Poetic creation workshops for the Bermuda Biennale – The Royal Gazette

Created: Jan 10, 2022 07:57

Hamilton City Hall, home of the National Gallery of Bermuda (file photo)

A series of poetry workshops to help create works for the Bermuda Biennale are to be organized by the Department of Culture and the National Gallery of Bermuda.

The Bermuda Biennale was created to celebrate the visual arts, but this year it has been expanded to include poetry for the first time.

Ernest Peets, Minister for Youth, Culture and Sport, said: “This is an important year for the National Gallery of Bermuda.

“This marks 30 years since the gallery opened and 40 years since its genesis, the Bermuda Fine Art Act, was passed in Parliament.

“We are thrilled to partner with BNG for this workshop and encourage poetry submission.”

A spokeswoman for the Department of Culture said the Bermuda Biennale, the 15th of its kind, was a “unique cultural cornerstone for our contemporary artists” and put the country in the international spotlight.

She added, “It’s also an essential platform for our island’s living artists and, with it, a celebration of 30 years of contemporary Bermuda art.”

The spokeswoman said: “As part of the department’s Writers-in-Residence program this year, writers, whether new to poetry or accomplished poets, are encouraged to attend workshops to create new works for biennial.”

The workshops were designed to be stand-alone events focusing on a range of topics from how to generate new work to how to refine already written pieces.

Chris Astwood, Paul Maddern, Andra Simons, Alan C Smith and Yesha Townsend, all Bermudian writers, will lead the workshops, which will be held on Zoom from January 7-29.

Ms. Townsend will lead workshops on January 7, 14, 21 and 28 between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Mr. Smith, Dr. Astwood, Ms. Simons and Dr. Maddern will lead workshops on January 8, 15, 22 and 29 between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

To register for a workshop, visit https://bit.ly/bdawinr2021 or contact Catherine Hay, Folklife Manager, at [email protected] for more information.

The biennial is open to local and international Bermudians and residents who have lived on the island for at least six months.

The theme of the biennale for 2022 is “A new vocabulary: the past. Gift. Future” and artists can submit up to five works in different disciplines before the January 31 deadline.

For more information and application details, visit www.bng.bm

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