Guadeloupe supports publishing of new Trinidad art book

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A report from Trinidad’s Guardian.

Trinidad and Tobago illustrated art book imprint, Robert & Christopher Publishers (R&C) is delighted to announce a publishing partnership with Guadeloupe arts organisation, Kaera, towards the publishing and distribution of the forthcoming book, A to Z of Caribbean Art.

With over 40 T&T visual artists represented, A to Z of Caribbean Art – a comprehensive, visual overview of Caribbean art, from the beginning of the 20th century to now – will be Robert & Christopher Publishers’ sixth title.

R&C is currently working towards a Trinidad launch of A to Z at Bocas Lit Fest in late April 2018.

Shell T&T Limited has made a financial contribution that has been applied to the research and writing phases of the book. R&C has also raised funds through a crowdfunding campaign.

While Kaera’s contribution will cover part of the cost of printing the book, R&C is still actively fundraising to cover the balance of costs needed to produce a book of this calibre.

Robert & Christopher Publishers is telling a Caribbean story through the A to Z of Caribbean Art – one of a shared past, connected cultural identities and unfolding selfhood, a release said. The strength of this publication comes from the links they are forming by collaborating with writers, editors, curators, artists and institutions here at home and throughout the region.

“We are particularly grateful for Kaera’s support because R&C has been trying, without success, to gain the support of our own local government,” explain Robert & Christopher co-editors, Melanie Archer and Mariel Brown. “We have completed a number of applications for funding; none of these has been successful to this point, but we currently have an application in with the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts. We’re hoping that, like the French government, our own government is able to see the importance of contributing to this seminal project and helping to ensure increased visibility – both within the Caribbean and internationally – and posterity for T&T artists.”

Kaera is a Guadeloupe-based organisation that promotes artistic achievement in digital or traditional form. Kaera works collaboratively to create and curate art-centred events that will bring greater recognition of Guadeloupean artists.

“We believe that collaboration between the Caribbean islands can only strengthen and enhance our international profile, as well as enrich the practice of participating artists. This spirit of collaboration makes us happy to participate in publishing A to Z of Caribbean Art,” says Kaera director Hélène Dabriou.

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