Editor: Mariel Brown Guest Designer: Tanya Marie Williams Melanie Archer, Kibwe Brathwaite, Marsha Pearce, Richard Mark Rawlins

Boy! 2012 was one helluva year for art in Trinidad and Tobago! Thinking back on it, I can scarcely remember such a profusion of riches! And our regular contributor, Marsha Pearce comments on the year in art. We have Marsha working real hard this issue, as she also reviews Alex Smailes’ recently concluded exhibition, “Alex Smailes: 10”. We’re delighted to be showing new work made speci cally for Switch by Brianna Mc Carthy, who we challenged to take inspiration from speci c works by poet, Olive Senior and jeweller, Jasmine Thomas-Girvan. (For one of her major exhibitions, “Gardening in the Tropics”, Thomas- Girvan referenced Senior’s poem of the same name.) Designer, Kriston Chen, creates a layout for a poem by Andre Bagoo, and photo essays by Kibwe Brathwaite and Arnaldo James illustrate two unique facets of Trinidad: our night life and the steel pan movement. A big thanks to Tanya Marie Williams for designing this issue of Switch, and to all our brilliant contributors.