A fun and immersive way to learn about Cayman’s history and culture is through the journey of art. The Cayman National Art Gallery showcases permanent collections featuring unique art, from Caymansim Modernism and Contemporary to Realism. They also have ever-changing featured exhibits.
Caymanian Modernism emerged in the 1990s from a group of artists called the Native Sons. The Native Sons were inspired by a wide range of art movements such as expressionism, cubism, abstract, and realism. They wanted to express their heritage and sociocultural experiences. The story of transforming from a maritime society to a world tourist destination and financial mecca is front and center. As well as the effect it has had on the people.
The National Art Gallery also hosts the Realism Collection that represents the surge of artists moving to the Cayman Islands in the 1980s who wanted to capture the beauty of the natural environment and tourist attractions. The relationship of the people to the ocean is prevalent and beautiful.
We highly recommend visiting the Cayman National Art Gallery to challenge what it means to be Caymanian. Be sure to check out their website for their new exhibitions, events, and more. Admission is free and open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and closed on Sundays.