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Oceanic Art Society Forum 2019

February 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - February 3, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Price TBD

Aboriginal and Pacific art: Collections and artists, then and now.

In partnership with the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Keynote and guest speakers will include:

Maia Nuku (Evelyn A J Hall and John A Friede Associate Curator for Oceanic Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) and Jonathan Jones (Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist and senior researcher at Jumbunna Institute, University of Technology, Sydney).

Coinciding with significant new displays of Indigenous Australian and Pacific art in the Australian Museum and the Art Gallery of NSW, this three-day forum will focus on how collections of art from the region have been formed, shaped and defined—and how they continue to evolve. The forum will also include talks by curators and archivists of Aboriginal and Pacific art from both museums, performances by Pacific Islander singers and a program of films from the Australian Film and Sound Archive.

Advance accommodation bookings for Sydney in summer are highly recommended. Events in Australia during February include:

  • The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9), (QAGOMA, Brisbane)
  • Cook & the Pacific which will be on show at the National Library of Australia (Canberra) to 10 February 2019
  • Sydney exhibitions: Melanesian art redux, Noŋgirrŋa Marawili: from my heart and mind and Tony Tuckson: The abstract sublime at the Art Gallery of NSW; and the newly-refurbished Long Gallery at the Australian Museum
  • Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival.

Tickets go on sale in November 2018. 

Register your interest

Register your interest in attending the OAS Forum 2019 by completing the form below. We will provide further details on ticket purchases via email closer to the event.

  • Are you an existing member of the OAS or AGNSW. (Discounts will be available to members)

Image Credit: Iatmul people, Papua New Guinea Gable mask mid 20th century (detail) © Iatmul people, under the endorsement of the Pacific Islands Museums Association’s (PIMA) Code of Ethics


February 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am
February 3, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Price TBD
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