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FRESH MILK reflects on 2013, and wishes you all the best for the season.
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Season's Greetings
from the FRESH MILK Team
 
FRESH MILK has had what we would describe as our biggest year yet - and it is thanks to the overwhelming amount of support and enthusiasm we have received from all of you that we are inspired to keep carrying out our mission, and continue to open doors for creatives in the Caribbean and beyond our shores.

We give you all our deepest gratitude and warmest wishes for the season, and invite you to take a look at...


2013 in Review:
2013's residencies were kicked off with Grenadian artist and social activist Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe, who was on the platform in January collaborating with Barbadian actor Varia Williams to produce her video piece 'Off Track, Moving Forward'. 

Following Malaika, we were fortunate to receive support from the Art and Sport Promotion Fund to host four one-month local residencies which spanned March-November. 
 
We were pleased to support such a diverse collection of talented Bajans, working across a variety of media including animation, photography, three dimensional work, theatre, spoken word and film. Our local residents for 2013 were Versia HarrisMark KingMatthew Kupakwashe MurrellSky LARC & Adrian Green.
 
Another major development in our programming in 2013 was the launching of our International Residency Programme. The establishment of the international residency included registering with the ResArtis worldwide network of artist residencies.
 
ResArtis is an association of over 400 entities – the largest network of its kind. Fresh Milk is honoured to not only be a part of such a vital association, but also to be one of the only Caribbean organisations listed on their database. View Fresh Milk’s profile on ResArtis here.
 
Answering this call, we were thrilled to have Canadian visual artists Marla Botterill & Conan Masterson as our first participants in the programme. Following them, Boston-based singer/songwriter Shea Rose and creative writer Sasha Link took to the platform, and our final international resident for 2013 was New York-based video and performance artist damali abrams, whose residency was undertaken in collaboration with Groundation Grenada, where she also spent time while in the Caribbean. This residency was supported by the US Embassy in Barbados.
 
damali had been working with Fresh Milk for six months prior to her trip on an exciting initiative called The Fresh Performance Project, an experimental documentary focusing on performance artists based in the Caribbean and New York City. This project has been a fantastic way of building links with artists working in the region and NYC, taking a deeper look at performance art and offering a way for the public to engage with the medium.
 
Thank you to all of our residents this year: local, regional and international. Each of you brought your own dynamic character to the platform, breathing fresh life into the studio with each new project, and it has been an enriching experience getting to know you. We look forward to what 2014 will bring with much anticipation! 

In addition to the hosting of residencies, Fresh Milk was also involved with the organizing and implementing of a number of projects and initiatives this year.

One undertaking which we are very proud to have gotten off the ground is our Virtual Map of Caribbean Art Spaces, which was supported by the Maria Holder Memorial Trust (MHM). Because we are constantly working to improve this valuable resource, if you have a suggestion for a space to be included in this mapping project please share the information with us by emailing freshmilkbarbados@gmail.com

The MHM along with the US Embassy also supported our expansion of the Colleen Lewis Reading Room, which included the purchasing of fabulous publications, new shelving, and the application of the Dewey Decimal Classification system to the collection. We would like to specially thank Mrs. Sylvia Reynolds, the librarian who gave of her time and effort to apply this system and reorganize the library. 

Another hugely successful collaborative programme Fresh Milk worked on this year was Caribbean Linked II:

 

Caribbean Linked II was a residency programme and exhibition organized by Ateliers ’89 Foundation in collaboration with ARC Inc. and The Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc. and funded by the Mondriaan Foundation. The programme took place from August 25th through September 6th, 2013 in Oranjestad, Aruba. To read the participating artists' blogs about their experience, click here.
 
As a result of Fresh Milk's participation in the e-CREATE Symposium held by the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) early in the year, we collaborated with the NCF and Casa Tomada, an informal arts organization based in São Paulo, to craft the fresh casa project. This intensive mentoring programme saw the Barbadian artists Katherine Kennedy and Shanika Grimes interact with arts professionals who are regularly engaged with São Paulo based creatives, and they presented their work at a public event hosted by Casa Tomada at the end of their time there.
 
Another component of fresh casa was bringing in work by Barbadian artist Evan Avery to be installed as an adhesive decal into Casa Tomada’s ‘A Casa Recebe’ – a street facing window which presents works by visual artists working in Brazil and internationally. Mirroring this, we are currently featuring Evan's work on our new public gallery space, the Fresh Milk Artboard, located in a field of cows on a busy road leading to Fresh Milk. Thanks to Musson Realty for donating their billboard for us to use!
Following our relationships with arts entities in São Paulo, The founding director of Fresh Milk, Annalee Davis, was invited by Videobrasil to participate in the 18th International Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil – 30 Years + Southern Panoramas in November. Annalee presented in the 3rd Focus group of the festival’s public programming, which centered on artist residencies. You can read an edited version of her presentation ‘Unrecognised Affinities’ here, originally published on ARC Magazine’s website.
We rounded out the year in December with Annalee traveling to Iniva, London to take part in the second conference in the ‘Sustainable Communities: Creativity and Policy in the Transnational Caribbean’ series. This conference highlighted social, historical and financial challenges that are faced in trying to nurture healthy artistic communities in the region. Read a review of the conference by Charl Landvreugd, written exclusively for ARC Magazine.
Wow! What a year FRESH MILK has had! You can always find out about even more of our programming by checking our website www.freshmilkbarbados.com regularly.

Thank you again for your support, and we look forward to continuing our creative journey together in 2014!

 
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