National Gallery takes art on the road

| 12/08/2016
CNS Local Life

(L-R) Guy Thornton, of Digicel, presents sponsorship cheque to Kerri-Anne Chisholm, of the National Gallery

(CNS): The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI) is partnering with Digicel to launch an island-wide advocacy campaign bringing activities based on works from the National Art Collection into schools throughout the districts. The project, “All Access: Art on the Road”, follows last summer’s exhibition, “All Access: A Journey through the National Gallery Permanent Collection”, which offered the opportunity for members of the public to view the entire NGCI collection and discuss the artworks with curators who were working on annual conservation reviews.

“We are very excited to launch “All Access: Art on the Road” this October,” said Kaitlyn Elphinstone, NGCI communications and public-engagement manager. “The educational programme is designed to be an exciting and memorable way for youth to engage with their cultural heritage through works of art from the NGCI Permanent Collection. With Digicel’s kind support we aim to reach every school-aged child in the Cayman Islands.”

Throughout the school term students will meet with NGCI curators, educators and artists at session,s which will explore the culture and heritage of the Cayman Islands through discussions, and encourage participants to use their culture to create works of art.

The programme will emphasise the accessibility of the NGCI Permanent Collection to the public and aims to reach new audiences.

“At Digicel we are continuing to focus on opportunities to further the development of the youth of Cayman,” said Guy Thornton, the company’s brand and communication manager. “It’s important as many as possible get a chance to engage with issues within our community and internationally. We hope that with our support we can help create a sense of belonging by exploring culture and heritage as well as further aiding their development culturally.”

The “All Access: Art on the Road” campaign will be followed by “All Access: Art on the Street”, where districts will select works from the NGCI Permanent Collection to be reproduced and hung in public spaces for everyone to enjoy. Each painting will be framed and accompanied by an information plaque.

For more information about the “All Access” programme and how to get involved email the National Gallery or call 945-8111

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