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National Gallery of the Cayman Islands May 2024 Newsletter [email protected] (345) 945-8111

Outdoor Painting: Making Creativity a Communal Effort

In April, the National Gallery hosted a new series of outdoor painting sessions alongside artists Raphael Powery and John Broad. Inspired by the National Collection plein air watercolours currently on view in ‘Thatch Roofs & Ironwood Posts’, these events were envisioned as casual community gatherings that encourage creativity in a supportive environment. 

Hosted in the gardens of historic cottages, our subjects were beautiful traditional cottages that showcase the architectural and cultural heritage of the Cayman Islands. The first event was held in partnership with the National Trust for the Cayman Islands at Nurse Leila’s house in West Bay. This was followed by a session at the Rankine House in the QEII Botanic Park’s Heritage Garden. At both events, NGCI provided art materials at no cost to participants while Raphael and John shared their professional painting advice with both novice and experienced guests.

Participants mingled with each other, enjoying the lovely outdoor environment while making new friends and developing their technical watercolour skills including perspective, colour saturation, and adjusting for sunlight conditions. 

We look forward to hosting more plein air painting sessions across the country in celebration of Caymanian built heritage and shared creative practice. Visit our website for updates on the next outdoor painting gatherings!
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What’s On: Education

Open Mic Poetry Night
9 May, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Poets share new and existing work inspired by National Gallery exhibitions and cultural topics at this casual gathering. Guests are encouraged to share their own poetry, spoken word or acoustic/acapella music. Refreshments provided.For more information, contact [email protected] or 945-8111.
‘Chasing Dreams’ Teens Dance Class with Dreamchasers
10 May, 4:30PM – 5:30PM
Explore movement at this dance workshop for teens age 13-16, instructed by seasoned dancer, choreographer and Chief Engine Head at Dreamchasers, Melisha McField.To register, click here.

Family Fun Day with Live Children’s Story Book Reading
18 May, 10AM-1PM
Visit the Gallery with little ones at this free family day. Explore temporary exhibitions and the National Collection with engaging worksheets, enjoy self-guided crafts on the outdoor breezeway, embrace your inner artist with a guided studio art activity or have a play in the gardens. For more information, contact [email protected] or 945-8111.

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Cayman Art Week Launch Event at the National Gallery

22 May, 7PM – 10PM

An intimate start to the upcoming lively series of events, join artists, collectors, and art lovers for the official kick-off reception for Cayman Art Week 2024. Enjoy after-hours access to three National Gallery exhibitions: The Cauling, Ties that Bind, and Thatch Roofs and Ironwood Posts, featuring works by over 100 artists, as well as music and refreshments.

Shop Highlight: Summer Style with Isy B. Designs
As the winter breezes face away and the summer heat settles in, get ready to hit the beach in style! Check out the beautifully inspired collections of Isy B. Swim shirts, sarongs, beach bags, and more! #isybdesigns #ngcigiftshopky

Sponsorship Thank You: Cayman International School

The students, parents and faculty of CIS have graciously banded together in raising funds for their civvies day efforts which they have decided to donate to the NGCI this year. It’s an honour to receive direct sponsorship from a school that consistently participates in the National Gallery’s tour programme with enthusiasm.

Donations to the National Gallery’s tour programme enable us to ensure that access to the NGCI’s exhibitions are made equitable and available to the public of the Cayman Islands. Through generous community support, we are able to continue our engagement with NGCI visitors and help facilitate an appreciation for the practice of the arts in the Cayman Islands. 

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National Gallery of the Cayman Islands | P.O. Box 10197, Grand Cayman, KY1-1002 Cayman Islands


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