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Private Tours

Visit Safely in Your Bubble

The Bermuda National Gallery provides a peaceful, welcoming space during these challenging times. With Covid-19 protocols in place, the doors to the gallery remain open from 10am to 4pm Tuesday through to Friday and from 10am to 2pm on Saturdays. Visitors must wear a mask and observe social distancing regulations. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the galleries. 

Understanding the impact that the current spike in cases in having upon the community, we have closed our doors to the public on Mondays, allowing small groups to visit safely in their bubbles. If you would like to book a small tour, or private entry to the gallery, please email Lara Hetzel, Volunteer and Operations Officer, at volunteer@bng.bm. 

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BNG Yoga Series

Returning Soon

Thank you to everyone who attended our yoga classes over the course of the summer. We had a wonderful response. BNG’s popular weekly yoga series will return this fall, hosted again by Tiffany Paynter, two-time Bermuda Biennial artist, Sivananda Yoga teacher and co-founder of the Peace Within Prison Yoga Programme.

Due to the increase in Covid-19 cases locally, we are now exploring moving the upcoming series online. In advance of classes beginning, we would love to hear what time would fit best in your schedule. Please note that filling out this form will not reserve your space in class. We encourage you to contribute whether or not you have attended previously. Thank you!

Click here to share your feedback

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Visiting Us Safely

Gallery Open

The Bermuda National Gallery provides a safe and welcoming space for contemplation in these trying times. Indeed, some doctors are prescribing museum visits to combat Covid-19 stress.

The safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff is of the utmost importance. We have increased our cleaning regimen throughout the galleries and hand sanitizer is provided in each room. Masks must be worn and social distancing observed. A government SafeKey is not required for general admission but they are for events.

We have been planning a Poetry Response to celebrate the close of I Am Because You Are, which was scheduled for the end of this month. We are keen to hold the event before a live audience and have therefore decided to extend Gherdai Hassell’s exhibition through to the end of October. If you haven’t already seen the exhibition in person, we urge you to do so.

Opening in the Watlington Room in early November, The Bermuda Biennial: A Retrospective looks back at 30 years of contemporary Bermuda art through a selection of works produced for the Bermuda Biennial which are now held in our permanent collection.

I Am Because You Are, the first solo exhibition by Gherdai Hassell, has been extended through to the end of October.
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In Remembrance

Dennis Joaquin

Dear BNG Family,

It is with great sadness that we learned of the untimely passing of Dennis Joaquin this past week. I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Dennis on the Peaceful Art Protest Mural Project, a collaboration between the Bermuda National Gallery and the City of Hamilton, which took place here in the city in 2020.

To say that his passion for life and art was something we should all aspire to doesn’t fully capture who he was. Whilst I only knew him briefly, his was an energy that led me to think that we would have many more opportunities to work together, and I looked forward to those experiences to come.

He was not only kind, committed and passionate about the many projects he was working on, but he was also a creative talent. It is very sad to learn of his passing, but the joy and art that he brought to the world will leave those who saw it a little brighter, and that is a truly special gift.

His family have asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dennis’ name may be made to PALS.

Sincerely,

Peter Lapsley

Executive Director, Bermuda National Gallery

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Dennis Joaquin (left) photographed with Thomas Smith, Angelo Burgess and William Leman, along with Mayor of Hamilton Charles Gosling and BNG Executive Director Peter Lapsley at the unveiling of the Peaceful Art Protest murals in Hamilton in February 2021. 

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What’s In A Name

With Titan Tours

Titan Tours will be hosting the What’s In a Name Tour on Saturday, September 25 as part of their African Dispersion Cultural Tours. The tour will explore the history of naming enslaved people, and the lasting impacts that this has had on the Black community.

Guests will be picked up from the steps of the City Hall & Arts Centre for a 30-minute bus tour, taking in We Arrive by Chesley Trott and the story of the landing of the Enterprise at Barr’s Bay Park, before making its way back to the Bermuda National Gallery for a private tour of I Am Because You Are by Gherdai Hassell.

The tour take place on Saturday, September 25 at 10am. Tickets are $25; this includes admission to the gallery.

