The mission of The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands is to promote the appreciation and practice of the visual arts of and in the Cayman Islands.
NGCI is an inclusive gathering place which honours our artistic heritage, celebrates art and seeks to provide inspiring learning experiences for all of our diverse public.
Accordingly, we envision that our National Gallery will be:
- The country’s leading public visual arts organisation;
- An enriching, inclusive environment;
- Committed to collecting and exhibiting works of art;
- A provider of innovative and creative educational programmes;
- An environment that places Caymanian culture at the forefront, whilst embracing the diverse cultures and traditions of our global community.
Established in 1996, NGCI is a vibrant arts organisation that seeks to fulfil its mission through exhibitions, artist residencies, education/outreach programmes and research projects.
The NGCI operates in both a local and global arena. As part of our mission to promote and encourage the appreciation and practice of the visual arts, of and in the Cayman Islands we send Caymanian art and artists abroad as well as having many fine international artists visit, exhibit and work in the Cayman Islands.
To express our unique brand through building a creative and dynamic environment.
To strive to inspire our community by providing opportunities for growth and discovery.
To commit to the stewardship of our environment, our culture, our finances and our organisation.
To ensure accountability, transparency, and responsibility in all our actions.
To seek to create an accessible experience for the public by being welcoming and responsive to all.
To pursue consistently high standards in all that we do.
Benefactors and Sponsors
The NGCI’s work is supported by many loyal benefactors and members and relies on vital funds from both the private and public sectors to sustain its programmes.
After a series of temporary sites, in early 2012 the NGCI moved into its permanent home on the Esterley Tibbetts Bypass. This new centre enables the NGCI to consolidate its programmes under one roof for the first time.
Together the exhibition areas, an art studio, library, auditorium and multi-purpose area house all of the Gallery’s hands on art activities including existing programmes, selected outreach programmes and a variety of new educational initiatives based on the permanent collections.
In addition, there is a permanent gallery for the National Art Collection for the first time. This centre is a state-of-the-art civic resource, providing a home for schoolchildren, teachers, researchers, artists, archivists, seniors and students of all ages as well as a space for artists to exhibit the very best of our cultural production.