Fresh Milk is a place for visual artists, writers,
thinkers & makers

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Mission Statement:

The Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc. is a Caribbean non-profit, artist-led, inter-disciplinary organization that supports creatives and promotes wise social, economic, and environmental stewardship through creative engagement with society and by cultivating excellence in the arts.

Tag-line: Critical. Creative. Fresh.

The Fresh Milk Studio. Photo credit: Charles Phillips of Monochrome Media

The Fresh Milk Studio. Photo credit: Charles Phillips of Monochrome Media

The idea for Fresh Milk developed over years of conversations around the need for artistic engagement among artists in Barbados, to strengthen regional and diasporic links and shape new relationships globally. The platform was established in 2011 as a social practice experiment to counter the nearly 100% attrition rate of BFA students at Barbados Community College, the only institution on the island offering a BFA program.

Fresh Milk is  located on a working dairy farm; however, the name is also derived from the act of women turning their blood into milk to nurture their young. Given the traumatic history of the Caribbean, the region is not always associated with the idea of nurturing. By offering a safe space for people to innovate, gather, and create, Fresh Milk engages in an act of resistance, moving against a traumatic history as a platform of excellence and diversity. Operating out of a former seventeenth-century sugar plantation, Fresh Milk aims to shift the kind of activity that happens in this historically loaded site by fostering an open, critical environment.

Fresh Milk spans creative disciplines, generations, and linguistic territories in the Caribbean by functioning as a “cultural lab,” thriving as a dynamic space for artists through local, regional, and international programming including residencies, lectures, screenings, workshops, projects, etc. We aspire to be a sustainable organization contributing to a healthy cultural ecosystem.


Contact information: freshmilkbarbados@gmail.com

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Directions to FRESH MILK:

FRESH MILK is located on a wooden deck at the Milking Parlour Studio in St. George, Barbados.

Written directions:

From the Norman A Niles roundabout, head east off the highway. Follow the road for approx. 1 mile until you get to the Essco roundabout.

Turn left off the roundabout and pass the St. George Secondary School on your left.

At the T-Junction, turn right. At the fork with the FRESH MILK ARTBOARD, turn left.

Take the first left into Walkers Dairy and The Milking Parlour Studio, following the sign saying ‘Manipura’.

On entering the yard, drive past the house on the right and head towards the large tree in the middle of the yard on your left. Parking is available on the grass under the tree. Go down the slope towards the house on the left. Walk to the far end of the house and follow the foot path to FRESH MILK.

If traveling by public transportation, take a Greens, Ellerton or Drax Hall bus, which will take you to the nearest bus stop by St. George’s Primary School.When you get off, walk up the road until you see our FRESH MILK ARTBOARD and take the left turn there. Follow this road until you see the ‘Manipura’ sign, then follow the directions listed above.

Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/FreshMilkBarbados
Follow us on Twitter: @FreshMilkBdos


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