Announcing the CATAPULT Stay Home Artist Residency & Lockdown Virtual Salon Awardees – Jury Report

The CATAPULT team is pleased to announce the Caribbean-based artists selected from across the English, Spanish, French, and Dutch-speaking territories who will participate in the CATAPULT Stay Home Artist Residency (SHAR) and Lockdown Virtual Salon (LVS) programmes!

Between the announcement of the Open Calls on August 5 and the submission deadline on August 21, 2020, these two CATAPULT initiatives received more than 260 entries from 28 countries across the Caribbean. All proposals were reviewed by the Fresh Milk Team (Founding Director, Annalee Davis, and Communications and Operations Manager, Katherine Kennedy, both practicing multidisciplinary visual artists) and an independent regional jury comprised of:

  • Edward Bowen (Trinidad & Tobago), Visual Artist and Educator – LVS;
  • Giscard Bouchotte (Haiti), Curatorial Director, Nuit Blanche and Social Entrepreneur – SHAR;
  • Loretta Collins Klobah (Puerto Rico) Poet and Professor of Caribbean Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Puerto Rico – LVS;
  • Sara Hermann (Dominican Republic), Chief Curator & Specialist of Visual Arts, Centro León in Santiago, and founder of Curando Caribe SHAR;
  • David Knight Jr. (US Virgin Islands), Co-Founding Editor of the arts & literary journal MokoSHAR;
  • Clara Reyes (Sint Maarten), Head of Department of Culture within the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth – SHAR.

Candidates were assessed based on their artist statement, CV, portfolio, and a proposal outlining their preliminary concept of artistic or research activities pertaining to one or more of the programmes’ critical themes of culture, human rights, gender, LGBTQIA+, and climate justice.

Each of the 32 LVS candidates will participate in a one-hour live conversation with a co-discussant about their practice and will receive a $500 USD stipend. The 24 SHAR candidates will be supported to safely remain in their studios/work-spaces and will receive a $3,000 USD stipend to produce work over a two-month period. The two programmes will run on a staggered basis from September 21 through December 11, 2020.

General Comments

The submissions demonstrated a very wide variety of approaches to making or producing, and the applicants work across a diverse array of media, including dance, installation, music, painting, drawing, mixed media, textiles, animation, book arts, graphic novels, performance, theatre, film, research-based practices, sculptures, photography, literature, poetry, public engagement, and activism. The proposals demonstrate the quality and competence of the work currently being produced by Caribbean cultural practitioners.

The jury also recognised the relevance of the proposals to this particularly challenging time we are facing, as well as the expertise and dedication of the applicants who clearly articulated the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on this vulnerable sector, demonstrating the “ability to rise above [adversity] and share their human stories.” (Clara Reyes, CATAPULT jury member). Discussions during the jury convenings also took into consideration points such as the impact of support to artists at different stages of their careers and the nurturing of practices at pivotal moments, and commitment to and investment in the region as evidenced through the subject matter of their work, the consistent contribution to their local spaces, or pushing the boundaries, definitions, and trajectories of what is seen as possible for Caribbean artists.

The jury is humbled by the vast amount of talent, drive, strong voices, and art practices present within the Caribbean and appreciated the time each applicant took to submit their application. Every effort was made to be thorough and fair throughout the process, and while reaching the decision was extremely difficult, the jury is confident that the final selection demonstrates a breadth of practices, ideas, and themes put forward by creatives who are based in the four linguistic territories, originating from Aruba, Barbados, The Bahamas, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Saba, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, and the US Virgin Islands.

The CATAPULT team will be sharing news of these programmes in the coming months. See below for the complete list of CATAPULT SHAR and LVS selected candidates.


About CaTAPULT:

CATAPULT | A Caribbean Arts Grant is a COVID-19 relief programme conceptualised by Kingston Creative (Jamaica) and Fresh Milk (Barbados) and funded by the American Friends of Jamaica | The AFJ (USA). Designed as a capacity building initiative it will directly provide financial support to over 1,000 Caribbean artists, cultural practitioners and creative entrepreneurs impacted by the pandemic and working in the themes of culture, human rights, gender, LGBTQIA+, and climate justice.


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.

Announcing the Jury for the CATAPULT Stay Home Artist Residency & Lockdown Virtual Salon

We are excited to announce the six jury members who are reviewing the submissions received from Caribbean-based artists across the English, Spanish, French and Dutch speaking territories to be considered for the CATAPULT Stay Home Artist Residency and Lockdown Virtual Salon prorammes!

