National Gallery staying up late for special event

| 10/03/2016
CNS Local Life

Performance piece by Nicolás Dumit Estévez of the Dominican Republic, part of EN MAS’ exhibition (Photo by Raymond Marrero)

(CNS): The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands’ (NGCI) will be open for a special Butterfield Young Patrons’ Circle (BYPC) late-night event on Friday, 11 March to celebrate the international travelling exhibition, “EN MAS’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean”. The evening will feature “an epic exhibition, expert-led tours, great music and more,” said Rich Dyer, one of the six BYPC committee members leading the event.

The NGCI membership programme for young professionals was launched in 2015 as a social networking group for people aged between 18 and 35. The programme was not only a first for the gallery but also for the Cayman Islands.

“The National Gallery aims to continually push boundaries and explore new and impactful ways of engaging our community and supporting the future resilience of the gallery, said Kaitlyn Elphinstone, NGCI communications and public engagement manager. “The Butterfield Young Patrons’ Circle is one way in which we aim to achieve this.”

Due in part to the success of the programme, Butterfield has recently signed on to become the sole supporter and named partner of the young patron’s circle. Michael McWatt, Butterfield’s deputy managing director, explained why the bank continues to be involved. “This unique programme offers young professionals the opportunity to, not only support the arts in our community but also develop their corporate links with other professionals and likeminded individuals,” he said.

“Butterfield has been a major sponsor of the National Gallery for many years and we are keen to support innovative initiatives such as the BYPC which focuses on philanthropy amongst the young and future leaders of business in the Cayman Islands.”

Elphinstone added: “Together Butterfield, the National Gallery and BYPC members ensure that this generation has the opportunities to access the wonders of the arts and culture through inspiring exhibitions, educational programming and engaging events.

“With Butterfield’s support, the gallery has been able to go from strength to strength, fulfilling its mission and providing accessible opportunities for all of our visitors and ultimately creating a space about our community for our community.”

The late-night event will run from 6pm-10pm (doors open at 5pm), with free guided tours every half hour. Admission is free and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Young professionals who are interested in becoming BYPC members can learn more about the initiative and sign up at the event. Some of the benefits of membership include invitations to preview evenings, discounts on educational art courses and in the NGCI Gift Shop, and access to special BYPC social events.

For details on the BYPC, email the National Gallery or call 945-8111

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