1 Oct 2008

Wellingtonians get to see contemporary Melanesian art

2:35 pm on 1 October 2008

What is believed to be the first exhibition of contemporary Melanesian art in New Zealand is currently showing in Wellington.

The Taim Bilong Melanesia Exhibition, featuring works from Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea, was launched to coincide with a symposium on Melanesian/ New Zealand relations called Tok Talanoa.

Marilyn Kohlhase of O'Kaioceanikart says it is important that New Zealanders see the work of contemporary artists from the wider Pacific.

"Part of the reason for having this exhibition associated with Tok Talanoa is to show the creative talents of Melanesian artists, but also this work is so bright, it is so different it is powerful, some of it is frightening and we want New Zealanders to get to know the other arts of the Pacific region."

Marilyn Kohlhase.

The exhibition will run at the Webster Gallery in the Wellington suburb of Kilbirnie until the end of next week.