The Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc.

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Our team has made the decision to scale back our year-long activities, taking 2019 to review our programming to consider how best we can serve the local, regional and international contemporary arts community in the future.

With this in mind, we are considering a reduced number of residencies per year, with a dedicated concentration on the Colleen Lewis Reading Room as a critical resource for writing and research as opposed to visual practice-based applicants.

About the residency:

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, which has a standard rate of $1.00 US per journey, 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&rsquos director&rsquos home which she shares with her two children.

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.

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

FRESH MILK will provide:

– Wireless internet access

– A 15.5 x 12.5 ft studio space (maximum capacity 2)

– A wide expanse of rural land

– Access to the Colleen Lewis Reading Room on site (the library index can be viewed here:

– A large and varied network of dynamic creatives to connect with


Application Process

To be considered, interested artists must submit the following to

– The completed application form which can be downloaded here: (includes applicant contact information (home address, telephone numbers, email address, skype name), website address, an artist statement, and full residency proposal)

– An up to date CV

– A numbered portfolio of 5-10 images (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) include names of referees, relationship to applicant, address, telephone number, website if applicable, email and skype contact information of referees

As part of the application process, a Skype interview is required. Once a space has been offered, resident artists are required to pay a deposit of 50% of the agreed upon residency fee for their space to be held. On the date of arrival, the balance is to be paid in cash.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Residency Programme since: 2012
Description of Organisation:


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


To nurture, empower and connect Caribbean artists, raise regional awareness about contemporary arts and provide global opportunities for growth, excellence and success

Tag-line: Critical. Creative. Fresh.

The idea for FRESH MILK developed over years of conversations with other practicing artists around the need for artistic engagement among contemporary practitioners living and working in Barbados, with an expressed need to strengthen links with the region and the diaspora and shape new relationships globally.

FRESH MILK is rurally located on a working dairy farm at the Milking Parlour Studio in St. George, Barbados, and was founded by visual artist and creative activist Annalee Davis. The network is situated in the Southern Caribbean, which has a history of being a hybridized space fusing varied elements to continually remake itself. In this tradition of hybridity, FRESH MILK bridges the divides between creative disciplines, generations of creatives, and works across all linguistic territories in the region &ndash functioning as a cultural lab, constantly redefining itself.

The platform transforms into a gathering space for contemporary creatives who are thirsty to debate ideas and share works through residencies, lectures, screenings, workshops, exhibitions, projects etc.

Organisation founded in: 2011
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 1
Number of artists in residence at one time: 2
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Curatorial
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Shared accommodation
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Library/research resources
  • Promotional services
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Yes
    Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: Residents must keep a weekly blog and commit to some form of community outreach during their residency
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    • Family Life
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Grantley Adams International Airport
    How to reach by car: From the Norman A Niles roundabout, head east off the highway.Follow the road for approx. 1 mile until you get to the Essco roundabout.Turn left off the roundabout and pass the St. George Secondary School on your left.At the T-Junction, turn right. At the fork with the large sign saying &lsquoSunrise Meadows,&rsquo turn left.Take the first left into Walkers Dairy and The Milking Parlour Studio, following the sign saying &lsquoManipura&rsquo.On entering the yard, drive past the house on the right and head towards the large tree in the middle of the yard on your left. Parking is available on the grass under the tree. Go down the slope towards the house on the left. Walk to the far end of the house and follow the foot path to FRESH MILK.
    Street & Number: Walkers Dairy
    Postal Code: BB19193
    City: St. George
    Country long: Barbados
    Walkers Dairy
    St. George BB19193 BRB
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