Published by The Open University, the Open Arts Journal addresses the demand for a rigorously compiled, peer-reviewed platform for arts scholarship that is open to diverse participants. Our dissemination is global, spanning multiple communities including practitioners of art, architecture and design, curators and arts policy-makers, and researchers in the arts and heritage sectors.
With a broad base of interests the Open Arts Journal emphasises innovation, in both content and medium and by virtue of a bespoke digital design. Our contributors encompass a wide range of scholars, from academics to critics and practitioners, with original visual essays and polemics; reflections on art from curators and artists; and the fruits of theoretical, historical or longitudinal research.
Each edition tackles a key theme, issue or critical debate.
Past themed issues include:
Issue 1: Cosmopolitanism as Creative and Critical Practice
Issue 2: Pavilions
Issue 3: Disturbing Pasts: Memories, Controversies and Creativity*
Issue 4: Touch Me, Touch Me Not: Senses, Faith and Performativity in Early Modernity
Issue 5: Sustainable Art Communities: Creativity and Policy in the Transnational Caribbean*
Issue 6: Baroque Naples: Place and Displacement
Issue 7: Between Sensuous and Making-Sense-Of
Issue 8: Brexit Wounds: Arts and Humanities Responses to Leaving the EU
* Extended and re-published as two major book anthologies from Manchester University Press
Each issue is downloadable free and without subscription or registration.
Submissions undergo thorough peer review in consultation with an esteemed international editorial board. We warmly welcome responses and proposals for future such issues at: FASS-Open-Arts-Journal@open.ac.uk.
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Editor in Chief: Leon Wainwright
Managing Editor: Alice E. Sanger
Deputy Editor: Tilo Reifenstein
Banner image: Banner image: Tirzo Martha, Instituto Buena Bista (IBB) students and clients Capriles clinic,
untitled, 2011, mixed media, Route Carnival parade Curaçao.
(Photo: Tirzo Martha)