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Exhibition Activity Packs

Are you looking to entertain the kids over the summer holidays? Escape the heat by bringing them in see our current exhibitions. Pick up a free BNG Kids Activity Book to encourage them to explore the gallery on their own.

Admission is free for children, $5 for adults (free for students, seniors and both BNG and NARM members). Bespoke activity books, aimed at children between the ages of 7 and 14, have been produced to accompany each of the three exhibitions on display, providing children with opportunities to explore the themes presented and learn new skills.


2022 Bermuda Biennial

The theme for this year’s exhibition, A New Vocabulary: Past. Present. Future, asked artists to examine the seismic changes that have taken place since the last Biennial. The show brings together 43 local artists and presents a variety of media, including animation, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and poetry.

The accompanying BNG Kids Activity Book is aimed at ages 11 to 14 and features a guided exercise on planning art, including composition, the elements of design, colour theory, and thumbnail sketching.


A Personal Perspective: Photographs by Richard Saunders

This exhibition focuses on a selection of striking black and white prints by local photographer Richard Saunders (Bermudian, 1922 – 1987). Saunders left the island due to segregation, moving to NYC in the late 1940s, where he went on to shoot for publications such as The New York Times, Life, National Geographic and Time.

The BNG Kids Activity Book produced to accompany the exhibition, aimed at ages 7 to 10, explores the principles of photography from how cameras work, to 35mm film and the focal point.


From Darkness to Light: Portraits by Henry Ward

Henry Ward is a portrait artist. Hismethod and philosophy of painting are based on the techniques developed over the centuries by the Old Masters, however, stylistically, he seeks to blend the old with the new. In this exhibition he captures key figures in Bermuda, such as Dr David Wingate OBE, Miss Ruth Thomas MBE and Alan Burland.

In the accompanying BNG Kids Activity Book, children aged 11 to 14 are introduced to the effects of light and shadow and a step by step guide to representing the planes of a face.


Tours of all current exhibitions, for groups large or small, can be arranged with Education Officer Rehana Packwood (pictured above with kids from the AKSC and Youth Library Camps). Contact education@bng.bm for further information, or call 295 9428.

If your kids enjoy the activity books, please take a picture and tag us on Instagram. We’d love to see their work!

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Scholarships Available

BNG Art+Tech

Recognizing the importance of art education in developing critical thinking skills, confidence and teamwork, Bermuda National Gallery with the generous support of Centennial Bermuda Foundation are offering needs based scholarships for the Art+Tech Summer Camp programme.

This year, the Art+Tech programme, which has been running since 2009, is open to 15 students per week. They will be based between the gallery and the BNG Education Satellite Space in the nearby Washington Mall, generously supported by Washington Properties. Each student will be assigned an iPad and Apple Pencil to work with. 
 
To ensure that as many students as possible have access to the course, registration is limited to one week per student. They can choose from a variety of modules: 

Animation: Students will learn the principles of animation and apply those to making short 2D animations.
 
Digital Painting: Students will learn colour theory and perspective as well as digital painting techniques.
 
Photo Editing : Using photography and photo editing techniques, this week will introduce students to digital collage and photobashing.

A selection of artworks produced in the 2021 Art+Tech summer camp programme can be viewed here
 
Scholarships, which cover up to 85% of the cost of camp, are needs-based and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. The cost of camp is $250 for BNG Family Members (or higher), and $325 for non-members. An annual Family Membership is included for non-members. 

Membership includes unlimited free gallery access for up to 4 family members (2 adults and 2 children), invitations to exhibition previews and exclusive events plus priority access to all BNG education programmes. 
 
For more information, and to register, click here

For further information please contact Rehana Packwood, Education Officer on 295 9428 or email education@bng.bm

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Narrative Art Camp

Over the Easter holidays, we held a Narrative Art Camp for students age 8 to 12. Under the direction of Education Officer Rehana Packwood, students explored a variety of art mediums and learnt to make comics, create flipbooks, write and illustrate poetry, and more! 

