New Intern Selected at NGCI

| 22/08/2014

(NGCI): Deutsche Bank (Cayman) Limited and the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands welcome another year of introducing creative minds to the field of museum and gallery management. The competitive Deutsche Bank National Gallery Internship Programme is an intensive year-long training opportunity for one young Caymanian student to learn, develop their skills, and gain professional experience. Now in its twelfth year, the 2014-15 placement has been awarded to Lyle Anderton.After completing three years of visual and creative arts at Sheridan College in Canada, Mr Anderton has joined the National Gallery team for a year before returning to his final year of studies.

“I see the Deutsche Bank National Gallery Internship Programme as a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in a field that I love and aim to turn into my career. I am very passionate about art and serious about working in the visual arts field. I hope to learn more about gallery work outside of the art studio so that I have the skills needed to enter into the workforce when I graduate in 2016.”

As a full-time trainee Mr Anderton will have the unique opportunity to work with exhibition curators and education facilitators on a variety of projects related to the National Gallery’s exhibitions and programmes. The role covers many aspects of gallery and museum work including education, collections management, exhibition design, fundraising, public relations, membership, volunteer services and administration. The experience has helped past interns go on to pursue careers in fine art, graphic design, make-up artistry, non-profit administration, teaching, and illustration.

Thanks to Deutsche Bank’s annual support, the Intern also receives a full training-level salary and benefits. Janet Hislop, Chief Country Officer of Deutsche Bank (Cayman) Limited, explains why this programme remains as one of the top areas of interest to the bank: “Having celebrated its eleventh anniversary last year, the Internship programme is well established as a key initiative that supports local students who have a passion for the arts, who are keen to gain an insight into the operations of a major cultural institution and who want to enhance their professional skills. I am delighted that Deutsche Bank maintains such a positive relationship with the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, based on our belief that artistic creativity and business success are so closely aligned. I am sure Lyle will find the Internship to be a hugely positive and rewarding experience.”

Kieshona Brown Graduates from the Deutsche Bank National Gallery Intern Programme

Ms Brown recently completed the year-long intensive training programme and now plans to do a foundation diploma in art and design at the University of the Arts London: London College of Communication in England next year before going on to study a bachelor of arts in graphic design. Ms Brown comments, “The National Gallery is an environment where Caymanian heritage is greatly imprinted. I have been exposed to another side of the art world, something I haven’t had the opportunity to experience in the past. I am confident that the opportunity has helped me build my knowledge and skills even more so that someday I will become a successful Graphic Designer.”

During her first few months working at the National Gallery Ms Brown focused on learning about the different areas of the Gallery, but quickly found a special affinity with the Education Department and its broad programmeschedule. Ms Brown comments, “The National Gallery’s Education Department is amazing. They offer all of these great programmes that bring families closer together by engaging them in arts and crafts.”

Ms Brown now joins the list of former Deutsche Bank National Gallery Interns which includes Josephine Shibli, Jaime Doak, Letitia Davis-Eden, Ariana Eden, Anne-Marie Gray, Stephen Nickelson, Kerri-Anne Chisholm, Latrese Haylock, Joe Roberts, and Elena Fear.

Former intern Kerri-Anne Chishlom explains the importance of the internship, saying: “This internship is the most valuable experience you can have in understanding how the world of art operates. It is important to wear your enthusiasm for art on your sleeve, and let your passion show. If you are interested in the arts, I can recommend the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands and Deutsche Bank as establishments in which your passion will be stirred and propelled.”

For more information about the programme and how to apply, email education@nationalgallery.org.ky or call (345) 945 8111.

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