Sustainable art communities: creativity and policy in the transnational Caribbean. An introduction

Leon Wainwright


This themed issue of the Open Arts Journal, ‘Sustainable Art Communities: Creativity and Policy in the Transnational Caribbean’, brings together academics, artists, curators and policymakers from various countries in the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean and their diasporas, the UK and the Netherlands. It 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. The collection was developed through a two-year international research project (2012-14) led by Leon Wainwright, with Co-Investigator Kitty Zijlmans (Leiden University), focused on major public events in Amsterdam and London. The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO/Humanities).

Keywords: art, Caribbean, diaspora, sustainability, community, creativity, policy, the Netherlands, curating, museums

Full text: OAJ_issue5_wainwright_final_v2 (PDF, 1MB).


Biographical note
Leon Wainwright is Reader in Art History at The Open University, UK, and a recipient of the Philip Leverhulme Prize in the History of Art. His book Phenomenal Difference: A Philosophy of Black British Art (forthcoming, Liverpool University Press, 2017) follows Timed Out: Art and the Transnational Caribbean (Manchester University Press, 2011).

He is a former long-standing member of the editorial board of the journal Third Text, and founding editor of the Open Arts Journal, as well as the co-editor of numerous books and collections on modern and contemporary art, museology and anthropology.