ARC Magazine is a non-profit print and online publication and social platform launched in 2011. It seeks to fill a certain void by offering a critical space for contemporary artists to present their work while fostering and developing critical dialogues and opportunities for crucial points of exchange, scholarship and study. ARC is an online and social space of interaction with a developed methodology of sharing information about contemporary practices, exhibitions, partnerships, and opportunities occurring in the Caribbean region and throughout its diasporas. ARC’s mission is to build awareness by fostering exchanges and opportunities that expand creative culture, within the visual arts industry across the wider Caribbean and its diasporas.
ARC is dedicated to showcasing artwork that encapsulates a pan-Caribbean focus while highlighting the lack of boundaries that now exist in the midst of the Internet and post information age. We are interested in promoting and underlining the current regional focus on sustainability for creative industries while engaging with a specified target audience, mostly comprised of emerging artists from the developing states. We work closely and collaboratively with contributors and artists from the inception of a project to ensure that the highlighted conversations and projects are seen in the most considerate light. Our editorial philosophies and practice take into consideration the dynamic of a collective enterprise, a place for experimentation, interrogation and cultivating and nurturing the spirit of criticality and action.
ARC is an important developing brand that brings together the visual discourses that are occurring on a daily basis in the Caribbean. New technologies are changing the material production and diffusion of images and what we are interested in at ARC is the fact that we are all now plugged in and interacting with an oversaturated image and information field. By opening this field of discourse we hope to expand the context of creative productions and motivate the younger generation in ways previously unrecognized and untapped.
ARC Magazine is shifting the way things are done amongst contemporary creative individuals and institutions in the region. It is a progressive paradigm that attempts to identify new methodologies and networks. This type of social and virtual activism is at the core of what we do, we want to be able to give emerging artists the possibility to connect with each other.
ARC Magazine has organized numerous collaborative projects and curatorial investigations in Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Barbados, Jamaica, and elsewhere. These events are designed to create an additional context for and expansion of the viability of the magazine, acting as a platform on which we develop partnerships and alignments needed to promote growth and cultural autonomy.
ARC Magazine is a non-profit bi-annual, independent visual arts magazine made possible by the subscription and support of its readers. ARC is a projected motion that ascends, moves outward and beyond into a space of curiosity.
To build awareness by fostering exchanges and opportunities that expand creative culture, within the visual arts industry across the wider Caribbean and its diasporas.
+ Raise the profile for Caribbean contemporary visual arts, leading to an increased local, regional and global visibility for Caribbean art.
+ Expand opportunities for audiences to experience Caribbean contemporary art and to develop and engage with new audiences.
+ Develop new ways of working with collaborators to achieve a greater impact and reach, while utilizing a wide range of pooled experiences, while developing local, regional and international networks to share best practices, methodologies, principles and ideas.
+ Support and develop the existing visual arts infrastructure in the Caribbean.
+ Foster interaction, exchange and education by linking the development of emerging artists, writers, critics and cultural practitioners with a critical network of professionals.
+ To encourage the sustenance of our intangible and tangible heritages while building a deeper understanding of the value and need for artists’ works.
+ To build awareness, creating dialogues and opportunities that expand creative culture and to engage with literary and visual arts in a way that reflects the power and dynamic of both traditions.