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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. 

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Fundraising Event

Pirates Of Bermuda

Bermuda National Gallery Chairman Gary Phillips, OBE, JP has been seized as a hostage by the Pirates of Bermuda and has until Saturday, April 10 to raise his ransom. Will Gary have to walk the plank into the chilly waters of Hamilton Harbour or will he raise his ransom and be saved?

His fate is in your hands. Please make a donation and choose whether to SINK or SAVE him. All funds raised will be split equally between the Bermuda Sloop Foundation and the Bermuda National Gallery

Click here to make a donation and decide what happens. 

All will be revealed by the Pirates of Bermuda on Saturday, April 10 11am – 3pm in Hamilton Harbour.

Thank you for your support!

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International Women’s Day

The Art of You

To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, we held an exclusive day of communion and connection for The Art of You community at the Bermuda National Gallery.

The day began with an artist led tour of I Am Because You Are. Gherdai Hassell led the group through an intimate look at her first solo exhibition, in which she examines the lasting impacts of slavery through a series of striking portraits, poetry and installation inspired by historic photographs in the Bermuda Archives.

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Top: The Art of You co-founders Susan Pateras-Maybury (left) and Sue Khan (right) with artist Gherdai Hassell (centre). Above: Gherdai Hassell leads a tour of her first solo exhibition I Am Because You Are.

This was followed by a yoga and meditation session in the elegant surroundings of the Young Gallery with spoken word artist and yoga teacher 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.

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Tiffany Paynter concludes the day with a yoga and meditation session for the group.

If you are interested in hosting a bespoke event at the Bermuda National Gallery, please contact programming@bng.bm.

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Artist Talk

Gherdai Hassell

Please note that this event is now fully booked. We will be streaming it live on the BNG instagram account – follow along @bermuda_nationalgallery.

A recording of the talk will be shared the BNG website and across the Department of Culture’s media channels at a later date. Sign up to our newsletter to be the first to know when this goes out.


Click here to register for tickets for a talk by Gherdai Hassell, brought to you by the Department of Culture in partnership with the Bermuda National Gallery to celebrate the opening of her first solo exhibition I Am Because You Are.

Driven by an exploration of her own ancestral heritage, in this exhibition the former Biennial artist examines the lasting impacts of slavery; re-imagining the identities of enslaved Bermudians in a series of striking portraits, installation and text inspired by historic photographs discovered in the Bermuda Archives.

Gherdai Hassell was recently named by Wide Walls magazine as 1 of ‘5 Emerging Black Artists to Collect Now‘. She is currently an MFA student at the China Academy of Art and is the host of the Art Affects podcast which celebrates contemporary art made by and about people of the African diaspora.

Registration is free. Spaces are strictly limited due to coronavirus restrictions. Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Click here to register.

The event will be filmed and shared by both the Department of Culture and the Bermuda National Gallery at a later date.

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Join the BNG Team

We’re Hiring!

Are you passionate about the arts and its role in our community? We are looking for an engaged and enthusiastic individual to oversee the Bermuda National Gallery’s education programmes.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the BNG team and support our mission and vision. We are looking for an educator who can work with a range of ages, from Early Years programmes to the Life Long Learners, alongside the ArtReach programme which reaches over 3,000 students from Bermuda’s public and private schools.

For application details visit the Bermuda Jobs Board. The deadline for application is Monday, January 4. ⠀⠀

The Bermuda National Gallery offers a variety of education programmes in conjunction with current exhibitions for learners of all ages.
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Temporary Closure

BNG Open Online

As matter of care for the health and safety of our volunteers, visitors and staff amidst the growing concerns around the spread of Covid-19, our physical space is temporarily closed until further notice. However, BNG remains open online where we have launched a new exhibition as well as a public art project in Hamilton!

We are closely monitoring the evolving situation and will re-open as soon as we feel that it is safe to do so. In the meantime, please keep in touch on instagram and we hope that you continue to enjoy our fortnightly arts newsletter

If you’re in town, keep an eye for two new murals which are being installed for the Peaceful Art Protest Mural Project, a collaboration between BNG and the Corporation of Hamilton‘s VIVID Public Art Initiative as part of the programming for the 2020 Bermuda Biennial Let Me Tell You Something. 

Dennis Joaquin works on one of the Peaceful Art Protest murals on Front Street.

The Peaceful Art Protest was launched by former Biennial artist Rachel Swinburne earlier this year in response to the Black Lives Matter movement as a way for artists of all ages to express their solidarity through art.

The artwork above is based on a photograph taken by Meredith Andrews  which is being translated into a mural by Dennis Joaquin on Front Street, near No. 1 Carpark.

A second mural, created by primary school children, will be installed at the top of Queen Street, near City Hall.

