ARTISTIC ESCAPADES: PRIVATE ARTIST RESIDENCIES IN OCEANIA

Artistic Escapades: Private artist residencies in Oceania from East-West Center's Pacific Islands Development Program on Vimeo.

Presenter: Katherine Higgins Artist residencies have been supporting the growth of contemporary arts in Oceania since the late 1960s. Residencies offer time, space, and resources for artistic growth, as well as opportunities for local and regional cultural exchange. In this presentation, Katherine Higgins will discuss three private residency programs: Papua New Guinea, in 1969; Cook Islands, in 2009; and Sāmoa, opening in 2012. Drawings and paintings produced by Timothy Akis and Andy Leleisi‘uao during their respective residencies in Port Moresby and Rarotonga will be introduced to highlight the influence of artistic and cultural exchange on artists’ practices, while the reflections of Fatu Feu‘u on his residency experiences indicate his motivations in establishing the first private residency in Sāmoa. These artists’ experiences reveal how residencies have been influencing the development of contemporary art in Oceania.

This occasional seminar was presented on 28 September 2011 at the East-West Center. The seminar was co-sponsored by University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa's Center for Pacific Islands Studies, Museum Studies Program of the Department of American Studies, and Department of Art and Art History; and the East-West Center's Pacific Islands Development Program.

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