Special night for young National Gallery patrons

Making time for a dose of culture is not always easy for busy professionals, but a recent gathering proved a big draw for curious art lovers.

The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands was open for a special late night event on Friday, March 11 to celebrate the international traveling exhibition “EN MAS’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean.”

Led by six dedicated committee members from the Butterfield Young Patrons’ Circle the event boasted “an epic exhibition, expert led tours, great music by DJ Natural, a balloon pop game, and more,” according to committee member Rich Dyer.

The National Gallery’s membership program for young professionals was launched in 2015 as a social networking group for young people, aged between 18 and 35. The program was not only a first for the Gallery, but also for the Cayman Islands.

“The National Gallery aims to continually push boundaries and explore new and impactful ways of engaging our community and supporting the future resilience of the Gallery,” said the gallery’s Communications and Public Engagement Manager, Kaitlyn Elphinstone.

“The Young Patrons’ Circle is one way in which we aim to achieve this,” she said.

The event marked one of the last opportunities for the public to view the EN MAS’ exhibition before it makes its way to the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas over the Easter Break.

This week at the National Gallery

This week the National Gallery is hosting a special lecture on the history of Carnival from the artistic director of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation, Henry Muttoo. Taking place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, the free 90-minute lecture is presented in conjunction with the NGCI’s current exhibition “EN MAS’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean.”

The lecture is open to the public and will cover the fascinating and complex history of Caribbean Carnival. It is one of the last opportunities to view the international traveling EN MAS’ exhibition before it makes its way to the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.

Doors open at 5 p.m.. Refreshments will be available. To RSVP or for event details, email [email protected] or call (345) 945-8111.

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