Robin reaches out to get Cuba trip funding

Robin Ross in front of an iconic Che Guevara mural in Havana

Robin Ross in front of an iconic Che Guevara mural in Havana

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A Blackpool artist is seeking help with the final funding push to take his work to Cuba.

Robin Ross first visited the country last year and was invited to return for the Havana Biennial last month.

He was unable to secure Arts Council funding for the trip, but with a place available in a studio in the capital city, he’s set up a crowdfunding scheme to be able to take up the invite from the country’s international head of art Maria Del Carmen.

The deadline for the online campaign, which seeks investments of £20 or more, is Tuesday, with more than £1,140 of the £1,750 target already raised.

Robin has promised supporters a hand-pulled limited edition print in thanks for their contribution.

And as a follow-up to his Cuban trip, he aims to raise further money to bring Cuban artists to Blackpool in an exchange.

Robin said: “When I went last year, I wasn’t sure if some of the artists I was looking for would be alive or dead.

“I met artists, creatives and printmakers, including 73-year-old Lazaro. Thank goodness he is alive and still creating, his work included the posters for Palestine and Guatemala created for the realisation of the situation in those countries.

“I was also privileged to be able to inspect the archive of posters from Cuban artists from the 1960s until today. They were just stunning to see.”

Cuba is currently going through a major phase of change, as, after more than 50 years of sanctions with the US, there has been talk of restoring diplomatic ties with the neighbouring superpower.

“The inspiration of the art, the skills and the people is beyond description,” Robin added.

“I hope to work with Cuban printmakers and also in the future bring Cuban artists to the UK.

“By funding this project you not only receive a very limited edition hand-made print, but understand the need to bring Cuban creatives to the world at this very important time in the country’s history.”

Visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/1526300540/the-cuban-journey-continued to support the scheme.