CATAPULT – New Grant Funds for Caribbean Artists

American Friends of Jamaica, Kingston Creative and The Fresh Milk Art Platform partner on $320,000 US programme

In light of the severe impact that COVID-19 is having on creative people and the arts sector, a fund of US$320,000 from the Open Society Foundations has been granted to the American Friends of Jamaica, in collaboration with Kingston Creative and The Fresh Milk Art Platform, in support of artists, creatives and cultural practitioners across the Caribbean region. This grant acknowledges the current global pandemic, a crisis disproportionately impacting the creative sector in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), many of which lack the resources to provide adequate support to those working in this vital sector.

Caron Chung, Executive Director AFJ stated, “Many are facing threats to their basic existence today and uncertainty for the future as we are contending with unprecedented challenges.  This is a time when we need to work together to offer some semblance of stability to the Arts.  Collaboration is at the core of the mission of the AFJ and we are pleased to facilitate the Catapult project.”

CATAPULT | A Caribbean Arts Grant will target participants living and working across the Dutch, English, French, and Spanish speaking regions. This five-month comprehensive arts programme includes funding online creative events, art writing, digital skills training, residencies and virtual discursive salons.

CATAPULT is particularly interested in working with arts and cultural practitioners who are exploring the broad critical themes of Culture, Human Rights, Gender, LGBTQIA+ and Climate Justice from Caribbean perspectives. The team especially welcomes applications from those who do not have permanent employment at this time.

Kingston Creative’s Co-Founder and Executive Director Andrea Dempster-Chung commented, “It has been very exciting to develop this project. It is aligned with our mission to support creative people and is also our first opportunity to work across the region. COVID-19 has had a very serious impact on artists within Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean and this grant will provide the critical financial support, visibility and capacity-building that creatives need to navigate the future.”

CATAPULT will increase the capacity of Caribbean-based artists to navigate the digital space and learn new ways to connect with diverse global audiences.  It will also promote the visibility of cultural practitioners by expanding the pool of online content from the region, enabling artists to engage wider audiences while increasing the potential to earn beyond their borders.

The collaboration will support the following projects:

(i) Caribbean Artist Showcase, (ii) Caribbean Creative Online, (iii) Digital Creative Training, (iv) Consultancy Vouchers, (v) Lockdown Virtual Salon and (vi) Stay Home Artist Residency.

Fresh Milk’s Founding Director Annalee Davis expressed enthusiasm regarding the partnership. “Fresh Milk is pleased to have the opportunity to partner on this critical project nurturing Caribbean artists. With little support available at the state level for so many cultural practitioners working across this vulnerable region, having an opportunity to facilitate Stay At Home Residencies and Virtual Salons means that more artists can safely remain in their studios and do what they do best-make art!”


About the Partners:

American Friends of Jamaica | The AFJ has a near 40 year history of funding charitable organizations in Jamaica in the fields of Education, Healthcare and Economic Development. A registered 501 c 3 nonprofit headquartered in New York City, AFJ relies on individual and corporate contributions made by donors who believe in our work and will advocate on our behalf. Part of the AFJ’s mission is to facilitate donor directed contributions which enables donors to support registered charitable organizations aligned with their own goals for philanthropy.


Kingston Creative is a registered non-profit organization founded in February 2017. Its mission is to enable creatives to succeed so that they can create economic and social value, gain access to global markets and have a positive impact on their community.

 


Fresh Milk is an organisation whose aim is to nurture, empower and connect Caribbean artists, raise regional awareness about contemporary arts and provide global opportunities for growth, excellence and success. Fresh Milk supports excellence in the visual arts through residencies and programmes that provide Caribbean artists with opportunities for development and foster a thriving art community.

We are not separate.

In May 2015, Barbadian artist Ronald Williams wrote a review about Frantz Fanon’s ‘The Wretched of the Earth‘ for the Fresh Milk Books platform; a book that addresses the complex role violence, protests and resistance play in decolonisation.

The Wretched of the Earth - Frantz Fanon

“My mind kept drifting across the Caribbean Sea as I read. It drifted and eventually channelled into the relatively recent acts of police barbarism in the U.S.A. It’s not because it’s a current issue that I feel connected, it’s slightly personal. I could just as easily be at the mercy of this brutality had I been born 20 degrees north and west.”

Five years later, Ronald’s words continue to ring true. We are not separate to this fight. Caribbean voices and experiences are a necessary part of the discourse as we not only empathise, but stand in solidarity against what is happening globally, and challenge the ways systemic racism has manifested and damaged our region.

Fresh Milk’s 2019 in Review

Thank you for your continued support of Fresh Milk!

At the Fresh Milk Art Platform, we believe in the visual arts and its capacity to empower young artists and bring the Caribbean closer together. Through our local, regional and international programming, we have witnessed the benefit of investing in the arts, a sector that is increasingly vital now more than ever before.

