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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Magali Mélandri (email@example.com) by 30 September 2015.
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
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)
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”
The 12th Pacific Arts Association International Symposium 2016 will be hosted by Auckland Museum in what promises to be a dynamic and engaging symposium that will take place between two iconic Pacific events in Auckland.
With Pasifika Festival (11-12 March) and Polyfest (most likely to occur 18-20 March), we encourage you to make the most of this time and consider planning your participation at the 12th Pacific Arts Association International Symposium with one or both of these events in mind.
12th Pacific Arts Association International Symposium 14-17 March 2016