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NLS Rolls Out Auction and Residency for Summer 2016
The NLS summer 2016 programme is about to jump off with an exhibition and silent auction, the culmination of the inaugural REACH for the Arts project. The space, home to contemporary, experimental art and research is also getting ready to kickstart its summer residency with artists from Jamaica, Germany, and Martinique.
The Reach for the Arts exhibition and silent auction will take place on Friday, June 3, 2016, at 6:30 pm at the Reach Academy, 2 Widcombe Road. The auction will feature works by Cecil Cooper, Gene Pearson, Nakazzi Hutchinson and head of NLS - Deborah Anzinger. The event will also feature music by Alpha Boys and Omar Francis.
Reach for the Arts was a six-week art education project between Reach Academy and Jack’s Hill Primary.
NLS has also started its Kickstarter fundraising to facilitate this year’s summer residency which for the first time will feature three artists: David Gumbs (Martinique), Kelley-Ann Lindo (Jamaica) and Susanne Winterling (Germany).
“Over the nine-week residency, Gumbs, Lindo and Winterling will bring their unique backgrounds in 3-D mapping, video, painting, and marine bioluminescence together to create a responsive mental and social landscape that investigates the vulnerability of water-associated ecologies and their link to our individual and cultural experiences and memories,” explains the project description on the Kickstarter page.
Gumbs is combines drawing, painting, photography, new media, and interactive video in his multimedia practice. He has participated in new media festivals such as Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, the Transforming Spaces in the Bahamas, the Biennale Internationale D’Art Contemporain (BIAC) in Martinique, and the Beep Bop Boop New Media Festival in Florida.
A recent graduate of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Kelley-Ann Lindo works in photography, videography, and painting. Lindo serves as art counselor at the Bellevue Hospital and the Jamaica Council for People with Disabilities.
Winterling works with both film and still photography. Her most recent exhibitions include 'Nature after Nature' at the historical Fridericianum, Kassel, 'Drift' at the Gallerie Parrotta Contemporary Art, in Stuttgart, and 'The Lulennial: A Slight Gesturay', in Mexico City. She is also one of the founders of the art collective Akademie Isotrop, and is a professor of contemporary art.
The resulting project is therefore anticipated to combine aesthetics inspired by marine ecology, the human experience of water, history, and politics.