The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands has issued a call for artists to submit work for an upcoming exhibit examining the role women played in the development of Caymanian society from the 1800s through to the mid-20th century.

Approximately 15 contemporary artists will be selected and commissioned to respond to this theme in a diverse range of mediums, styles and genres, inspired by oral histories, archival material and historical objects relevant to the subject.

The exhibition will look at the influence of women who remained on land during the heyday of the Cayman Islands’ maritime industry. It will examine how they handled such issues as health, the economy, faith and maintaining a society where men were absent for long periods of time.

Artists are encouraged to move beyond purely representational work and to incorporate a research element into their projects. In addition to works of fine art, fine craft, film and literature, projects that include historical objects and archival material will be considered.

The exhibition is open to residents of the Cayman Islands or artists of the Caymanian diaspora. Artists are invited to submit photos of work (or work concept drawings/photos), with an accompanying artist’s statement relating the work to the exhibition synopsis. One submission per artist will be considered.

To qualify for consideration, submissions must be provided in electronic format and include:

  • Artist biography (200 words) and headshot;
  • Project proposal with statement and artwork information (title, date, medium and a description of 200-300 words;
  • Images to support the proposed work (clear sketches, sample works, etc., will be accepted if the work is still in concept phase);

Link to the artist’s website if applicable.

Artists seeking assistance with the development of their proposal may book an appointment via [email protected] All submissions will be considered by the National Gallery Exhibition Committee and the chief curator. Successful submissions will be notified by email no later than 25 Sept.

Each successful applicant will receive a grant towards the development of their project. Final artwork needs to be delivered to the NGCI site on or before 10 Jan. 2020. The exhibition is scheduled to run from 16 Jan. to 2 April 2020.

For more information email [email protected]