Traveling art show makes a move

“What does HOPE look like?”, the traveling art show created by Avril Ward, is moving on to its next venue in January.  

After spending December at the Government Administration Building, the 20 artworks, which focus on the theme of hope and include 3-D and photography works, will take up residence at the Cayman Islands Hospital. Artists include Al Ebanks and Scott Swing, as well as first-time exhibitors. 

Ward’s vision behind the traveling exhibition was to bring hope to Cayman through visual art. She said, “Art is completely underutilized as a medium for changing people’s perception, and I believe it has the power to literally change the spiritual atmosphere of a place.” 

She also wanted to challenge local artists to create pieces that are not for commercial gain.  

“Artists have unique gifts that can be used far more productively than merely ‘brightening up a living space,’” she said, “but we need to learn how to trust ourselves and acknowledge our gifting and its purpose in society.” 

The exhibition opened in early December at the Cayman HospiceCare “Light up a Life” event at Camana Bay, and spent the following month at the Government Administration Building. 

“Many people who have stumbled upon it at the Government Administration Building have mentioned how interesting and moving it is, as all the artworks have a piece of prose or a description of why that artist painted their piece in relation to how they see hope,” said Ward. “People take the time to read and reconsider the artwork.” 

When it arrives at the Cayman Islands Hospital, the exhibition will be spread across the critical care, mental health and oncology units. 

The show runs through April 2016. The public may contact Ward if they wish to host the show in their space for a minimum of two weeks: email [email protected] or visit A hardback book of selected images from the exhibition, as well as exhibition T-shirts will soon be available. Ward plans to be at Camana Bay Farmers & Artisans Market on Wednesdays in 2016. 


Avril Ward’s ‘Rooted in Hope’


Scott Swing’s ‘Inner Peace,’ a sculpture from fiberglass and driftwood


Joseph Betty’s ‘Solace There’


Artist and exhibition organizer Avril Ward

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