October 21, 2020

“Our Story of Art” opens at The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands


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story of artWe’re pleased to announce the opening of the new exhibition titled Our Story of Art. The exhibition surveys the history of art in the Cayman Islands and will run until 13 February 2014. We hope you come out and enjoy the work of over 50 artists on display in the lower exhibition hall as well as the Dart Auditorium!

In other news, our fundraising gala is exactly two weeks away and tickets are selling quickly. If you our your organisation would like to purchase tickets or a table please get in touch with our events team soon! Contact [email protected] call (345) 945 8111 for details.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Gallery soon!

Our Story of Art opens at the National Gallery

The National Gallery’s new exhibition Our Story of Art features fifty years of Cayman Islands art history through the work of fifty artists.

The exhibition traces the journey local artists have taken over the past five decades. Starting in the late 1960s, which was a period dominated by picturesque realism, the exhibition follows the development of the fledging art scene through the 1980s, moving on to the emergence of a home-grown Caymanian aesthetic in the mid-1990s, before culminating in the more socially conscious visual narrative of the present day.

The diverse selection of works on display provide an insight into the history and creative vision of a people realised through a wide variety of mediums and disciplines – painting, works on paper, collage & mixed media assemblage, ceramics, sculpture, thatch craft, textiles and photography. Many of Cayman’s best known artists are represented including Bendel Hydes, Gladwyn ‘Miss Lassie’ Bush, and the Native Sons, along with lesser known artists that were instrumental in establishing the early visual arts scene. Works have been loaned from private and public collections.

1561Our Story of Art is only a brief survey of our story thus far”, says curator and NGCI director Natalie Urquhart. “It is intended as a starting point in the creation of a framework for the interpretation of our art, a chance to reflect and to simultaneously engage in further scholarship and discourse about Caymanian visual expression.” The supporting education programmes are designed to start this process through a series of panel discussions, lectures and education programmes for all ages.

The National Gallery’s Our Story of Art exhibition is supported by Susan A Olde, OBE. It opens on Friday 15 November and runs until 13 February 2014. For a complete list of exhibiting artists and related education programmes visit www.nationalgallery.org.ky or email [email protected]

1559Cine Club Upcoming Film

Annie Hall (1977) 93 mins

Monday 18 November 2013

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The National Gallery’s Dart Auditorium

$50 for 6 meetings ($40 for NGCI members)

$10 drop in ($8 members)

[email protected]

All are welcome, refreshments served!

1553Walking the Labyrinth

Join us at the National Gallery to celebrate walking the Labyrinth

Saturday, 16 November 2013.

5:00 PM-6:00 PM Chuck Hunner, designer and labyrinth builder, will give an informal lecture and discussion “Walking Labyrinths for the Rest of Time”.

6:00 PM-8:00 PM Labyrinth dedication ceremony. An opportunity to walk the Dianne Siebens labyrinth in the moonlight. Musical entertainment and refreshments provided.



[email protected]

(345) 945 8111

Bright Young Things | Gallery Gala

There are only 10 more tables left at our upcoming gala! The event will take place at the National Gallery 29 November.

Special features include:

* Cocktail hour with a Live Jazz Trio (complimentary cocktail included)

* Casino games – black jack/roulette etc. with an exciting ‘grand prize’

* Three-course dinner with wine (catered by Mise En Place)

* After-dinner dancing with Oneworld Entertainment

* Live and Silent Auction

* Late night Cigar/Martini lounge

Tickets are CI $185 pp. or CI $1,750 per table (10). For more information and for tickets email [email protected] or call (345) 945 8111.

1545Kids and Families

Preschoolers and Parents

with Kieshona Brown Every Friday 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Admission free, drop-in, all welcome!

Family Fun

with Kieshona Brown Every Saturday 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

$5 per child, drop-in (first come first served), for children and families!

For more information on our youth educational programmes email [email protected]

In the Brac…

1551Outdoor Painting with Simone Scott

4th Saturday of the month 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Foster house #5 Bight Road, opposite the Bluff road, North Side

Free for residents (visitors: $10 includes use of supplies)

Both residents and visitors can attend this open air class and record their contemporary experiences and the beauty of the island.

Art for the Elderly with Simone Scott

Every first and third Thursday 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Kirkconnell Community Care Centre

Free for residents (incl. use of supplies)

This class is designed to allow people who live in rest homes to engage with art.

Sponsored by Ernst & Young

For more information on our Cayman Brac programmes and events contact: Simone Scott Tel: (345) 917 7718 or email [email protected]

Community Events

(non-NGCI events)

The National Gallery seeks to “promote visual arts in and of the Cayman Islands”. Through this e-bulletin you can learn about other arts related happenings in our community


Call for artists and craft persons

Annual Christmas arts and crafts sale Camana Bay – Gardina Court

Saturday 16 November

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Call (345) 926 2019 for more information


An island’s story told through the music of Julia Hydes

UCCI Multipurpose Hall

Wednesday 27 November

1:00 PM

Cayman Colours

Recent works by Kathryn Elphinstone at Full of Bean’s Cafe for the Month of December

Opening Tuesday 3 December

5:30 PM -7:00 PM

Wine and Nibbles will be provided, all are welcome!

To the Edges of the World

Underwater and Land Photogallery

90 School Road George Town

Darvin Ebanks(345) 929 7181

Cayman Islands Craft Market (waterfront)

Come out and support our local artists

Items on sale include prints and original pieces

Please contact Cira Bush on (345) 929 4777

Disclaimer: the opinions expressed at non-National Gallery events are the artist(s)/organisations personal views/ideologies and do not necessarily reflect the views and ideology of the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands.

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Monday to Friday

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Saturday

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Sundays and Public Holidays Closed

Admission is FREE

Donations are welcome.

The Gallery will be closed to the public 28 & 29 November in preparation for the fundraising gala “Bright Young Things”

Established in 1996, the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI) is a vibrant arts organisation that seeks to fulfil its mission through exhibitions, artist residencies, education/outreach programmes, and research projects.

NGCI operates in both a local and global arena. As part of our mission to “promote and encourage the appreciation and practice of the visual arts, of and in the Cayman Islands” we send Caymanian art and artists abroad as well as having many fine international artists visit, exhibit, and work in the Cayman Islands.

School Tours

Schools can now book a tour for the new exhibition Our Story of Art. NGCI Active Learning Sessions are also available. These sessions explore the National Collection of art and covers different areas of the National Curriculum.

Both of these programmes are FREE for local schools, but must be booked in advance.

Group Visits

The National Gallery welcomes group visits. Contact us in advance to organise a guided tour or educational package. For more information on group tours click here.

Exhibition Reception Volunteers Needed!

Being an exhibition reception volunteer requires a weekly commitment. We are looking to fill the following time slots:

Mon. 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Wed. 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Wed. 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Fri. 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Wed. 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Please email

[email protected]

for further information and to save your preferred spot!


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