This arts blog acts as a way to document, discuss and highlight the issues, events and individuals within the contemporary art scene in and around Jamaica. We do reviews, discuss current happenings, look back in retrospect on issues, events and work. The blog also presents a platform for artists to have a voice and showcase their work as well as to provide a record of the things and ideas happening that are pertinent to this particular art environment.
There is an essence of the blog being a journal of thoughts and experiences shared and documented. The site is maintained mainly by the editor, Oneika Russell. ART:Jamaica has gone through many stages since it is operated by only one person but there is always openness to participation within the mission of the blog. Submissions, writing, proposals and support are welcome. Please visit the submissions or support page to see the guidelines. There is also a very active ART:Jamaica Facebook group which extends the activities and community of this blog.
ART:Jamaica began in December of 2006 as a teaching aid for Fine Arts and Foundation students at Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica. From the beginning it has been designed edited and maintained by Jamaican artist, Oneika Russell. Over time the blog has gone through various changes from acting as a Notice Board, to a review column to features page. It is still evolving and hopefully growing. ART:Jamaica hopefully enables connections which may in some small way discuss, document and contribute to the Arts in Jamaica.