JOB OPPORTUNITY: Chief Curator at the Fowler Museum, UCLA

The Fowler Museum at UCLA seeks an experienced, energetic, creative and team-oriented Chief Curator who has management responsibilities over the curatorial functions of the Museum, including the development and implementation of its exhibition program and the management of its collections using innovative approaches. The Chief Curator is also a specialist in either the arts of Africa, the Americas, or Asia and the Pacific, and has direct responsibility over the museum’s programming and collections in their area of specialty.

Job Listing: Research Conservator Centre for Textile Conservation. University of Glasgow.

We are looking for a research conservator to join an interdisciplinary team to take part in a ground-breaking investigation of a key aspect of Pacific culture.

The three-year research project, Situating Pacific Barkcloth Production in Time and Place, is being funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and is a collaboration between the University of Glasgow, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the National Museum of Natural History, The Smithsonian Institution.

New Publication: Ceremonial Houses of the Abelam - Papua New Guinea by Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin

The ceremonial houses of the Abelam people (East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea) rank as architectural masterpieces. The impressive buildings, built on a triangular ground plan, often reached heights of up to 30 metres, towering above even the tallest coconut palms. One of their hallmarks was the richly painted façade. They were constructed completely without nails, all elements being held together with the aid of vines and liana ropes; they were built by communal labour and refl ected the strength of the respective community.

Call for Participation: PAA XII International Symposium, March 14-17, 2016. Tamaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand

The official website for the PAA XII International Symposium, March 14-17th 2016, Tamaki Makaurau Auckland is now live.  For all information in relation to the Symposium and participation details, please see the link below.



The Art of the Sepik River Oceanic Arts Society Forum | National Gallery of Australia | 7 Aug – 1 Nov 2015

A closer look at the art of the Sepik River, Papua New Guinea, with a program of talks from experts on Sepik River art, culture and history, in association with the Oceanic Arts Society.

Click here to see the program and list of speakers for this forum. This forum is organized in conjunction with the exhibition Myth + Magic: Art of the Sepik River.

Sepik Symposium at the Musée du quai Branly. 27-28 October, 2015.

To mark the opening of the exhibition: Sepik. L’art au long du fleuve at the Musée du quai Branly on 26 October 2015 a symposium will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, 27 and 28 October 2015.

While the Research Department of the Musée du quai Branly is inviting the speakers, access to the Symposium is open to the public.

Members of the Pacific Arts Association who wish to attend the opening of the exhibition can contact either Philippe Peltier ( or Magali Mélandri ( by 30 September 2015.

Curatopia: Histories, Theories, Practices - Museums and the Future of Curatorship. 6-7 July 2015. Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Germany.

As museums continue to change in twenty first century, the ‘figure of the curator’ appears to be in flux. What is the future of curatorial practice? Is there a vision for an ideal model, a Curatopia, whether in the form of a utopia or dystopia? The symposium facilitates intense thinking through ‘the figure of the curator’ and will be open to museum professionals, other academics and students.

6 July 2015 9:00am - 6:30pm

Dr. Philipp Schorch, Prof. Eveline Dürr, Prof. Gabriele Herzog-Schröder (all LMU Munich, Germany) Curatopia: Critical Perspectives

Announcing Programme: PAA - Europe Annual Conference “Recent Research in Pacific Arts” Museo de América (Madrid, Spain) 2-4 July, 2015

PAA - Europe Annual Conference “Recent Research in Pacific Arts”

Museo de América (Madrid, Spain) 2-4 July, 2015

Thursday 2 July 2015

9:30- 10:30h. Registration (Museum opens at 9:30)

10:30- 11:30h.

Session 1: Historical Research

Welcome by the Director: Concepción García Sáiz

Beatriz Robledo.“Oceania collections in Museo de América and Spanish scientific expeditions from 18th Century”

María Cruz Berrocal.  “A different kind of art: Fijian rock art in modern times”