Arts and Architecture Walk
Duration: Half Day
Enjoy a day of art and culture during your holiday in Bermuda by taking a self-guided tour of Hamilton's local galleries. The island’s capital city lies at the centre of Bermuda’s vibrant arts scene, and boasts a diverse range of galleries and studios that showcase the works of talented local artists. Bermuda National Gallery, the Regal Gallery and the Bermuda Society of the Arts are just some of the highlights.
One of the best places to begin an art trail in Hamilton is at the Bermuda National Gallery, located in the City Hall Arts Centre in the heart of the city. This has been the home of Bermuda’s national art collection since 1992, and as Bermuda’s leading art museum, the gallery’s aim is to “bring the world of art to Bermuda and Bermuda’s art to the world”. Both permanent and temporary exhibitions display past and present works by local and international artists, much of which reflects the island’s rich history and multicultural heritage. Lectures by leading art figures are also available here, as well as seminars, workshops, film nights and jazz nights. This is the ideal introduction to visual arts and culture in Bermuda.
Moving onwards, another venue not to be missed along your art trail is The Bermuda Society of Arts (BSoA), a non-profit organisation that aims to encourage arts and the development of artists in Bermuda to reach their highest potential. Founded in the early 1950s by 25 art enthusiasts, this is the oldest arts organisation on the island and there are now over 400 members. Special exhibitions and events take place throughout the year, whilst individual artists and groups can also rent gallery space to display and sell their work.
The next stop is the Regal Gallery, which can be found at the eastern end of Reid Street. This unique gallery is owned and managed by world renowned artist Robert D. Bassett, whose work has been strongly influenced by the Bermuda Gombey troupes and contemporary African figurativism. His bold, dramatic paintings have been exhibited at the Museum of African American Art in Los Angeles and at the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, among other prestigious venues, so seeing his paintings up close is a must for art enthusiasts.
Last but not least, the Windjammer Gallery exhibits quality paintings and sculptures by both local and international artists. It also houses an extensive selection of cards, prints and limited editions which are worth browsing. Adjacent to the gallery is a private garden which is used for exhibitions and to showcase sculptures. This is just a small list of galleries in Hamilton, as many other private galleries can be discovered around the city if you have time to explore. Art lovers will be in their element.
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