Sunday, March 1, 2020

Carnival 2020 residencies

Gwladys Gambie, Maia Nunes, and Alan Vaughan/Moko Somõkõw

During January and February, during the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival season, Alice Yard hosted three artists’ residencies at Granderson Lab, which has been an important location for mas and performance practice in recent years.

Gwladys Gambie, who lives and works in Fort-de-France, Martinique, explores questions of feminism and race through the mediums of drawing, sculpture, and performance. During a two-week residency at Granderson Lab — instigated by her previous collaboration with Kriston Chen during the 2018 Caribbean Linked residency in Aruba — Gambie investigated Trinidad’s Carnival traditions and created a mas performance titled Manman Chadwon, in which she joined the mas band Moko Somõkõw on Carnival Tuesday. Photo by Maria Nunes

Maia Nunes is a performance artist based in Dublin, working across the disciplines of textile, original text, and sound in a live performance context. Their artistic research explores the emotional and cultural legacies of colonialism from an intercultural perspective. Their two-month residency with Alice Yard — including research trips, field recordings, and indigo dyeing — laid the artistic research foundation for a major performance work titled Crossings, a version of which will be presented by Alice Yard later in 2020. Photo by Jason Hunte

Artist and designer Alan Vaughan, based in Newcastle, has worked in Carnival masquerade for over two decades, in recent years designing and creating a series of mas bands with a group of practitioners of the traditional moko jumbie (stilt-walking) masquerade. The collaborative mas band Moko Somõkõw, founded in 2018 and based seasonally at Granderson Lab, created the presentation Resurrection at Sorrow Hill for Carnival 2020, inspired by the novel by the late Guyanese writer Wilson Harris. Photo by Maria Nunes

Sunday, January 26, 2020

A walk to Belmont

Sunday 2 February, 2020, 5 pm
From 80 Roberts Street, Woodbrook,
to Granderson Lab, 24 Erthig Road, Belmont

At the end of January 2020, Alice Yard will relocate from 80 Roberts Street, Woodbrook — our base for the past thirteen and a half years — to Granderson Lab, 24 Erthig Road, Belmont. Previously an adjunct space, Granderson Lab will now become the permanent home of Alice Yard.

Since September 2006, our activities have evolved in response to the physical environment at 80 Roberts Street, but we have always maintained that Alice Yard is not merely a place but a social and conceptual space, a model for collaboration, a far-ranging network. Our move to Granderson Lab offers the opportunity to test this idea, as we rethink and reimagine our way ahead in a new (but still familiar) location, and the different (but still familiar) social topography of Belmont.

On Sunday 2 February, 2020, at 5 pm, we will mark this transition with a walk from 80 Roberts Street through Port of Spain to 24 Erthig Road: a short physical journey that will serve as a simple ritual of relocation, and a collective reflection on our past, present, and future.

At Granderson Lab there will be modest refreshments and an opportunity to tour our new home, currently a work in progress. (We will provide transport back to Roberts Street for those who park there ahead of the walk.)

We invite all our friends, colleagues, and collaborators to join us on our walk to Belmont — and in our future imaginings.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Maya Ramesar: Big and Small

Thursday 16 January, 2020, from 6.30 pm
27 Pembroke Street, Port of Spain

On Thursday 16 January, 2020, for one night only, artist Maya Ramesar will present a series of paintings and digital animations in the temporary project space at 27 Pembroke Street in downtown Port of Spain.

“I approach a painting as a room,” explains the artist. “A character is put into a space where it will live forever.” In these works, non-human, subhuman, and superhuman figures abound, elements of fiction that the artist and her audience superimpose over real life. Anachronistic, incongruous, and iconic images merge to subvert conventional representations of Trinidad, as the normal and the calamitous co-exist. The discomfort, tension, and posturing of these figures are forceful rather than subtextual.

The artist writes: “Local art in the public consciousness is serene and picturesque. I was frustrated with figures that appeared contemplative, languid, or busy making merry without gaze. Local people and spaces are often treated as passive muses rather than individual characters.

“What or who gets to take up space, and what is shoved to the periphery? What is framed? Focal?”

All are invited.

Maya Ramesar is communications officer at the Trinidad and Tobago Association for the Hearing Impaired, as well as a freelance illustrator.

In collaboration with #ayardexchange and Cass’Mosha A. Centeno

Thursday, December 5, 2019

. . . and to think you had me believing that all this time . . .

Presented by I’ve seen your face before, Alice Yard, and #ayardexchange

Monday 9 December 2019, 6 to 9 pm, 27 Pembroke St, Port of Spain

I’ve seen your face before collaborates with Christopher Cozier, Alice Yard, and #ayardexchange in a programme of screenings of selected videos and films from the 10th Berlin Biennale (BB10), We don’t need another hero.

