For some reason, contemporary art always seems more at home in historic buildings than modern ones. The Bermuda Arts Centre, situated within an old British Navy cooperage at the Royal Naval Dockyard, is no exception. Since 1984 the Centre has been a showcase for the work of Bermuda’s most innovative artists.
The main room sees a schedule of exhibitions that changes every 6 weeks. Each has a theme which could be a particular medium, technique or subject. The Bermuda Arts Centre also has four resident artists who can be seen at work on their latest creations. Chesley Trott (sculpture), Jonah Jones (oils), Christopher Marson (watercolours), and Christopher Grimes (oil paintings of old Bermuda) are all happy to take a break and talk to visitors about their work.
The Bermuda Arts Centre also hosts practical workshops and has a small shop selling prints and a variety of art-related gifts. Much of the work on show is for sale.
Admission to the gallery is free. It’s just a short walk from the cruise ship docks at Kings Wharf and Heritage Wharf. Opening hours between April and December are 10 am to 5 pm daily. From the beginning of January until the end of March the gallery is open from 11 am to 4 pm (closed on Mondays).
The Frog & Onion Pub is right next to the gallery if you want a drink or a something to eat. While in the area you can also visit the Bermuda Craft Market, Dockyard Glassworks, Clocktower Mall, and the Bermuda Clayworks.