Sarai Burgess, age 10.
Ailey Headlam, age 12.
Nyah Roberts, age 12.
Grace Akle, age 8, Mylah Da Silva, age 9, and Grace Caplice, age 9.
Noah Kipps Gibbons, age 12.
Ailey Headlam, age 12.
Nylah Roberts, age 12.
Maisie Farnsworth, age 11.

Click here for further information about BNG Education Programmes.

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BNG Kids Competition

Win Over $150 Worth of Prizes

Looking to entertain the kids over the Easter break? We have a launched a BNG Kids Competition to encourage our youngest visitors to come in and explore the gallery.

Between now and April 10, every child who fills in a BNG Kids Activity book will be entered into a prize draw to win a Crayola Art Inspiration Case, a Family Membership to the Bermuda National Gallery, plus a BNG T-shirt, in a bundle valued at over $150.

The activity books can be picked up free in the gallery. Simply give your competition entry form to the volunteer at the front desk as you leave. Designed to encourage creative and critical thinking, there are 6 BNG Kids Activity Books for kids to choose from – one to accompany each of our current exhibitions.

The African Collection: Our People, Our Places, Our Stories: a showcase of the BNG’s permanent collection of African art, seen together in its entirety for the first time in 25 years.

Flotsam and Jetsam: The Cost of Modern Living: a photographic exhibition by Meredith Andrews, produced by BNG in partnership with KBB, which looks at the impact of single use plastics.

The Bermuda Biennial: A Retrospective: presenting a selection of artworks produced for the Bermuda Biennial which have been collected by the Bermuda National Gallery over the last three decades. 

Testing Boundaries: In the Studio with Nancy Valentine and Christina Hutchings: this exhibition looks at the work of a mother and daughter and how they each forged a unique path as women and interdisciplinary artists.

A Source of Inspiration: St George’s Through the Bermuda National Gallery Collection: offering a unique perspective on life in St George’s in the 20th century, this exhibition celebrates the old town’s unique place in Bermuda’s historic, contemporary and artistic landscape. 

Par-La-Ville Sculpture Park: Situated in the Queen Elizabeth Park in Hamilton, the Sculpture Park is a joint project between BNG and the Corporation of Hamilton which displays Bermuda’s National Sculpture Collection.  

There are 2 prizes to be won – one for the 8-11 age category and one for the 12-14 age category. The winners will be notified on Monday April 11. Good luck!

For further information on this, or any of education initiatives, please contact BNG Education Officer Rehana Packwood at education@bng.bm.

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Easter Camp

For Children Age 8 -12

We will be running an Easter camp from April 4-8. The theme of this year’s camp, for ages 8-12, is narrative art. Join us as we make comics, create flipbooks, illustrate poetry, and more!

Our camp will be limited to fourteen students who will be based between the gallery and the BNG’s pop-up satellite space in Washington Mall.

The cost of camp is $250, and a BNG Family Membership is required. Please e-mail our education officer, Rehana Packwood, at education@bng.bm for more information.

Bermuda National Gallery Easter Camp
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BNG Kids Activity Books

Available for all Current Exhibitions

Recognising that children are one of the groups to have been hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic, with the majority of schools across Bermuda still closed to in-person learning, we have produced a selection of free BNG Kids activity books to accompany our current exhibitions. 

Books can be picked up in the gallery, or downloaded from our website. Entry to the gallery is free for children. Families can also explore a range of artworks in the Par-La-Ville Sculpture Park, a joint project between BNG and the City of Hamilton. 

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New Kids Activity Book

The Shadow Land

Are you juggling remote learning? Why not pull the children away from the screen and bring them in to see The Shadow Land: Cape Dorset Prints from the Bacardi Collection. The exhibition focuses on prints produced by the first generation of full time artists based at Cape Dorset, in Canada’s Arctic territories, which is widely considered to be the epicentre of contemporary Inuit art. 