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Runners Up Revealed

BNG x Goslings Competition

Artists and designers – both professional and amateur – were invited to submit designs for a Black Seal inspired wrapping paper in the first annual BNG x Goslings Annual Holiday Wrapping Paper Design Competition.

Over 60 applications were received, which were judged blind to ensure a fair selection process. The selection committee included Peter Lapsley, Executive Director of the Bermuda National Gallery, Malcolm Gosling, President and CEO of Goslings International Limited and Sami Lil, founder of award-winning creative studio Uber Super Duper.

The judges were impressed by the number and quality of entries and as a result they have decided to include runners up in each age category. Congratulations to Sophia Fortuna and Shanna Hollis, runner up in the 18-25 age category and Avarie Graham and Natalie Sannemalm, winners of the 26 and over category. All four designs will be turned into Christmas cards, to be sold by Goslings in the 2021 holiday season, with part proceeds going to support the Bermuda National Gallery. 

Keep you eyes peeled this week as the winning designs by Kayley Gibbons and Jonathan Marc Boden go into the windows of the Goslings Front Street store which opens on the 9th December. 

Designs from the runners up in the first annual BNG x Goslings Annual Wrapping Paper Design Competition: Sophia Fortuna (above, left), Shanna Hollis (above, right), Avarie Graham (bottom, left) and Natalie Sannemalm (bottom, right). 
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Giving Tuesday

We Need Your Support

Today is Giving Tuesday, a global day of unity and giving. Recognizing that the relevance of art has never been more apparent than it is today, the Bermuda National Gallery remains deeply committed to supporting our island community, members and artists as these unprecedented times unfurl but we cannot do it without you. 

Unfortunately, the shelter in place restrictions which came into effect in March meant that we were forced to cancel our annual ArtReach For Education Gala. The event is traditionally our biggest fundraising initiative of the year and without it, community funding for 2021 programmes is more vital than ever.

The economic distress felt globally is directly affecting all sectors and without your support BNG art education, programming and exhibitions will be catastrophically impacted.

We are working hard to make sure that even during these most challenging times the arts are supported, enabling continued benefit to Bermuda now and for the future, but we cannot do it alone.

As a registered charity, the Bermuda National Gallery relies on community funding. Please show your support by by making a donation today. We appreciate that a financial donation is not always possible, in which case please show your support by advocating for the arts or consider volunteering with us. 

Every gift makes a difference. Please support us so that we can continue to support the community.

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Design Competition

Winners Announced

Congratulations to Jonathan Marc Boden and Kayley Gibbons, the winners of the inaugural BNG x Goslings annual holiday wrapping paper design competition. Artists and designers were invited to submit designs for a Black Seal inspired wrapping paper which will be produced and sold at the Goslings Dundonald Street wine shop and Front Street store.

Over 60 applications were received, which were judged blind to ensure a fair selection process. The selection committee included Peter Lapsley, Executive Director of the Bermuda National Gallery, Malcolm Gosling, President and CEO of Goslings International Limited and Sami Lil, founder of award-winning creative studio Uber Super Duper.

Design by Jonathan Marc Boden, winner of the 26+ category.

Kayley Gibbons won the 18-25 age category for her striking black, white and red design. Jonathan Marc Boden won the 26 and over category for his playful candy cane design. The two winning designs will be featured in the windows of the Goslings Front Street store, to be unveiled at the end of the month. 

Design by Kayley Gibbons, winner of the 18-25 category.

In addition to a cash prize for both winners, Kayley Gibbons, who won the 18-25 category, will receive a Bermuda National Gallery Mentorship which includes meeting with local art and design professionals and the opportunity to be involved in upcoming BNG exhibition design as well as a Goslings Rum Mentorship in Brand Development, giving her an insight into how Goslings maintains and advances their brand identity.

We look forward to seeing the winning designs in print and under the Christmas tree!

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The Magna Carta

BNG Lecture Series

*Please note that the lecture has been postponed given the rise in Covid-19 cases and the increased regulations. The event will be rescheduled in the New Year.*

This year marks 400 years since the first sitting of parliament in Bermuda. To celebrate, we will be unveiling a limited edition reproduction of the Magna Carta which has been generously gifted to the Bermuda National Gallery to be used as an educational resource. 

Please join us at BNG on Tuesday December, 8 at 5.30pm to hear Ben Adamson, a Director in the Litigation department in the Bermuda office of Conyers Dill & Pearman, and Saul Dismont, an Associate in the Litigation and Advice Team at Marshall Diel & Myers Limited, in conversation on the importance of the Magna Carta and its role in the rule of law.  

Due to social distancing regulations, capacity is strictly limited and all attendees must register in advance. Tickets are free and open to both BNG members and the public.

Click here to register for the lecture. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

BNG Lecture Magna Carta with Saul Dismont and Ben Adamson