The Bermuda National Gallery is offering free transport to and from the contemporary art museum for school children. The programme is made possible by the generous support of the Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club who have loaned their minibus to the gallery through to the first week of April.
Schools island-wide are invited to sign up for a free art tour, and free transportation, on the Bermuda National Gallery website where they can select their preferred date and time. Tours, which are led by BNG Education Officer Rehana Packwood, are open to students of all ages and can be linked with the classroom curriculum to support class studies and projects.
This is the third time that the hotel, which has a world-class art collection, has lent its bus to the gallery. Last year, over 1,200 students and 100 teachers made use of the free transportation to visit the Bermuda National Gallery exhibition Simplicity of Form: Unfolding Abstraction, which brought together a selection of artworks from the Green family’s private collection.
Jennifer L. Phillips, Executive Director of the Bermuda National Gallery, said “BNG has a strong focus on educational outreach, offering free student tours for all of our exhibitions. We are delighted that the Hamilton Princess has once again partnered with us on this transportation initiative, to facilitate access to the gallery for schools island-wide.”
Tim Morrison, General Manager, Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, said: “We are pleased to partner with the Bermuda National Gallery for this our third year, to provide transport for their school art tours. Transportation is an integral part of moving our island’s children from their classrooms for school outings, and safely returned. We hope that the use of our hotel jitneys will allow more students to visit the gallery.”
Transport and tours are offered twice a day Monday to Friday between now and April 5. Students will be given the opportunity to interact with, and respond to, the art and will be provided with an activity pack to use in the gallery and take home.
Tours are available of all four of BNG’s current exhibitions: A Sense of Belonging: Community & Connection in Bermuda Art, Bermuda Wonderland by Elizabeth Mulderig, A Bermuda Interlude: Paintings by Owen Merton and Threads Unravelling by Gherdai Hassell.
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