Bermuda Arts Council Student Grant Awards Bermuda National Gallery education initiatives are designed to provide opportunities for creative and independent thinking through an exchange of ideas and art education. Alongside technical skills, students develop art appreciation, critical thinking skills and creative problem solving. Two former BNG education students were recently awarded Bermuda Arts Council Student Grant Awards. $10,000 went to
Strength In Vulnerability Emma Steele uses textiles to challenge preconceived notions of craft based practices, drawing from a place of strength to express a feminist directive. Her 2020 Bermuda Biennial artwork, which explores sex from a woman’s point of view, roots the traditional medium firmly in a contemporary context. “Experiences leave impressions. The impressions are the aftermath.” explains Emma
Catherine Draycott The long, languorous days of summer sing from the pages of Llewellyn Emery’s acclaimed children’s books Nothin’ But A Pond Dog and The Fires of Pembroke. Catherine Draycott’s accompanying illustrations capture the idle joy of the school break and the boundless imagination that can be sparked only by empty weeks stretching endlessly ahead. The autobiographical books, which recall Llewellyn’s childhood growing up near
Art + Tech Programme The students in the Bermuda National Gallery Art + Tech Summer Camp have been exploring a wide range of art making processes under the direction of education officer Louisa Bermingham. Using the exhibitions on display as a starting point for their projects, the students have been focusing on a variety of art making skills – from traditional techniques such as drawing,
Catherine White Catherine White describes her 2020 Bermuda Biennial artwork as a prologue to her life. The piece was inspired by a roll of undeveloped film that she found shortly after the death of her father. In developing the film, Catherine discovered a series of portraits of family and friends that her father had taken before she was born. The
Ami Zanders Like most of us, Ami Zanders has found herself embracing technology in new ways over the last few months. Confined to her home in Liverpool under lockdown, she wasn’t able to access the materials she was used to working with in her studio at university and with no access to a computer, she turned to her phone. The
Tiffany Paynter Tiffany Paynter describes herself, in the words of feminist writer and Civil Rights activist Audre Lorde, as ‘a black lesbian woman poet warrior.’ The artist, who teaches poetry and creative writing, exhibited God Gap in the 2018 Bermuda Biennial What We Share. The spoken word poem, which Tiffany performed at the BNG every week throughout the duration of
Joscelyn Gardner The story of Mary Prince and her impactful contribution to the British abolitionist movement has been a focal point of Joscelyn Gardner’s work for many years. The Barbadian artist, whose mixed media artworks are rooted in her (white) Creole heritage, explores the influence of colonial and patriarchal systems on Caribbean history. As we head into the Cup Match
Naimah Frith The bright colours and bold stance of Whining Queen greet you with confidence as you enter the 2020 Bermuda Biennial. Taking up an entire wall of the Humann Gallery, Niamah Frith’s fabric and chalk pastel portrait, which the artist describes as “an examination and celebration of the black feminine body, a site of resistance, power and resilience” sets
BNG Summer Camp The students in the Bermuda National Gallery Art + Tech Summer Camp have just completed the first week of the 2020 programme. For the first time, the students have been given exclusive access to the BNG, which remains closed to the public during the week. This allows them to immerse themselves fully in the exhibitions which serve
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