The invited jury members are Clara Reyes (Sint Maarten), David Knight Jr. (US Virgin Islands), Edward Bowen (Trinidad & Tobago), Giscard Bouchotte (Haiti), Loretta Collins Klobah (Puerto Rico) and Sara Hermann (Dominican Republic).

In collaboration with the Fresh Milk Team, these 6 arts and culture professionals will be selecting 24 artists, creatives or cultural practitioners to be granted an 8-week long Stay Home Artist Residency opportunity, and 32 to take part in one-hour live conversations about their practices for the Lockdown Virtual Salons.

Learn more about the CATAPULT programme and the jury members below!

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About Clara Reyes

Clara E. Reyes, born on Curaçao, and raised on the island of St. Maarten, has always immersed herself in the world of art and culture. Ms. Reyes holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Choreography from State University of New York at Brockport, as well as a diploma in Dance Theatre Production from the Edna Manley College for Visual and Performing Arts in Jamaica. She was a former student at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Merce Cunningham Dance Studio, and a dance teacher, choreographer and performing artist with Committed Artist in South Africa.

Ms. Reyes’ career includes being head of Department of Creative Artistic Formation at the St. Maarten Academy; part-time lecturer of humanities at the University of St. Maarten; part-time dance instructor at University of Rochester; former teacher at The Charlotte Brookson Academy for the Performance Arts St. Maarten; and co-founder and former director at the National Institute of Arts in St. Maarten. She is the current Head of Department of Culture within the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth, and Sport of St. Maarten.

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About David Knight Jr.

David Knight Jr. is a writer, editor and curator from the U.S. Virgin Islands. He is a founding editor of the literary journal Moko, which publishes fiction, poetry, essays and visual art that reflect a Caribbean heritage or experience. His writing has appeared in The Caribbean Review of Books, ARC magazine, and Caribbean Beat among other places. Exhibitions he has co-curated include My Islands Do Not Make a Nation in Havana, Cuba and An Ocean of Dignified Dust on St. Thomas. He was the writer in residence at the Caribbean Linked Programme in Aruba in 2016, and in 2017 was invited to give the presentation Strange Dreams in the Afterglow: Contemporary Art in the U.S. Virgin Islands at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. Along with his wife, Priscilla Hintz Rivera Knight, David is the co-owner and creative director of Bajo El Sol Gallery on St. John.

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About Edward Bowen

Visual artist and educator Edward Bowen (born 1963, Trinidad & Tobago) attended Croydon College of Design and Technology, earning his Higher National Diploma in Fine Art and Printmaking with a Distinction in Painting. Upon his return to Trinidad in 1985, Bowen set up his studio and has been operating as a practicing artist ever since. He has exhibited consistently in both solo and group shows locally at galleries such as Gallery 1234, Aquarella, Horizons, Y Art Gallery and many others, and has taken part in esteemed international exhibitions including Karibische Kunst Heute – Documenta Kassel, Germany; the 1994 Santo Domingo Biennale; and the 25TH Anniversary of the Sao Paulo Biennale. In 1987, he formed the Language of Vision Environment with fellow artist/designer Steve Ouditt, linking with the UWI School of Continuing Studies to host classes in art and design. This initiative lasted for two years, and included other courses taught by local artists. In 2014, Bowen opened Sans Souci Estate Retreat and Guest House, offering artists’ retreats, residency opportunities and studio spaces.

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About Giscard Bouchotte

Giscard Bouchotte, born in Haïti, has been working to build a sustained reflection on the power of chaos through his critical texts, exhibitions and artistic actions. Where politics fail, artistic action serves as a tool generating civic creativity. During the annual “Nuit Blanche” of Port-au-Prince, for which he is the curatorial director, he invites international and local artists to transform the Haitian capital city of Port-au-Prince half-destroyed by the 2010 earthquake into a playground. For the past ten years, he has curated several exhibitions as an independent curator, notably “Haiti Kingdom of the World” (Paris, 2010) which was subsequently transformed into the first Haitian Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale (Venice, 2011) in the Fondazione Querini Stampalia. Bouchotte’s other multidisciplinary events include: the traveling exhibition “Périféeriques”, the annual “Nuit Blanche (Sleepless-night) of Port-au-Prince”, and “(In)visibilité Ostentatoire” at the Fondation Clément, Martinique in 2017. His research focusses on the future of traditions, revisited by contemporary artists in the context of globalization.

