Kaleidoscope Camp Builds On BNG Show

March 6, 2024 | 0 Comments

Kaleidoscope Arts Foundation spent its February break camp having 38 students aged 4-13 dive into the ‘A Sense of Belonging: Community & Connection in Bermuda Art exhibition’ at Bermuda National Gallery.

A spokesperson said, ”The exhibition, which is curated by Dr Edwin M.E. Smith and brings together artworks by Bermudian artists Graham Foster, Bill Ming, and Charles Lloyd Tucker amongst others, served as starting point for a wide range of art projects completed by camp students throughout the week. After starting with the visit to the exhibition, students were encouraged to see themselves in the artwork, and to explore identity and what it means to belong.”

Kaleidoscope Teacher Corrina Rego, who taught the camp students aged 10 to 13. said, “We looked not just at the medium, but the message, and what each artist, and each piece had to say, and the conversations between them. When looking at Bermudian artists, we share the context of their work, both artistically and socially. We discuss what each art piece means, and how it is in conversation with the other pieces in the show.”

Shanna Hollis, who taught the 7-9 age group, added, “It is a great opportunity for Bermuda’s students to see themselves in an art show like this. Local exhibitions like this one help us to introduce conversations around diversity, community, and culture. “

Fiona Rodriguez-Roberts, Executive Director and founder of Kaleidoscope expressed her gratitude, stating, “We are delighted to be part of a community celebrating Bermuda culture. Thank you to the Bermuda National Gallery and their partners for bringing this exhibit to Bermuda’s school children and working to provide tours and transportation to allow it to be accessible for all.

“One of Kaleidoscope’s goals is to empower children through art, and this show at BNG has allowed us to explore identity and community in Bermuda. We encourage all schools to take their students to this impactful show and take the time to create their own interpretations of the work.”

Eve Godet Thomas, Director of Exhibitions at Bermuda National Gallery said “Seeing children not only enjoy the exhibition but make their own artwork inspired by it truly brings it to life. We are incredibly grateful to the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club for providing free transport for school groups such as this one as it allows students from across the island to access the gallery when they wouldn’t otherwise be able to.

“This is the second time that Kaleidoscope students have made work inspired by one of our recent exhibitions and the artworks are always a joy. We look forward to seeing many more as we develop new exhibitions.”

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