By Natalie Urquhart, Director, NGCI
Founded in 1997, the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands is the country’s leading art museum and education centre, charged with preserving, promoting and fostering Caymanian visual culture. Under the direction of Natalie Urquhart, the nine-person team is committed to working to international museum standards and successfully adapting global models in consideration of Cayman’s unique environment, and story. Through a permanent collection and vibrant exhibitions and programming, the institution has assumed a central role in the development of fine art while also establishing an invaluable platform for wider explorations of culture and community.
NGCI is centrally located in the heart of the Seven Mile Beach corridor in a 9,000 sq. ft. purpose built museum facility, the first of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean. The contemporary space has three exhibition galleries, an art studio, library, auditorium, art café, gift shop, and gardens that host temporary exhibitions by local and international artists, fifty monthly workshops and lectures, along with variety of annual festivals, film screenings, arts events, and private functions.
At the heart of NGCI is the Cayman Islands’ National Collection. Loosely assembled by decade, the collection begins with the visionary markings of intuitive artists like Gladwyn “Miss Lassie” Bush and early realist painters, before showcasing the critically engaged work of islands’ contemporary artists. Seen collectively, the artworks on display offers an unparalleled record of the Cayman Islands’ rich artistic and cultural history.
The central location, which has free admission for both local and international audiences, provides a stimulating environment for learning about Cayman’s unique cultural history and contemporary arts.
Further information. NGCI is opened from Monday to Saturday: 10am to 5pm, closed Sundays and Public Holidays. For more information visit: www.nationalgallery.org.ky or call +1 (345) 945 8111.