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ART NAU : Contemporary Art and Creative Possibilities in PNG

September 16, 2019 - September 17, 2019

“We need to stop thinking about culture as our history and start thinking about it as our future” Amanda Donigi, Founder of Stella Magazine

About this Event

Join The Australian National University on 16 and 17 September 2019 as we explore new creative possibilities and pathways for PNG art.

Over two days we present an exciting lineup of international scholars and practitioners from Australia, Papua New Guinea, Europe and North America to critically examine the state-of-play of PNG art today. The conference aims to generate new ideas for expanding artistic, cultural and economic opportunities in the region.


Australian Centre on China in the World, Fellows Lane, Canberra, ACT 2601

Key themes

  1. What are the networks (local, regional, global) that sustain PNG artists and their creative practices?
  2. How has funding and support for PNG artists shifted over the last twenty years; what have been the key changes affecting the arts?
  3. How can we strengthen regional engagement and support for PNG artists?
  4. How do artists engage (or fail to engage) with structural opportunities for better connecting to local, national and international markets?
  5. What and who have been the seminal exhibitions and artists promoting PNG art over the last twenty years?

Speakers include

  • Sana Balai, Co-curator of the APT9 Women’s Wealth project QAG, Former curator of Pacific Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
  • Marion Cadora, Curator and Lecturer at Department of Art & Art History, University of Hawai’i Mānoa
  • Susan Cochrane, Independent Curator and Arts Writer, Blue Mountains
  • Nicolas Garnier, Head of Oceanic Collections, Musée du quai Branly, Paris
  • Ruth McDougal, Curator, Pacific Art at the Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
  • Shane McLeod, Project Director of the Aus-PNG Network at the Lowy Institute, Sydney
  • Michael Mel , Manager, Pacific and International Collections, Engagement, Exhibitions & Cultural Connection, The Australian Museum, Sydney
  • Hillary Miria, Principal Curator, Contemporary Arts, PNG National Museum & Art Gallery, Port Moresby

The symposium is funded through an Asia Pacific Innovation Program grant (CAP) in collaboration with the Pacific Institute (CAP) and the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies (CASS).

This symposium has been created in conjunction with the exhibition Piksa Inap Tok (Pictures Can talk): Contemporary Art from Papua New Guinea, which will be launched at the ANU School of Art and Design on September 17, 2019. For more information, please visit https://soad.cass.anu.edu.au/events/piksa-inap-tok-pictures-can-talk


September 16, 2019
September 17, 2019
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Australian Center on China in the World
Building 188, The Australian National University, Fellows Lane
Canberra, ACT 2601 Australia
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