16.10.07 Imagining Papua New Guinea
prints from the national collection
A National Gallery of Australia Travelling Exhibition
Imagining Papua New Guinea: prints from the national collection, celebrates Papua New Guinea's rich history of printmaking since independence.
Noosa Mayor Bob Abbot will officially open the exhibition at the Noosa Regional Gallery 6 pm, November 9.
The exhibition showcases thirty prints by five senior Papuan artists:
Timothy Akis, Mathais Kauage, David Lassi, John Mann and Martin Morububuna.
Each of the artists has created works informed by their cultural traditions and made in response to their contemporary world.
" The colour, vibrancy and soulful honesty of the work makes this a must-see exhibition" says Noosa Regional Gallery Director, Christine Ballinger.
Imagining Papua New Guinea: prints from the national collection provides a window onto the experiences of the people of Papua New Guinea, including the transition from a tribal-based society to a country of western influence, and exploring the artists' relationship to traditional practices of body art and patternmaking. These visions confronting the modern world encompass its social structures and technologies, and delight in the use of patterns and textures to create fantastical creatures, both real and imagined.
Introduced in the late 1960's, creative arts were offered to artists and students in Papua New Guinea predominantly through technical colleges and vocational courses. Creative practice gained momentum through the 1960s and was at its most intensive during the 1970s. In 1972 Ulli Beier established the Creative Arts centre which became the National Arts School in 1976. The exhibition draws works from the Gallery's rich holdings of Papua New Guinea prints and drawings, including works from the Ulli Beier Collection, purchased in February 2005.
Imagining Papua New Guinea significantly contributes to the National Gallery's continued commitment to promoting the art of Australia and the Asia-Pacific region and increasing access to the national collection's substantial print collection and printmaking.
Imaging Papua New Guinea has been curated by Roger Butler, Senior Curator of Australian Prints and Drawings, and is generously supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government Program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of cultural material across Australia.
What: Imagining Papua New Guinea prints from the national collection exhibition opening.
When: 6 pm, November 9
Where: Noosa Regional Gallery
Exhibition Dates : 9 November - 7 December 2007
Image to the right: Helicopter Mathias Kauage, 1977 , screenprint, printed in purple and white from two screens.
Ulli and Georgina Beier Collection, purchased 2005, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.