Please note:

There is a USD $20 application fee for applications. For the Fall and Winter Art Residency, this fee is waived for all Caribbean residents. For the Art Writing & Research Residency, this fee is waived for Jamaican residents only.

All application fees must be paid via PayPal. The PayPal confirmation number must be included with the application packet.


NLS is pleased to welcome 2019 Fall Artist-in-residence Twaunii Sinclair

During his residency Sinclair will be exploring revolutionary narratives within black history and identities using the Haitian Revolution as his point of departure. Over the course of his residency Sinclair will engage with visiting and resident artists and faculty including Dr. Eddie Chambers (Professor, The University of ‪Austin Texas‬), Tessa Mars (Visual artist, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti), Kearra Amaya Gopee (Visual artist, Trinidad and Tobago) and Nicole Smythe-Johnson (writer and curator, Austin, TX/ Kingston). Stay tuned for T’Waunii Sinclair’s public open studio dates and podcast episode.

The NLS Fall Art Residency is made possible through a partnership with the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development Next Generation Programme.


NLS welcomes Emily Motto who will be in residency from January through March 2019.

During her residency Motto proposes to experiment in collective ways of creating drawings in space, to generate a form that is constantly in flux, with a dependency on the physical movements and presence of each viewer. Over the course of the residency Motto will organise a series of collective drawing experiments, reliant on the materials available where we are. This she envisages may take the form of continuous 'maze' within the project space and extending beyond

Emily Motto is a London-based artist whose work looks at ways bodies contain and consume space. She received her BFA from The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University and has received numerous awards including most recently The Derek Hill Foundation Scholarship (2017 - 2018), Mark Tanner Sculpture Award (2016). Motto has recently completed residencies at The British School at Rome, Rome Italy (2017) and Beaconsfield Contemporary Art, London, UK (2016). Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions in the UK, Italy and Switzerland. Recent exhibitions include a two-person show titled Nexus Space at Platform Southwark and a solo show, POSTURES, RICE + TOY in London.


NLS welcomes Kearra Amaya Gopee for her residency through November, 2018 to January 2019.

Kearra Amaya Gopee's practice focuses on the nature of violence and erasure, and the particularities of that which is inflicted on the Caribbean by the global north. Using personal experiences as a point of departure, she addresses themes of migration, intergenerational trauma, queerness and difference while seeking to complicate the viewer's understanding of economic and social marginalization in the postcolonial Caribbean. Through photography, animation, video, installation, coding, sound and handicraft, her observations are translated into ephemeral photographs, installations and objects. Her work interweaves the personal with the historical, the mythological with the material.

Gopee is a Trinidadian photographer & visual artist based in Brooklyn, New York. They have presented work in New York and across the Caribbean, namely at Alice Yard in Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean Studies Association’s conference in Haiti and at the Ludwig Foundation in Cuba. Before moving to the States, Gopee worked as a staff photographer at the Trinidad Guardian newspaper. Most recently, she was a part of the Caribbean Cultural Center’s augmented reality exhibition, Home, and Baxter Street Camera Club's 7th Annual Zine Fair. Gopee graduated from New York University in 2017, with a BFA in Photography and Imaging with a minor in Africana Studies.


Blue Curry will be in residency at NLS this month. During his residency Blue will be considering reggae music as regional cliché.One of the Caribbean’s most beloved cultural exports, born out of struggle and inequality, layered with politics and religion, reggae is now employed as a representative music of leisure globally. The jaunty reggae beat activates fantasies of sipping poolside cocktails on a carefree island getaway; it entices visitors to the region while reinforcing stereotypes and cultural singularity. Blue will be collaborating with the audio engineers at Creative Sounds recording studio during his three week residency to produce a new work reflecting his investigation into the ways that economic geography influence cultural production and consumption. Taking an experimental approach Blue will bring together his current sculptural concerns with this new audio component for the NLS space.

