Emelda Barrington/Garvey Community Trust Fund
Growing up in Grenada and moving to Flatbush, Brooklyn I’m very privilege to have directly and indirectly been part of a culture that has given me and the world so much. Black is a constantly shifting social construction and someone who helped me figure an aspect of what that construction meant for me was the honorable Marcus Garvey, who positioned that all Black people are connected world wide. For me that connection exist through cultural productions that can be found wherever black folks exists; The music the fashion how we walk dress eat talk speak etc have been woven into our consciousness centuries ago on the continent and pushed forward through constant reinvention by each new generation. As a larger society we have inherited the idea that many of us have a duty to pay taxes cause we all collectively will benefit from these services. In a capitalist society I believe simply that I owe a cultural tax to the Culture-State that feeds my practice as an artists. It is within this logic that I would like to inaugurate Emelda Barrington/Garvey Trust Fund. For the inaugural year, Alex and Alvaro would like to invite three fashion designers to make outfits for Notting Hill Carnival 2021.
• £30K + £3K for travel and research (up to 5K for those with children)
• Range of services including accountant for taxes, costume marketing, etc
• Travel to Caribbean countries plus accommodation.
(will cover medical testing for covid), additional funds available for travel with children..
• Costumes must be sourced and produced locally and/or in the Caribbean islands
• Must work with craftworkers/labourers in the Caribbean and locally
(wages paid must be comparable to wages of those in UK)
$20 an hour here means $20 an hour to the worker the Caribbean if performing the same labor
• Rent free East london warehouse studio available till sept 2021
• PAY IT FORWARD/The purpose of this Trust is to assist in starting a business.
Additional profits earned from the sale while on the Trust will be taxed accordingly
with the taxes going back directly into the trust to fund the following years awardees.
While open to ALL black and brown women of color whose ancestor are from the Caribbean the award strongly encourages applicants who are darker skin black woman whose is economical disadvantaged especially as well as Fashion students