25 Jul 2012

NZ artists will travel to Samoa as part of Friendship Week

10:27 am on 25 July 2012

A group of six artists who live in New Zealand are travelling to Samoa to teach their skills to local artists and to get inspiration for their own work.

The project called, Return to Hawaiiki, is being run as part of Friendship Week, which is marking the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship between New Zealand and Samoa.

The artists range from the music producer Anonymouz, to the well known Samoan painter, printer and sculptor Fatu Feu'u.

Mr Feu'u says the artists will offer their knowledge of contemporary art to traditional Samoan artists.

"They will be hold workshops around Apia and other villages, maybe in high schools to share some knowledge of contemporary New Zealand Pacific arts in Samoa."

Fatu Feu'u will also be holding his own exhibition and launching Samoa's new arts centre in his village Poutasi, which was devastated by the 2009 tsunami.

They will be opened by the New Zealand Prime Minister John Key next Wednesday.