|“YEAR X” September 11, 2016-September 2017 @ Alice Yard|
Event Description: “September 2016 to September 2017: Alice Yard and Granderson Lab present 'YEAR X' - a twelve-month programme of projects and events commencing on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Alice Yard ... X = symbol to mark a specific location; X = sign for multiplication; X = an unknown variable; X = 10. In September 2016, Alice Yard marks its tenth anniversary as a space for conversation and experiment. Beginning in a modest Woodbrook backyard, our activities have gradually expanded through creating a small gallery space, residency quarters for visiting artists and curators, a bandroom used by dozens of musicians for rehearsal, and the adjunct space Granderson Lab in Belmont, home to a number of artists and creative collaboratives. We began ten years ago with questions and possibilities. Our evolution has been organic and open-ended. As we consider our actions and ideas of the past decade, our instinct is less to celebrate and more to affirm our spirit of investigation and exchange, our ethos of generosity and independence. As we prepare to begin our second decade, on Sunday 11 September, 2016, Alice Yard will host an installation by artist in residence Blue Curry, alongside September 2006, a modest exhibition drawn from our archives and documenting the moment of Alice Yard’s beginning ten years ago. We will also share details of a curatorial collaboration between Blue Curry and Alice Yard co-director Christopher Cozier, which will unfold over the coming month: a series of site-specific, public-domain projects by various artists, exploring questions of authorship, decision-making, and the artwork as event or action rather than object exclusively. These activities will also open YEAR X, a twelve-month programme of projects and events that reflect on the archive of our past and the prospects of our future. We invite our collaborators, interlocutors, and friends to join us in imagining what might be possible in 'a backyard on a small island.' All are invited.” — Read more: Alice Yard
About the Venue: “Since 2008, Alice Yard has run a residency programme hosting artists, curators, and other creative practitioners wishing to visit and work in our space and with our network of collaborators, or to research and experience the contemporary art scene in Port of Spain. We have hosted visitors on stays ranging from a few days to a few months, some focusing on a specific project or work in progress, others more open-ended and exploratory. We have also hosted “local” residencies for Trinidad-based artists requiring temporary working space to explore an idea or complete a project. . . . Alice Yard is at once a physical space, a collaborative network, and an ongoing conversation about contemporary art and creativity in the Caribbean. Based in the backyard of the house at 80 Roberts Street, Woodbrook, Port of Spain, Alice Yard has been a venue for creative experiment since opening in September 2006. We draw on the long tradition of communal 'yard' spaces in urban Trinidad, places of improvisation and exchange.” — Read more: Alice Yard and Alice Yard-FacebookFor further information about the venue: Alice Yard and Alice Yard-Facebook. Related Artcles: http://www.guardian.co.tt/lifestyle/2016-09-04/alice-yard-opens-%E2%80%98year-x%E2%80%99 and http://arcthemagazine.com/arc/2016/09/year-x-alice-yards-10th-anniversary-programme/.