We have produced a new BNG Kids activity book to accompany the exhibition to encourage children, age 11 to 14, to explore the artworks on display and experiment with print making. Stuck in quarantine? You can view the exhibition online and download a free copy of the activity pack to print off at home. 

Click here to download the BNG Kids activity book.

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Online Student Exhibition

Art + Summer Camp Programme

This summer, over 60 students attended the BNG Art + Tech summer camp programme. Under the direction of new Education Officer Rehana Packwood, students aged 11 to 14 explored a range of digital art making techniques, from animation and photography to digital painting and collage.

Each armed with an Apple Pencil and iPad, students worked from a newly opened pop-up satellite education space across the road from Bermuda National Gallery, generously supported by Washington Properties.

Top: Digital painting by Angeline DeSilva, age 12. Above: students outside the BNG Pop Up Satellite Space in Washington Mall.

To celebrate, we have brought together a selection of student works created over the course of the summer in an online exhibition which will run though to the end of September.

Digital art making was a new to most of the students who attended the Art + Tech summer camp. The programme, which ran over the course of the summer, was divided in a series of different modules which allowed the children to focus on a specific area of interest. These included digital art fundamentals, animation, photo editing & collage and digital painting.

Digital photograph by Dezirae Darrell, age 12, produced as part of the BNG Art + Tech summer camp programme.

We will be launching a Drawing for Animation after school programme this fall. For further information email education@bng.bm.

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Bursaries Available

Art & Tech Summer Camp

Recognizing the importance of art education in developing critical thinking skills, confidence and teamwork, Bermuda National Gallery with the generous support of Centennial Bermuda Foundation are offering 35 full bursaries for public school students with financial need to attend the BNG Art & Tech summer camp. To ensure that as many students as possible have access to the course, registration is limited to one week per student.
 
The programme will run in July and August and will focus on digital art making techniques for students age 11 to 14 under the direction of our new Education Officer Rehana Packwood. The camp will take 10 students per week who will be based between the gallery and a pop-up BNG Education Satellite Space in Washington Mall generously supported by Washington Properties. Each student will be assigned an iPad and Apple Pencil to work with.

Students can choose from a variety of modules, which will be explored further in a digital art after school programme starting in September.

Digital Art Fundamentals (July 5-9): This week will teach students how to use effects in digital art programmes to create 2D graphics and introduce digital illustration techniques.
 
Photo Editing & Collage (July 12-16, August 9-13): Using photography and photo editing techniques, this week will introduce students to digital collage and photobashing.
 
Animation (July 19-23, August 2-6 and 16-20): Students will learn the principles of animation and apply those to making short 2D animations.

Digital Painting: Landscapes (August 23-27): Inspired by BNG’s current exhibition Illusion & Abstraction: Capturing the Landscape, students will learn colour theory and perspective as well as digital painting techniques in order to create landscape paintings of their own.
 
Thirty-five full bursaries are available for public school students which will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. The cost of the camp for those who are not eligible for the scholarship is $250, and a BNG Family Membership ($75) is required for registration.

Click here to register.

Those applying for a bursary should email Education Officer Rehana Packwood at education@bng.bm for details. 

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Education Materials

Illusion & Abstraction

To accompany Illusion & Abstraction: Capturing the Landscape, we have produced a free children’s activity booklet which explores the different ways in which artists have both reflected and refracted the local landscape.

Click here to download the free activity booklet, aimed at children age 10 to 14, which examines perspective, the effects of light and shade and explores what it is that makes an abstraction.

With support from Solterra Landscape and Design. Education programming sponsored by AXIS.

Top: Untitled by E. Ambrose Webster, 1916. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Bermuda National Gallery. Gift of David L. White, OBE. Bottom: Colour Cut by Teresa Kirby Smith, 2020. Archival inject paper. Courtesy of the artist.