The Arts Journal is an independent, refereed Journal that provides fresh critical perspectives on the contemporary literatures, arts and cultures of Guyana, the Caribbean and their Diasporas.

The first thing to say is that prior to the launching of The Arts Journal in Guyana in 2004, there was virtually no critical material published in Guyana and easily accessible to students of the humanities and cultural studies. Literary and art criticism of Guyanese themes and issues were mostly to be found in journals published overseas, often economically prohibitive to students in Guyana.
Then, there was a clear need for more avenues available to scholars and creative writers at home, regionally, and in the Diaspora to publish their work relating to the Caribbean. In addition, there was need to create a bridge with writers and artists in the Diaspora so that scholarly and creative works were not lost either way.
The Arts Journal
has been deemed “the premier Journal of Guyana” (David Granger, Guyana Review).
Up to the turn of this Century, important works of the visual arts andsignificant cultural artifacts in Guyana were critically neglected and hardly existed in the national consciousness. Some of these artists had passed on and their works were in danger of being forgotten without being brought into the national heritage. The creative works of some strands of our plural society were not being noticed< during the last eight years
The Arts Journal has filled these gaps by providing a blend of readable analytical material on Guyanese and Caribbean works of literature and the visual arts, and on aspects of social history and culture.
While
The Arts Journal recognizes a tradition of critical debate across the disciplines on Caribbean themes, its aim is to extend the debate to embrace the plurality of Caribbean peoples, and to attempt to bring to light works that have been under-represented in the “mainstream” tradition. The Journal sets out to find and illuminate such works and does so through critical essays, interviews, book reviews, travel writing, the short story, poetry and the visual and traditional arts and culture.
In addition, the consequences of globalization upon our lives and its rendering of national borders fluid and porous will demand more critical space for debate.
The aims of
The Arts Journal are:
to strengthen the tradition of critical thinking in Guyana and the Caribbean
and wherever our peoples are dispersed;
to recognize the plural nature of Caribbean societies and to illuminate Caribbean works from a culturally relevant perspective;
to bridge the gap between Guyana, the Caribbean and their Diasporas so that scholarly and creative works on either side are not lost;
to provide an avenue for publishing to scholars and emerging writers; to bring the arts to the centre of individual consciousness and foster deeper understanding of the cultural environment to which we are heir.

Now in its seventh Volume, this Journal is widely subscribed to by the libraries of senior secondary schools, universities, community colleges, public and private libraries, art galleries, art schools and museums, and other such institutions in Guyana, throughout the Caribbean region, Canada, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom.
THE ARTS JOURNAL takes the view that the arts are a liberating, humanizing force and a reservoir for the beliefs and values of a society. Even students who are offering subjects in other streams (business, law, the social and natural sciences, technology) have found the Journal instructive in practical ways, awakening them to a deeper understanding the cultural space they inhabit and helping to sharpen their critical skills.
No democracy can survive unless its people can think critically and hold independent worldview, one that is not clouded by the ambivalences created by race, colour, class, creed, politics, and other man-made divisions.
The Journal’s Editorial and Advisory Boards are comprised of professors, intellectuals, scholars, artists and writers, who serve across the University of the West Indies campuses, and in universities in USA, Canada and the United Kingdom.

We invite you to visit the Journal’s website: www.theartsjournal.org.gy for the encouraging reviews and responses it steadily receives and Editorial and Contents of each issue.
The Arts Journal is published twice yearly, as single issues in March and September, or once a year, in September as a double issue. For Subscriptions and Submission of Articles, contact the editor, Ameena Gafoor, at: theartsjournal@live.co.uk