Happy October!

We sure did have a September to remember! We welcomed The Burg to the EAST YARD family, continued with the upgrades to our spaces and hosted "Bonnet Art," by Walda Waithe. This was our first exhibition at East Studio since the country's most recent lock down and it was my pleasure to curate it.

This month we're excited to showcase the work of one of EAST YARD's original artists in residence, Gary Martin, in his debut solo exhibition - 3rd World Armerica.     

October is also Calypso History Month and of course we're going to be listening to vintage Kaiso on vinyl at The Burg, "cause upstairs dey have plenty TEMPO!" 
Mix yourself a "rum and coca-cola", kick up your feet and enjoy our newsletter.

Have a great one!

Kevon Foderingham
Founder, EAST YARD

Cover Image: '6gOd' from the upcoming exhibition, 3rd World Armerica by Gary Martin

Kevon Fodeingham setting up for "Bonnet Art" 
3rd World Armerica by Gary Martin

Always one to represent Arima, artist Gary Martin has been an artist in residence at EAST YARD from the day we opened 4 years ago. Gary has gifted our walls with beautiful murals and has been involved with the numerous community arts engagement projects we have undertaken over the years. 

3rd World Armerica has been long in the making and is his debut solo exhibition, which is being curated by EAST YARD's very own Makeena James - Manager of East Gourmet, in what is also her curatorial debut.

An artist who delves deeply into socio-political themes, the collection of work for this exhibition is best described as disquieting art; which the artist hopes will challenge us to view things in an entirely different fashion. 3rd World Armerica is not for the faint of heart. 

3rd World Armerica opens at East Studio on October 16, 2021 at 4pm and will run until November 13, 2021

Stay tuned to our IG for details.
Bonnet Art

Bonnet Art, the first solo exhibition of textile artist and long-time EAST YARD collaborator, Walda Waithe opened at East Studio on September 24, 2021 and runs until October 8, 2021.

Curated by Kevon Foderingham, the exhibition revolves around Walda's award winning Easter bonnets, together with pieces from her children's mas band, Joki One, her fashion design label Adlaw and an introduction to her wire work and a few mixed media paintings.

 Bonnet Art also featured two super and socially distanced live mini Bonnet Parades.

 We congratulate Walda and look forward to her future exhibitions.
Calypso History Month

Calypso is a style of Afro-Caribbean music that originated in Trinidad and Tobago during the early to the mid-19th century and spread to the rest of the Caribbean Antilles and Venezuela by the mid-20th century. Its rhythms can be traced back to West African Kaiso and the arrival of French planters and their slaves from the French Antilles in the 18th century.

It is characterized by highly rhythmic and harmonic vocals, and is most often sung in a French creole and led by a griot. As calypso developed, the role of the griot became known as a chantuelle and eventually, calypsonian. As English replaced "patois" (Antillean creole) as the dominant language, calypso migrated into English, and in so doing it attracted more attention from the government. It allowed the masses to challenge the doings of the unelected Governor and Legislative Council, and the elected town councils of Port of Spain and San Fernando. Calypso continued to play an important role in political expression.

October is “Calypso History Month” and in recognition The Burg is covering all things Calypso.

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