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Artists invited to enter works for Charman Prize

Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art with entries for the 2021 Charman Prize. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Local artists of all skill levels are being invited to put forward work for the 11th Charman Prize.

The Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art announced that the latest edition of the biennial competition will adopt the theme The Local Seen: Bermuda and Bermudians in the Modern World.

A Masterworks spokesman said: “This theme is left creatively open to all interpretations – consider how you might define what it means to be a local, or to be a Bermudian, at this time in Bermuda.

“Masterworks encourages visual artists of all abilities, working in all techniques and mediums, to exhibit and share their works about, and inspired by, our island.”

The Charman Prize, sponsored by John Charman, a businessman and arts enthusiast, is open to local and resident artists, with artwork judged by an international panel with a range of prizes for artistic excellence.

Prizes are awarded for design and composition, use of material, distinctive and convincing style and inspiration, along with the $10,000 best in show prize.

This year’s competition will also feature the return of the People’s Choice Award for one worthy artist.

Jasmine Lee, museum and gallery exhibitions officer, said: “The mission of Masterworks is to use visual art to awaken and nurture a sense of the unique character of Bermuda, its history and culture alike.

“We also realise that artists are agents in our community who capture, communicate – and sometimes challenge our lived experiences.

“It is our hope with this year’s theme that artists feel encouraged to reflect, and perhaps investigate what it means to be a local, or an artist, to be Bermudian or to be making art in Bermuda.”

This year’s Charman Prize will open in December, with a closing ceremony in March 2024 when all winners will be announced.

The application deadline is August 31, 2023, with delivery of the artworks shortly thereafter, between 9am and 6pm, September 1 and 2, 2023.

Risa Hunter, Masterworks executive director, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the Charman Prize once again here at the museum.

“Highlighting local artists' talents is extremely important for us as an arts organisation.

“Each artist has a unique voice, and we look forward to seeing the diverse and varied interpretations of this year’s theme.

“Masterworks is incredibly grateful for the continued support of John Charman – without him this show wouldn't be possible.”

Submission guidelines, and applications are available on the Masterworks website.

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Published February 09, 2023 at 7:56 am (Updated February 09, 2023 at 7:56 am)

Artists invited to enter works for Charman Prize

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