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National Gallery of the Cayman Islands February 2024 Newsletter

“Tangled World” Lunchtime Tour

Art Haven Exhibition

“81° West” Curatorial Discussion Panel

What’s on Education

Art Haven Exhibition: Creations from HMP Northward, HMP Fairbanks and Caribbean Haven

Over more than a decade, participants in the National Gallery’s Art Haven outreach programme have been empowered to utilise art as a conduit for self-expression, therapeutic creativity, skill refinement, and portfolio development with the ultimate objective of producing works that instill a sense of pride.

Each year, we celebrate the achievements of programme participants at Caribbean Haven, HMP Northward, and HMP Fairbanks with an exhibition of their work. This year, we are delighted to share that selected works from the programme will be installed in the National Gallery’s administrative building from 13 February 2024.

The exhibition aims to amplify the voices of art practitioners across diverse demographics in the Cayman Islands, and will also be made available on our website to share these works even more widely.

Crucial to the success of this programme is the generous sponsorship of Lori Monk and Kevin Butler. Their generous sponsorship plays a pivotal role in facilitating exhibitions like this, and in the provision of art supplies and lesson plans to nurture the creative minds participating in our programme. 

What’s On: Exhibitions & Collections 

Tangled World” Lunchtime Tour
7 February, 12:30PM – 1:30PMJoin the exhibition team for a curated tour of the temporary exhibition. Discover the curatorial reasoning behind the artworks featured in “Tangled World,” exploring Cayman’s mangrove wetlands. This exhibition closes at the end of the month so come in to view it before it’s gone!Find additional information here.

Art Haven Exhibition
13 February, from 10:00AMView artwork created through the NGCI Art Haven Programme by residents of Fairbanks, Northward and Caribbean Haven. The artwork will also be available for viewing online here.

“81° West” Curatorial Discussion Panel Available Online
Exhibition curators Natalie Urquhart, William Helfrecht and Verlee Poupeye explore the rationale which informed the creation of “81° West”, exhibition design, individual artworks and overarching themes in this recorded panel discussion.View the panel here. 

What’s On: Education 

Culture & Heritage Video SeriesAvailable Online
NGCI introduces our Culture & Heritage Series, a collection of short films highlighting Caymanian culture, heritage, and visual arts with tie-ins to cross-curricular subjects. Explore the ecology of Cayman’s mangroves through interviews with the National Trust (Catherine Childs), Mangrove Education Project (Daniella Christian), and visual artist Chris Mann. Watch the first video here.

Tangled World Artist-Led Workshops: Join the Waitlist
3, 10, 17 February from 10:00AM
Tangled World Artist-Led Workshops with Babbity Barwick and Linda McCann are currently full. Contact us at [email protected] to join the waitlist!

January Programmes Recap
A creative start to 2024!

Thank you to all the students and gallery supporters who attended our programmes in January. What a fabulous start to the year! We welcomed 93 students to the Gallery this month for tours of “The Ties that Bind”, “81° West” and “Tangled World”. In partnership with the National Trust for the Cayman Islands and DOE, we hosted two popular panel discussions exploring the mangroves from three perspectives. We also participated in two career days, sharing creative careers with the next generation of culture-workers and welcome over a 100 guests to the Gallery for Family Fun Day. Looking forward to more exciting events in February!

News & Special Features 

The NGCI team would like to extend our congratulations to the Cultural Artists and Creatives who were celebrated and honoured during the National Heroes Day celebration on January 22nd. Congratulations on this significant achievement and thank you for your service to culture and the arts in the Cayman Islands.

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Sponsorship Acknowledgment: DART

DART has consistently been a steadfast sponsor of the National Gallery’s initiatives aimed at delivering art-based educational content which aligns with various requirements outlined in the national curriculum.
Through their generous sponsorship, we have successfully launched the first video in a series of high-quality shorts designed to perpetuate meaningful conversations about the culture of the Cayman Islands and its intersection with the arts. The Culture & Heritage Video Series is specifically tailored to address accessibility concerns and provide educational resources that can be conveniently shared with educators across the country, enabling widespread dissemination to students.
We eagerly anticipate the continued success of our partnership with DART, envisioning future collaborations that will unlock new educational opportunities for the benefit of our community.

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Heroes Day 2024

There were approx. 80 persons receiving the Cultural Heritage Luminary Award for protecting Caymanian culture, heritage and identity through demonstrated and consistent excellent in the creative arts for 20 years or more. One of these was our Editor in Chief< Colin Wilson. He was given the award by Members of Parliament Heather Bodden and Sabrina Turner.


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