Fresh Milk And Trans-Sistors–The Cream Of Caribbean Artists Get Major Mellon Grant.

Barbadian artist Taisha Carrington with her work in the exhibition ‘TRANS-SISTORS’ – a collaboration between the BIAC-Réseaux and Fresh Milk co-managed project Caribbean Linked – at the La Véranda Gallery of the Tropiques Atrium, Scène Nationale in Fort de France, Martinique. Photo courtesy of the artist.
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Barbados-based Fresh Milk, an artist-led initiative founded in 2011 at the Barbados Community College, has been successfully awarded a grant for the 2024-2026 time-period by the US-based Mellon Foundation’s Arts and Culture programme which will help to support operating and programming expenses.

The visual art platform initially worked to counter the then high dropout  rate of BFA students at Barbados Community College, the only institution on the island offering a BFA programme.

With the aim of supporting excellence in the visual arts,  Fresh Milk has been offering artist residencies, lectures, screenings, workshops, conferences, exhibitions, projects, etc to provide Barbadian and Caribbean artists with opportunities for development while fostering a healthier contemporary visual art community and cultural ecosystem for over a decade.

Founding Director, Annalee Davis is honoured that Fresh Milk’s work has been recognised by Mellon.

“After twelve years of working on a shoestring budget alongside my colleague Katherine Kennedy, it is both a relief and an immense privilege to have the endorsement of Mellon which recognises the need to support organisations of this nature. We hope that this vote of confidence by an esteemed international foundation will endear potential partners in the local and regional landscape to feel confident in coming on board as financial investors in support of Fresh Milk’s ongoing programming.”

Katherine Kennedy, Communications and Operations Manager adds, “This generous gift allows us to develop a re-granting programme that will put unrestricted funds directly into the hands of artists over the next three years.”

In addition to this re-granting programme, and in alignment with the Mellon Foundation’s belief that “Art and artists are essential to human connection,” Fresh Milk will continue to contribute to the local contemporary visual art community and the region’s creative network, while seeking new allies, partners and collaborators.

Furthermore, the organisation plans to augment its archive, and expand the resources it has amassed over the years, such as the Colleen Lewis Reading Room and an upgraded virtual map of Caribbean art spaces.

Fresh Milk continues to nurture, empower and connect Caribbean artists, raise regional awareness about contemporary arts and provide international opportunities for growth, excellence, and success. Its work in the cultural sector has spanned creative disciplines, generations, and linguistic territories in the Caribbean by functioning as a “cultural lab” – a dynamic space for artists locally, regionally, and internationally.

Source: Fresh Milk press release.
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