July 2018

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The Caribbean and the UK celebrate four anniversaries this year; the arrival of the ship Windrush on June 22, the founding of the NHS on July 5, the start of Notting Hill Carnival on August 26 and Black History month in October. These demonstrate the huge impact the Caribbean diaspora has had on many aspects of British culture. The British Council, in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery in the UK, has developed the Americas IN Britain project and selected UWI’s Marsha Pearce as the curator in the Caribbean. Dr Pearce will collaborate with two curators from the National Portrait Gallery in London, and will showcase images from Caribbean artists through an Instagram residency that responds to the anniversaries. The images will appear on the National Portrait Gallery’s and British Council’s Instagram platforms from June through October 2018. Marsha Pearce is a Cultural Studies scholar, writer and educator based in the Caribbean. She is a Visual Arts lecturer at the Department of Creative and Festival Arts, UWI, St Augustine Campus.