Photos & Videos: Murals Unveiled In Hamilton

January 7, 2021 | 5 Comments

The City of Hamilton’s mayor, Charles Gosling, together with Bermuda National Gallery director, Peter Lapsley, today officially unveiled two murals created as part of the Peaceful Art Protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“The public artworks mark a collaboration between the Bermuda National Gallery and the City of Hamilton’s Public Art Initiative – VIVID as part of the programming for Let Me Tell You Something, the Bermuda National Gallery’s 2020 Bermuda Biennial exhibition, sponsored by Bacardi Limited,” a spokesperson said.

“The artworks were submitted to the Peaceful Art Protest, a project developed by former Bermuda Biennial artist Rachel Swinburne and were translated into murals by Dennis Joaquin. The Peaceful Art Protest, an open call for work by artists of all ages, was set up as a way for people to express their solidarity through art ahead of the historic Black Lives Matter march which took place in Hamilton in June 2020.

“The first mural, based on a photograph taken by photographer Meredith Andrews, is located at No1 Car Park on Front Street. The location was chosen to commemorate the starting point for the march, the largest gathering of its kind in Bermuda.”

Mayor Charles Gosling of the City of Hamilton, founder of the Peaceful Art Protest Rachel Swinburne, artist Dennis Joaquin and Executive Director of the Bermuda National Gallery Peter Lapsley.

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“A second mural, based on three drawings submitted by primary school children, can be seen along the route of the march at the top of Queen Street, just east of the Church Street junction near the taxi stand. The full selection of artworks submitted to the Peaceful Art Protest can be viewed at www.peacefulartprotest.bm.”

Mayor Charles Gosling of the City of Hamilton, said: “The Black Lives Matter movement is such a strong, powerful and aspirational movement and knowing this the City welcomed the opportunity to confirm and support the message that Black Lives Matter. The murals are beautifully done and the City is very proud and pleased to have collaborated with the Bermuda National Gallery on this project.”

Peter Lapsley, Executive Director of the Bermuda National Gallery, added: “The Bermuda National Gallery couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome of this collaboration in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the Peaceful Art Protest.

“To have such an immediate, authentic response to the Peaceful Art Protest, using art to give voice to ideas felt so strongly by our community is incredibly powerful and speaks to the crucial importance of the arts, and it is our honour to be able to play a role in supporting that along with the City of Hamilton’s Public Art Initiative – VIVID.”

“The City of Hamilton Public Art Initiative – VIVID and BNG both continue to actively support the art community and provide platforms for local artist to showcase their art and talents. These murals represent the importance and power in collaborating with community partners to bring about awareness and meaningful change,” a spokesperson added.

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  1. aceboy says:

    So everyone is good with BLM’s stance on gay marriage and transgender rights….right?

  2. Simpson says:

    Wow, truly stunning! This is all very progressive of the mayor. Kudos to him!

  3. Gombeys says:

    Remind me why the gombey mural was removed!?

  4. Loquat tree says:

    Wonderful to see – meaningful public art! Thanks to All involved.

  5. Lol says:

    This new religion will not end well.

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