Culture ministry acquires art for National Gallery

| 24/02/2019
CNS Local Life
(L-R) Al Ebanks, Natalie Urquhart, Gordon Solomon, Dwayne Seymour, Chris Christian and Shane Aquart (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

(CNS Local Life): Four new works of art have found a home at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI) through the support of the Ministry of Culture. As part of NGCI’s acquisition strategy, significant works of art by Cayman artists are identified annually by NGCI’s Collections & Exhibitions Committee with the hope that sponsorship will be secured to acquire the work for the National Art Collection.

Each of the four works of art is by a “significant Caymanian artist, working in a contemporary context”, the gallery said in a press release.

The work is selected based upon the significance of the artist, the standard of work, the significance of the work in an exhibition capacity, and popular appeal (works that has received strong positive public feedback), the release stated.

The four newly acquired works selected for this donation are by preeminent Caymanian artists – Native Sons’ Chris Christian, Gordon Solomon and Al Ebanks, along with Shane “Dready” Aquart.

“Each of these artists is working in a wide range of media,” said NGCI Director Natalie Urquhart. “Their work is a vehicle through which to bring attention to our cultural heritage in new ways, to challenge existing borders, and to begin articulating new meanings for contemporary Caymanian identity in the 21st century. They are all excellent examples of the highly skilled, critically engaged work that is being practiced by our contemporary artists.”

When asked about the acquisition, Minister for Culture Dwayne Seymour said he was “delighted that we have been able to help acquire these important pieces for the National Art Collection for the people of the Cayman Islands, now and long into the future. The four artists are masters of their genre and these particular pieces are works of the finest calibre.”

NGCI Chairperson and Collection & Exhibitions Committee Chairperson Susan Olde said, “The National Gallery is honoured to receive these works in trust for the people of the Cayman Islands and we wish to extend our sincere gratitude to the Hon. Dwayne Seymour, Minister for Culture, for his foresight in supporting the growth of the National Art Collection.

“Budget constraints have limited acquisitions historically, and this support has ensured that these four works of national significance remain on island and publicly accessible now, and for future generations.”

The National Art Collection is displayed in the NGCI’s Upper Gallery. It is open from Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm, except for public holidays. In addition, the collection can be viewed through a virtual tour online at the National Gallery website

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