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Bristol Wines sponsors ocean expedition launch of artist Kishan Munroe
By Azaleta Ishmael-Newry
May 3, 2019 - 3:30:29 PM

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Juan Bacardi (center) president of Bristol Wines and Spirits attended the launch of the “Drifter In Residence” an oceanographic expedition by Kishan Munroe at the Never Say Never Bar and Grill on the Price George Wharf. From left to right are Tyrone Ferguson, artist, Leroy Major, Campbell Shipping, Juan Bacardi, Senator Fred Mitchell, and H.E. Lowell J. Mortimer, non-resident Ambassador to India for The Bahamas and founder of the LJM Marine Academy. Photo by Azaleta Ishmael-Newry.

Nassau, Bahamas - Bristol Wines and Spirits and Lindeman’s Wines partnered in the launch of “Drifter in Residence” – an oceanographic expedition by acclaimed Bahamian artist Kishan Munroe, at an intimate gathering held at the “Never Say Never Again Bar and Grill” on April 24, 2019.
 
It was no ordinary experience for those who attended as they gathered in the beautiful gazebo that overlooked the Nassau Harbour, sipping Lindeman’s wines, and watching the arrival of the “R/V Diaspora” being escorted convoy-style into the Harbour by the Royal Bahamas Defense Force, Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas and the New Providence Port Authority.

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Acclaimed artist, Kishan Munroe, second from left, creator of the “Drifter In Residence”- an oceanographic expedition stands with Commodore Tellis Bethel (left) of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force, Ellison (Tommy) Thompson (second from right), Deputy Director General, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and sponsor, Juan Bacardi, (right) president of Bristol Wines and Spirits. Photo by Azaleta Ishmael-Newry.

Kishan Munroe who is an interdisciplinary artist built the “R/V Diaspora.” It is a 20-foot raft constructed mostly of repurposed and reclaimed materials, some commonly associated with vessels crafted by ingenuitive seafaring migrants and refugees explained Munroe.

“On a self-constructed raft, artist Kishan Munroe plans to set adrift, alone, into the throes of the Atlantic Ocean,” states his launch brochure. “There he will remain resident aboard his creation for several weeks, engaged in an unorthodox artist research residency. This ‘introspective/retrospective’ pilgrimage marks a ten-year milestone in Munroe’s professional artistic journey, actively engaged in extensive anthropological investigations through cultural immersion. In this phase the artist literally plunges into the foreign world of the ocean, seeking to tap into the narratives, realities and histories of man’s precarious relationship with the sea and his never-ending quest for ‘home’.”
 
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Dignitaries chat with acclaimed Bahamian artist Kishan Munroe at the launch of his “Drifter In Residence” oceanographic expedition that was sponsored by Bristol Wines and Spirits, Lindeman’s Wines, Stuart Cove’s, Never Say Never Bar and Grill, the Royal Bahamas Defense Force and others. From left to right are: H.E. Lowell J. Mortimer, non-resident Ambassador of India to The Bahamas and founder of the LJM Maritime Academy, Businessman Sir Franklyn Wilson, Lawyer and former president of the Senate, Sharon Wilson, Artist, Kishan Munroe and Commodore Tellis Bethel. Photo by Azaleta Ishmael-Newry.

Brand manager, Gricelle Richmond who coordinated the event said, “Bristol is honoured to support a dynamic artist like Kishan Munroe whose life experiences and documentary work is impressive. We are in a wonderful setting with many of his sponsors, family, friends and other guests, celebrating his hard work, imagination, and a new adventure.  It’s the type of gathering that Lindeman’s Wines likes to support.”

Those present included representatives from Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas – Fran Dillet, CFO;  the New Providence Port Authority – Roderick Bowe and Lt. Commander Bern Wright; the Royal Bahamas Defense Force – Commodore Tellis Bethel and Lt. Commander Carlon Bethel; Bahamas Ministry of Tourism – Deputy Director General, Ellison (Tommy) Thompson, Senator Fred Mitchell; Businessman Sir Franklyn Wilson and his wife Lady Wilson, former president of the Senate and a lawyer; Ambassador to India for The Bahamas and Proprietor of LJM Marine Academy, His Excellency Lowell J. Mortimer; Campbell Shipping – Leroy Major; From the art world – Dawn Davies, Arlene Nash-Ferguson, Dionne Benjamin-Smith and Tyrone Ferguson.

One can follow Kishan Munroe’s journey on his Facebook page: Kishan Munroe - Drifter in Residence.

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Dawn Davies (middle) author, artist and art collector, along with her two guests enjoy a glass of wine from the Lindeman sponsored launch of Kishan Munroe’s “Drifter In Residence” oceanographic expedition that was held at the Never Say Never Bar and Grill on the Prince George Wharf, Nassau, Bahamas. Photo by Azaleta Ishmael-Newry.


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Sponsors of the “Drifter in Residence” oceanographic expedition launch were: Bristol Wines and Spirits Brand Manager, Gricelle Richmond (left) representing Lindeman’s Wines, with Artist, Kishan Munroe (center) and CFO, Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas, Fran Dillet. Photo by Azaleta Ishmael-Newry.­


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Acclaimed Bahamian artist Kishan Munroe built the R/V Diaspora, (vessel shown at lower right with a mast and flag). It is a 20-foot raft, constructed mostly of repurposed and reclaimed materials some commonly associated with vessels crafted by ingenuitive seafaring migrants and refugees. On the left is a Stuart Cove’s vessel along with a Royal Bahamas Defense Force vessel as well as one from the New Providence Port Authority. The vessels escorted the R/V Diaspora into the Nassau Harbour in a convoy. Kishan Munroe is seen anchoring the raft. In the background a mega yacht can be seen departing at sunset; its grand size overpowering the sheer size of the raft. Photo by Azaleta Ishmael-Newry.


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