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Sydney Oceanic Art Fair + Lecture

November 5 @ 9:00 am 5:00 pm

Genuine ethnographic rarities and collectables from Papua New Guinea, the Pacific, Australia, South East Asia. Masks, carvings, weapons, artefacts, jewellery, textiles, books, prints. Great pieces at great prices!

Entry | $5 public, $2 students at the door.
Venue | Cell Block Theatre, National Art School (NAS) corner of Forbes and Burton Streets, Darlinghurst.
Opening Hours | Doors open at 9am with trading to cease at 5pm.

Lecture | 1pm start at the Black Theatre opposite Building 24. Meet outside the Cell Block Theatre at 12.45pm to be escorted to the lecture space.

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Of Spirit and Splendour | Lecture
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Ömie Barkcloth Art of Papua New Guinea

Join us for an immersion into the origins, cultural meanings and aesthetic beauty of Ömie womens’ barkcloth art of Oro Province, PNG, with guest speaker, Brennan King. Gain insights into these captivating paintings as Brennan uncovers how their dazzling, organic, geometric and abstract iconography springs from the Ömies’ ancient and profound knowledge of the natural world, phenomena and the unseen ancestral spirit realm. 

As Ömie Artists’ Manager, Brennan King works closely with the women artists and community to preserve and support their artistic cultural heritage of barkcloth painting. Since 2009, he has curated and facilitated over 60 exhibitions of Ömie art in galleries, art fairs and museums in Australia and internationally. He has recorded the endangered oral stories and lore of the elders, and written extensively about Ömie art and culture, which has come to be widely celebrated as a dynamic art practice of the Pacific. Ömie art can now be found in museum collections worldwide, such as: the British Museum, London; Museum Five Continents, Munich; Linden-Museum, Stuttgart; Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, Cambridge; Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles; Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington; and QAGOMA, Brisbane. 

Artwork: Lila Warrimou (Misaso), Avinö’e, mahuva’oje, siha’e, buborianö’e ohu’o sabu deje – Design of the moon, pig hoof-prints, Sihe tree fruit, Papuan Hornbill beaks and spots of the wood-boring grub, 2015, 148 x 84 cm, natural pigments on barkcloth © The artist & Ömie Artists Inc.

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