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Top: What Remains to be Seen by Gherdai Hassell, 2021. Mixed media installation.
Above: We Arrive by Chesley Trott, 2009. Bronze sculpture. Collection of the City of Hamilton. 
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Gallery Shop Opens Online

All Purchases Support BNG

We are pleased to announce that you can now shop BNG online. Pick up an original artwork by Jon Legere or support art with asignature BNG T-shirt, designed by local graphic designer Averie Graham and printed in Bermuda.  Every purchase directly supports the day-to-day operations of the gallery.

There are also a selection of Bermuda National Gallery books available online, including Bermuda National Gallery: An Introduction, which explores our permanent collections and the BNG’s unique place in Bermuda.

Cross Currents: Impressions of Bermuda, showcases the works in the David L. White Collection, focusing on local landscapes spanning the 1860s to mid 20th Century.

Children, young an old, are sure to delight in Woolcock’s Wonders, a retrospective of political cartoonist Peter Woolcock, as we celebrate the 95th anniversary of his birth this year. 

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Please note that we are only currently able to offer local pickup from the gallery. 

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Call to Artists

Teaching Opportunities

Are you an artist with skills to share? We are currently working on our fall programming and are looking for artists to teach a variety of classes, both for adults and children, over a wide range of creative areas from drawing and painting to photography and textiles. 

If you would be interested in teaching at the Bermuda National Gallery, please send a copy of your resume, including an overview of your teaching experience and your area(s) of expertise, to Eve Godet Thomas, Director of Programming and Engagement at programming@bng.bm

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Yoga in the Gallery

Every Monday

Looking for a respite from the heat? Start the week with a rejuvenating yoga class in the peaceful setting of the Bermuda National Gallery.

Two-time Bermuda Biennial artist and Sivananda Yoga teacher Tiffany Paynter is leading a yoga class at BNG every Monday from 12pm – 1pm throughout the summer. 

Spaces are strictly limited (10) and must be booked in advance. Individual classes are $20 for BNG members and $30 for non members. Register for all 8 weeks and receive 1 class free!

The class is open to beginners. Alternative poses will be given for more advanced students. Please bring your own yoga mat. 

Click here to register. Spaces are limited and must be booked in advance. 

Masks must be worn in the gallery but these can be removed when seated on the mat as attendees will be spaced 6 feet apart.

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Lunchtime Yoga Classes

With Tiffany Paynter

Start the week off on the right foot with our new weekly lunchtime yoga classes, held every Monday in the peaceful setting of the Young Gallery. Classes will take place from 12-1pm and will be led by Tiffany Paynter

Tiffany, who is a two-time Bermuda Biennial artist, studied at the International Sivananda School and is a co-founder of the Peace Within Prison Yoga Programme which teaches yoga to incarcerated men and women.

Classes start on June 28th and run through to August 16th. Spaces are strictly limited (10) and must be booked in advance. Individual classes are $20 for BNG members and $30 for non members. Register for all 8 weeks and receive 1 class free!

The class is open to beginners. Alternative poses will be given for more advanced students. Please bring your own yoga mat. 

Click here to register. Spaces are limited and must be booked in advance. 

Masks must be worn in the gallery but these can be removed when seated on the mat as attendees will be spaced 6 feet apart.

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Help Shape Our Future

Win $300 of Prizes

Whilst the events of the past year have been incredibly challenging, they have given us the opportunity to expand our reach beyond the four walls of the gallery with upgrades to our digital offering and an expansion of our public art programme.

It has also given us the time to take stock of where we are and where we want to go. As the doors to the gallery reopen and we look towards the 30th anniversary of the Bermuda National Gallery, which will be celebrated next year, we have been reflecting on our past past, our present and our future

With this in mind, we would be grateful if you could complete our feedback survey. BNG wouldn’t be the dynamic exhibition space that it is today without you, our visitors and members, and we would love to know what you think we could improve on and what you would like to see more of. 

To thank you for your time, one person will be selected at random to win a $125 voucher for the Stationary Store plus a set of Bermuda National Gallery coffee table books in a total prize package valued at $300. The deadline for entry is midnight on Thursday, May 20.

We’d love to hear from you!  

Click here to take the survey.