The Arts: Decolonising the Spirit! is the guiding theme for the 6th Rex Nettleford Arts Conference being hosted online by the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, October 6-8, 2021. Signalling the role and place of the arts in current dialogue on social, cultural, and political discourse, this theme underscores a journey of decolonisation that is pivotal to and through the arts, especially in the 21st century. CALL FOR PROPOSALS. DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ABSTRACTS AND SUGGESTIONS FOR PANELS IS July 30, 2021.
Olive Senior is the prizewinning author of 18 books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature. Her work is taught internationally and has been widely translated. She is a winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, among others, and has been shortlisted for Canada’s Governor-General’s award for poetry. Her many honours include the Gold Musgrave Medal of the Institute of Jamaica, an Honorary Doctorate (D.Litt.) from the University of the West Indies and Canada’s Writers Trust Matt Cohen Award for Lifetime Achievement. Olive Senior lives in Toronto but returns frequently to Jamaica which remains central to her literary work. A book of her Pandemic Poems which she has been sharing on social media will be published later this year.
“We absolutely loved all the performances and the student guides were fantastic. You have the most amazing and creative students and alumni! The conference sessions were inspiring, informative, and engaging. I am looking forward to seeing you again in the near future…
“This second conference was stimulating and well-executed. I have many new and elaborated ideas as a consequence. It was my pleasure to participate.
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View List of Accepted Proposals – Updated August 2017
The start of the Rex Nettleford Arts Conference 2017 on Wednesday October 11, 2017 coincides with the 152 nd anniversary of The Morant Bay Rebellion in Jamaica which began on Wed Oct 11, 1865. Sometimes referred to as the Morant Bay Uprising, it is considered a watershed moment in Jamaica’s political development, culminating widespread dis-satisfaction […]
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Christopher Cozier is an artist and writer living and working in Trinidad. A 2013 Prince Claus Award laureate, he has participated in a number of exhibitions focused upon contemporary art in the Caribbean and internationally. Since 1989 he has published a range of essays in a number of catalogues and journals. Read more.