Saturday 15 August, 2020

Great opportunities for Artists beginning this month in Cayman

In recognition of the fact that artists are a huge part of the Cayman Islands' story-telling heritage, the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI) is playing a critical role in helping artists to maintain their livelihoods during this difficult time. Through a partnership with the private sector, the Gallery is providing one-time grants to artists as well as professional development classes, under the Business of Art Programme.

Local artists are being offered some support through the Artists Relief Grant. The National Gallery in partnership with the Ministry of Culture and the private sector is offering one-time grants of KYD$1,000 per artist (20 grants are available on a first-come-first-served basis). To qualify artists should be reliant on their artwork as their primary source of income and should be experiencing a significant loss of income due to the pandemic. The deadline is July 24 2020 and the form must be fully completed and signed to qualify. Artists should contact the National Gallery for more information and to apply at

Launched in 2017, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands’ Business of Art programme offers professional development and career-skills for artists as they seek to build and maintain their creative business. Since that time, workshops have been offered on a range of topics from how to develop a presence in the art world through learning to sell work directly to the public or find a suitable gallery that will arrange sales and commissions.

In response NGCI’s recent COVID-19 Creative Impact Survey which gathered data on the impact of the pandemic on Cayman’s creative community, Business of Art (BoA) now returns as an ongoing digital series of professional development panels, lectures and workshops. From social media marketing to website development and legal requirements for small businesses, these sessions are designed to help creatives expand and improve their respective trades in the post-pandemic climate.

In July, the programme opens with a series of workshops exploring the ‘art’ of Sales, led by international expert Joy Baldridge. This will be followed by a series on marketing and social media in August, and business development in September. All webinars are free and will be presented via Zoom.

No stranger to the Cayman Islands, inaugural BoA speaker Joy Baldridge is president of Baldridge Seminars International, a sales training organization that helps individuals and companies increase productivity and revenue while reducing frustration and stress. She is author of the Fast Forward MBA in Selling, and Pure Joy.

The three-part series is as follows:

Sales 101 Tuesday, July 7 at 7 pm  

NGCI introduces the Business of Art programme before leading into an innovative and introductory seminar for anyone who wants to find sales success. The thought of selling your art can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be!

Win-Win Negotiation Tuesday, July 21 at 7 pm

Build confidence and reduce any apprehension or fear regarding the negotiation process. A great session for artists and creatives hoping to build their client skills.

Success with Less Stress Tuesday, August 4 at 7 pm

Learn what causes the stress that you frequently experience at work and in life, and how to alleviate it.

For more information about the Business of Art series or the Artist COVID-19 Relief Programme contact or visit Register for the programme to

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