Bermuda has been calling to artists for hundreds of years. Countless writers, painters and musicians have all put pen to paper and brush to canvas to capture our island’s sights and sounds.
Our bustling capital is a visual art lover’s dream. Just outside of Hamilton, in the Botanical Gardens, is the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, a multi-level gallery featuring art inspired by Bermuda. The collection features pieces by artists like Georgia O’Keefe and Winslow Homer.
At the City Hall & Arts Centre, you will find the Bermuda Society of Arts (BSoA). Also known as “the people’s gallery,” this warm space is where local artists showcase their work. BSoA’s monthly Friday night show openings are the perfect start to the weekend as you mix and mingle with other art enthusiasts — and perhaps take home some artwork as a memento.
The Bermuda National Gallery, also at the City Hall & Arts Centre, is an impressive and welcoming space featuring local and international artists. Its exhibitions, both permanent and rotating, often provide provocative and compelling commentary on Bermudian and island culture.
Not all art is in the galleries. The Corporation of Hamilton has commissioned public artwork, so as you explore the city, be on the lookout for murals, artistic poetry and mosaics. The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club has undergone a massive renovation, including the addition of a world-class collection of contemporary art, with works by Banksy, Liu Ye, Andy Warhol and Nelson Mandela. Guided tours are offered weekly.