City Hall & Theatre
The City of Hamilton is a staunch supporter of the Arts in Bermuda. When City Hall was built in the late 1950’s much of its space was dedicated to art galleries as well as a fully equipped performance theatre. Today, those spaces remain intact, each with its mission to offer a sanctuary that celebrates a multitude of artistic expressions. City Hall is home to a number of spaces including the Earl Cameron Theatre, Bermuda National Gallery, Bermuda Society of Arts and the City of Hamilton Administration Offices.
City Hall Steps & Grounds
Opened to the public in 1960, City Hall is an impressive landmark in Hamilton and centrally located, adjacent to the bus terminal and only a mere two blocks for the ferry terminal. The front of City Hall on Church Street has become a popular place for the launch of public campaigns and events as well as proclamations and announcements by dignitaries of Bermuda. Its central location and high foot traffic of locals and tourists (next to the Central Bus Depot) makes it a good choice for many organisations.
If you are using the grounds of City Hall for your event, protocol requires that the Mayor is present and that the Town Crier be invited to declare the event open.
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This space is the large sidewalk area located in the front of City Hall. The City of Hamilton dedicated Nellie’s Walk to Helen ‘Nellie’ Rees in commemoration of her contributions to beautify Hamilton with tree, shrub and floral plantings. It is also home to The Charlotte Bench, named after Helen’s sister, Charlotte Rees, who also contributed to beautifying the City.
This space is used mainly for some informational booths or displays where organisations are focused on community outreach.
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Earl Cameron Theatre
Opened to the public in 1960, City Hall is an impressive landmark in Hamilton and centrally located, adjacent to the bus terminal and only a mere two blocks for the ferry terminal. The theatre at City Hall plays host to numerous productions throughout the year including pantomimes, dance recitals, comedy shows, theatrical productions, award galas, film festivals, corporate meetings, lecture and more.
In 2012, the theatre was renamed to honour Earl Cameron, a son of the soil, who boasts an impressive list of acting credits stretching from stage to screen. The theatre can seat up to 378 patrons and any rental of the theatre includes the City Hall foyer space.
Bermuda National Gallery
Established in 1992, the Bermuda National Gallery houses permanent as well as rotating collections and is solely funded from private and corporate donations. The BNG is also home to the Bermuda Biennial, a critical platform for Bermuda’s contemporary artists. International exhibitions have featured such prominent artists as Banksy, Kaws, Warhol, and Rembrandt, to name just a few.
The gallery is open Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and on Saturdays from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Admission is $5.00 and free to students, members and seniors.
Bermuda Society of Arts
With a mission to further the cause of art and artists in Bermuda, the Bermuda Society of Arts has been doing just that for almost 70 years. Established in 1952, the gallery was originally housed in the Hamilton Hotel which was destroyed by fire in 1955. With the erection of the new City Hall, the gallery moved to its current home and in 1961 was granted a lifetime tenancy.
Also known as The People’s Gallery, the Bermuda Society of Arts is the largest exhibition space in Bermuda and features a series of exhibitions throughout the year, showcasing individual artists, group shows and school shows, all featuring artwork for sale. The gallery also plays host to a series of art classes by both local and visiting artists.
The gallery is open Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and on Saturdays from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Admission is free.