Thursday, May 4, 2023

Krish Nathaniel: Several Hands

Friday 5 May, 2022, 6.30 to 8.30 pm
Granderson Lab

Artist-in-residence Krish Nathaniel presents a short exploration on creolised East Indian culture, spatially exploring the link and divergence between an “origin” culture and the Indo-Trinidadian diaspora.

Using the visual and sound culture of Hosay as his inception point, the works reflect on presence within the landscape and connections to place.

Pulling at loose threads by challenging notions of fidelity and dogma, Nathaniel’s ongoing research seeks to bring to light moments of playfulness, inclusivity, and new traditions within diasporic histories, as a way to strengthen future creolised expression.

All are invited.

Friday, December 9, 2022

Incubator Open Studio

 Friday 9 and Saturday 10 December, 2022, at Granderson Lab



Over a four-week period, artists Bianca Peake, Elechi Todd, and Khaffi Beckles have shared an improvised studio space at Granderson Lab, engaged in work that serves their individual practices as well as the resulting collective discourse. While sharing the resources of the space, they aimed to intentionally create communal experiences through shared meals, reading, discussion, and watching films/videos.

On Friday 9 and Saturday 10 December, from 6 to 9 pm each evening, the artists are hosting an Open Studio event to share the results of this project. The work shown in this shared space is the product not of shifting focus on process, learning, observing and sharing.

The Incubator experience is the product of ongoing discourse on the value of collective making and shared spaces and thought. As both an exercise and event, it challenges the notion of solitary studio practice, where exchanges take place intrapersonally, and instead provides an exploratory invitation to create and exchange cultural, artistic, and intellectual knowledge as a group.

As an additional core function of the Incubator experience, the artists have engaged in documentation and reflection through writing. Cataloging and sharing experiences has operated not just as a means of creating accessibility to artistic practice, but also of demystifying the process of creating

All are invited.

Friday, November 11, 2022

Hackney nongkrong

Alice Yard at Ruby Cruel / documenta fifteen 

Tuesday 15 November, 2022 / 6 to 9 pm

The 100 days of documenta fifteen are over, but Alice Yard and its collaborators are still thinking and talking about what we did and saw and learned, the friends and the art we made.

On Tuesday 15 November, from 6 to 9 pm, we’ll be at Ruby Cruel at 250 Morning Lane, Hackney, London, for a post-documenta nongkrong — that’s the Indonesian word for hanging out — conversing, sharing some fragments and traces of our documenta fifteen activations, maybe some new activations from old friends, and hoping to make some new friends too.

All are invited.

Saturday, October 8, 2022

Belmont nongkrong

Alice Yard / documenta fifteen
Wednesday 12 October, 2022 / from 7 pm at Granderson Lab, Belmont

We learned a new word in the documenta lumbung. Nongkrong, Indonesian for “hanging out”, means more or less the same as liming.

documenta fifteen is over. What did we see and hear, what did we learn, who did we meet? Did we “make friends, not art”? Or did we make friends and art?

On Wednesday 12 October, from 7 pm, we’ll be at Granderson Lab for a post-documenta nongkrong — conversing, reflecting, spending time together, and sharing some fragments and traces of the various activations Alice Yard and our visiting artists made in Kassel during the 100 days of documenta fifteen. This is also a moment to belatedly commemorate our sixteenth anniversary in September, and continue imagining the way ahead with friends old and new.

All are invited.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Proximities 3: The sky has no limit / El cielo no tiene límite

Alice Yard / documenta fifteen
Presented in collaboration with the Third Horizon Film Festival

Still from Celaje (Cloudscape), by Sofía Gallisá Muriente


From 12 to 21 September, Alice Yard and the Third Horizon Film Festival will present an installation of three short films/videos at the documenta fifteen venue WH22, screening in a continuous loop from 10 am to 8 pm daily. These works, by filmmakers with roots in the Caribbean region (Trinidad and Tobago, Puerto Rico, French Guiana), investigate ideas about territory and belonging, family and self-definition, and the ongoing legacies of colonialism — all making use of found or repurposed footage.


