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Cayman Art Week is back on 22-26 May for its biggest year yet

Front Pages 15 May, 2024 Follow News

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Cayman Art Week is returning 22-26 May for its fourth year which promises to be its biggest yet with 15 galleries, 11 studios and 14 pop-up exhibitions participating across all three Cayman Islands.

From painting and pottery to installations and interventions, Cayman Art Week showcases the broad range of creative venues and talented artists. With all venues free and open to the public, and with artists in attendance at many of the events taking place throughout the week, Cayman Art Week makes it easy to explore Cayman’s dynamic art scene and there’s art on sale to suit every budget.

“We’re delighted to have so many artists and galleries returning for a fourth year and are also excited to see the many artist-led pop-up exhibitions participating this year,” said Natalie Urquhart, who initially founded Cayman Art Week in 2021 in response to the challenges artists were facing on the back of the pandemic and lockdowns. “The creative use of both established art venues and the non-traditional spaces to exhibit art is part of what makes Cayman Art Week so interesting for both experienced collectors and newcomers.”

With more than 40 venues already confirmed for CAW24, and with multiple art events happening every day, the challenge is planning your week so as not to miss out. The best place to check the full programme of events is on the Cayman Art Week website, which also has a handy map and profiles of each exhibition. Free bus tours are designed to help visitors fit multiple stops into a single evening.

While all venues are open every day throughout Cayman Art Week, there are a few key dates to know:

Thursday 23 May: CAW West

Free hop-on, hop-off bus tours run on a loop along the Seven Mile Beach corridor between 6pm-9pm visiting galleries and exhibitions. Stops include Camana Bay (The Hub Gallery, The Gallery by Jason Kennedy & Janine Every, John Broad at Abacus Restaurant, Dready at Tabs, and Ruby Marr at Union Grill), Galleria Plaza (Jo Austin at Ledger & Looms and Cera-Tan at Quinntessential), Kennedy Gallery at West Shore Centre, the Visual Arts Society at Piccolinos, Cayman Passion Art at The Westin lobby, Carlos V Garcia gallery at The Grove, and more.

Friday 24 May: CAW Central/Art in the City

Start the evening at the popular ‘Art in the City’ happy hour event on Cardinal Ave courtesy of George Town Revitalisation, before jumping on the complimentary bus tours that run on a loop from 6pm-9pm. George Town venues include new contemporary art space Ngara Galleries, the Guy Harvey Gallery, Claire at the Beach, 3 Girls and a Kiln, and Martlet studios, pop-ups by Goodness, Le Vele, Island House, Mutiny and Cricket Square, and the Cayman Islands National Museum.

Saturday 25 May: CAW East

Curated bus tours run from 10am to 3pm to venues along South Sound and out to the eastern districts, or visitors can choose to drive themselves. Bus tickets cost $10 and can be booked in advance on eventpros.ky to secure a spot on the bus alongside a knowledgeable CAW team member and fellow art enthusiasts. Venues include Minds Eye Centre (Miss Lassies), Visual Arts Society (Pedro St James), Scott Swing, Kay Smith Gallery and Studio, White Dog Art, Iain McRae at Gram Bellas, and Artisan Gallery.

Sister Islands

Cayman Art Week officially kicks off in Cayman Brac with a reception at Gordon Solomon’s Studio on Wednesday 22 May. Other participating venues in Simone’s Art Gallery in the Brac, and D’Art of Living, Seahorse Boutique, and Little Cayman Museum in Little Cayman.

Cayman Art Week partners

Cayman Art Week is free to attend and for artists and venues to participate thanks to the generosity of Cayman Art Week’s Patron Mrs Susan A. Olde and lead partners at George Town Revitalisation under the Ministry of Planning, Agriculture, Housing, Infrastructure Transport & Development, the Ministry of Tourism & Ports, and the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, along with many supporting partners including Camana Bay, REAL LIFE magazine, Cricket Square and Majestic Tours.

The National Gallery is co-hosting this year’s opening reception on Wednesday 22 May where guests will be able to view work by many of the artists represented during Cayman Art Week in the gallery’s permanent collection and current exhibitions.

For more information about Cayman Art Week and to see the full line-up of events, visit www.caymanartweek.com  and follow Cayman Art Week on Facebook or Instagram.

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