NG Sister Islands art programmes back on track

National Gallery Sister Islands’ art classes will resume early in the New Year after being temporarily halted in the wake of Hurricane Paloma.

‘As with Hurricane Ivan in Grand Cayman, the need for creative outlets for residents is more poignant than ever,’ said Simone Scott, NGCI Sister Islands officer.

‘We have gone through a traumatic time both during the storm and in the aftermath. Many are still searching for a way to express the shock and loss that they are feeling during the continuing recovery process. We are pushing very hard to get our programmes back up and running and they are to begin again in early January.’

The gallery runs a variety of community programmes on all three islands, using art as a creative outlet, including Art Sisters, which was established after Ivan in 2004.

Kick starting the programme schedule will be an Art Camp this weekend in Little Cayman followed by four weekly programmes in Cayman Brac, starting in January.

‘The existing programmes cover a wide age range, from pre-schoolers to the elderly,’ said Miss Scott. ‘The newest addition to the NGSI programming will be a film animation evening geared specifically toward teenagers.’

The next exhibition at the National Gallery, due to open in early March, also turns to the Brac for its inspiration. The series of 34 stark black-and-white photographs by Canadian photographer Robert Scott Michiel captures the Brac landscape in a way few have appreciated.

‘In the wake of Paloma his beautiful images remind us that even in the darkest moments, when the landscape is stripped bare, beauty remains,’ said exhibition curator Natalie Coleman.

A selection of the work will travel to the Sister Islands after Grand Cayman and part of the proceeds will be donated to the Brac Recovery Fund.

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For more information about this and other programmes please call Simone Scott at 939-5306 or email [email protected] .

Art camp this weekend

In a kick start of the National Gallery’s Sister Islands programme schedule, there will be Art Camp this Saturday, 20 December at the Little Cayman National Trust House.

This five-hour camp run from 11am through to 4pm and is open to all ages of children and adults who wish to express their feelings surrounding Hurricane Paloma and its aftermath.

This weekend’s Art Camp will be followed by four weekly programmes in Cayman Brac, starting in January.

To register and for more information, contact Simone Scott at 939-5306 or email [email protected] .

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