New National Gallery exhibit explores identity

A new exhibit at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, focusing on exploration of identity in contemporary Caymanian art, opens Thursday. 

A program of events will accompany the exhibit, “tIDal shift – Explorations of Identity in Contemporary Caymanian Art.” The program kicks off with a lecture from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday on contemporary Caribbean art initiatives. 

Holly Bynoe, chief curator of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, will speak about various art initiatives she is spearheading in the region, including ARC magazine, a publication that focuses on contemporary artwork created in the Caribbean and its diaspora. Ms. Bynoe, who is originally from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, is also co-director of Caribbean Linked, a regional artist residency program in Aruba. 

The lecture will also feature Amanda Coulson, director of the Bahamas National Art Gallery, speaking about global initiatives the gallery has been involved with in Venice, Cuba and throughout the region. Ms. Coulson is a Bahamian-American art critic who has written for numerous art journals. 

She is also one of the co-founders of the VOLTA art fair in Basel, Switzerland, and New York. This year’s New York VOLTA fair focused on art from the Caribbean and Africa and featured the works of seven Caribbean artists. 

Thursday’s event at the National Gallery will also include a group discussion about artists’ residencies and exchanges in the Caribbean. 

The “tIDal shift” exhibit runs until Nov. 5. 

‘The Swan’ by Pippa Ridley, one of the works featured in a new exhibition at the National Gallery.