Bermuda Biennial Poetry Creation Workshops – The Royal Gazette


Created: Jan 10, 2022 07:57

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

A series of poetry workshops to help create works for the Bermuda Biennale will 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 was expanded to include poetry for the first time.

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

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

“We are delighted to partner with BNG for this workshop and to encourage the submission of poetry. “

A spokesperson 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 is also an essential platform for the living artists of our island and, with it, a celebration of 30 years of contemporary Bermuda art. “

The spokesperson said: “As part of the department’s Writers-in-Residence program this year, writers, whether new to poetry or accomplished poets, are encouraged to participate in workshops to create new works for the 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 previously written pieces.

Chris Astwood, Paul Maddern, Andra Simons, Alan C Smith and Yesha Townsend, all Bermudan writers, will host the workshops, which will be held on Zoom between January 7 and 29.

Ms. Townsend will be leading workshops on January 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Mr Smith, Dr Astwood, Mrs Simons and Dr Maddern will be leading workshops on January 8, 15, 22 and 29 between 10 a.m. and noon.

To register for a workshop, go to or contact Catherine Hay, the folklife manager, at [email protected] for more information.

The Biennale is open to Bermudians at home and abroad and to residents who have lived on the island for at least six months.

The biennial theme for 2022 is “A New Vocabulary: The Past. Gift. Future ”and artists can submit up to five works in different disciplines by the January 31 deadline.

For more information and for application details visit


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