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unnamed-3We’ve launched the first in a series of Discovery Resources for students of all ages, to use as a guide to learn about the work of significant artists from the Cayman Islands. We’ve begun the series with one of Cayman’s top artists Bendel Hydes who is well known for his “translucent abstractions”.

Discovery Resources are full of interesting information about our local artists and can be downloaded directly from the National Gallery’s website. We encourage you to use these resources and take part in the conversation about art, get hands on with the creative activities, share with your children and/or community youth groups, and most importantly have fun!

Natalie Urquhart

Director, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands

Bendel Hydes| Baltic Blossom 0-30 Degrees East

New Discovery Resource. Click to download.

Cine Club | Modern European Cinema

FILM EXHIBITION: Modern European Cinema – popular and award winning films from across Europe. 13 January – 24 March.

Showtimes every other Monday 7:00 PM in the Dart Auditorium

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

$10 drop-in per session($8 members)

Upcoming Film

Mon 27 January. Den Skaldede Frisør. 2012. 116 min. Danish.

Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dryholm, Kim Bodnia

Mon 10 February. Run Lola Run. 1998. 80 min. German.

Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu

Mon 24 February. Talk To Her. 2002. 112 min. Spanish.

Geraldine Chaplin, Javier Camara

Mon 10 March. Amour. 2012. 127 min. Austrian/French.

Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva

Mon 24 March. Mermaid. 2010. 100 min. Russian.

Evgenir Tsyganov, Irina Skrinichenko

For more information about Cine Club click here.

Art Instructor Opportunity

The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands would like to recruit a casual instructor to deliver weekly art classes. the ideal candidate will have practical art skills and teaching experience. Payment is at an hourly rate. Applicants should have to right to work in the Cayman Islands. Please send a CV and covering letter outlining your relevant experience by 31 January 2014 to the email below:

[email protected] or call 345 945 8111.

Kids and Families

Pre-schoolers 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 or free with NGCI Family Members, drop-in (first come first served), for children and families!

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

Volunteer with us!

Thank you to everyone who signed up to volunteer in 2014! There are a couple more volunteer positions to fill. Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community, meet new friends, learn new skills and gain valuable work experience. If you’re interested in volunteering at the National Gallery please send us an email or give us a call on (345) 945 8111. We would love to hear from you.

Opportunity of the week! Volunteer Receptionist

Tasks involve: assisting with the Gallery Gift Shop, greeting visitors and working with NGCI staff on various administrative projects during Gallery hours. There are a number of shifts to choose from. Shifts run Monday-Friday 10:00 AM-1:30 PM and 1:30 PM-5:00 PM as well as on Saturday from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Public Art – Sculpture Competition

The submission period opens next week for the Public Art – Sculpture Competition!

Please note that only electronic submissions from artists living abroad or from our Sister Islands can submit their work on the first day of the submission period. The National Gallery Administrative Offices will be closed on 27 January 2014 in celebration of National Heroes Day. All artists living in Grand Cayman can hand-deliver their work starting at 9:00 AM (EST) Tuesday, 28 January 2014. Please note that the submission period for all artists will close 5:00 PM (EST) Friday, 31 January 2014.

We look forward to receiving your proposal.

For more information email [email protected] or call (345) 945 8111.The complete list of rules and regulations can be found here.

In the Brac…

Live Studio Night with Monte Lee Thornton

Sponsored By Coldwell Banker

Every Monday 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at the Cayman Brac,Coldwell Banker Office.

Outdoor Painting with Simone Scott

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

Beach west of Divi Tiara abandoned Timeshares, South 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 1st and 3rd 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].



Monday to Friday

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Saturday

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

Purchase NGCI Memberships for 2014…

2014 promises to be an exciting year for the National Gallery. The Gallery has seen some 17,800+ visitors in 2013 including young and old, locals and tourists. As you know, the Gallery offers a Permanent Collection Exhibition, a temporary exhibition space, an education centre including an auditorium, an arts library and a fully equipped art studio, all within beautifully landscaped grounds in a fabulous location. Your membership enables us to continue with our busy exhibition schedule, education and outreach programming, and gives you the opportunity to be a part of and enjoy this wonderful cultural facility.

To renew your Gallery Membership or to purchase a gift membership stop by or give us a call on

(345) 945 8111.

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.

Gallery Gift Shop

Local artist

Sue Brooks

charm-bracelets now available at the Gallery’s Gift Shop for CI $30

The Gift Shop is located in the National Gallery’s lower exhibition hall. Proceeds from the Gallery Gift Shop help to fund our exhibitions and education programmes.

Maples Art Library

Building a new home, or thinking about updating your tired abode?

Stop by the NGCI Library, and browse through our collection of interior design, landscape design, and architecture books.

Featured Book: Interior Design by John F. Pile Considered by many to be the quintessential introduction to interior design as it is practiced today.

This book is packed with over 750 photographs and diagrams to help illustrate the history, materials, elements, and social responsibility of Interior design.

Opportunities for artists at the National Gallery…

In February/March 2014 the National Gallery will be hosting a call out for anyone who is interested in selling items in the Gallery Gift Shop. Details to follow soon!

Sculpture of the week…

On the banks of the Yarra River in central Melbourne is an example of public art combined with sound sculpture. The 39 upturned bells are mounted on steel poles and spread through an open space, allowing people to walk between them. The bells are struck by computer-controlled hammers programmed to play tunes by local composers. They were created for celebrations of the centenary of Australia’s federation in 2001.

Artists: Anton Hasell and Neil McLachlan, Melbourne

Sculpture: Federation Bells

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.

What’s Happening

The 6th Annual Cayman Music & Entertainment Association’s

MUZAIC Festival! DJs Showcase at Calico Jacks

Saturday, January 25th – Celebration of Aunt Julia Hydes’ 105th Birthday

Sunday, January 26th – CMEA Awards Ceremony

Cayman Islands National Museum

Speaker Series

Tuesday February 4 2014, 6:00 PM

At the National Museum on the Water Front – 3 Harbour Drive

Gun Bay, An Edward Ballantyne Novel

Members $6 General $10

Cayman Heart Fund

Red Dress Cabaret Gala

Friday 7 February Marriott Ballroom

Contact [email protected] or call 345 916 6324


Painting Loose in Acrylics II

Well known UK artist and instructor Carole Baker returns to instruct Workshop II

February 2014

For details about this workshop email [email protected]

or call 345 546 9422

Full of Beans

Artist of the month

Yonier Powery

Exhibition runs to 31 January 2014

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


‘Red Sky at Night’ arts festival

Cayman National Cultural Foundation

1 March 2014

F.J. Harquail Cultural Centre

Contact: Lorna Bush / Rita Estevanovich

[email protected]

(345) 949 5477


‘Big Ole Looky Ya’ cultural festival

National Museum of the Cayman Islands

May & November 2014

National Museum, George Town

Contact: Maia Muttoo

[email protected]

(345) 949 8368


Various events at the Visual Arts Society

Visual Arts Society of the Cayman Islands

The Watler House at Pedro’s Castle

Contact: Mary McCallum

[email protected]

(345) 327 0751


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 Islan


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