Tilting Axis is a roving project conceptualized by ARC Magazine and the Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc. The first iteration was hosted at Fresh Milk in Barbados on February 27 + 28, 2015 under the banner Tilting Axis: Within and Beyond the Caribbean | Shifting Models of Sustainability and Connectivity. The two-day conference brought together independent art organisations and museums operating across the Caribbean, U.S., E.U. and China. The goal of the meeting was to negotiate strategic regional and international alliances for the further development of infrastructure, production and markets for the Caribbean's visual arts sector.
A mid-point meeting, Tilting Axis 1.5, took place on October 8th in São Paulo , Brasil in collaboration with Southern Panoramas, 19 Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil. From February 19-21 2016, Tilting Axis 2.0 was hosted by the Pérez Art Museum Miami. This meeting explored the current state of cultural work in the Caribbean, and aimed to fortify networks, increase administrative and programming capacities, as well as transfer knowledge and funding opportunities to those working in the region.
Tilting Axis 3: Curating the Caribbean (May 18 -20, 2017), hosted by the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, explores forward thinking models actively demonstrating how the Caribbean’s fragile arts ecology is being enriched, provoked and buttressed, through a curatorial lens by professionals both in and out of the archipelago. The inaugural Tilting Axis curatorial fellow, Kingston-based curator Nicole Smythe-Johnson shares her fellowship experience of moving through cultural spaces in Scotland and the Caribbean.