Photo credit: Julian Salinas

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About Loretta Collins Klobah

Loretta Collins Klobah, an award-winning poet, has co-edited and translated the bilingual anthology of Caribbean woman poets The Sea Needs No Ornament/ El mar no necesita ornamento (2020) and published the poetry collections Ricantations (2018) and The Twelve-Foot Neon Woman (2011) with Peepal Tree Press. She has received a PEN award in Translation, the OCM Bocas Prize in Caribbean Literature in the category of poetry, a Pushcart Prize, and an award from The Academy of American Poets. She lives in San Juan, where she is a professor of Caribbean literature and creative writing at the University of Puerto Rico.

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About Sara Hermann

Sara Hermann (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1969) earned her BA-MA Art History from University of Havana, Havana, Cuba. (1991). Since 2005, she worked as Specialist of Visual Arts at Centro León in Santiago, Dominican Republic, where she is presently also the Chief Curator. She was Director of the Museo de Arte Moderno of Dominican Republic from 2000-2004, and serves as a member of the International Art Advisory Council of Caribbean Arts Initiative. Hermann is also the founder of Curando Caribe, a programme for pedagogy, contemporary arts and curatorial practice established in 2014. As a curator, she conceptualizes and curates exhibitions of contemporary art by artists working from the Caribbean, Central, Latin America and internationally, and her current research interests include the margins of visual arts (both social and territorial) and the role of education, translation and mediation in the public display of the visual.


CATAPULT | A Caribbean Arts Grant is a COVID-19 relief programme conceptualised by Kingston Creative (Jamaica) and Fresh Milk (Barbados) and funded by the American Friends of Jamaica | The AFJ (USA). Designed as a capacity building initiative it will directly provide financial support to over 1,000 Caribbean artists, cultural practitioners and creative entrepreneurs impacted by the pandemic and working in the themes of culture, human rights, gender, LGBTQIA+, and climate justice.

 

CATAPULT | A Caribbean Arts Grant – Call for Website & Social Media Consultants

CATAPULT | A Caribbean Arts Grant is looking for dedicated, professional, experienced Website and Social Media Consultants from across the Caribbean.

Click the image below to apply!

Kingston Creative, Fresh Milk and the American Friends of Jamaica introduce CATAPULT | A Caribbean Arts Grant – a group of six new initiatives supporting Caribbean Creatives. These funding opportunities will increase the visibility of over 1,000 Caribbean-based artists, creatives and cultural practitioners to global audiences, provide much needed financial support, and develop the creative skills of our artists.

As a Consultant, you will be contracted to create websites, online stores, and/or social media accounts for several creatives who have been awarded grants under the Consultancy Voucher programme. The objective of this project is to enable artists from the Caribbean to be able to showcase their practices, and market and sell their products to a wider audience, beyond their borders. To learn more about the Consultancy Vouchers programme, click here.

Experience:
You should have more than 5 years experience creating high quality websites, online stores and social media accounts.

Residence/Nationality:
You will need to be based in a Caribbean country.

Scope of Work:
1. You will be required to assess the online needs and capacity of between 5 and 40 creatives. The objective is to allow the artist to market and/or sell their work online thereby boosting their online presence, sales or sales prospects.
2. You will be required to fulfill those online needs through the creation of a website, online store, and or social media accounts. This will also require you to work with the creatives to provide copy for these solutions.
3. You will be required to ensure that the online solutions are properly registered with search engines and that the sites are search engine optimised.
4. You will be required to initiate an online advertising campaign for the client.

Budget:
You will be paid USD $500 per client that is assigned to you.

Languages:
Proficiency in English is required but we welcome applicants from across the region whose native language is Dutch, French or Spanish.

Experience working with creatives or in the creative industries is a distinct advantage.

Timeline:
Application Deadline: September 15, 2020
Starting Date: October 12, 2020
Completion of Websites: November 20, 2020

For queries regarding this application, you may email catapultgranthelp@gmail.com.

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.

Re-Launch – Open Call: Artist Residency at Fresh Milk for a Haitian Artist

Fresh Milk is re-launching our open call for the second stage of our partnership with fellow arts organization Le Centre d’Art, Haiti, as part of a residency exchange programme betwteen Haiti and the wider Caribbean to create opportunities for women arts practitioners, supported by UNESCO’s International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFDC).