Blue Curry is a Bahamian artist currently based in London who works primarily in sculpture and installation. He uses an idiosyncratic language of commonplace objects and found materials to engage with themes of exoticism, tourism and culture. He has exhibited extensively, participating in the Liverpool, SITE Santa Fe and Jamaica Biennials, as well as in group shows at PPOW Gallery in New York, The Art Museum of the Americas in Washington DC, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Recently he has spent periods as resident artist at the National Gallery of The Cayman Islands, Centro León, the Dominican Republic and at Alice Yard, Trinidad. He was featured in the book The Sense of Movement: When Artists Travel and is currently showing work in Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of The Caribbean Archipelago at the Museum of Latin American Art, California, part of the Getty Foundation series of exhibitions,Pacific Standard Time LA/LA.

MAY 18 - AUGUST 20

This Summer Kelley-Ann Lindo will be in residency at NLS expanding her discourse surrounding Barrel Children syndrome. The term Barrel Children refers to minors left behind by one or both parents who have migrated and substitute their presence with the provision of material goods and remittance for the children. The barrels, usually packed with items representing basic food stuff, help families and kin maintain short term nutrition and sustainability.

This residency will extend the research Lindo embarked on during her residency at Alice Yard in Trinidad last year; where she focused on the concept of the barrel as a means to communicate. Lindo will further decode the contents sent in barrels and the understandings communicated within them, developing conversation around the formulation of self-identity through childhood experience.


NLS welcomes writer-in-residence Rosanna McLaughlin as our inaugural TAARE Resident. McLaughlin is in residence at NLS in March and April of this year. Her areas of focus lie in reportage, feminist practices, and the cultural and economic narratives that dictate the type of art that gains prominence. McLaughlin is currently researching into the death of Cuban-born artist Ana Mendieta and the protest movement that followed her death.

Follow Rosanna McLaughlin's residency via the NLS Art Writing and Research blog.

Rosanna McLauhlin is a writer and curator based in London. Her work has been published in Frieze magazine, Artsy, The White Review and BOMB. She was shortlisted for the Fitzcarraldo Essay Prize, 2016. Between 2011-2013 she co-ran Hobbs Mclaughlin Gallery.

The Transatlantic Artists' Residency Exchange (TAARE) programme is supported by the British Council in partnership with Alice Yard, Autograph ABP, Delfina Foundation, Gasworks, Hospitalfield Arts, and NLS.


New Local Space partners with The British Council for the Trans Atlantic Artists' Residency Exchange (TAARE) program, which focuses on exchanges between the United Kingdom (UK), Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The residency is open to visual artists, art critics and curators in the UK and the Caribbean. The program is targeted at providing research and practice-based residencies while developing trans-Atlantic connections. The submission deadline for applications is December 2, 2016.

For full details and information on how to apply click here.

Key partners for the project are Alice Yard, Delfina Foundation, Gasworks, Autograph ABP, and Hospitalfield Arts.

MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016
Susanne Winterling
Kelley-Ann Lindo
David Gumbs

NLS welcomes the 2016 Summer Residents: David Gumbs, Kelley-Ann Lindo and Susanne Winterling, three brilliant artists from Martinique, Jamaica and Germany with diverse art practices.

Over the nine-week residency, Gumbs, Lindo and Winterling will bring their unique backgrounds in 3-D mapping, video, painting and marine bioluminescence together to create a responsive mental and social landscape that investigates the vulnerability of water-associated ecologies and their link to our individual and cultural experiences and memories.

Aesthetically the artists approach the project with diverse materials, combining amorphous sculptural cues, a lab aesthetic, and a focus on heightening sensibilities and consciousness within audience participation. The artists draw inspiration from Jamaica's marine ecology-- particularly bioluminescent algae and the conch shell, as well as the context of that ecology within human experience of water-- natural disasters, history, practices and politics.

Donate to the Summer Residency Kickstarter fundraising campaign here.


