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: http://colleenlewisreadingroom.space
– A large and varied network of dynamic creatives to connect with
To be considered, interested artists must submit the following to email@example.com:
– The completed application form which can be downloaded here: http://freshmilkbarbados.com/international-residency-opportunity (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.
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.
- Months: 1 – 3
- Visual Art
- Performing Arts
- Shared accommodation
- Shared studio / workplace
- Small hand and power tools available
- Exhibition space
- Library/research resources
- Promotional services
- Family Life