The Arts: an Emerging Dimension

  • A. J. R. Groom


The arts in the Commonwealth are extraordinary in many senses, yet they are the one major area of human endeavour which stands largely unorganised and fearsomely neglected in the Commonwealth. In the past no formal organisation was deemed to be necessary. In the context of the old dominions artistic life was essentially an extension, with local variations, of British artistic activity. The establishment institutions were equipped and ready for such a role and generally they performed it efficiently. However, it was never very important, since the arts themselves were not thought of as central in British life.


Indigenous Culture Colonial Power Cultural Policy Commonwealth Government Commonwealth Institute 
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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    R. M. Nettleford, Cultural Action and Social Change (Ottawa: International Development Research Centre, 1979), pp. x-xi.Google Scholar
  2. 3.
    R. M. Nettleford, speech reported in Caribbean Life and Times, Vol. I (1980), no. 4, p. 19.Google Scholar

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© A. J. R. Groom and Paul Taylor 1984

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