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The Fresh Milk Team wishes you and yours all the very best for the season as we look back on the year 2014.
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From the Fresh Milk Team


The FRESH MILK Team has grown in strength and numbers in 2014 - we would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of our contributors, volunteers, artists and many fantastic supporters for all you have so generously given this year. We are truly blessed.

We look forward to engaging with you all in the coming year, and will continue to do our best to give back to our community by creating more points of opportunity and encounter for creatives in Barbados, the Caribbean and further afield.

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

 

2014 in Review

RESIDENCIES


  Photograph & artwork by Kara Springer
In February this year, we put out an open call for the Fresh Milk 'My Time' Local Residency after receiving generous support to host a Barbadian artist on the platform for one month. The recipient of this prize was Cherise Ward, who was with us during April-May working on her illustrations, sculptural objects and puppet-making.

Cherise has since begun an MA programme in Illustration at Falmouth University, England.
From October-November, we welcomed London-based multimedia artist Lauren Craig to our international residency programme. During her time on the platform, she continued her series titled ‘Cleanse‘, a site specific, multi-sensory work exploring the intersectionality of sculptural installation, performance and ritual/alternative therapy.

To learn more about her time in Barbados, be sure to read an interview with Lauren conducted by Llanor Alleyne, and listen to a recorded conversation between her and Annalee Davis.
Finally, this December we were pleased to have Toronto-based poet and cultural critic Christian Campbell and industrial designer and visual artist Kara Springer in residence together.

Of Bajan and Jamaican heritage, Kara was born in Barbados, and raised in Southern Ontario, Canada. This residency provided her with a first opportunity to develop her art practice in her native island, Barbados, while working on a series of temporal sculptural installations in the natural landscape called 'Repositioned Objects'.


In addition to working on poems, essays and a new manuscript, Trinidadian-Bahamian writer Christian Campbell offered a two-day critical writing workshop titled 'The Art of the Essay/The Essay on Art' as a way to open up exciting and rigorous new ways of talking about writing and expressive cultures.

To read an overview of the first day of the workshop written by Kwame Slusher, click here.

PROJECTS & INITIATIVES


   Artwork by Ronald Williams. Photo credit: Rayanne Bushell
One of our big projects launched this year, which not only extended our programming and outreach but also our team of volunteers, was the Fresh Milk Books initiative. This Tumblr site acts as a hub of activity to raise awareness of our diverse and ever growing collection in the Colleen Lewis Reading Room, becoming a space to interact, have fun with and think critically about the material available.

Special thanks to the core team - Amanda Haynes, Kwame Slusher, Versia Harris, Ronald Williams, Katherine Kennedy and Tristan Alleyne - for keeping FMB alive and thriving.
Fresh Milk was very excited to travel to Glasgow this July to participate in the International Artist Initiated (IAI) project, presented by the David Dale Gallery & Studios as part of The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme which took place alongside this year’s Commonwealth Games.

Fresh Milk’s contribution to IAI was in two parts: the installation of works by Ronald Williams, Alberta Whittle and Mark King in Glasgow, and a discursive project called “Notions of common/wealth versus single/wealth”. This dialogical component provided a platform for representatives of the seven specially invited networks to participate in conversations with each other and the Glaswegian audience.
Assistant to Director at The Fresh Milk Art Platform, Katherine Kennedy, was selected to travel to Stuttgart, Germany as part of the ResSupport Fellowship programme offered by ResArtis for a residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude, which ran from September 1 – December 1, 2014.

During Katherine’s time in Germany, she was introduced to the different working areas of Akademie Schloss Solitude and gained insight into how this prestigious residency programme is run, as well as fostering relationships with the resident artists, and sharing information about Fresh Milk and the Caribbean contemporary art scene.

Read some more of her interviews, including with artists, filmmakers and the Akademie's founding director on our website.


Fresh Milk also completed its community outreach mural project at the St. Boniface Pre-School in Sion, Hill St. James. Thanks to Evan Avery for sharing his ‘miniis’ and also to Tristan Alleyne, Versia Harris and Rhea Small for working with us on this project.

The Principal, Mrs. Miller is doing a wonderful job stimulating the pre-schoolers in visual ways throughout the classrooms and we were happy to contribute to her vision.

Fresh Milk  was pleased to begin partnership with the local initiative Adopt A Stop to bring art into the public space, commissioning six young Barbadian artists to produce original artwork for the benches which have been popping up around the island since October 2014. 

The artists taking part in this first edition of Fresh Stops are Evan AveryVersia HarrisMark King, Matthew Clarke, Simone Padmore and Ronald Williams. This project is an opportunity to create visibility for the work these emerging creatives are doing, allowing the public to encounter and interact with their pieces in everyday life, generating interest and inviting dialogue about their practices.
Building on the connections made as participating organizations in the IAI project in Glasgow, Fresh Milk, RM and VAN Lagos are collaborating on a project called Transoceanic Visual Exchange (TVE), and are pleased to welcome submissions of recent film and video works by contemporary artists practicing in the Caribbean, Africa or Polynesia, to be included in programmes for exchange between Barbados, Auckland and Lagos. 

The final shape and content of the programme will be informed by an open workshop process, which aims to involve and promote discussion within the wider arts communities of each arts initiative. The deadline for submission is 16 February, 2015. The exchange will occur in June 2015.

EVENTS


   FRESH MILK XVI. Photo credit: Dondré Trotman
FRESH MILK XIV welcomed Nick Whittle, Mark King and Versia Harris to give artist talks, all of whom took part in a number of artist residencies locally, regionally and internationally in 2013. The artists shared the work they created while in residence and talked about the overarching impact of these experiences on their practice, framing residencies as free spaces for artistic growth, experimentation and cultural mobility and exchange.

Chief Curator at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Tobias Ostrander, also spoke about the museum’s programming, exhibitions and projects, as well as the museum’s interest in engaging with the Caribbean.
FRESH MILK XV featured a talk by visiting speaker McLean Greaves, a Barbadian-born, Toronto-based expert in digital media and Vice-President of the Interactive division at ZoomerMedia.

The talk addressed the rise of social media, mobile devices etc. – the Internet Of Things – and the effect of humans being faced with an unprecedented amount of data to consume on our attention spans. Watch the lecture archived on our website here.
FRESH MILK XVI presented the Barbados book launch for Robert & Christopher Publishers’ (R&C) latest title, See Mere Here: A Survey of Contemporary Self-Portraits from the Caribbean, edited by Melanie Archer and Mariel Brown.

The event featured a small exhibition and panel discussion with the Barbadian artists appearing in the publication – Ewan Atkinson, Annalee Davis, Joscelyn Gardner and Sheena Rose – and editor Melanie Archer, moderated by Barbadian artist Russell Watson.
We closed 2014 with our recent event FRESH MILK XVII, where visual artist Kara Springer and poet / critical writer Christian Campbell spoke about their residency experiences; Katherine Kennedy shared news about her time at Akadamie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany, while Natalie McGuire spoke about the TVE project.

We closed the year out with a potluck, sharing good food, good spirits and good exchanges with our community. Thank you to everyone who came to share in our celebration!
You can 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 2015!


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