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AUSTRALIA IN THE PACIFIC: Cultures Past, Present & Future

November 26 – 27

Oceanic Art Society 2022 Forum | South Australian Museum

The OAS and SAM are pleased to invite you to a dynamic two-day forum in the iconic Pacific Cultures Gallery of the South Australian Museum. Featuring leading experts on Pacific and Australian Aboriginal art and cultures this symposium will inform, entertain and intellectually delight participants. Join us as we travel from the jungles of New Guinea, through the deserts of northern Australia to the home of one of the greatest collections of Pacific and Aboriginal art on the planet. Meet like-minded art enthusiasts and mingle with some of the greatest authorities in their respective fields.

Talks will cover traditional and contemporary Aboriginal and Pacific art and the evolving role of museums in contemporary society. Keynote speakers will be Djon Mundine, Bundjalung artist and curator, and Dr. Andrew Moutu, Director of the PNG National Museum and Art Gallery. Other distinguished speakers include Mr David Rathman, Ambassador for the Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre in Adelaide; Dr Jude Philp of the Chau Chak Wing Museum; Matt Poll from the Australian National Maritime Museum and internationally recognized local experts Dr Philip Jones and Dr John Carty from the South Australian Museum. 

On Saturday an early evening Pacific Island Dance performance will be organised by the Pacific Islands Council of South Australia on the grounds of the University of Adelaide, which is adjacent to SAM. The Forum Banquet will then be held in Adelaide’s new luxury hotel, the Crowne Plaza. 

Full programme details will be available shortly by email and on the OAS website but prospective attendees are encouraged to book their places now and to make accommodation and travel bookings early, as November is a busy time of year in Adelaide, with major events scheduled. Suggested hotels are the Crowne Plaza, Majestic Roof Garden Hotel and the Pullman Hotel, which are all close to the Museum.

For any additional enquiries please contact [email protected]


10:00am – 4:30pm | Forum Talks.
4:45pm – 5:30pm | Dance performance SAM Forecourt.
7:00pm | Crowne Plaza restaurant open for dinner.

10:00am – 3:00pm | Forum Talks.
3:30pm | Tour of Art Gallery SA.

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2 Day Forum Ticket
2 Day Forum Ticket (Saturday & Sunday) with light lunch and coffee/tea breaks
$ 165.00
1 Day Forum Ticket – Saturday
1 Day Forum Ticket (Saturday) with light lunch and coffee/tea breaks
$ 95.00
1 Day Forum Ticket – Sunday
1 Day Forum Ticket (Sunday) with light lunch and coffee/tea breaks
$ 95.00
1 Day Student Ticket – Saturday
1 Day (Saturday) Forum Ticket for students/under 30 with light lunch and coffee/tea breaks
$ 45.00
1 Day Student Ticket – Sunday
1 Day (Sunday) Forum Ticket for students/under 30 with light lunch and coffee/tea breaks
$ 45.00
Three Course Dinner
Crown Plaza Three Course Dinner with wine Saturday November 26
$ 95.00
30 available

North Terrace
Adelaide, South Australia 5000 Australia
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