A new temporary exhibition at the National Gallery will showcase the work of students from its Art Haven programme.
This art programme is held monthly at Northward and Fairbanks prisons and at Caribbean Haven, the government-operated drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre.
Art Haven, which is sponsored by State Street Cayman Trust Company, Ltd., was designed to offer its participants a creative outlet and a chance to develop new skills.
“Our outreach programmes are an integral part of what we do as a charity at the National Gallery,” says gallery director Natalie Urquhart. “They are designed to strengthen communities by reaching people who cannot visit independently, but who might benefit from engaging in art as part of their wider rehabilitation process.”
The exhibition will showcase 30 pieces of work created by students during the past year under instructors Aston Ebanks and Joseph Betty.
The students have been working on various themed artwork from landscapes, to still life to illustrations.
Mr. Betty said, “It is truly self-fulfilling for me, to have watched and embraced such transformation from negative minds to positive … through the power of arts.”
State Street are long-term supporters of the National Gallery.
“State Street understands that exposure to the arts can provide a broad range of educational and personal development benefits to individuals and we are impressed with the positive results the National Gallery is accomplishing through their outreach programmes,” says representative Shirley May Jackson.
The exhibition, which will be on display in the Dart Auditorium from August 10 to August 23, will launch with a public opening event on 9 August from 5-7pm.
Everybody is welcome. The art will be available for purchase. Admission is free.