National Arts & Culture Awards

National Arts and Culture Awards (est 1990)

The National Arts and Culture Awards recognise those who have made a significant contribution to arts and culture; achieved a high quality body of creative work; or who have supported the work of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation.

The CNCF Heritage Cross Medal is awarded to individuals and groups who have a consistent and active, quality engagement in the preservation and/or celebration of Caymanian cultural heritage.  The award has three levels: GOLD for a lifetime of high quality engagement in the preservation and celebration of Caymanian culture (minimum of 20 years); SILVER (minimum of 10 years) and BRONZE (minimum of 5 years). Awards can also be made post-humously.

The CNCF Star for Creativity in the Arts Medal is awarded for artistic endeavour, achievement and excellence in the arts.  Arts organisations in the Cayman Islands are invited to make nominations for this award. Like the Heritage Cross, the Star for Creativity also has three levels reflecting the span of the artist’s work and/or its overall impact.

For work that covers a shorter period or to recognise a single effort that contributes measurably to the preservation and /or celebration of Caymanian art and culture, the Creativity in the Arts Certificate is awarded.


How should nominations be submitted? The nominations must be submitted in writing, using the prescribed Nominations Form. The form should describe how the nominee has measurably contributed to the preservation and/or celebration of Caymanian culture over the specified period. The submission must include the name and contact information of the person making the nomination and contact information for the nominee.  Nominations may be made through the post by mailing to CNCF Arts & Culture Awards, PO Box 30201, Grand Cayman, KY1-1201, Cayman Islands. Nominations may also be emailed to or delivered to the CNCF Office at the FJ Harquail Cultural Centre.   

Who decides the winners of the awards? The CNCF Grants and Awards Committee decides the award recipients

When and where will the next ceremony be held and is it open to the public? The next awards ceremony will be held on 18 February 2021 at the Harquail Theatre and the public is welcome to attend, however reservations are required.

26th Annual National Arts & Culture Awards Recipients


Debra Barnes-Tabora


Isaac Jeralow Rankine


Anne Walton


Phillip Smith


Wray Banker


Conroy Ebanks


George Jones


Sandra Watler

Outstanding Volunteers

Hazel Brown

Illean Powery

Rajkrishnan Ramasubbu

Artist Database

Dear Artists & Artisans,

The National Arts and Culture Awards recognise those who attain a level of merit in their artistic discipline, and who contribute to the arts, culture and heritage of the Cayman Islands. Awards are also presented for Volunteer of the Year, Sponsor of the Year and the Chairman’s Award for outstanding long-term support of CNCF’s work. The awards ceremony is a CNCF initiative that began in 1990. Each year there is a call for nominations from cultural.

Stay Creative!

The Staff of the CNCF

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