National Gallery Joins AICA Southern Caribbean

The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands is strengthening its presence in the Caribbean by joining the International Association of Art Critics (AICA).

AICA Southern Caribbean is a regional group of countries including Barbados, Cuba, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Trinidad and now the Cayman Islands that recognizes professional critics and promotes the visual arts throughout the area.

Membership will not only bring clarity to the arts being created here in Cayman, but also encourage the potential distribution of these works regionally while maintaining their integrity and value, a press release said.

AICA was formed in 1951 and its objectives include the protection of professional critics in order to accurately interpret various works of art in an ethical manner and in a standardized process. They also aim to share knowledge laterally by facilitating its exchange between members through annual conferences and via their website

The power to transfer ideas with respect to the visual arts amongst a larger body will serve to enlighten and improve existing processes within the NG. It is anticipated that an improved stream of communication will also enable the NG to curate exhibitions on topics applicable to the area and allow them to include works of arts from other member countries which will provide a heightened perspective. This ability to reciprocate pieces will also increase awareness of the Caymanian Artists and in doing so, promote their work.

The purpose of AICA membership is not only to interpret and share local arts regionally, but to bring about a better understanding of the unique and numerous cultures between the member countries through the visual arts.

The National Gallery hopes to host the 2010 conference of the AICA South Caribbean.