Announcing Caribbean Linked VI

July 1th, 2022

Ateliers ’89 Punto Di Beyas Arte Aruba, in collaboration with The Fresh Milk Art Platform, Barbados and ARC Magazine is pleased to announce that the regional artist residency Caribbean Linked VI will be taking place at Ateliers ‘89, Oranjestad, Aruba from July 25th through August 16th, 2022. The official opening event will be held on Wednesday, July 27th from 7pm – 12am.

Creatives from around the French, Spanish, English and Dutch Caribbean will convene to produce work, meet cultural practitioners in the Aruban art community, participate in public talks, blog about their experience and present a closing showcase of works during this three week period. The final event and exhibition opening will be held on Sunday, August 14th.

Caribbean Linked is a space for building awareness across disparate creative communities of the Caribbean. This residency allows the participants to be exposed to the practices of other emerging Caribbean artists, providing an opportunity to strengthen regional connections and cultural understanding. This in-person edition of Caribbean Linked follows the virtual edition that took place online in 2021 due to disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic, acting as a bridging year for some of the participants to connect with one another and have discussions about their work before meeting physically this year.

Participating artists in Caribbean Linked VI include Vesuhely Americaan (Curaçao), Claudio Arnell (Saint Martin), Taisha Carrington (Barbados), Romelinda Maldonado (Aruba), Justin Reinir Croes (Aruba/The Netherlands), John Reno Jackson (Cayman Islands), Sarabel Santos-Negrón (Puerto Rico), Samuel Sarmiento (Aruba/Venezuela) and Béliza Troupé (Guadeloupe).

The writer in residence will be Ethan Knowles, an emerging scholar and writer from The Bahamas who recently graduated from The American University of Rome, Italy. This year’s specially invited curator will be Sofía Olascoaga, who is currently member of Sistema Nacional de Creadores Artísticos, 2019-2022 in Mexico, in Experimental Practices.

Caribbean Linked VI is made possible by generous support from this year’s core sponsors  VriendenLoterij Fonds, Mondriaan Fonds, Vertegenwoordiging van Nederland in Oranjestad (VNO), Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Caribisch Gebied, The Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA), SETAR, Garage Centraal, AHATA and La Cabana Hotel Aruba, as well as number of local sponsors in Aruba and regional support from the Gouvernement of Sint Maarten, ART SAVES LIVES FOUNDATION (Sint Maarten), the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF), the Ministry of YSCH (Cayman Islands), The Charitable Arts Foundation of the Bahamas and the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas.


For more information, call Ateliers ’89 at (+297) 565 4613, email [email protected] or visit the Caribbean Linked website at Be sure to follow the Caribbean Linked Facebook and Instagram pages for regular updates on the residency!

Caribbean Linked VI – Artwork: Samuel Sarmiento, La flor futura, 2019

Participants in Caribbean Linked VI (L-R): Vesuhely AmericaanClaudio ArnellTaisha CarringtonRomelinda Maldonado, Justin Reinir Croes, John Reno JacksonSarabel Santos-NegrónSamuel Sarmiento, Béliza Troupé, Ethan Knowles, Sofía Olascoaga

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