Sustainable art communities

Contemporary creativity and policy in the transnational Caribbean

Edited by Leon Wainwright and Kitty Zijlmans

Sustainable art communities

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1728-1
  • Pages: 192
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £50.00
  • Published Date: December 2017
  • BIC Category: Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects / Museology & heritage studies, The arts / Theory of art, Society & social sciences / Migration, immigration & emigration, Caribbean islands, Human Geography, Colonial Art, The arts / History of art / art & design styles, ART / History / Contemporary (1945-), ART / Criticism & Theory, Museology & heritage studies, Art History


This collection sets out a range of perspectives on the challenges that the Caribbean is facing today, showing how the arts hold a crucial role in forging a more sustainable Caribbean community. It forcefully attests to the view that visual art in particular has a specific contribution to make and that this in turn means striving to foster a sustainable arts community that can contend with an environment of uneven infrastructure, opportunity and public awareness. Spanning the scholarly, artistic and professional fields of arts and heritage, this book compares two of the Caribbean's key linguistic regions - the Anglophone and the Dutch - to address the themes of global-local relations, capital, patronage, morality, contestation, sustainability and knowledge exchange. The result is a milestone of collaboration from diverse global settings of the Caribbean and its diaspora, including Jamaica, the Bahamas, Barbados, Suriname, Curaçao, the Netherlands, UK, Germany and the US.


Sustainable art communities: creativity and policy in the transnational Caribbean - Leon Wainwright
Part I: Histories and theories
1 Dreams of utopia: sustaining art institutions in the transnational Caribbean - Erica Moiah James
2 Criticality and context: migrating meanings of art from the Caribbean - Therese Hadchity
3 Notes on imagining Afropea - Charl Landvreugd
Part II: Visual investigations
4 Kolonialismo di Nanzi: Anansi colonialism - Tirzo Martha
5 Art and agency in contemporary Curaçao: Tirzo Martha's Blijf Maar Plakken - Kitty Zijlmans
6 Between a rock and a hard place: local-global dynamics of funding and sponsorship in Caribbean art -Winston Kellman
7 Randnotizen: notes from the edge - Nicholas Morris
Part III: Collaborations
8 Policy entrepreneurship: expanding multimodality in Caribbean practice through Caribbean Intransit -Marielle Barrow
9 Champagne tastes and mauby pockets: towards healthy cultural eco-systems - Annalee Davis
10 Sustainable art communities: an afterword - Mimi Sheller


Leon Wainwright is Reader in Art History at The Open University, UK

Kitty Zijlmans is Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory/World Art Studies at Leiden University

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