Friday 30 October, 2020

National Gallery Reopens with Three Exhibition Experiences

Installation view of Saltwater in Their Veins

Installation view of Saltwater in Their Veins

Now more than ever, access to the arts and a safe space for reflection and healing are needed in order to grapple with the effects of the global pandemic. With this in mind, the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI) has been working hard to adapt their museum site in accordance with new health and safety measures and social distancing requirements and are now open to the public.   

Visitors to the Gallery will have a chance to enjoy three exhibition experiences, including the brand new Saltwater in Their Veins – a permanent collection showcase in the upper exhibition hall that explores Cayman’s evolving relationship to the ocean through works by 45 artists. Two other popular NGCI exhibitions - the Island of Women exhibition with 26 local artists exploring the contribution that women have made to Caymanian society, and Bendel Hydes Collection Acquisitions – have been extended through 21 August. NGCI’s Sculpture Garden and Labyrinth will also be open to enjoy, although the Art café, library, and education studio will remain closed.

During summer months NGCI will also continue to run a busy online programme of virtual exhibition tours, art classes and family education resources via their website (www.nationalgallery.org.ky). This will include talks and lectures as well as special highlights from the new National Collection Online Project which features 200 artworks from the National Collection.

“It has been wonderful to see the outpouring of support for these digital resources and we will be continuing to provide virtual workshops for children and families, lesson plans, special lectures and events throughout the summer months to keep you connected to the arts” says NGCI Director Natalie Urquhart. “Please also look out for our regular blogs posts by NGCI staff and invited guests over the coming months, and also follow us on Facebook at National Gallery of the Cayman Islands for daily posts relating to our collections and exhibitions via our Instagram page at @natgalcayman.”

NGCI advises that the safety and wellbeing of the team and visitors is their number one priority and new measures have been put in place that will temporarily limit site access to help safely manage visitor flow. This includes a time-entry system with pre-booking available online or via phone, and a new one-way visiting system throughout the exhibition spaces. 

The National Gallery is located on Esterley Tibbetts Hwy and is open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 – 5:00PM. Visits can now be booked via the NGCI website at    https://www.nationalgallery.org.ky/visit/timed-booking-entry-form/ or to the email address at reception@nationalgallery.org.ky or by calling (345) 945 8111.

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