RUN DOWN PNG ART SCHOOL DRAWS CONCERN

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Sept. 25) - International art scholars attending the Independence Day Luk Save Art Exhibition 2006 have expressed great dismay at the state of University of Papua New Guinea’s Creative Arts Strand visual arts facilities on the campus.

Dr. Pamela Rosi, a long time PNG contemporary arts scholar from the United States had expressed disappointment over the deteriorating state of the printer shed, production workshop and the gallery.

She was surprised to hear that art and design students majoring in computer graphics had to pay for their practical work including basic art materials such as proper canvas, art papers and paints.

She said that it was very distressing to see the once renowned art facility, which used to be known as the PNG Arts School deteriorating without concern from authorities.

"Art is an important agent for national identity and needs the support of the Government and corporate entities to thrive. It is very sad that a country so rich and unique in contemporary culture remains ignorant of the state of its art institutions," she said.

She made the visit with Jordan Allingham, a PNG artist based in the Philippines.

September 26, 2006

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