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Ernest Peets, the Minister of Youth Culture and Sports, officially opens the Bermuda National Gallery African Collection (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

The late human rights campaigner Archbishop Desmond Tutu was remembered as a showcase of African sculpture was unveiled at Hamilton City Hall yesterday.

Ernest Peets, the Minister for Youth, Culture and Sport, said the exhibition was dedicated to the memory of the legendary anti-Apartheid champion.

Opening The African Collection: Our People, Our Places, Our Stories, the minister said: “Each of these unique pieces tells a powerful story of truth.

“It has put me on a journey of discovery. Filling a void in me I had not known existed.

“I want to sincerely, and genuinely, want everyone to come and visit. I would love everybody to feel as good as I feel about these experiences.

“I would like people to take a sort of mindfulness, health break.


“It is very rejuvenating, stimulating. The National Gallery has done so much in the opening of a window in the incredible world for us.

“But, we must to all that we can to ensure these institutions thrive and inspire.“

Mr Peets has also extended congratulations to Major Kenneth “Toki” Dill, Marjorie Pettit, the late Ted Ming, Paul and Penelope Leseur and Darren A. Herbert, who were all honoured at the Bermuda Arts Council’s Annual Awards Ceremony.

The six Bermudians were celebrated for their “significant contributions to the island’s arts and cultural scene”.

The BNG African Collection has offically opened (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published February 22, 2022 at 7:39 am (Updated February 22, 2022 at 12:09 pm)

African sculpture exhibition dedicated to Desmond Tutu opens

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