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The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands

Address
Esterley Tibbetts Highway
George Town, Cayman Islands
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  • Hours of Operations

    Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm Closed Sundays and Public Holidays

  • Additional Information

    Guided tours available by appointment. Facilities available for rental.

  • Payment Terms Free entry and parking. Donations welcome.

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Established in 1997, the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI) is the country’s leading arts museum and education centre. The 9,000sq ft gallery is home to a growing permanent collection of significant Caymanian works of art and hosts eight major exhibitions annually. In addition, NGCI has satellite venues in the Sister Islands for travelling exhibitions and programme and a busy on and off-site schedule of programmes, events, lectures and workshops monthly. Admission to the museum is free.

The NGCI Permanent Collection
Loosely assembled by decade, the Permanent Collection exhibition traces a historical and stylistic journey through Caymanian history drawing on key themes like maritime heritage, environmental stewardship, cultural identity and more. Starting with the visionary markings of Miss Lassie, to the early work of realist painters who sought to capture “the islands time forgot”, on to the early 1990s when local art was influenced by the changing realities of the time, and through to the multi-disciplinary contemporary art currently being created. There are over 350 artworks in the collection and about 30% on display at any one time.

Temporary Exhibitions
NGCI hosts up to eight temporary exhibitions a year at its central location including solo and group shows by Cayman artists, in addition to managing exhibitions spaces at the Owen Roberts International Airport, the Little Cayman Museum, and in Cayman Brac.

Sculpture Garden & Gift Shop
Take a wander around the sculpture garden and enjoy a coffee break or lunch before purchasing a Cayman-produced memento from the Gallery Shop.

NGCI Online
The NGCI website is the largest resource about Caymanian art in the world. You can enjoy virtual exhibition tours, download lesson plans an art activities, or view 200+ artworks from the National Art Collection.

Events
The gallery's busy schedule includes over 25 art programmes per month and several large scale community arts events and festivals per annum.

  • Scheduled and drop in art classes and workshops for adults and children
  • Docent led or self-guided exhibition tours with interactive activity sheets  
  • Screenings and lectures on the history of art
  • Children’s afterschool art clubs
  • Community outreach programming across the three islands

Highlights

  • Modern purpose-built facility with world class exhibitions
  • Home of the National Art Collection
  • New Art CafĂ© overlooking the sculpture gardens
  • Stunning sculpture gardens and walkable labyrinth
  • Unique gifts and souvenirs including fine art prints from the National Collection
  • Special events and art workshops
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  • National Gallery a great place to Visit

    March 18, 2014 | Free Tour of the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands

    Very nice representation of local art past and present. Housed in a new very nice building. Totally worth the visit and planning to go back.

    Posted by (Gena Walker) from Kansas City, Cayman Islands
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