2013 Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival


2013 Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival

5-7 April 2013
Melbourne, Australia

The Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival (CPAF) has been developed by Footscray Community Arts Centre and the Big Island Collective to bring together a series of events that showcase excellence in Pacific contemporary arts in Melbourne. This exciting cross artform event includes exhibitions, workshops, film screenings, a community day celebration, forums and much more!

Big Island Collective is a newly formed group of artists and arts practitioners living and creating in Melbourne. They have come together to co-curate and co-produce CPAF, bringing together artists from across the Pacific and Australia.

The CPAF 2013 program

Bilum-making workshops

6pm – 9pm every Thursday, 21 February – 4 April
The Jack Kennedy Room at Footscray Community Arts Centre
$35 for 7 workshops. BOOKED OUT

Learn to make your very own bilum, a traditional Papua New Guinea string bag, with Aunty Vicki Kinai.

Pacific Writing and Poetry Workshop

1pm – 5pm, Saturday 23 March
The Basement Theatre at Footscray Community Arts Centre

Pacific Islanders interested in writing, storytelling and the spoken word are invited participate.

New way – Te Ao Hurihuri open studio

Open studio 20 March – 4 April, exhibition 5 April – 5 May
Gabriel Gallery, Footscray Community Arts Centre

Niuean born artist Kui Taukilo and Maori weaver Shona Te Hau from Aotearoa (NZ) will create work during a 2 week open studio and resulting in an exhibition.

Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival Symposium


11am – 3pm Friday 5 April
The Performance Space at Footscray Community Arts Centre

Symposium Curated by Torika Bolatagici.

The CPAF forum series brings together critical thinkers, creative practitioners, academics and arts industry professionals whose work engages with the contemporary Pacific.

The program will include 3 discussion panels around the following themes;

11:30 – 1:00: Mobilizing Pasifika: Intersections of art, activism and community: Lia Pa’apa’a (Chair), Ronny Kareni, Airileke Ingram
Natalie Pa’apa’a, Nic Maclellan

2:00 – 3:30: Who Will Claim Me: Authenticity and identity in contemporary art of the Pacific diaspora:
Torika Bolatagici (Chair), Kirsten Lyttle, Jacob Tolo, Maryann Talia Pau
Léuli Eshraghi

4:00 – 5:30: Addressing the Archive: Pacific collections in Australian museums and galleries:
Namila Benson (Chair), Lisa Hilli, Sana Balai, Taloi Havini

Each panel discussion will run for 60 minutes and will conclude with 20-30 minutes audience Q&A.

Follow the CPAF Symposium here on Facebook.

Meleponi Pasifika

Friday 5 April- Sunday 21 April 2013
Roslyn Smorgon Gallery at Footscray Community Arts Centre

A multi-disciplinary exhibition showcasing a broad range of contemporary artists from Melbourne’s Melanesian, Micronesian and Polynesian communities.

Community Day

11am – 4pm, Saturday 6 April
Footscray Community Arts Centre

A family friendly event celebrating the coming together of diverse Pacific communities living right here in Melbourne.

SatelliteYouth Events

Story Weavers

uv.story.weaversStory Weavers will feature short films developed by young Pacific Islanders in Melbourne through a series of workshops run by Signal in Feb-Mar. The participants learn new skills in performing, using cameras, writing, directing, sound design, sound recording and editing.

Story Weavers is produced and facilitated by filmmakers Lisa Hilli, Robbie McEwan and George Samuels with support from Youthworx Media and Pacific Stories.

Story Weavers film premier will be the closing event for the Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival.

Pacific Youth Filmmaking Project, February and March
Signal Youth Art Space

Pasifik Young Artists

Opening 6pm 9 April
Exhibition running 10 April – 27 April
Colour Box Studio

Pasifik Young Artists 2013 is a unique exhibition showcasing the emerging practice of Pasifik art and design students across artforms. Submissions open until Friday 26 March.

Festival Opening Night Launch

Friday 5 April 2013
6pm – 8pm
Roslyn Smorgon Gallery and Gabriel Gallery at Footscray Community Arts Centre

The launch of Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival and opening of exhibitions New way – Te Ao Hurihuri and Meleponi Pasifika.

Special tissu acrobatics performance by Natano Fa’anana, an opening address by Black Dot Gallery curator, Jacob Talo, Tongan dance by Josephine Inia, a performance of traditional and contemporary Polynesian rhtythms by Suga and delicious West Papuan food.

2013 Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival

5-7 April 2013
Melbourne, Australia


The Big Island Collective is: Sana Balai, Amie Batalibasi, Torika Bolatagici, Léuli Eshraghi, Lisa Hilli, Josephine Inia, Lia Pa’apa’a, George Samuels, Christine Sevita, Maryann Talia Pau, Jacob Tolo, Grace Vanilau and Pauline Vetuna.

For more information about the festival, visit the Footscray Community Arts Centre website and follow Big Island Collective on Facebook.

Tip: the words highlighted in colour take you on a journey of discovery…click away…

Source: Big Island Collective, vinaka Grace Vanilau, Léuli Eshraghi, Lia Pa’apa’a and Lisa Hilli.

Image credits:
1. Torika Bolatagici, 2013
2. ‘Mekameka Weave’ by Kirsten Lyttle, 2012
3. Robbie McEwan, 2012

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