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“Tangled World”, Where Cayman’s Essential Mangroves and Art Meet

National Gallery of the Cayman Islands November 2023 Newsletter

The National Gallery of Cayman Islands is proud to present “Tangled World,” an exhibition that delves into the intricate beauty and profound significance of Cayman’s mangrove habitats. Featuring the works of two talented artists, Babbity Barwick and Linda McCann, this exhibition promises to be a transformative audio-visual and sensory experience exploring paintings, ceramics and digital media that will leave you with a newfound appreciation for the unique natural wonders that surround us. 

Mangroves, often referred to as the ecological heart of the islands, protect against hurricanes, filter seawater, and provide sanctuary for a myriad of species. They also play a pivotal role in the global battle against climate change by capturing carbon.

Despite their incredible importance, mangroves worldwide are under threat from coastal development and pollution. In the Cayman Islands, substantial areas of these vital habitats have already been destroyed. “Tangled Worlds” seeks to shed light on the beauty of these often underappreciated ecosystems and raise awareness about their critical role in our survival.

About the Artists

Babbity Barwick’s background in design has influenced her creative work, and through various media, she explores patterns, textures, light, and color. Using ceramics as her primary medium for this exhibition, Babbity incorporates “found” elements from the swamp, adding unpredictable organic qualities to her pieces.

Linda McCann’s journey as an artist has taken her from Jersey to Dublin, where she has garnered recognition for her work. Being an accomplished painter, McCann has exhibited in various prestigious venues throughout Ireland and beyond.

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What’s On: Exhibitions & Collections
“Tangled World” Opening Reception
9 November, 6:00 – 8:00PM
Join us at the National Gallery for an evening celebrating the artistic works of Babbity Barwick and Linda McCann. This event provides a wonderful opportunity to connect with fellow gallery members while savouring complimentary refreshments.To RSVP email [email protected].
81° West Exhibition
Late Opening Hours & Panel Discussion
30 November, 5:00 – 8:00PM
Unable to visit the gallery during regular office hours? Our team has you covered with extended opening hours designed to meet your art viewing needs. During these extended hours, we will be hosting a discussion on the history and significance of maps in the Cayman Islands.Learn more here.
National Collection Highlight
“Soundings in Fathoms #14”
by Bendel Hydes
Bendel Hydes, one of the Cayman Islands’ most acclaimed artists, captures the spirit of a cartographer in this abstract piece of work. His pieces can be found currently on display in the 81° Westexhibition. Click here.

What’s On: Education

Seniors Tour and Tea8 November, 10:00AM – 12:00PMCommunity elders are invited to join us at the National Gallery for a guided tour of our exhibitions, followed by a complimentary cup of tea and snacks. Enjoy a social gathering centered around heritage, culture, and conversation. Admission to the event is free thanks to the generous sponsorship of EY Cayman. To RSVP, email [email protected].
Teen Art Drop-In18 November, 12:00 – 1:00PMTeens are invited to drop in to our studio for a free art session. Join other youth in creating individual or collaborative projects while enjoying a quiet, mindful art space. Email [email protected] to learn more.
Cayman Brac Walkers Art ClubRegistration Avaliable OnlineJoin the national gallery in our efforts to make art as accessible as possible by signing your little artist up for our free afterschool art club in Cayman Brac. Sign up here.
Art on the Road School VisitsAvaliable throughout the Academic Year The NGCI education team is fully equipped to provide art session school visits to support your curricular needs in the classroom. Add some variety to your school day by booking an Art on the Road session now! These sessions are made possible through the kind sponsorship of Rawlinson & Hunter. For more info, email [email protected].

News & Special Features

2023 NGCI Gala: Odyssey: Navigating the Deep24 November, 6:30PM-1:00AMJoin The National Gallery for our annual fundraising gala drawing inspiration from nautical navigation and the mythologies tied to that practice. To purchase tickets, call 945-8111 or email [email protected].
Shop Highlight
Gala Highlight: Catering

We are thrilled to announce that our upcoming fundraising gala, “Odyssey,” will be a culinary delight thanks to the efforts of our esteemed catering partners —Ragazzi, Luca, The Marriott: Anchor & Den, and Agua. 
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to these remarkable caterers for their commitment to making “Odyssey” an event to remember. Join us for an evening of culinary delights and celebration!
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National Gallery of the Cayman Islands | P.O. Box 10197, Grand Cayman, KY1-1002 Cayman Islands


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