With your valuable support, we will continue to contribute to the professional development of visual artists in Barbados, the Caribbean and its diaspora through our streamlined programming in 2020. While hosting fewer artists on site at Fresh Milk, this year’s residency focus will be on Caribbean Linked – a regional residency uniting artists from all linguistic territories in the region. We’ll also be fostering new international residency opportunities for Caribbean-based professionals.

A special focus for Barbados is the We Gatherin’ project and Fresh Milk is keen to participate to this unique event. If you’d like to work with us to commission new work by local artists for the 2020 Fresh Stops project or support new work for the Fresh Milk Art Board,
click that donate button!

It’s very easy to support us by making a donation through this PayPal link. Your contributions make our programmes possible, and gifts of any size are welcome.

The Fresh Milk Team offers warm thanks and deep gratitude,
and invites you to reflect on 2019 with us in our annual
year in review newsletter!

Transoceanic Visual Exchange 2019 Screenings

Fresh Milk (Barbados), in partnership with China Residencies (NYC/China), The Barbados Museum & Historical Society (BMHS), Alice Yard (Trinidad & Tobago) and CACHE Space (Beijing, China), is pleased to present the schedule for the 2019 edition of Transoceanic Visual Exchange (TVE), a series of programmes taking place this year between Barbados, China and Trinidad & Tobago.

TVE is a collection of recent films and videos from artists practicing in the Caribbean, China and their diasporas. TVE aims to negotiate the in-between space of our cultural communities outside of traditional geo-political zones of encounter and trade, intending to build relations and open up greater pathways of visibility, discourse and knowledge production between the regional art spaces and their communities.

The Caribbean screenings will take place in Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday, November 12th at Alice Yard, 80 Roberts Street, Woodbrook, Port of Spain, and in Barbados on Friday, November 15th at the Barbados Museum & Historical Society, Dalkeith Road, Bridgetown and Sunday, November 17th at the Fresh Milk studio, Walkers Dairy, St. George. The screenings in China will take place Wednesday, November 6th at CACHE, No.11 Liao Ge Zi, Qixing East Street, 798 Art District, Chaoyang, Beijing.

Additionally, the online exhibition of works will be available for viewing from November 23rd – December 21st.

All events are free and open to the public. Visit transoceanicvisualexchange.com for more information.


 

TRINIDAD SCREENING SCHEDULE & PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

ALICE YARD
Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 (6:30 PM)

Minia Biabiany (Guadeloupe) – Blue spelling, a change of perspective is a change of temporality
Wang Chen (China/Australia) – My Little Brother and Secret
Versia Harris (Barbados) – For Peace
Alvin Luong (Canada) – Turbo
Adam Patterson (Barbados) – Rammelaar
Kia Redman (Barbados) – Surround Sounds


 

BARBADOS SCREENING SCHEDULES & PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

THE BARBADOS MUSEUM & HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Friday, November 15th (5:00 – 9:00 PM)

PRISON CELL:
Richard Mark Rawlins (Trinidad & Tobago) – SUGAR

WALLED GARDEN THEATRE:
Daphne Xu (China/Canada) – The China Society
Wang Chen (China/Australia) – My Little Brother
Adam Patterson (Barbados) – Buchibushi
Hanwen Zhang (USA/China) – The First Line of China

 

FRESH MILK
Sunday November 17th (6:00 – 9:00 PM)

Minia Biabiany (Guadeloupe) – Blue spelling, a change of perspective is a change of temporality
Chen Dandizi (China) – Deep Relax
Luk Gama (Guadeloupe) – Tan boudé chiré…
Versia Harris (Barbados) – For Peace
Zhiliang Jin (UK/China) – Shareable Horizons
Kadiejra O’Neal (Barbados) – Gestation Period
Adam Patterson (Barbados) – Rammelaar
Kia Redman (Barbados) – Roots | Routes and Surround Sounds
Sucheng (China) – 一千零一夜 (At This Moment)
Zhao Xu (China) – Stranded Dreams
Peng Zuqiang (China) – I Don’t Remember the Name


 

CHINA SCREENING SCHEDULE & PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

CACHE SPACE
Wednesday November 6th (3:00 PM)

Minia Biabiany (Guadeloupe) – Blue spelling, a change of perspective is a change of temporality
Chen Dandizi (China) – Deep Relax
Versia Harris (Barbados) – For Peace
Nikki Lam (HK/Australia) – Anchor and A Loose Thread
Alvin Luong (Canada) – Turbo
Kadiejra O’Neal (Barbados) – Gestation Period
Adam Patterson (Barbados) – Buchibushi
Richard Mark Rawlins (Trinidad & Tobago) – SUGAR
Kia Redman (Barbados) – Surround Sounds
Daphne Xu (China/Canada)– The China Society
Zhao Xu (China) – Stranded Dreams
Hanwen Zhang (China/US) – The First Line of China
Peng Zuqiang (China) – I Don’t Remember the Name


 

ABOUT THE PARTNERS:

Fresh Milk

Fresh Milk is an artist-led, non-profit organisation founded in 2011 and based in Barbados. It is a platform which supports excellence in the visual arts through residencies and programmes that provide Caribbean artists with opportunities for development, fostering a thriving art community.

