[email protected] set to ‘Make a Difference’

On 31 January people will flock once again to the Government House to experience the latest developments in the local art scene at the National Gallery’s [email protected] event.

[email protected] has become a hugely popular event in the Cayman Islands entertainment calendar, when over 100 artists, craftspeople and designers demonstrate their works. The event is held each year on the lawn of Government House, and welcomes several hundred visitors annually.

Co-hosts Governor Stuart Jack and his wife Mariko Jack along with the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands and annual sponsor Walkers invite everyone to attend this year’s event and participate in the theme ‘Making a Difference’.

In the years since its inauguration in 2000, [email protected] has become the only festival of its kind in Cayman to display such a diverse number of visual art forms, from paintings, ceramics, sculpture and leatherwork to thatch work, body paintings, jewellery, quilts, photography and handicrafts.

Visitors have a chance to meet seasoned and emerging artists one on one, to query their art processes and to participate in creating a work of art themselves.

The event also gives visitors the opportunity to view the differences and similarities between the traditional heritage craft and the contemporary arts of the islands, and the ways in which one has inspired the other.

Highlighted artists this year include Shane Arquart, who is best known for his Dready character and Jonty, a street artist who is now working with the National Gallery’s Community Mural programme.

Other annual highlights include traditional craft displays, catboat rides from the Cayman Catboat Club, cultural booths, drill demonstrations by the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps, the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Cayman National Cultural Foundation, Cayman Islands National Museum, Cayman Traditional Arts and other non-profit organisations, art tours, music by local bands and OneWorld Entertainment, dance performances and afternoon tea.

New to this year’s event is the special Art Creation Station for children offering a variety of ‘green’ arts and crafts activities based on making a difference to the environment.

This year, attendees can also take part in a mini-documentary by sharing ways in which people are making a difference in today’s society. They can also paint a public art mural as part of the National Gallery’s Community Mural programme or create crafts in the Walkers’ Children and the Arts tent.

Join Governor Stuart Jack, his wife Mariko, the National Gallery and Walkers for an afternoon of artistic stimulation of all kinds on 31 January from 1 to 5pm.

The event is entirely free and all are welcome to attend.

For information or to volunteer at this event, call the National Gallery at 945-8111 or email Mona at [email protected].