Barbadian visual artist, writer & curator
Katherine Kennedy is a Barbadian artist and writer. She graduated with a BA in Creative Arts (First Class Hons.) from Lancaster University, UK, and has exhibited locally, regionally and internationally in Barbados, London, Glasgow, the USA, Aruba, Jamaica, Nigeria, New Zealand, South Korea, Trinidad & Tobago and Canada to date. She currently works for the Fresh Milk Art Platform in Barbados as the Communications and Operations Manager, and has contributed to ARC Magazine of contemporary Caribbean art as a Writer, Editor and the Assistant to Director. Through these platforms, she has coordinated and managed programmes such as five editions of the Caribbean Linked residency & exhibition programme at Ateliers ’89, Aruba, and the biennial Transoceanic Visual Exchange (TVE) international video, film and new media exhibition.
Katherine's visual practice is heavily tied to a sense of place, using interplay between organic and inorganic materials and imagery to interrogate the spectrum of belonging and displacement in different environments or cultural contexts. She has undertaken projects and residencies at the Insituto Buena Bista (IBB), Curaçao (2012); The Vermont Studio Center, USA (2013); Casa Tomada, Brazil (2013); Akademie Schloss Solitude, Germany (2014); and Punch Creative Arena, Barbados (2019 & 2020). Her written work has been published with platforms such as Sugarcane Magazine (Volume 1, Issue No. 3) and Robert & Christopher Publishers in the A-Z of Caribbean Art (2019). She made her debut as a solo-curator with the exhibition Social Geometry: Expanded Drawing Practices by Barbadian Artists at the Queen’s Park Gallery, Barbados in May 2019, and was selected as a fellow in the CCCADI Afro-Caribbean Art Curatorial Fellowship in 2021.
Trinidadian visual artist and art observer
Shanice Smith was born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. Her mixed-media pieces are centred around examining and deconstructing abuse, gender violence, objectification and commodification of women’s bodies. Smith first completed her certificate qualifications in Social Work and Psychology at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus, before going on to obtain her bachelor’s in Fine Art at the UWI, St. Augustine Campus.
Her work has been on display at Alice Yard, Port-of-Spain; the National Museum of Trinidad and Tobago; Toronto Urban Film Festival; The Fresh Milk Art Platform, Barbados; Caribbean Linked IV, Aruba; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; The Project Space, Deakin University, Australia; and Wa Na Wari, USA to name a few. Additionally, she has undertaken residencies at spaces such as Ateliers ’89, Aruba; Vermont Studio Center, USA; and Residency Unlimited, USA.