4×4: Alice Yard’s Fourth Anniversary

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 and fostering a growing network of creative projects and initiatives.

September 2010 is Alice Yard’s fourth anniversary as an independent space for creative experiment. This year, this collaborative art initiative marks the occasion with 4×4, a program of events focusing on Alice Yard’s regional network, and its creative collaborators in four Caribbean locations: the Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, and Suriname.

The 4×4 events began on September 15, 2010; I apologize to our readers for not having posted this information earlier, but there is still time to catch some of the forthcoming activities scheduled through October 1st.

On September 15, 2010 Alice Yard hosted Shot in Kingston: The Digital Scene, an exhibition (curated by Christopher Cozier and O’Neil Lawrence) of digital photo and video-based work by Jamaican artists such as Marvin Bartley, Keisha Castello, Stefan Clarke, Marlon James, O’Neil Lawrence, Ebony Patterson, and Oneika Russell. On September 17, Sheldon Holder of 12 the band hosted an acoustic jam session bringing together a number of musicians associated with Alice Yard, in an update of the “Conversations in the Yard” series that ran from 2006 to 2008. Outward Reach, held on September 24, featured a conversation between artists John Cox (Popopstudios in Nassau), Marcel Pinas (Kibii Wi Foundation in Moengo), and Christopher Cozier, focusing on artistic initiatives and regional collaborations.

On Monday, September 27, at 8:00pm, Bahamian artist Heino Schmid will present Equilibrium, work created during his time in Port of Spain, which has also been presented at the 2010 Liverpool Biennial. Schmid has been living and working at Alice Yard since May 2010, supported by a Commonwealth Connections International Arts Residency.

O’Neil Lawrence is an artist and curator at the National Gallery of Jamaica. On Wednesday, September 29, at 8:00pm Lawrence will give an informal talk on current trends in Jamaica and the artists included in Shot in Kingston.

On Friday, October 1, at 8:00pm, Sheena Rose and Lauren Hinds will present a collaborative project to the public, after working together for one week. They will also bring together their recent solo works. Barbadian Sheena Rose was artist in residence at Alice Yard in May 2009, when she presented her animated video work Town. Lauren Hinds is a Trinidadian artist working in the medium of the graphic novel.

Further details of each event will be posted at the Alice Yard website during the 4×4 program.

[Many thanks to Nicholas Laughlin for bringing this item to our attention.]

See program and more details at http://aliceyard.blogspot.com/2010/09/alice-yards-fourth-anniversary.html

Image: Heino Schmid’s “The Subject Is the Object”

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