I’ve seen your face before is a trans-disciplinary platform inspired by complex encounters with entangled histories that have led to the creation of spaces for learning with rather than about that which has been historically interrupted or not yet possible in the present. The platform is open to collective strategies, discourses, and practices that pave ways for debates (within and) beyond art and its institutions.

I’ve seen your face before was founded in 2018 by Gabi Ngcobo (South Africa) and Thiago de Paula Souza (Brazil), as a space to reflect on recent encounters with entangled histories in the Global South. The platform was inspired by research travels to six Caribbean islands conducted by Ngcobo and de Paula Souza in 2017, in preparation for the 10th Berlin Biennale (2018). These travels were made possible through funds set aside for research by the curator of the Berlin Biennale, which in turn made it possible for the curatorial team to rethink the conditions of exchange that have been mapped out through relationships that are informed by colonial mechanisms that still operate in the present.

This approach to curatorial research funds has led to a number of conversations and collaborations, some of which became visible as part of the BB10. I’ve seen your face before proposes a space for continuity, one that is aware of the limits of the “biennale” framework. It is also a space to face critically the positions we inhabit in order to rehearse possibilities for the reorganisation of economies of access.

The project opens up paths for re-encounters that may hopefully lead to more engagements between regions that for a long time have not been in constant conversation due to the lack of possibilities of exchange — most of them blocked by the absence of financial support and political will to articulate a broader horizon of contact.

The event I’ve seen your face before: . . . and to think you had me believing that all this time . . . is a continuing conversation that was initiated with Christopher Cozier towards his contribution to the public programme of BB10. This time, the selected videos and films are in conversation with the context of Port of Spain, where Cozier works and lives.

With works by:

Tony Cokes
Basir Mahmood
Cinthia Marcelle
Sondra Perry
Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa

This platform is funded through “Echoes of the South Atlantic,” an initiative by the Goethe Institute — São Paulo that supports artistic projects interested in researching the potential of the exchanges in the Global South and its relations with Europe. Additional support has been provided by the Caribbean Art Initiative (CAI).

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Shannon Lewis: Get Me Bodied: Navigation Acts

Thursday 28 November, 2019, 7 pm, at Alice Yard

On Thursday 28 November, 2019, artist Shannon Lewis will present a one-night installation of her ongoing project Get Me Bodied at Alice Yard.

The artist writes:

“The new Get Me Bodied series, created specifically for Alice Yard, traces maps embedded in bodies. Maps on how to move in the world as a Black femininity. But what world? What happens when bodies migrate? How does the map of one’s personal and perceived narrative change when switched to a different geographic, socio-economic, or cultural location? Navigation Acts charts the somewhat messy work of mimicry, lessons learned and unlearned. Ways of being that fit some worlds and not others. Sometimes the beat is synced just right and sometimes it is all a bit off.”

All are invited.

Shannon Lewis is a Canadian-born, Berlin-based artist with Trinidadian roots, whose practice encompasses painting, installation, and performance. She has exhibited in Canada, the United States, Britain, and Germany. She has a BA from OCADU in Toronto (2006) and an MFA from Goldsmiths, University of London (2014).

With support from


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Ryan Huggins: Good Boy

Tuesday 10 September, 2019, 6 to 9 pm
27 Pembroke Street, Port of Spain


On Tuesday 10 September, for one night only, artist Ryan Huggins will present two series of new drawings in the temporary project space at 27 Pembroke Street in downtown Port of Spain.

These drawings are a fusion of ideas surrounding alternative youth subcultures within queer communities. The artist writes: “I examine the vocabulary of queer references and terminologies in relation to the body, social identity, and gender as a growing language. I got inspiration from collecting images from magazines, posters, and photographs that carry a peculiar ‘young boy’ narrative. These images are reinterpreted into drawings which I pair with text suggesting slogans or stereotypical references to young gay men.”

All are invited.

About the artist:

Ryan Huggins is a painter from Trinidad and Tobago, born in 1991. Raised in Port of Spain, he completed a Bachelor of Fine Art degree at the University of the West Indies in 2016. Currently he is pursuing his fourth year of postgraduate studies at the Kunst Akademie Düsseldorf, Germany, under Professor Tomma Abts.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

A conversation with Alex Callender

Thursday 29 August, 6.30 pm, at Alice Yard

Artist Alex Callender has been in residence at Alice Yard in the latter part of August 2019. On Thursday 29 August, she will give an informal talk on her time in Trinidad and the archival research she is pursuing for her current painting project, which looks at economic policy and related cultural materials from the mid 1990s, and the relation to US trade policy in the broader Caribbean context. Through this work, Callender looks at the economic history of borders, to explore interweaving narratives of migration, class, post-colonial nationhood, and interiority.

All are invited.