Susanne Winterling

Working across film and photography, Winterling is known for installations that critically intervene in their surroundings, directing attention to the sensual and perceptual qualities of spaces, objects and the representation of realities. Winterling's most recent exhibitions include 'Nature after nature' at the historical Fridericianum, Kassel, 'Drift' at the Gallerie Parrotta Contemporary Art, in Stuttgart, and 'The Lulennial: A Slight Gesturay', in Mexico City. In her exhibitions, her interests include biodiversity, nature/culture, and subjectivity to technology. Opting for a poetical rather than a power oriented practice, Winterling focuses on the entanglement of ecology and politics. She is also one of the founders of the art collective Akademie Isotrop, and is a professor of contemporary art.

David Gumbs

Gumbs is a multimedia artist who approaches his practice through drawing, painting, photography, new media, and interactive video. He has taken part in several new media festivals including the Trinidad and Tobego Film Festival, the Transforming Spaces in Bahamas, the Biennale Internationale D’Art Contemporain (BIAC) in Martinique, and the Beep Bop Boop New Media Festival in Florida. In his works, he explores the offscreen of perception, memory, the cycle of life, the visible and invisible, and rhizome graphical macroscopic universes. Gumbs’ polymorphic art reveals the interbreeding and hybridization process in the collective and individual unconsciousness in Caribbean imagination. His artistic approach is based on a famous quotation from XVII th century French philosopher and chemist Antoine Lavoisier: “Mass is neither gained nor lost, merely transformed.”

Kelley-Ann Lindo

Lindo works in photography, videography and painting. She earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting at The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in 2015. Lindo serves as art counselor at the Bellevue Hospital and the Jamaica Council for People with Disabilities. She utilizes elements of fragility and abstraction to fuel a tradition of remembrance art, as she seeks to break the passivity of the spectator. Her work predominantly explores the memories and visual legacies that remain after flooding, and through the manipulation of fragile materials she demonstrates the susceptibility of memory and the necessity of recollection.




The call for 2016 residency applications is now open to both artists and researchers/writers.



Susan Reuben: "Extrication for the curious"

NLS is pleased to present 'Extrication for the curious', a 48 Hour Residency project by Susan Reuben.

For her 48 Hour Residency Susan Reuben draws inspiration from local folklore to create a fibre-based site-specific experience that visually pulls the viewer into a web-like system through which they must navigate. The project is a conceit for the artist’s considerations of ways the individual might operate in pre-existing social and political systems. Her installation aims to link the physical experience of the viewer within the work to a mindfulness of choices, barriers and the potential traps of a not-always-clearly-visible system.

Susan Reuben is a fibre artist who works with tapestry and weaving to find ways that simplify larger ideas and social concepts. She studied Textiles at the Edna Manley College School of the Visual Arts where she graduated in 1991.

This project is presented in partnership with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission as part of the JCDC Artist Development Programme. The project was generously funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund.

This event is free and open to the public and will provide complimentary refreshments.

To be held on Saturday, December 19 & Sunday, December 20 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The NLS 48H Residency program is geared towards interdisciplinary, performative, and interactive projects. The residency is an opportunity for an individual artist or group of artists to collaborate in activating the grounds at New Local Space over a 48-hour period, during which the public is invited to view and participate.

For more information contact info@NLSkingston.org



Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe joins NLS this December to transform the interior space with an installation that uses new and traditional media to portray the societal impact of migration through the intimate lens of her family. Malaika's project tells a story of her Jamaican grandfather's childhood separation from his mother due to migration. She will use this installation to explore the familial impact and wider societal implications of stories like these.

Using discarded, broken objects acquired during her time in Jamaica Malaika will create a room with two windows made out of video projections. With audio from her conversations with her grandfather looped and videos edited from footage shot during the residency, she will connect the complexity of emotions within her family’s genealogy to contemporary realities around migration and loss.

Malaika's residency at NLS takes place from December 16 to January 27. During her residency the public will be invited to an open studio as well as her final exhibition.

