Free &Three: Alice Yard’s 3rd Anniversary

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Alice Yard is the back yard of the house at 80 Roberts Street, Woodbrook, Port of Spain (Trinidad). Since 2006, Alice Yard has hosted a series of performances, exhibitions, screenings, and other “conversations,” bringing musicians, artists, writers, and audiences together for informal interaction. It is part of a growing network of creative projects and initiatives supported by ideas, enthusiasm, and cooperation, rather than institutional structure. In September 2009, Alice Yard marks its third anniversary as a space for creative experiment. To celebrate this milestone, from September 7 to 14, the “Yard” will present three events that explore in different ways the free conversation, collaboration, and improvisation that characterize this cultural space.

On September 7 at 8:00pm Sean Leonard, Alice Yard’s chief instigator, joins in a public conversation about  the idea of “free” as a model for creative collaboration with the makers and doers of some of these allied projects, Richard Rawlins, Marlon Darbeau, Dave Williams, and Terry Smith, representing the Draconian Switch e-magazine, Trinidad and Tobago Erotic Art Week, and INDIgroove.

“Free yourself, be yourself” will be the theme of the evening of September 9, starting at 8:00pm. Since September 2006, Alice Yard has been home to 12 the Band, led by Sheldon Holder, and a center for musical creativity and exchange. In a pre-celebration of the launch of their album Streets and Avenues, 12 will play an acoustic set reflecting on their first performance in the Alice Yard space three years ago. Before the performance, Christopher Cozier will join in a conversation with Sheldon Holder; Martin “Mice” Raymond, producer of Streets and Avenues; artist Wendell McShine, co-director of the video for 12’s song “Prosper;” and Marlon Darbeau, designer of the album’s innovative packaging.

September 14 will feature 24 HRS with Artist Marlon Griffith. Griffith’s practice is situated at the intersection of the visual and public performance. He has shown his work internationally in New York, Johannesburg, Kingston, Gwangju, Cape Town, and Toronto, among other locations, and has worked as a mas designer for many years in both Port of Spain and London. Griffith also conceived the idea for the 24HRS residency program, in which an artist creates a site-specific work in the space of a day, influenced by interactions with anyone who passes through Alice Yard during that period. On September 14 he will take up temporary residence at Alice Yard and the resulting work will be presented to the public that evening. Artist Jaime Lee Loy, who has worked collaboratively with Griffith, and who was the first artist to present her work at Alice Yard, will give a short introductory talk. The event begins at 7:30pm.

[Many thanks to Nicholas Laughlin for providing this information.]

For more information (and photo by Georgia Popplewell), see

For more on the anniversary events, see

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