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Masterworks marks 30 years

  • Arty party: Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art celebrates 30 years (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
  • Masterworks Celebrates 30 Years: Birthday celebrations at Masterworks with the Masterworks Camp kids singing happy birthday. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
  • Masterworks Celebrates 30 Years (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
  • Masterworks Celebrates 30 Years: Masterworks Foundation and director Tom Butterfield (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
  • Masterworks Celebrates 30 Years: Masterworks Foundation and director Tom Butterfield and Ajia Darrell 10 (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art hosted a daylong open house yesterday complete with cupcakes to mark its 30th anniversary.

As part of the celebrations, the museum’s summer camp students came along to help cut the cake and sing Happy Birthday.

“Life here at Masterworks is not static and there is always something going on and visitors can feel that energy when they are here,” said founder and creative director Tom Butterfield.

“We’d like to emphasise that people should come and see what we are doing here.”

What started out as a nomadic collection has grown into a purpose-built museum, which opened in 2008.

Curator and director of collections Elise Outerbridge added: “We have fulfilled everything we thought we would be and we know it will be so much more. I just see it getting bigger and bigger.”

Mr Butterfield said: “We are proud of what we have accomplished in ten years as a museum. We are not just resting on our laurels — still being dynamic and relevant is of utmost importance to us.”

He added that the museum’s summer camp and educational programmes were a testament to Masterworks being first and foremost about art for all.

“Due to a benefactor a number of children have been able to access our educational programmes, who may not have been able to because of the cost,” said Mr Butterfield.

“We want access to be for all. That is why we are open seven days a week so that people who can’t get to the museum in the week have the chance to come.”