The annual art fair [email protected] returns for the 13th time this Saturday, 2 February with all manner of arts, crafts, entertainment and opportunities to get creative.
Organised by the National Gallery and hosted by His Excellency the Governor Duncan Taylor and Mrs. Beatrice Taylor, [email protected] was created to help raise awareness of the arts in the Cayman Islands. Over the years the event has grown, spilling out from the grounds of Governor’s House and into Governors Square, giving the public the opportunity to meet established artists, watch them at work and even try their own hands at making art. Emerging artists will have an opportunity to show their work, and those exhibiting in Governors Square will also be selling their work.
Many of the islands’ most popular artists will be present this year including Randy Chollette, Gordon Solomon, John Broad, Charles Long, Nasaria Suckoo Chollette, to name a few. Popular ceramicist Mr Danswell returns with his clay wheel and ‘Native Son’ Miguel Powery will be this year’s ‘Featured Artist’.
Traditional Caymanian heritage and craft also takes a primary place at the festival featuring silver thatch demonstrations by well-known craftspeople such as Jane Webster, Lizzie Powell, Carmen Conolly and Rosemay Ebanks, among others, as well as works by The Cayman Islands Traditional Arts Council. The popular duo Deal Ebanks and Wray Banker will be present with their waurie boards and hand carved gigs – available for anyone to try.
[email protected] is a celebration of local art in all its forms and there will be plenty of art-related entertainment too.
Returning favourite DJ Craig from Oneworld Entertainment will emcee the event sharing airspace with the well known Cayman Islands Marching Band who will be creating a festive atmosphere.
The Cayman Catboat Club will also be offering free Catboat rides from the beach – be sure to sign up early.
Forging a Creative Future
The theme of this year’s [email protected] is “Forging a Creative Future” and this is incorporated into many of the projects and the overall schedule. Visitors are encouraged to consider how they can bring more creativity into their lives and some Caymanians working in creative industries will be present.
“We hope that people will leave the event pondering this theme and the difference – small or large – that each of us can make in the lives of those around them,” says Natalie Urquhart, Director of the National Gallery.
Each year local schools are encouraged to enter the Governor’s Cup art competition, judged by His Excellency the Governor, in which prizes will be awarded in a number of categories.
“The National Gallery is essentially an educational institution that aims to promote art as an integral component of the educational experience,” explains Natalie.
“Every year local schools put on vibrant and creative displays which are truly inspiring. We encourage all school children in the Cayman Islands to attend with their families. Students can see first hand the huge diversity of art that is created here on the island and actually witness artists in the process of creation.”
[email protected] opens to the public from 1pm to 5pm and entry is free. The festival will be held at both Governor’s House and Governors Square. Parking will be at Regatta Park and police will be on hand to assist visitors in crossing West Bay road.