallery in 2019. Her artwork looks both outwards, at Bermuda’s history and culture, and inwards, at her own experiences.

Amanda Temple has been a photographer for 30 years. Although she is primarily known for her portrait and wedding photography, she has also exhibited her photographs and paintings in many group and solo shows. In 2017, Amanda published Tapestry of Tales featuring a collection of 75 portraits and stories of people in their homes.

Top: BNG summer camp students pose in The Birdcage. Photograph by Brandon Morrison. Above: Self-portrait by Amanda Temple, 2022.