21st Century Cayman showing on the Brac

21st Century Cayman, which enjoyed
a successful run at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, is now showing
in Cayman Brac’s Heritage House.

The partial exhibition opening was
held at the Heritage House on 18 June and a gig carving workshop was held the
following day by Cayman Islands Traditional Arts Council member and gig
sculptor Deal Ebanks.

“The opening and workshop were both
well-attended. We hope that more of the Brac population will come out to view
the works that are housed at the Heritage House for this and next week,” said
NGCI Communications and Marketing Manager Mona Watler.

21st Century Cayman had challenged
24 local artists and artisans to blend traditional techniques with a contemporary
look and feel. The aim was to bring these traditional works to the fore by
adding a more modern aesthetic to make them more appealing to a younger
audience.

Some of Cayman’s mainstream artists
and crafters, such as John Broad, Avril Ward, Nasaria Suckoo-Cholette, Charles
Long, Al Ebanks, Rose May Ebanks, Lizzie Powell and Dianne Scott feature in the
show, bringing new and diverse applications of traditional Caymanian crafts.

The original exhibition attracted a
record number of school tours, a Waurie tournament, a Catboat lecture, a
documentary screening, crafters’ demonstration day and other group lectures and
discussions throughout the exhibition’s duration.

Artworks included miniature Catboat
sails and decorated hulls, hand painted gigs and waurie boards; and thatch
baskets using recycled materials.

The National Gallery of the Cayman
Islands along with sponsors Butterfield and the Cayman Islands Traditional Arts
Council developed the art show partly to reverse the decline in the number of
artists and crafts people carrying on traditional art forms in the Cayman
Islands.

A lecture will be scheduled on the
making of the exhibition and the balance of blending old and new. The Cayman
Brac Heritage House is open daily 9.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm, and on
Saturdays 10am to 3pm.

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