Director/Curator - Natalie Urquhart
Natalie Urquhart is Director of the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. She holds a degree in Art History and a Masters degree in Arts Policy and Administration (1.1), with a specialisation in contemporary curating.
Prior to assuming directorship in 2009, Natalie worked as the NGCI’s Education Officer and Chief Curator (a title she still holds) and she has curated numerous exhibitions relating to Caymanian arts and culture, at home and abroad. These include group exhibitions such as Portrait of an Artist, Anchored in Landscapes, Native Sons – Fahive, and most recently 21st Century Cayman, in addition to several important retrospective exhibitions of Caymanian artists. Her curatorial work includes extensive research on the visual arts, heritage, identity construction and cultural tourism and has she published a wide range of essays relating to this area.
Natalie has driven many initiatives and programmes for youth and artists including collaborations with private and public organisations across the island. In 2008 she launched the Cayman Contemporary Arts Initiative, a Caymanian artist cooperative and arts administration body that provides free arts education for emerging and established Cayman based artists. She currently serves as a public and private sector advisor on cultural matters, as a member of the Leader Cayman planning committee, and as a council member of the Cayman Island Chamber of Commerce, representing the charitable sector.
In recognition of her contributions to cultural development, she was awarded a National Arts and Culture Award for Creativity in 2010 and was recently recognized at the Young Caymanian Leadership Award Recipient for 2011. Email Natalie.