Creative space for artists

Creative space for artists

By Jarmila Jackson Observer writer

Sunday, March 24, 2013

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DEBORAH Anzinger says there has always been a need to support artists who are willing to be bold.

With that in mind, NLS (New Local Space) was created in April last year. Its aim is to provide a platform for artists to create and show their work.

"Our goal is to develop both a contemporary Jamaican art scene and a tight-knit community that maintains a connection with what is happening globally. We want to create a dialogue between local and international contemporary artists," Anzinger told The Jamaica Observer.

NLS is located at 190 Mountain View Avenue in St Andrew. Yesterday, it hosted photographer Marlon James' first solo exhibition, dubbed Intimate Encounters.

Anzinger said attendees can expect to see photographs that challenge the perceptions of what is deemed appropriate subjects for art, during the free exhibition which ends April 22.

"I recognised that there was not only need for a space with optimal conditions for artists to create their best work but also for a place where the public could engage with contemporary art and contemporary artists in a welcoming atmosphere, and that is what NLS provides," she said.

So far, the venue has hosted a screening of Films 4 Peace in collaboration with Creative Sounds and the National Gallery of Jamaica; a conversation with visual artist Leasho Johnson; an open studio with painter Michael 'Flynn' Elliott and photographer Varun Baker; and a two-day residency with DJ Afifa and Trinidadian artist Rodell Warner.

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