National Gallery gala focuses on fashion

| 15/11/2018
CNS Local Life

Last year’s gala, The Infinity Ball, held at the National Gallery

(CNS Local Life): The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI) will be celebrating the Art of Fashion at its costume gala fundraiser on 30 November. The annual gala raises essential funds for the gallery’s free community programmes for all ages and backgrounds. Director Natalie Urquhart explained the importance of the gallery to the community.

“NGCI is an inclusive gathering place which honours our artistic heritage, celebrates art and seeks to provide inspiring learning experiences for all of our diverse public,” she said in an NGCI press release. “By purchasing a ticket to the Art of Fashion costume gala you are directly supporting free art educational programmes and opportunities for all ages and abilities.”

Funds from last year’s Infinity Ball provided NGCI with supplies and teaching resources for the education department and helped fund the multifaceted family fun programme,the press release said. Funds raised also ensured that admission to all the NGCI exhibitions remained free of charge and accessible to everyone.

This year NGCI’s fundraising costume gala has been inspired by the current exhibition “Art of Fashion, a look at the influence of art and fashion on Caymanian culture. Collections by Caymanian fashion designers Isy B and Jawara Alleyne will be showcased during an runway show on the evening of the gala.

Guests are encouraged to adopt the extreme fashion dress code for this year’s event and organisers have published a Pinterest page (natgalcayman) to share collections of extreme fashion-inspired looks. “Our gala patrons are very enthusiastic about dressing up and we can’t wait to see their interpretations of this year’s theme,” Urquhart said.

“We’ve planned stunning décor thanks to Celebrations and Intec – as well as a fusion of edible experiences thanks to Mise en Place and Jacques Scott Wines and Spirits,” she added. “Long-time partners, Cayman Airways and other local businesses come together to help us offer grand auction packages unique to Cayman. We cannot thank our sponsors and volunteers enough for their support of the event, it is going to be an event to remember.”

Tickets to the gala cost $195 per person or $1,900 for a table of 10, $3,000 for a premium table of 10, and $3,500 for a premium table of 12. Premium tables include champagne and a professional group photo.

Tickets include welcome cocktails, a seated dinner, live auction, runway show, and dancing under the stars until the early hours. Tickets purchased after 23 November will incur an additional administration fee.

To purchase tickets or for more information, email the NGCI events team or go to the National Gallery website

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Category: Arts, Community, Fashion, Fundraiser

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