Blaqmango Island Experience Residency

Blaqmango Island Experience Residency

Open Call

Feb. 01, 2018
Deadline Mar. 01, 2018
Architecture, Conceptual, Design, Digital, Drawing, Installa...
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Blaqmango Island Experience Residency


Blaqmango Island Experience Residency was initially conceived by artist and art educator Katrina Coombs. It came out of her desire to see increased exposure to a wider range of artists within Jamaica. This was further encouraged by peers from her prior studies in New York and Berlin to use the Jamaican cultural landscape as a muse for creative endeavors. The creative outcomes will be directed by the Resident Artists’ individual goals based on their own immersion and interests in Jamaican culture and worldviews. By working in a shared environment, at the Grosvenor Galleries, artists will also be able to share ideas and insights, while still being afforded space for individual exploration. Artists will be accommodated in self-contained rooms at the Abahati Guest House, which is a minute’s walk from the residency studio at Grosvenor Galleries. Incidentally, the Residency also takes place around the time of Jamaica’s Independence celebrations. Participating artists are expected to spend at least 30 hours in studio each week.

Disciplines: Architecture, Ceramics, Digital Art, Fashion Design, Illustration, Interdisciplinary Art, Painting, Performance, Photography, Sculpture, Textile & Fibre, Video.

Location: Grosvenor Galleries, Kingston 8, Jamaica

Grosvenor Galleries is owned and operated by Douglas Reid and his wife Tina Reid. The gallery was opened in 1991, focusing on displays, promotion and sales of Jamaican art. They added a lovely outdoor café in 2013, which offers salads, sandwiches, fresh fruit smoothies and drinks. The gallery is located in the quiet suburb at the northern end of Kingston, Jamaica and surrounded by a beautiful green oasis. Pieces by Jamaican master artists, such as Barrington Watson, David Pottinger and Malica ‘Kapo’ Reynolds, can be found in the collection of Grosvenor Galleries.

Accommodations: Abahati Guest House

Abahati Guest House offers short-term accommodation. Each artist will have a private room. It is located in the quiet suburb at the northern end of Kingston, Jamaica, about a minute’s walk from Grosvenor Galleries. Guests at Abahati Guest House will have access to all amenities and restaurants of the city of Kingston, without being in the heart of the city. Public transportation (bus or taxi) can be accessed to any other area of the city desired a few minutes from the Abahati Guest House.



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