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Cayman Islands: National Gallery News and Events!


Looking Back into 2018

2018 was yet another busy and successful year at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI), as we once again worked to further our mission of promoting and encouraging the appreciation and practice of the visual arts of and in the Cayman Islands. Alongside welcoming thousands of visitors, we held 311 (exclusive of general visitors and general facility rentals) events and programmes and displayed 10 exhibitions across our site that showcased Cayman’s talented artists and spoke to our islands’ history, contemporary culture, and the environment in which we live.

Seniors Visit Ella Latter Exhibit

We recently had the pleasure of hosting a group of West Bay seniors who toured our current exhibition The Photographer is Present: Select Photographs from the Collection of Ella Latter. Many people in the group recognized the various places, people and events displayed in the archival photographs, and all enjoyed reminiscing about Cayman’s past. Thanks to generous support from EY Cayman, seniors’ visits are offered free of charge and include an exhibition tour and light refreshments. To arrange a visit for seniors and other community groups, email [email protected]. The Photographer is Present: Select Photographs from the Collection of Ellla Latter is on display until 31 January.  

Curator’s Corner

The Swan is a mixed media painting on paper by the artist Pippa Ridley. The work was first exhibited at NGCI during the tIDal Shift exhibition in 2015. The exhibition was inspired by a reflection from French Post-Impressionist painter, Paul Gauguin, using various artworks to explore ideas around Cayman’s evolution from a maritime society into a financial mecca driven by rapid socio-economic advances.
The Swan explored the thematic ideas of the exhibition by using collage and paint to conjure a colourful and fantastical landscape where dark elements of the absurd are represented by deviant figures inhabiting the painting’s tropical foliage. The work seemingly cautions about the pursuit of pleasure and illustrates how easy it is to become dehumanized within a lawless, Utopian paradise.
-NGCI Curatorial Team

Launching Our Newest Education Programme

Each year the National Gallery strives to provide opportunities for all our community to connect with the arts.

Hosting engaging and creative programming for youth and young adults with special need plays an important part in this. As a result of the generous sponsorship from law firm Mourant, we are excited to launch our new Bright Stars initiative, welcoming local students with special needs to our facility on the Esterley Tibbets Highway for weekly art classes. 

The Bright Stars art programme is designed for both school groups and home-schoolers to participate in hands-on art classes, where they will learn about creative techniques within the context of culturally relevant topics in the Cayman Islands.

Feature Friday #shopping

The National Gallery Gift Shop is once again open after the holiday season.

This year we have some fun new items that allow you to take a little piece of the Gallery home with you. 

Come visit us today and have a browse of our brand new NGCI Logo Collection.

Gift Shop Hours are:

Mon – Sat 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Get Involved at the Gallery – Become a Member Today!

Are you looking for ways to get involved with the National Gallery?

Become a member of the National Gallery today by visiting us online or stopping by our location off of Esterley Tibbetts Highway. 

Don’t forget the wide range of amazing benefits that are available to our members that include: 

1) An invitation to members’ preview evenings for each new exhibition.
2) An exclusive invitation to our Members’ Christmas Party.
3) National Gallery electronic newsletters and bulletins (optional).
4) First word on upcoming exhibitions, programming and NGCI National Collection acquisitions.
5) A 10% discount on all continuing education courses at NGCI.
6) A 10% discount in the NGCI Store.

And much more!

Visit our website to renew online, call 945 8111 or email [email protected]

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