“Arts Alive” in the Pacific Islands

Recently I wrote a post about the first female solo art exhibition in Papua New Guinea (PNG) that was titled “Beauty Within PNG.” Since this post I have come across a few other extraordinary art exhibition that took place, or have run dates, in other parts of Pacific Islands. I believe this shows that art is alive and kicking in the region. If you’re traveling throughout the Pacific over the next month, you must visit these unique exhibitions:


The Guam Museum Foundation and the Department of Chamorro Affairs are presenting “Visions of Micronesia and Asia” by artist Paul Jacoulet. Jacoulet was one of the most prolific and provocative artists who traveled through Micronesia in the early 20th century and images from his island travels dominated his artistic production.

The exhibit will run from November 10, 2017 to January 7, 2018. I’ve attached the flyer for more information:

Jacoulet at the Guam Museum

New Caledonia

An art exhibit by New Caledonian artist Patrice Kaikilekofe will start on November 20 and continues until the beginning of December 2017. Looks like the title of the exhibit is “Fakatangi Mai Te Lali” and includes workshops as well on November 25-26.

Here is the flyer. It will be good time to practice your French!



Tongan urban art is gaining recognition internationally thanks to the creative expressions of a small group of innovative local artists, whose work is currently on display at a “pop-up” art exhibition in central Nuku’alofa, Tonga. Urban art is new and surprising for many Tongans.

The exhibition that was launched last week featured a selection of work by the artists of The Seleka International Art Society Initiative. The small display is hosted by James and Angela Glover, from London, who said they wanted to share their love of art and asked the Seleka artists to create the work.

Five artists did two pieces each using some traditional Tongan designs or designs that suit the theme ‘tattoo’ but interpreting it in their own individual and contemporary style,” said Angela. We love their eye and interpretation of things. It’s so good to see a group moving away from the typical traditional art over here – which we also love. The Tongan heritage can be shown in many forms, it doesn’t have to be the traditional way all the time.

Angela who worked in advertising and James, a tattoo artist, said that after they started working in Tonga they were sad to realize that many children do not have the opportunity to do art at school. We hope that by hosting this exhibition we get more people to see them as credible artists and over the two weeks of the shop exhibiting for them that children and adults may come by and see what you can do with paints and computer generated imagery… and maybe try it themselves,” she said.

The exhibition was launched with a function last Thursday evening where Taniela Petelo’s painting titled “Photo Bomber” was among the first sales. Among the guests were collectors of urban art, and one said he will send pieces to Australia at the end of the exhibition.

The Nuku’alofa exhibition will run for two weeks at the Happy Sailor Tattoo Tonga, in the Taumoepeau Building, opposite Talamahu Market. Entry is free and everyone is welcome.

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