Arts Auction for National Gallery called a big success

As the National Gallery continues its effort to raise funds for the new National Gallery and Education Centre, the latest in a string of fundraising events – the Big Arts Auction was deemed a great success by all involved.

The auction, held on Thursday, 24 November, at the Gallery’s location in Harbour Place, was the culmination of a three week-long exhibition of works donated by many of Cayman’s leading artists. It was the last public display in this location.

The response from the artist community, to the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands’ initial call out, was hugely encouraging. Twenty-two of Cayman’s leading artists donated work with 100 per cent of the funds raised allocated directly to the facility.

Participating artists included: Wray Banker, David Bridgeman, John Broad, Chris Christian, Randy Chollette, Hannah Cook, Teresa Grimes, Bendel Hydes, Greg Lipton, Chris Mann, Nickola McCoy-Snell, Zoe Blount, Carol Owen, Miguel Powery, Mike Seffer, Renate Seffer, Joanne Sibley, Gordon Solomon, Nasaria Suckoo-Chollette, Avril Ward, CE Whitney and Al Ebanks.

Targets exceeded

Given the strength and breadth of works on display, the auction greatly exceeded targets for the evening. Chairman Henry Harford confirms, “We were delighted that the event was such a success. This is a major step in bridging the remaining funding gap as we were able to raise more than our most optimistic hopes. We would like to say a big thank you for the tremendous generosity shown by both the artists donating work and our supporters who bought the paintings.”

The gallery will continue efforts to close the remaining funding gap before the National Gallery and Education Centre opens its doors in early February. National Gallery of the Cayman Islands’ staff encourages the public to support the campaign through one of the many naming opportunities still available (on the Avenue of Trees or Walk of Tribute) or by attending the upcoming Cayman Cookout, a Jacques Scott/Ritz Carlton Charity Wine Dinner set for 12th January, which will include an auction of works by several more leading artists including Christel Ibsen, C.E Whitney and Maureen Anderson among others.

For more information on the NGCI or to learn how you can become a donor contact the National Gallery by emailing the director on [email protected] or call 945-8111

For more information on the NGCI or to learn how you can become a donor contact the National Gallery by emailing the director on [email protected] or call 945-8111