Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, Cayman Art Week is back from 22 to 26 June with another packed programme of exhibitions, panels and parties taking place at 34 venues across the Cayman Islands, all free and open to the public.
Cayman Art Week brings together local galleries, artist studios and pop-up exhibitions to create a platform where art lovers and collectors directly can connect directly with artists, from established names to emerging new talent.
Participating venues are open throughout the week. Each day focuses on a different area of the Cayman Islands with hop-on bus tours making it easy to visit multiple destinations. Up first is ‘CAW West’ taking place on Thursday 23 June in the Seven Mile Beach and West Bay area. On Friday, the party moves to George Town for CAW Central/Art in the City in partnership with the George Town Revitalisation. On Saturday, buses head to the eastern districts for CAW East, and Sunday is an Open Studio Day where artists from across all three islands open their doors to the public.
New this year is the Cayman Art Week Hub at Camana Bay which will feature a pop-up exhibition, meeting space and information centre. The Hub will host a programme of art talks, portfolio reviews and career advice for creative students and emerging artists.
Initially created in response to the impact of the pandemic on the creative sector, Cayman Art Week aims to support the growth of a sustainable art market and raise the visibility of artists in Cayman.
A thriving creative sector aligns with the strategic priorities of the Ministry Youth, Sports, Culture and Heritage who are one of Cayman Art Week’s lead partners this year. Minister YSCH Hon. Bernie Bush said, “With its mission to identify and nurture young creative talent and to provide opportunities for young artists to participate in the industry, Cayman Art Week fits closely with my priorities and Ministry’s vision. We are committed to empowering a thriving society that values, celebrates and supports its unique culture and to ensuring access to arts for everyone in our community.”
The Ministry of Youth, Sports, Culture & Heritage joins Provenance Properties, the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands and the George Town Revitalisation as lead partners of Cayman Art Week alongside CAW Patron Susan Olde. A full schedule of events can be found at https://www.caymanartweek.com/events, plus profiles and artwork samples from featured venues and an easy to use google map.
“In 2021, Cayman Art Week highlighted how much creative potential we have in Cayman, and we are looking forward to a 2022 edition which offers a broader public programme of events and venues across our three islands,” says Natalie Urquhart, the founder-director of Cayman Art Week. “We are excited to collaborate with the Ministry to broaden the spectrum even further this year and to create even more visibility for our artists.”