Islands, Richard Fung (9 mins)
Cloudscape, Sofía Gallisá Muriente (41 mins)
Listen to the Beat of Our Images, Audrey and Maxime Jean-Baptiste (15 mins)

This is the third in the Proximities series of video works presented by Alice Yard, exploring relationships within the Caribbean region, following previous editions in 2010 and 2015.

Update: Proximities 3 will be reinstalled at WH22 for the final weekend of documenta fifteen, 24 and 25 September


Monday, September 12, 2022

Ada M. Patterson, artist in residence

Alice Yard / documenta fifteen

Ada M. Patterson is Alice Yard’s ninth artist in residence at documenta fifteen. From 11 to 25 September, 2022, she is based at WH22 Kassel. During her residency, she will draft compositions for an upcoming music video installation, using steel pan. As she rehearses in her room in the private living quarters, visitors may be able to hear fragments of pan music trickling into the exhibition space.

Within the exhibition space, there will be a different textile shared daily from her series Kanga for the Present, gifting each day with a new message.


Ada M. Patterson (b. 1994, Bridgetown) is an artist and writer based between Barbados, London, and Rotterdam. She works with masquerade, performance, poetry, textiles, and video, looking at the ways storytelling can limit, enable, and complicate identity formation. Her recent work considers grief, elegy writing, and archiving as tools for disrupting the disappearance of communities queered by different experiences of crisis. Patterson was the 2020 NLS Kingston Curatorial and Art Writing Fellow. 

Photo: Alessandro Sala, courtesy Centrale Fies

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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Bruce Cayonne, artist in residence

Alice Yard / documenta fifteen

Bruce Cayonne is Alice Yard’s eighth artist in residence at documenta fifteen. From 29 August to 10 September, 2022, he is based between WH22 and Trafo Haus in Kassel, collaborating with other artists and collectives to make hand-painted signs for various activations of the documenta fifteen lumbung.


Bruce Cayonne is an artist and sign painter based in Arima, Trinidad. He has been painting fete signs for the past thirty years. His iconic work has come to define the visual landscape and history of Trinidad and Tobago with his signature fete style — bold, precise lettering against colourful and vibrant gradient backgrounds, each sign hand-painted on hardboard and hammered onto lightposts.

Over the past three decades, Cayonne has produced thousands of signs and has collaborated with numerous artists and musicians, such as DJs like Kabuki, Dr Hyde, Howie T, Foreigner, and Nyahbinghi, and visual artists like Christopher Cozier (T&T), Blue Curry (UK/Bahamas) and ds4si/Intelligent Mischief (USA).

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Michelle Eistrup, artist in residence

Alice Yard / documenta fifteen


Michelle Eistrup is Alice Yard’s seventh artist in residence at documenta fifteen. From 14 to 28 August, 2022, she is based at WH22 in Kassel. While in Kassel, she is organising a programme of discussions and meetings around her ongoing Bridging Art + Text Incubator (BAT INK) project. She has invited a small group of artists, researchers, community representatives, and curators to exchange deep knowledge, collaboration, and scientific and artistic approaches. “On the brink of disaster, future scenarios must envision rediscovered life-giving and sustainable cultural and spiritual practices concerning nature.”

Find more information on BAT INK here.


Michelle Eistrup is a visual artist, and initiator of artistic collaborations who lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. Eistrup’s art incorporates themes of identity, corporeality, faith, memory, and post-colonialism, where her transnational background (Danish, Jamaican, American) is sometimes a point of departure. Rooted in a vibrant global arts community, she has exhibited internationally and organised events that facilitate in-depth dialogue and research between artists, writers, and curators, for the overall purpose of encouraging a more integrated, sensitive, and equitable creative exchange.

She curated BAT, Bridging Art and Text Workshop and Seminar, together with coordinator Annemari B. Clausen, and BAT (3-volume publication, 800 pp) (2012-2018).

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