The Open University is pleased to announce the details of the conference ‘Sustainable Art Communities: Creativity and Policy in the Transnational Caribbean’, at the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, on 5th and 6th February 2013. This is part of a two-year international research project led by Dr Leon Wainwright (The Open University, UK), with Co-Investigator Professor Dr Kitty Zijlmans (Leiden University), and funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC, UK).
The project explores how the understanding and formation of sustainable community for the Caribbean and its global diaspora may be supported by art practice, curating and museums. It fosters networks of exchange and collaboration among academics, artists, curators and policymakers from the UK and the Netherlands, as well as various countries in the English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean and their Diaspora.
Issues of sustainable community have come to have a growing relevance across the English-Dutch linguistic divide in the Caribbean. Bridging the boundary between these typically separate contexts, this project combines the common interests of a range of academic and non-academic stakeholders in a set of collaborative activities. Our approach is to establish how researchers, art practitioners, policymakers and curators of Caribbean art may contribute to building a sustainable community for the transnational and diasporic Caribbean. The project traces the similarities and distinctions between Dutch and English-speaking contexts of the Caribbean and its global diaspora, in search of strategic ways to support its rich cultural heritage. It assesses how the Caribbean region has constituted global communities and how these may undergo a positive and dynamic transformation through focused activities of networking and exchange in the field of visual art.
Confirmed speakers include:
Roshini Kempadoo, Tirzo Martha, Marlon Griffith, Nicholas Morris, Wayne Modest, Anke Bangma, Alex van Stipriaan, Tessa Jackson, Siebe Thissen, Petrina Dacres, Rosemarijn Höfte, Kitty Zijlmans, Leon Wainwright.
The ‘Sustainable Art Communities’ project is a collaboration between The Open University and the University of Leiden, and in partnership with the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam and Iniva, the Institute of International Visual Arts, London.
The project will generate audio-visual material to be made available through the Open Arts Archive and published as a special issue of the Open Arts Journal.
Entrance to the conference is free, but places are limited, and so we ask that you please reserve in advance by writing to Adri Felderhof, A.Felderhof@kit.nl
Committee members for the project include: Dr Leon Wainwright (The Open University), Professor Dr Kitty Zijlmans (Leiden University), Dr Rosemarijn Höfte(KITLV, Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, Leiden), Dr Wayne Modest(Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam), Tessa Jackson OBE (Iniva, Institute of International Visual Arts, London).
‘Sustainable Art Communities: Creativity and Policy in the Transnational Caribbean’ is a Research Networking and Exchange Project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
Marlon Griffith 2012 ‘Kawa no ji’. Japanese washi, dimensions variable. Installed at Mino, Gifu, Japan. Image courtesy of the artist.