Family fun at National Gallery

The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands hosted a Family Day on Saturday, where children of all ages participated in free art activities based on the exhibition “Now & Then – A Photographic Journey Through Time.”  

Kerwin G. Ebanks, education and community officer, said the event gives children an opportunity to interact with art in a way not available in mainstream education.  

Activity sheets and art materials were available for children, and self-guided tour packs were collected in the gallery for families to use as they explored. 

“Now & Then” is an exhibition of photographs by Courtney Platt in association with curator Natalie Urquhart, the Steinmetz Archive and the Cayman Islands National Archive.  

“We had an overwhelming response from the community when the exhibition was initially held in 2012, and again in 2013,” Urquhart, NGCI director, said in a press release. “Despite record visitor attendance during the initial run, NGCI staff continue to receive frequent calls requesting another chance to view the series. It really is a case of ‘back by popular demand.’”  

Photographer Platt replicated and digitally merged the past and present to provide a window into Cayman’s history. Past and current landmarks, buildings, events and generations of people blend together in a surreal, and at times, haunting mixture of imagery, the gallery said.  

“Now & Then” runs through Dec. 31. Admission is free. 

Chloe and her mom, Meerna Dzaghgouni

Chloe and her mom, Meerna Dzaghgouni