This segment of the programme invites women artists from Haiti or its diaspora to apply for a fully funded, one month residency at The Fresh Milk Art Platform in Barbados from May 4th-29th, 2020. The revised deadline for submissions is February 21st, 2020.

See the current, full open call below, or download the PDF guidelines and application form here.

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.

Over the years, well-known Haitian artists have been revealed internationally, including Philomé Obin, Hector Hyppolite, George Liautaud, Antonio Joseph, Rigaud Benoit, Robert St Brice, Jasmin Joseph, and Préfète Duffaut.

Le Centre d’Art was the starting point for a wealth of visual creativity–upholding a considerable legacy that is today part of private and public collections, in Haiti and abroad. The establishment is apolitical, non-profit, and has gained public recognition since 1947. The governance is composed of a board of directors, an international scientific council and an executive team

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.

Residencies Scope

Le Centre d’Art is setting up a synergy project for artistic creation and artistic analysis in the Caribbean, thanks in particular to UNESCO’s International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFDC). Titled Implementation of a Network for the Creation and Dissemination of Caribbean Art, the project aims to create a link between Haiti and Caribbean places of creation, and to promote the practices of Caribbean artists, especially women, to strengthen the Haitian cultural sector. For two years, artistic residencies will be set up, and will end with an exhibition and a widely distributed publication.

Theme

“The ability of humans to participate intelligently in the evolution of their own system is dependent on their ability to perceive the whole” – Immanuel Wallerstein

Toussaint L’Ouverture, Jean Price Mars, Aimé Césaire, Marcus Garvey, Frantz Fanon, Derek Walcott – long is the list of illustrious men who have shaped the Caribbean as we know it today. What about Caribbean women? University theses on the role of women are rising but they are not written for the general public. Art has the power to make accessible fundamental values and principles, which are too often convoluted. This project aims at highlighting the role of women in the construction of the Caribbean.

About the Residency

For this segment of the residency programme, The Fresh Milk Art Platform will host one Haitian artist for one month in Barbados from February 3rd–28th, 2020.

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. Fresh Milk is located on a working dairy farm in a rural area of St. George, Barbados. The studio is situated under a grove of mahogany  trees, and is linked to the home of Fresh Milk’s director.

The artist will be housed in the Fresh Milk residency flat, a 5-10 minute walk from the studio, and will have the chance to interface with contemporary practitioners living and working in Barbados through cultural activities, community outreach programmes facilitated by the Fresh Milk Team and studio visits with local artists.

Le Centre d’Art will fully bear the costs of residencies in Barbados. The artist will be provided with a workspace, tools and supplies and housing. In addition, the artist will receive per diem to cover all food and transportation expenses throughout the residency. The ticket and the visa will also be covered by Le Centre d’Art.

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Terms of Application

Residency in Barbados, May 4th – 29th, 2020

This call for applications to attend a residency at Fresh Milk in Barbados is now opened to any woman artist from Haiti or its diaspora.

The call concerns exclusively the field of visual arts (any medium). The artist may practice multiple forms of artistic production.

The submitted file must include the following documents in a single PDF document:

• The completed application form (download the document here);
• The Artist’s Curriculum Vitae, including elements describing the artist’s training, her professional career, her experiences, the history of her public exhibitions and shows in galleries (2 pages maximum);
•The artistic statement (presentation of the artist’s practice – 2 pages maximum)
• The residency project related to the theme (2 pages maximum)
• A selection of visuals of the artist’s works (10 works visuals maximum). The visuals must be in color and captioned to legibly specify the dimensions, materials and technique used. For videographers, a page with links to videos accompanied by a brief summary for each one.

Electronic files and any other request should be sent by email to contact@lecentredart.org and Cc judithmichel@lecentredart.org before February 21st, 2020, midnight (GMT).

Selection Committee

The decision is to be made by a selection committee composed of a member of the Board of Le Centre d’Art, a member of the executive team and a representative of Fresh Milk.

Criteria

Special attention to be paid to:

• mastery of the techniques used and the quality of execution
• the aesthetic and technical interest of the artist’s practice
• the coherence of the artist’s proposal with the theme as well as the depth of the readings and interpretations of concepts
• the originality of the works