The Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc.
Brief description of organisation
The Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc. is a Caribbean non-profit, artist-led, inter-disciplinary organization that supports creatives and promotes smart social, economic, and environmental stewardship through creative engagement with society and by cultivating excellence in the arts.
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 – 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
Brief description of residency program
The Fresh Milk Residency programme runs from mid January - late June and October - November.
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’s director’s 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.
The residency fee is $1,000.00 US per month per person. 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://bit.ly/VzoqjW)
- 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’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 (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 $500.00 US deposit for their space to be held. On the date of arrival, the balance of $500.00 US is to be paid in cash.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Residency program since
Disciplines and media
- Visual Art
- Performing Arts
- New Media
- Film Making
- Creative/Critical Writing
Type of organisation
Duration of residencies
- between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time
Expenses paid by artist
Expectations of the artist
Must be able to function independently on a day to day basis
Presentation of artists' work
Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Description of residency
- Internet Connection
- Large expanse of rural land
Number of studios
Type and size of studios
- Shared Apartment
Other activities happening at the space
How to reach
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 ‘Sunrise Meadows,’ turn left.
Take the first left into Walkers Dairy and The Milking Parlour Studio, following the sign saying ‘Manipura’.
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.
Grantley Adams International Airport