Art in the Solomon Islands

The Solomon Star recently published an article by Lynnishha Runa about how the Solomon Islands government have been asked to consider the plight of local artists in the country and build an arts school that will bring out the best in their local artists.

Local artist and Chairman of the Art Society Solomon Islands (ASSI) Richard Bibimarui highlighted this when speaking during an art painting workshop at the Art Gallery. Bibimarui said the call is worthwhile considering the sheer number of talented Solomon Islands’ artists and their extensive works.

Speaking about the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, he believed that they should create an art school for our local artists in the country. “This school or facility will indicate that we (Solomon Islanders) have the potential people (artist) who have the heart to enrich our lives, by preserving our culture while supporting individual citizens in the country.”

Bibimarui added, “There are many talented local artists out there who have never attended any school in their lives but they create a piece of art just by their imaginations and expressions. And in order for their talent to become fully developed, we must create a school for them so that they are trained with more knowledge and skills so that it broadens their perspectives.”

Bibimarui said he understands that it will take time and money to do this but he hopes the government knows the true value of an art school and its benefits. He said art is an essential element of education, just like reading, writing and arithmetic, music, dance and other expressions. “Art is a nation’s most precious heritage, for it is in our work of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation,” he said. Bibimarui believes that such a facility is important for the development of the nation as well as to help local’s artists accomplish their own, as well as the nation’s priorities.


A Melanesian mural- Honiara, Solomon Islands

Melanesian Art Festival

In other “art” news from the Solomon Islands- Information about the 6th Melanesian Arts Festival is now online after the launch of the website at the National Art Gallery.

The website which features high impact images from around the pacific can be viewed by clicking here on

Speaking during the launching Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Andrew Nihopara said the website will be the window of the festival where every member country can access information and get updates on the festival programs. He said the website is not only informative but it is an enticing website. Nihopara acknowledged those who were involved in giving feedback during the process of designing the website.

Website Developer Shanti Fowler said the website is very unique because of the high impact of images promoting the cultures of Melanesia. She believes in terms of design itself the website has been completed but the its content is still being updated and will be refreshed depending on the progress of the 6th Melanesia Festival.

The 6th Melanesian Arts Festival will be held from July 1-10, 2018 in Honiara. More than 2000 delegates from the four Melanesian countries are expected to attend the festival.

About islandculturearchivalsupport

Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed. The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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