Roots & Wings Photography – Press Release

I have some photography work in this exhibition.  The show tours Crawley, Barbados and Brighton throughout 2012.


The innovative programme is designed create opportunities for sharing, networking and learning for artists from diverse backgrounds, through international creative exchanges. The project has been developed as a response to the upcoming residency of the Barbados and other Caribbean Olympic teams in the UK prior to the 2012 Games. It will feature a parallel arts programme that will take place at different international sites – transmitted to and from each location. The vision foris to dynamically engage communities from the host and visiting countries in a range of exciting events to celebrate heritage, culture and to promote intercultural exchange.

Kicking off with the touring Roots & Wings photography exhibition, these satellite events will bring together international creative collaborators and audiences in a groundbreaking mixture of live and cyberspace activities,
alongside a series of creative workshops, screenings, exhibitions, publications and performances.

Roots & Wings Programme

  • 12 – 24 February 2012 @ The Hawth, Crawley, UK
  • 23 March – 5 April @ Steel Shed, Barbados
  • May 2012 @ Brighton Festival Fringe, UK
  • October 2012 @ Brighton Photo Fringe Biennale, UK

UK: 12 – 24 February will be virtually linked to 2 other Caribbean visual art exhibitions:

  1. “Hello Havana” in Barbados featuring art inspired by the 11th Cuban Biennale
  2. “LAND | SCAPE” in Trinidad in celebration of the country’s 50th Anniversary of Independence.

Barbados: 23 March – 5 April will be virtually linked to Diaspora Vibe Gallery’s Cultural Exchange in Jamaica. It will also feature a series of creative and professional development workshops delivered by Brighton Photo Fringe for local Barbadian artists.

Roots & Wings contributors are selected from invited artists and from an international open call for submissions.

Confirmed exhibitors are:

Akley Olton
Alyson Holder
Amrita Chandradas
Angela Newman
Gary Stewart
Genevieve Browne
Gerard H Gaskin
James Cooper
Jean-Guy Cauver
Kaydia Lewin-Turner
Leslie Robertson Toney
Leslie Taylor
Mariamma Kambon
Matthew Thomas
Michael Mapp
Norman Mayers
O’Neil Lawrence
Paul Jackson
Raquel Vasquez La Roche
Regina Kimbrell
Rodell Warner
Dr Shawn Sobers
Wayne James

Urbanflo Creative Consultancy in collaboration with Brighton Photo Fringe, Crawley Borough Council and the Barbados Commission for Pan African Affairs are pleased to announce “Roots & Wings”, an international photography exhibition to launch the Olympic-inspired Programme which aims to connect artists and communities across traditional, cultural, social and geographical divides.

“Roots & Wings” celebrates the forthcoming presence of the Barbados, Grenada, Bahamas and Dominica Olympic training camps in Crawley, and features a range of talented artists representing the UK and the Caribbean.

The exhibition tours to Barbados as part of Brighton Photo Fringe Caribbean 23 March – 5 April.

Roots & Wings Partner Events
Virtual Links to Caribbean Exhibitions

LAND | SCAPE 7 – 24 February 2012

“LAND | SCAPE”, Artistic Visions of Paradise – a Contemporary Artists Exhibition and Artist’s Workshop taking place at the Normandie Hotel Gallery, Port of Spain, Trinidad. The event is presented by Urbanflo partners Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator (DVCAI) and curated by Rosie Gordon – Wallace, in celebration of Trinidad & Tobago’s 50th Anniversary of Independence. LAND | SCAPE features well-established voices of the Caribbean aesthetic: Brian Wong Won, Clayton de Fretias, Jeremy Powell, Patricia Roldan, Tom Weinkle and Maxine Spector will work with Trinidadian Master Artist LeRoy Clarke. Self-taught and one of Trinidad’s finest contemporary artists, Clarke was conferred the title Master Artist by The National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago in 1998. In 2003, the Government acclaimed him a National Icon.

HELLO HAVANA – 12 February – 10 March 2012

“Hello Havana” s an exhibition based on the theme of the 11th Havana Biennial. Taking place at the Queens Park Gallery: Pelican, The exhibiting artists are: Sheena Rose, Nick Whittle, Guru, Denyse Menard-Greenidge, Natalie Atkins-Hinds, , Ann Rudder, Gail Pounder-Speede, Bill Grace, Russell Watson and Leslie Taylor. The work is very varied with video, mixed-media, fibre arts and an altar. The Biennial is a prestigious exhibition of contemporary art, which started in 1984 – originally providing a platform for under represented countries on the international art scene. The first editions featured only Latin American and Caribbean Artists; however by 2009 western countries were also invited to participate.

LIVING SCULPTURES II – 29 March – 3 April 2012

“Living Sculpture II” – Diaspora Vibe International Cultural Exchange. Taking place in Jamaica, this is the 15th annual international exchange by Diaspora Vibe Gallery. Artists from St. Maarten, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Aruba, Jamaica, Trinidad, Gambia, Venezuela, Curacao, UK and the U.S. along with art historians, critics, art lawyers, cultural students and curators will convene in Jamaica to explore contemporary Caribbean art practice – aesthetics from the Caribbean and migrant perspective. The exchange involves an intensive programme of artist talks, workshops, critical debate, professional development sessions and studio visits; culminating in an exhibition at the Cag Gallery, Edna Manley College, Jamaica. Artists will talk with artists about hyphenated existence, art production while living in the Diaspora, border communities, professional development opportunities, and document the process in Jamaica side by side Jamaican artists.

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