National Gallery eyes future with anniversary gala

| 15/11/2017
CNS Local Life

Decorations at the gallery’s 2014 Serenity Ball

(CNS Local Life): To celebrate its 20th anniversary, The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI) is holding a gala Friday, 1 December. Dubbed The Infinity Ball, the event aims at “commemorating the past and embracing the future” of the gallery. Over the past 20 years, the gallery has welcomed more than a quarter of a million visitors, produced world-class exhibitions, and provided about 60 monthly educational programmes for the community.

Throughout this time the organisation has played a vital role in preserving the heritage and history of the Cayman Islands while simultaneously fostering cultural growth, stated an NGCI press release.

The NGCI Sculpture Gardens and Lower Exhibition Hall will be transformed into a futuristic backdrop, and guests are invited to engage with the theme and décor by wearing “futuristic inspired” black tie. The evening, which begins at 6:30pm, will include special presentations, live performances, futuristic cocktails, and dancing under the stars until the early hours. Longtime supporters of the organisation will also be presented with special commemorative awards.

“Our 20th anniversary marks a big achievement for the organisation and to all those who have helped it grow over the years: donors, artists, board and staff members, contributors, students, teachers and more,” said NGCI director Natalie Urquhart.

The Infinity Ball will celebrate what has been achieved and what can be achieved as the gallery continues to evolve. By purchasing a ticket to the (ball), you are investing in the institution’s future as we look ahead to the next few decades.”

The National Gallery has previously hosted elaborate art-inspired events, and those attending should expect an exciting evening, said NGCI events coordinator Alyssa Manderson. “Prepare to be enthralled by the sights, sounds and sensations of a fashion forward event that brings people together and celebrates creativity,” she said. “We’re excited to share the gallery’s successes and celebrate the museum’s future within our community.”

Tickets include a reception with a specialty welcome cocktail and canapés, a three-course fine dining experience with a vegetarian option, complimentary red and white wine throughout dinner, live music and entertainment, bottle service upon request, a champion bartender creating futuristic cocktails, a lively after-party and a few surprises, stated the press release.

Ticket sales are open until 22 November 2017. Due to increased demand, NGCI will not be able to hold tickets/tables without payment. Organisers also advise people that due to multiple terrains in the Sculpture Gardens, they should “choose (their) footwear accordingly”.

For more information and to book tickets call (945-8111) or email the National Gallery

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