Fresh Milk offers professional support to artists from the Caribbean and further afield and seeks to stimulate critical thinking in contemporary visual art. Its goal is to nurture artists, raise regional awareness about contemporary arts and provide Caribbean artists with opportunities for growth, excellence and success.

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China Residencies:

China Residencies is an online and New-York based nonprofit founded in 2013 by Crystal Ruth Bell & Kira Simon-Kennedy. Since then, China Residencies supported over 50 artists and collective projects in mainland China and Hong Kong. China Residencies supports a network of over 40 different residency programs through openly accessible website, and supports the next generation of artists, activists, and arts administrators through fellowships, exchanges, and fiscal sponsorship.

“We believe diplomacy shouldn’t just be left up to politicians. Artists are cultural and social changemakers, and, in a world where people sometimes forget to listen to and learn from one another, we are passionate about creating opportunities for artists to bring a broader cultural understanding into their work and communities.”

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The Barbados Museum & Historical Society

The Barbados Museum & Historical Society (BMHS) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization with a membership of over 1,000 individuals and companies. A fourteen-member Council and the Director are responsible for its policies and operation. Nine council members are elected annually from the membership of the BMHS; the remaining five are appointed by Government.

The mandate of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society is: To collect, document and conserve evidence of Barbados cultural, historical and environmental heritage; and to interpret and present this evidence for all sectors of society.

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CACHE Space:

CACHE Space (缓存空间) is a non-profit art space in Beijing that is dedicated to radical art in China and around the world through screenings, discussions, and online formats.

Wechat: CACHE缓存

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Alice Yard:

Alice Yard is the backyard space of the house at 80 Roberts Street, Woodbrook, Port of Spain. This was once the house of Sean Leonard’s great-grandmother. Four generations of children played and imagined in this yard, and now we continue this tradition. Alice Yard is a space for creative experiment, collaboration, and improvisation.

Alice Yard is administered and curated by architect Sean Leonard, artist Christopher Cozier, and writer and editor Nicholas Laughlin, with the help of a growing network of creative collaborators. Alice Yard is a non-profit organisation incorporated under the laws of Trinidad and Tobago.

Since 2008, Alice Yard has run a residency programme hosting artists, curators, and other creative practitioners.

 

Announcing Kia Redman as the Barbadian resident artist at Le Centre d’Art, Haiti

Fresh Milk is thrilled to announce Barbadian artist Kia Redman as the recipient of a one month artist residency at Le Centre d’Art, Haiti, who we have partnered with for a residency exchange programme between Haiti and the wider Caribbean to create opportunities for women arts practitioners, supported by UNESCO’s International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFDC).

Kia’s residency will take place October 14th – November 14th, 2019. A subsequent call for women, Haitian artists to attend a one month residency with us at Fresh Milk, Barbados will be released soon!

About Kia Redman:

Kia Redman is a creative professional living and working in Barbados. She attained her BFA in Studio Art R with first-class honours from the Barbados Community College in 2017 and has spent the time since developing her creative practice.

Kia currently works part time as a designer and videographer for Acute Vision Inc. and Bajans in Motion. She has participated in local residencies with Punch Creative Arena and Fresh Milk Barbados and taken part in local group shows and screenings internationally. In 2018 her short film Roots|Routes won six awards including Best Short Film at the Barbados Visual Media Festival.

Being born into a post-independent nation in formation, Kia’s work focuses on issues of identity, mapping culture and documenting histories. She aims to rewrite the blanket definition taught to be her Caribbean identity and discover the things unique to her lived experience.

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About Le Centre d’Art:

Le Centre d’Art in Port-au-Prince is an institution that works towards promoting artistic creations by Haitian practitioners on the basis of preserved heritage values. Since its creation in 1944, this atypical space with multiple missions has been at the heart of societal and artistic evolutions. As the major protagonist in the reconfiguration of the fine arts realm in Haiti, Le  Centre d’Art has been paving the way for several schools and artistic movements.

Despite the destruction of the infrastructure during the earthquake of 2010, Le Centre d’Art managed to save more than 5000 works and 3000 archive files, which are today preserved and valued. Since the reopening in 2014, Le Centre d’Art has once again become an essential part of Haitian culture.

Its mission is to support artists and their creations, and to conserve and disseminate Haitian visual arts. It is a resource space for artists, art students, art lovers, collectors and researchers alike.