Join the CATAPULT project!

CATAPULT | A Caribbean Arts Grant is a COVID-19 relief programme conceptualized by Kingston Creative (Jamaica) and Fresh Milk (Barbados) and funded by the American Friends of Jamaica | The AFJ (USA). Designed as a capacity building initiative it will directly provide financial support to over 1,000 Caribbean artists, cultural practitioners and creative entrepreneurs impacted by the pandemic and working in the themes of culture, human rights, gender, LGBTQIA+, and climate justice.

The collaboration will support the following projects: (i) Caribbean Artist Showcase, (ii) Caribbean Creative Online, (iii) Digital Creative Training, (iv), Consultancy Vouchers, (v) Lockdown Virtual Salon and (vi) Stay Home Artist Residency.

From Suriname, Miguel Keerveld will participate in the CATAPULT Stay Home Artist Residency in Group 3: October 19–December 11, 2020. SAX will keep you posted about his residency.

Also from Suriname, Marieke Visser will be co-discussant joining the CATAPULT Lockdown Virtual Salon on October 30, 2020, with Katarina Coombs (Jamaica) (1PM AST, 14:00 hrs in Suriname, 18:00 hrs in the Netherlands) and Gabrielle Wilkes (Trinidad & Tobago) (). All the editions of CATAPULT Lockdown Virtual Salon can be seen through live-stream via the Fresh Milk YouTube channel, every Tuesday and Friday between September 29th & November 20th, 2020, at 1PM AST (14:00 hrs in Suriname, 18:00 hrs in the Netherlands) and 4PM AST (17:00 hrs in Suriname, 21:00 hrs in the Netherlands) (please subscribe!), but will be archived immediately so you can see them anytime you want. We will post the editions below and will update this list every week. The schedule is also posted on Eventbrite. And here is the CATAPULT Lockdown Virtual Salon Jury Report.

Coming up: Friday, October 30, 2020, 4PM AST, 17:00 hrs in Suriname, 21:00 hrs in the Netherlands / CATAPULT LVS 20 – Gabrielle Wilkes (Trinidad & Tobago) & Marieke Visser / Sranan Art Xposed (Suriname) (Instagram)

Coming up: Friday, October 30, 2020, 1PM AST, 14:00 hrs in Suriname, 19:00 hrs in the Netherlands / CATAPULT LVS 19 – Katrina Coombs (Jamaica) (Instagram) & Marieke Visser / Sranan Art Xposed (Suriname) (Instagram)

Coming up: Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 4PM AST, 17:00 hrs in Suriname, 21:00 hrs in the Netherlands / CATAPULT LVS 18 – Evoné Walters (Jamaica) (Instagram) & Kendel Hippolyte (St. Lucia)

Coming up: Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 1PM AST, 14:00 hrs in Suriname, 19:00 hrs in the Netherlands / CATAPULT LVS 17 – Rochelle Ward (Sint Maarten) (Instagram) (Facebook) & Kendel Hippolyte (St. Lucia)

Friday, October 23, 2020, 4PM AST, 17:00 hrs in Suriname, 21:00 hrs in the Netherlands / CATAPULT LVS 16 – Denise Robinson (Jamaica) (Instagram) & Alim Hosein (Guyana):

Friday, October 23, 2020, 1PM AST, 14:00 hrs in Suriname, 19:00 hrs in the Netherlands / CATAPULT LVS 15 – Niarus Walker (US Virgin Islands) & Alim Hosein (Guyana):

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 4PM AST, 17:00 hrs in Suriname, 21:00 hrs in the Netherlands / CATAPULT LVS 14 – Joni P. Gordon (Jamaica) & Johanna Auguiac-Célénice (Martinique):

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 1PM AST, 14:00 hrs in Suriname, 19:00 hrs in the Netherlands / CATAPULT LVS 13 – Richard-Viktor Sainsily Cayol (Guadeloupe) (Instagram) & Johanna Auguiac-Célénice (Martinique):

CATAPULT LVS 12 – Brandon Kirk Best (Barbados) & Lusette Verboom (Curaçao) (Gallery Alma Blou):

CATAPULT LVS 11 – Dominique Hunter (Guyana) (Instagram) & Lusette Verboom (Curaçao) (Gallery Alma Blou):

CATAPULT LVS 10 – Esther Chin (Jamaica) & Dr. Marsha Pearce (Trinidad & Tobago)

CATAPULT LVS 9 – Jeana Lindo (Jamaica) (Instagram) & Dr. Marsha Pearce (Trinidad & Tobago):

CATAPULT LVS 8 – Rachel Chin (Jamaica) & Russell Watson (Barbados):

CATAPULT LVS 7 – Amir Hall (Trinidad & Tobago) & Russell Watson (Barbados):

CATAPULT LVS 6 – Vivien Elizabeth Armour (Trinidad & Tobago) & Elfrieda Bissember (Guyana):

CATAPULT LVS 5 – Kenneth ‘Black’ Blackman (Barbados) (Facebook page) & Elfrieda Bissember (Guyana):

CATAPULT LVS 4 – Sandra Vivas (Dominica) & Yina Jiménez Suriel (Dominican Republic) (Instagram):

CATAPULT LVS 3 – Helen Ceballos (Puerto Rico) (Instagram) & Yina Jiménez Suriel (Dominican Republic) (Instagram):

CATAPULT LVS2 – Sonja Dumas (Trinidad & Tobago) & Dr. Yanique Hume (Barbados):

CATAPULT LVS 1 – Jonathan van Arneman (Sint Maarten) & Dr. Yanique Hume (Barbados):

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About the CATAPULT partners:

American Friends of Jamaica | The AFJ has a near 40 year history of funding charitable organizations in Jamaica in the fields of Education, Healthcare and Economic Development. A registered 501 c 3 nonprofit headquartered in New York City, AFJ relies on individual and corporate contributions made by donors who believe in our work and will advocate on our behalf. Part of the AFJ’s mission is to facilitate donor directed contributions which enables donors to support registered charitable organizations aligned with their own goals for philanthropy.


Kingston Creative is a registered non-profit organization founded in February 2017. Its mission is to enable creatives to succeed so that they can create economic and social value, gain access to global markets and have a positive impact on their community.


Fresh Milk is an organisation whose aim is to nurture, empower and connect Caribbean artists, raise regional awareness about contemporary arts and provide global opportunities for growth, excellence and success. Fresh Milk supports excellence in the visual arts through residencies and programmes that provide Caribbean artists with opportunities for development and foster a thriving art community.

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