International Residency Opportunity

Thank you for your interest in Fresh Milk’s International residency programme.
Fresh Milk has scaled back its programming as we work to reconsider future projects with the aim to secure the sustainability of the organisation. As a result, we ARE NOT CURRENTLY accepting applications from individuals.
We WILL BE honouring previous commitments and exploring a small number of options for building partnerships to support the full cost of our activities.
Should these circumstances change, an announcement will be made on our Online public platforms.


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FRESH MILK has the capacity to accommodate two artists at the same time. Each artist will have their own bedroom and will share a kitchen, general living area and bathroom.  Residents have the space to write and make small works in their living space and also have use of the nearby Milking Parlour Studio which is located seven minutes walk away from the residence. Access to the public transportation system is a ten to fifteen minute walk away. Weekly car trips to the supermarket are available on request.

The Milking Parlour Studio is beautifully situated under a grove of mahogany trees in the middle of a hundred acre farm, and as such has the capacity to accommodate artists working outdoors on temporary site specific works.  The studio is linked to Fresh Milk’s director’s home.

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* PLEASE NOTE Fresh Milk is not currently accepting new proposals for its international residency programme, however should our situation change, the pertinent information and application process is as follows:

The FRESH MILK self directed residency aims to support visual artists and creatives by offering a quiet and peaceful working space for a minimum of 4 weeks. Creatives can produce work individually or collaborate during the residency, as well as interface with contemporary practitioners living and working in Barbados.

FRESH MILK will provide:

  • Wireless internet access
  • A 15.5 x 14 ft studio space (maximum capacity 2)
  • A wide expanse of rural land
  • Access to the Colleen Lewis Reading Room on site
  • A varied network of dynamic creatives to connect with

Expectations of the resident artists:

  • To come out to the studio a minimum of four days per week
  • Supply their own materials and equipment
  • Complete some form of public outreach in relation to the work created during the residency (artist talk/presentation, workshop, exhibition, etc. at Fresh Milk/The Barbados Community College/a relevant and agreed upon space)
  • To keep a weekly blog of activities and processes for online publishing
  • To submit a report to Fresh Milk according to our guidelines at the conclusion of the residency

Costs: To be discussed with the Fresh Milk Team during this transitional period

  • Accommodation & Studio: Prendoma; 7 minutes walk from the Milking Parlour Studio

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  • Artists are responsible for their airfare, travel and living costs. Fresh Milk does not offer funding to international artists.
  • Upon acceptance, a 50% deposit of the residency fee is required in advance of arrival to hold the residency slot
  • The studio is currently open plan, and will be shared between artists in residence at the same time, and members of the Fresh Milk Team
  • Number of bedrooms in residence: 2
  • Residents will have their own room, but must be prepared to share the house with either male or female artists
  • Linens and towels provided
  • Laundry facilities available at the accommodation
  • Residents must provide their own toiletries
  • Suggested food allowance: $150.00 US per week
  • Local bus fare: $3.50 BBD per ride
  • Car rental: Approximately $350.00 US per week
  • Medical insurance advised

– FRESH MILK will lend support where possible, but resident artists must bring their own materials/tools and be prepared to function independently.

– There are dogs at the Milking Parlour studio and surrounding houses, and cats at the Prendoma residence. They are friendly and not dangerous.

– This is a tropical environment – be prepared to come across insects and animals you may not be familiar with. At some times during the year there are mosquitoes, please bring your repellent.

– Please be considerate of other residents and tidy up after you have used the common spaces, and refrain from causing any loud noises in the house after 10pm.

– At the end of the residency, please leave the space clean and remove all remaining consumables or artist materials from your room, the kitchen and bathroom.

For additional information about the residency and Barbados in general, please view The Fresh Milk Art Platform A-Z Guide.

45_The Fresh Milk Studio - Photo by Annalee Davis, 2012

Application Process

To be considered, interested artists must submit the following to

  • The completed Fresh Milk Residency Application form which can be downloaded by clicking the link (includes: applicant’s contact information (home address, telephone numbers, email address, Skype name), website address, an artist statement, and full residency proposal)
  • An up to date résumé
  • A numbered portfolio of 5-10 images/writing samples (or 2-3 short videos as the case may be) of recent work
  • An index of the portfolio pieces in numerical order, with the title, medium and date listed
  • Two references – (one character and one professional) including names of referees, relationship to applicant, address, telephone number, website if applicable, email and skype contact information of referees

Please note all applications are to be submitted in English. As part of the application process, a Skype interview is required.

Incomplete applications and those submitted without the official application form will not be considered.

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