National gallery moves exhibitions and teaching resources online

National gallery moves exhibitions and teaching resources online

Having closed its doors to the public this week, the National Gallery team are expanding their digital platforms to provide virtual exhibitions, art information and educational resources online. “Museum’s provide a critical role in society during times of need and we are aware that a lot of families, who are confined to their home, are seeking access to creative activities at this time,” says director Natalie Urquhart. “While we are closed for site visits, our team remains committed to providing inspiring, locally produced, online resources about Caymanian art and culture for our community.”

Four National Gallery exhibitions are already available via the NGCI website as virtual tours. They include Cross Currents – Cayman Islands Biennial, featuring 42 local artists; Bendel Hydes – A Retrospective, a survey of the artist’s fifty-year career; a tour of the National Art Collection and Tidal Shift, a group exhibition of 26 artists. For those who haven’t had a chance to experience NGCI’s current exhibition Island of Women – Life at Home During Our Maritime Years, this will be uploaded early next week. These can be accessed via https://www.nationalgallery.org.ky/see/virtual-tours/

Under the Teacher Resources section of the site, there are downloadable lesson plans and activity sheets that include information about art history and local artists, with suggested art activities. These can be accessed via https://www.nationalgallery.org.ky/learn/learning/school-teachers/teaching-resources/. Throughout the shutdown period, the NGCI Education Department will continue uploading new resources to this page on a regular basis. Persons seeking additional information or resources relating to a specific artist or art theme are invited to email NGCI Education Coordinator Maia Muttoo at education@nationalgallery.org.ky.

In addition to the website, NGCI will be regularly sharing local and international news and information via their social media platforms, along with artist’s interviews and lesson plans. “Virtual reality has made global museum collections accessible, allowing us to experience a tour of a museum that we otherwise may never have the chance to visit. We’ll be sharing these and many more resources over the coming weeks,” says Urquhart.
For questions relating to the exhibitions or collections please email William Helfrecht at Collections@nationalgallery.org.ky, for educational resources and question email Maia Muttoo at education@nationalgallery.org.ky and for general inquires contact Lauren Anderson at administration@nationalgallery.org.ky