NLS has launched a Kickstarter for Malaika with a range of gifts for our donors. The Kickstarter aims to raise $3150 to provide a stipend for travel, room and board and materials. NLS provides studio space, events including a public exhibition and all associated administrative and technical costs.

To back Malaika: www.kickstarter.com/projects/nlskingston/malaika-brooks-smith-lowe-artist-residency

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Listen to Malaika on IN podcast

Rodell Warner: "Canopy Giuld"
Image courtesy Rodell Warner

Rodell Warner will use his residency to carry out a community photography, fashion and object design project. From images captured in nature he'll produce patterns and printed fabrics. Designers and other artists from Kingston have been invited to help create wearable garments and art objects from these fabrics and patterns, which will be shared publicly in a multimedia live event with a mixture of functional, material and digital art.

Warner's recent work was selected to open ARC Magazine's New Media programming for the 2013 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. He has exhibited regionally and internationally at spaces such as Alice Yard and Medulla Gallery in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, CAG(e) Gallery, Edna Manley College in Kingston, Jamaica, and NIROX Projects in Johannesburg, South Africa. His work was also featured in “Pictures from Paradise: A Survey of Contemporary Caribbean Photography” (Robert and Christopher), 2012.

Open studio: Monday, April 28, 7 - 9 PM

The final exhibition presenting the work of Warner and his five collaborators Afifa Aza, Ai Yoshida, Ayana Rivière, Di-Andre C. Davis, Leasho Johnson and Storm Saulter will open on May 9.

Wilmer Wilson IV: "Notes"
Above photo of performance "From My Paper Bag Colored Heart" at CONNERSMITH.
Image courtesy the artist and CONNERSMITH.

NLS is pleased to announce 2013 Summer artist-in-residence, Wilmer Wilson IV. Wilmer is an interdisciplinary artist whose work spans performance and sculpture.

Wilmer's project Notes will be an expansion of his recent personal developments in sculpture, anthropological research, and found objects, into a new body of work. Building on his interest in context and everyday objects, he will create an archive of found paper ephemera with a focus on handout flyers and lottery tickets that will be incorporated into relief sculptures made of wood, staples, and found objects. The compositional combinations of everyday materials will contextualize its parts into grand, expansive low-relief tableaux. Notes concerns itself with vernacular modes of communication, particularly in urban spaces.

Compounded by the historic lack of representation and preservation plaguing underrepresented demographics, some structures of communication remain wholly undocumented and unappreciated as contributions to a larger cultural dialogue. Notes aims to elevate these structures thereby describing the rich, expansive, heroic lives of their progenitors.

For more about Wilmer's past work, visit his website at www.recurringman.com.

Rodell Warner + DJ Afifa: "Binary Solved"

7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

NLS is excited to present Binary Solved, an experimental visual-sound intervention by DJ Afifa and Rodell Warner over the course of two nights.

Click here for footage and images of Binary Solved.

Rodell Warner and DJ Afifa collaborate to create an interactive sound art installation for the NLS 48 Hour Residency. Warner and Afifa use the two-day format of the residency, to play with and attempt to blow perceived dichotomies of existence. Binary Solved is an undertaking by the two artists to link the real with the imagined, the other with the self, the digital with natural, and, ultimately, existence with freedom. Each night of the residency performance functions as a counterpoint/contrast to the other.

The project consists of a fusion of projected moving images with sound that are installed to encompass a 360-degree space of the outdoors through which audience members traverse. Against a pre-existing backdrop the entire audience will wear all-black or all-white, either carving out their own body image in the artwork or conversely becoming one with the projection respectively. Binary Solved first examines how the world is understood by drawing its conceit from the formal components of designing a work of art— using a ground (the surface on which the image rests) and the figure (the image that rests on this surface)– to create an experience that challenges the splintering of the two.

The first night of Binary Solved will take place on Friday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m. On this night audience members wear all-black, functioning as the figure for the complete artwork. The second intervention will take place on Saturday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m. during which audience members wear all-white functioning as the ground.

For more information email NLSkingston@gmail.com or call 406-9771.